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Otherworldly whimsy fills Chavez Gallery

Otherworldly whimsy fills Chavez Gallery

On the Westside of Colorado Springs exists a portal into the minds of others. The Chavez Gallery is a curious place filled with nostalgic glimpses into the combined psyche — memories, curiosities and ideals — of married couple Kris and Liese Chavez. Kris, primarily an enamel jewelry-maker, and Liese, a painter, opened the 500-square-foot gallery… Continue Reading Otherworldly whimsy fills Chavez Gallery

Computer antidote: Complete PC Support

Tucked into a small space in an office strip mall off North Powers Boulevard is a tiny computer repair shop, Compete PC Support. Its physical space defines small business. Its owner, Harvard graduate Vince Johnson, wants to keep the space small to maintain low overhead and keep prices lower for his customers. Large technology stores… Continue Reading Computer antidote: Complete PC Support

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Timberline takes work to new heights

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Timberline takes work to new heights

The view from Tim Emick’s office is better than yours. Situated between timbers 1,625 and 2,137 on the Manitou Incline, Emick and his army, also known as Timberline Landscaping Inc., are tackling the most challenging and publicly visible project in the company’s 23-year history. Emick, who owns and co-founded Timberline Landscaping, won the $1.5 million… Continue Reading Timberline takes work to new heights

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Barracuda owner finds success in OCC

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Barracuda owner finds success in OCC

“Beautiful should always be affordable.” That’s a phrase that flows frequently from the lips of Barracuda Bazaar owner Kim McKenna. Although they aren’t her words — the motto started with the company’s founder a few blocks down and nearly two decades ago — they keep her striving to meet the needs of those she calls… Continue Reading Barracuda owner finds success in OCC

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Ten years of Momentum and going strong

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Ten years of Momentum and going strong

Laura Muir Mellini, owner-founder of Momentum Advertising & Public Relations, says she owes the rebirth of her career to the meaningful local relationships she’s built over the years. And while her trajectory has taken her over some bumps, her advice is particularly upbeat: “Stay out there and be involved. There are so many projects, initiatives… Continue Reading Ten years of Momentum and going strong

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Couple’s transparency key to success

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Couple’s transparency key to success

One of Barbara Callan’s first projects with new friends Art and Carol Corpuz was crafting a bronze star for her husband. Unlike the medal he’d earned in service to his country, Callan’s creation was made almost entirely of glass. “It’s very rewarding,” Callan said while working on a new project at Carol’s Creative Glass studio… Continue Reading Couple’s transparency key to success

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Art Hardware enjoys its niche downtown

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Art Hardware enjoys its niche downtown

Art Hardware sells different goods and services than some might expect. Many people assume the Colorado Springs-based custom framing and print shop specializes in knobs and pulls, while others relate the name to the store’s original function as an art supply store. The business was started in the mid-1970s by a Colorado businessman looking to… Continue Reading Art Hardware enjoys its niche downtown

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Acorn guides innkeepers into digital age

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Acorn guides innkeepers into digital age

Innkeeping and computer science might not seem to go hand in hand, but a Colorado Springs couple has made it their business to merge the two. In 2002, Mark and Lisa Kolb were working as software developers for tech companies in Colorado Springs while running a bed and breakfast near Colorado College. For years the… Continue Reading Acorn guides innkeepers into digital age

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Pizzeria Rustica: Fighter pilot to pizza chef

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Pizzeria Rustica: Fighter pilot to pizza chef

It does sound cheesy: David Brackett prefers to keep landfills empty and bellies full. Pizzeria Rustica is literally one of the greenest dining excursions in the country. In 2009, after Brackett submitted a multi-page application, the restaurant was named a three-star green restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association. Three years later, the organization became the… Continue Reading Pizzeria Rustica: Fighter pilot to pizza chef

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SBA ombudsman listens to businesses

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SBA ombudsman listens to businesses

FLoT, a small business in Salida, believes flying drones commercially should be allowed. Now, commercial flight of drones is allowed only if flown for a government. Further, FLoT believes, the federal government should apply different rules to flights of 747 airliners and  flights of drones. For example, one of the rules requires all aircraft to… Continue Reading SBA ombudsman listens to businesses

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