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Manitou Leather Shop Moves

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Smischny’s Leather Shop, a fixture at 954 Manitou Ave. for the past 30 years, recently moved to 461 Manitou Ave. Owner John Smischny said that, although the new location is more compact, it offers more parking for his customers. But, he said, the main reason for moving his store is that it is more convenient… Continue Reading Manitou Leather Shop Moves

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New-home housing market slows

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The first three months of 1997 showed some slow down in the El Paso County new home market when compared to the previous year, according to Littleton-based Home Builders Research. David Laffoon, of Home Builders Research, said the 10% decrease in single family permits was really no surprise when compared to the previous year. The… Continue Reading New-home housing market slows

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Goodwill revenues increase by $1.9 million

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Operating revenues for Goodwill of Colorado Springs increased nearly $1.9 million in 1996 over 1995, according to the company’s annual report. More than $1 million of the increase came in the form of earned income from subcontract work for industry by the NISH, which used to stand for the National Industry for the Severely Handicapped.… Continue Reading Goodwill revenues increase by $1.9 million

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Longs Opens Store No. 5

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Longs Drug Stores opened its fifth store in Colorado Springs and seventh in Colorado with a grand opening celebration May 2. The 15,000-square-foot new store at 4315 Centennial Blvd. features a full-service pharmacy, an in-store photo lab, a full line of cosmetics, Hallmark greeting cards, and video rentals in a new layout. This store also… Continue Reading Longs Opens Store No. 5

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Merger insures customer service

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As of May 1, Baer Insurance Agency has merged with Stroup Insurance Services Inc., in order to provide continued and improved service to customers. According to Baer, sole proprietor Judith Young, the Stroup agency offered “the staff, computers and resources” to serve her clients when she decided to limit her involvement for health reasons. Loyd… Continue Reading Merger insures customer service

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Road construction designed to improve the infrastructure of Colorado Springs is under way in many different parts of the city. But while road improvements are good for the community, businesses can sometimes suffer a few headaches as a result. The Colorado Department of Transportation oversees many road projects in the city, such as the bridge… Continue Reading Road improvements can be a rough ride for business

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Restaurant to reopen

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The Manitou Springs landmark restaurant, The Castaways, will reopen in a couple of weeks with the original family at the helm. The 26-year-old restaurant will have undergone three months of remodeling that included redesigning the main dining room and bar area to make it more versatile, said Michael Howard, owner and one of the sons… Continue Reading Restaurant to reopen

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Marriott buys parking lot

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IHC Realty Partnership, dba Marriott Hotel, recently purchased 2.6 acres at Tech Center Drive for $705,672. Gary Upton, general manager for Marriott Hotel in Colorado Springs, said the public will not see any changes taking place. This land is about 47 % of the hotel’s parking lot. The Marriott has had an easement on this… Continue Reading Marriott buys parking lot

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Auer Mortgage certified mortgage banker

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Auer Mortgage is expanding its mortgage brokerage services because of its recent qualification as a mortgage banking lender. Auer Mortgage can offer virtually one-stop shopping for residential mortgages. As a mortgage banker, Auer takes the loan application plus handles processing, documentation preparation, underwriting, closing, and funding, said Warren J. Meacham, of Auer Mortgage. Two years… Continue Reading Auer Mortgage certified mortgage banker

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McGinnis Better Homes associates

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McGinnis/Better Homes and Gardens recently hired 40 residential real estate sales associates for its regional business. Cherie Fisher, McGinnis Better Homes and Gardens communications director, said a lot of new people choose McGinnis because of the marketing tools and training programs available. Over 50% of the company’s new residential sales associates are experienced, she said.… Continue Reading McGinnis Better Homes associates

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