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Couple’s transparency key to success

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

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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Dutch Bakery a sweet choice for breakfast

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Dutch Bakery a sweet choice for breakfast

It’s a Dutch bakery with a difficult-to-pronounce name: Boonzaaijer’s. So difficult, in fact, that the owner, Stephen Boonzaaijer, printed the pronunciation on his business cards: Boné-zi-yer’s. Boonzaaijer got his start in the bakery by following five generations of tradition. “It’s a generational thing,” he said. “I’m the fifth-generation baker in the family. I grew up… Continue Reading Dutch Bakery a sweet choice for breakfast

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Army vet brings skill set to inspections

Retired Army veteran Nate Hollis needed a post-military career that would best utilize his attention to detail. Hollis spent his active-duty career either maintaining UH1H Huey helicopters or managing those who did. Today, Hollis owns and operates RCP Home Inspections, a company he launched this year. Starting RCP Home Inspections (the RCP stands for Residential… Continue Reading Army vet brings skill set to inspections

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Regulatory fairness hearings scheduled here

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Regulatory fairness hearings scheduled here

National Ombudsman Brian Castro will convene a regional hearing for small business owners, representatives from trade associations and other members of the small business community regarding federal regulations and enforcement and compliance actions impacting America’s small businesses. The hearing will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 14 at the El Paso County Citizens Service… Continue Reading Regulatory fairness hearings scheduled here

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Bicycle Experience enjoys high-profile digs

Most shop owners, whatever their ilk, would probably be upset if someone selling the same stuff moved in a block away. Fortunately for Bicycle Experience’s Todd Hood and Bubba “Blaze” Hayes, they’re only in competition with themselves. “Now we have a boutique,” said Hood, from the newest Bicycle Experience shop at the Ivywild School. That… Continue Reading Bicycle Experience enjoys high-profile digs

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Vinyl records’ resurgence felt by local stores

Colorado Springs continues to feel the resurgence of vinyl as music listeners begin to shift their focus back from CDs to LPs. What once was a niche for only the most serious record collectors has turned into a fad fueled not by members of Generation X, but by their children. The three local record vendors… Continue Reading Vinyl records’ resurgence felt by local stores

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