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Art in Storefronts featured in five downtown locations

The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) announced the 2014 Art in Storefronts program. Now in its third year, Art in Storefronts is designed to help reanimate downtown Colorado Springs by inserting non-commercial art installations, art works and interactive art displays into vacant storefront windows. This year’s program is sponsored by Kirkpatrick Bank.… Continue Reading Art in Storefronts featured in five downtown locations

Year in review: Downtown Colorado Springs

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Year in review: Downtown Colorado Springs

Businesses change, merge, move Some businesses in downtown Colorado Springs experienced ups and downs this year. Businesses closed their doors, expanded, at least one signed a one-year lease, and others merged. “We’re always disappointed to see any business leave downtown,” said Laurel Prud’homme, director of communications for the Downtown Partnership, after Bruegger’s Bagels, 132 N.… Continue Reading Year in review: Downtown Colorado Springs

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Wild Goose starts to build community

The Wild Goose Meeting House is where you go to talk about a book, solve the world’s problems or simply knit with friends over a meal while sipping custom coffee, microbrew beer or fine wine. Open little more than two weeks, the Wild Goose on the corner of Boulder and North Tejon streets already has… Continue Reading Wild Goose starts to build community

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Familiar name comes back to new bistro

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Familiar name comes back to new bistro

An Algerian crepe shop owner is on the verge of continuing a family food tradition in a historic downtown Colorado Springs structure. Wahid Hafsaoui, a 39-year-old native of Algiers, is putting the final touches on his new Couture’s Bistro, which should open in early November. The restaurant will be housed in the 6,800-square-foot former home… Continue Reading Familiar name comes back to new bistro

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It was millionaire vs. billionaire in a Los Angeles courtroom yesterday – and it looks as if the billionaire body-slammed the millionaire and left him bleeding on the floor. Attorneys representing Katherine Jackson couldn’t persuade a California jury that AEG Live bore any liability for the death of Jackson’s son Michael (you may have heard… Continue Reading Anschutz and Sanders: A dream partnership?

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Rutledge’s plans expansion, renovation

Longtime downtown clothier Rutledge’s is preparing to expand both its shop space and product offerings within the next month, according the building owner and proprietor. Construction is scheduled to begin within the next week to restore the historic Perkins Shearer building at 102 N. Tejon St. to its original layout, said Jerry Rutledge, who runs… Continue Reading Rutledge’s plans expansion, renovation

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Three years after fire, 15C almost ready to reopen

Colorado Springs’ once-popular martini and cigar bar, 15C, is making a comeback. The upscale bar, tucked in the alleyway between Bijou and Kiowa streets west of Tejon Street, plans to reopen its doors within weeks. When it does, it will mark the end of a three-year hiatus that began after the bar caught fire early… Continue Reading Three years after fire, 15C almost ready to reopen

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The city of Colorado Springs is stepping up its presence downtown — with more police, better focus on homeless services and the possibility of a police substation downtown on Tejon Street. “It’s not finalized, but we’re really looking hard to have space downtown,” said Colorado Springs Police Commander Pat Rigdon. That would be in the… Continue Reading Police want permanent presence downtown

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Let’s get our terminology right

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Those of us who work in downtown Colorado Springs know what it’s like to walk the streets on a typical day, especially around most corners on Tejon. We see a lot of less-fortunate folks, most of whom have nowhere else to go. So they sit wherever they can find an available space, on ledges of… Continue Reading Let’s get our terminology right

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Vagrants incite business owners

Downtown’s vagrant presence has reached such proportions, business owners are digging into their own pockets to hire extra security. Also, an effort by a cadre of women business owners has led to police placing more emphasis on the problem. Downtown business owner and investor Kevin O’Neil says he’ll commit $20,000 to hire around-the-clock security to… Continue Reading Vagrants incite business owners

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