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While consumers spent the holiday weekend – and some of their work hours Monday – ordering packages via the Internet, the United States Postal Service is gearing up to deliver a record amount of purchases. Cyber Monday is the first workday following the Thanksgiving holiday and traditionally is the biggest online spending day of the… Continue Reading USPS expects to deliver 365 million packages during holidays

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A gallery and boutique will open Friday in the former Loveless Florist location at 120 E. Kiowa St. in downtown Colorado Springs. Continue Reading Gallery and boutique opening Friday in former Loveless Florist location

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Phantom Canyon Brewing Company will begin work this week on a brewery extension at the north end of its building. The 1,200-square-foot addition to the building, which should be finished by March, will double Phantom’s brewing capacity as well as grow its business operation. The building addition will be topped with a second-floor outdoor patio… Continue Reading Phantom Canyon expanding building, beer distribution

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Maxx HD signs new licensing agreement

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Maxx HD Sunglasses has signed a licensing agreement with Licensing Resource Group, a trademark management company. Licensing Resource Group provides license-management services to more than 180 colleges and universities, athletic conferences and special properties nationwide. MaxxHD will develop a line of sunglasses with matching school colors and insignias for licensed colleges and universities. “We have… Continue Reading Maxx HD signs new licensing agreement

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Retail sales ticked down slightly in October as consumers halted discretionary spending in the face of inclement weather and uncertainty in Washington. October retail sales – excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants – decreased .3 percent seasonally adjusted from September, but increased 3.9 percent from October 2011. “While Hurricane Sandy certainly impacted consumer spending in… Continue Reading Retail sales take hit from Sandy, federal uncertainty

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Council votes for free meter parking on Saturdays

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The Colorado Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to allow free parking at downtown and Old Colorado City meters on Saturdays in December. Council member Lisa Czeladtko said this will be the eighth year the city has allowed free meter parking to promote holiday shopping downtown and on the Westside. “There has been a lot… Continue Reading Council votes for free meter parking on Saturdays

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Westside boutique for sale on Craigslist

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Craigslist, a website good for hunting down used furniture, hawking garage sale items and arranging shady dates, might also be a decent spot to list and find businesses for sale. Marci Austin, who opened her resale clothing and jewelry boutique and local art gallery Envi seven years ago, has received three calls from interested parties… Continue Reading Westside boutique for sale on Craigslist

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Corporate cookie franchise growing locally

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Michelle Shah did a little baking before she bought into the Cookie Advantage franchise, but she never imagined she’d own a cookie business. Cookie Advantage is a franchise based in Tulsa, Okla., that provides freshly-baked cookies in personalized tins that corporate clients can give as thank you gifts to their clients. Shah worked for several… Continue Reading Corporate cookie franchise growing locally

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Early season sales point to brisk ski season

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Pre-season snow sports sales increased 2 percent in equipment sold and 1 percent in dollars spent at more than 1,200 snow sports retailers nationwide. So far this fall, consumers purchased $307 million in snow and ski equipment. And it isn’t hope of heavy snow falls and bluebird powder days leading the sales increase. Instead, analysts… Continue Reading Early season sales point to brisk ski season

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Amy Stretmater doesn’t waste time. She went to a craft show the day she arrived after moving to Colorado Springs from Chicago in September. A few weeks later she had a lease signed and now she has a pop-up holiday shop at 224 N. Tejon St. Her Koru & Company features items from her own… Continue Reading Downtown pop-up shop selling diverse holiday gifts

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