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Prince of Blades thrives in its edgy niche

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Prince of Blades thrives in its edgy niche

Prince of Blades 1641 W. Colorado Ave. 520-9391 Employees: 2.5 Years in business: 19 Dorothy Bretag grew up during the golden age of swashbuckling films like The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Mark of Zorro and The Prisoner of Zenda. If sword-fighting was involved, she made sure her dad had movie tickets. So, when she… Continue Reading Prince of Blades thrives in its edgy niche

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NSG wins first Chinese patent

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Neumann Systems Group hit a major milestone in its efforts to market its products to the Asian market. The local company received its first Chinese patent for a flat jet spray liquid gas contactor. The development opens the door for flue gas desulfurization opportunities in the Far East. NSG has 25 U.S. patents for technologies… Continue Reading NSG wins first Chinese patent

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Business group forms to fill marketing gaps

North Central Business Partnership http://www.facebook.com/NCBPofCS Phone: 633-1222 Members: 22 A few months ago, a group of small business owners north of downtown Colorado Springs decided they needed more business, more attention and more community involvement. And the North Central Business Partnership was born. So far, 22 businesses have joined the fledgling group, and organizers hope… Continue Reading Business group forms to fill marketing gaps

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Tony’s building a bigger bar on the block

To keep up with demand, Tony’s Bar is moving into a bigger space across the street, the former location of Compleat Games and Hobbies, 326 N. Tejon St. Tony’s opened at its current location in 1999, and the 2,300 square-foot space had always provided enough room for the big weekend and late-night crowds. But elbow… Continue Reading Tony’s building a bigger bar on the block

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Colorado Springs gets A+ for business-friendliness

Colorado business owners believe the state is the most business friendly, according to a survey by Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. And Colorado Springs received an A+ grade for its efforts to create a business friendly environment, according to local small business owners. That’s an improvement from last year, when Thumbtack.com reported the… Continue Reading Colorado Springs gets A+ for business-friendliness

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MoodSwings open to all ages

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MoodSwings open to all ages

MoodSwings Acoustic Lounge Location: 696 N. Circle Drive Phone: (719) 358-6720 Employees: 2 Craig Tomanini has four daughters and an intimate knowledge of the bar scene around Colorado Springs. As the drummer for local rock band The Nocturnal Tomatoes, he knows about the liquor-soaked patrons, the late hours and the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. As… Continue Reading MoodSwings open to all ages

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Successful Petersen helps others take off

Frequent Flyer Services 1930 Frequent Flyer Point Publications: InsideFlyer magazine, Milepoint online forum, Boarding Area blog site Members: 75 million members earning 650 billion frequent flyer miles per year Employees: 13 local, 25 total Randy Petersen started his multi-million-dollar Frequent Flyer Services business with $800, an idea and little else. He never borrowed a penny… Continue Reading Successful Petersen helps others take off

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Public market baby-steps toward reality

What began as one man’s idea for a public market in southwest downtown has evolved into a large-scale effort to build a downtown anchor with momentum and energy coming from some prominent Colorado Springs business people and community leaders. Mike Callicrate, who sells sustainably raised meats, introduced the idea to the community in July. He… Continue Reading Public market baby-steps toward reality

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Swimming business poised for breakout year

Pikes Peak Athletics Owners: Anna and George Heidinger Employees: 6 full-time coaches, 9 part-time swim instructors Website: pikespeakathletics.com Anna Heidinger cannot recall the exact moment she fell in love with swimming, but it has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. She took her first swim lesson when she… Continue Reading Swimming business poised for breakout year

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Local shop has the dirt on earthworms

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Local shop has the dirt on earthworms

Rocky Mountain Worm Company Website: rockymountainwormcompany.com Location: 411 Tia Juana St., Suite A Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday Employees: 2 Earthworms and red worms are good for fishing and for gardens — but good for business? If you don’t think so, just ask Ken and Jay Williams, a father-son business team who started… Continue Reading Local shop has the dirt on earthworms

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