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Downtown Colorado Springs this week will see the return of a veteran business owner and a new look for a landmark. Home Lighting at 624 N. Tejon St. will close for a day and re-open as At Home, a lighting and home products center. The change comes as former owner, Jim Walters, who continued to work… Continue Reading Home Lighting undergoing ownership, name change

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Much as they do today, businesses, banks, theaters and restaurants lined Tejon Street a century ago. Looking north in 1908, a visitor would have seen the steel frame of the new Exchange National Bank rising on the corner of Pikes Peak and Tejon, flanked by the Crystal Theater, The Hub, the land office of J.H.… Continue Reading Blend of faith, history helps fill these churches’ pews

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Here’s my nightmare. Someone comes up with a superb idea that will benefit Colorado Springs in myriad ways, and I write a column endorsing it. People read the column. Some love the idea, some hate it — opposition is the price paid for every meaningful innovation in history — and through the perspicacity of others,… Continue Reading Streetcars, is there a desire?

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Colorado Springs Police say they will increase their presence downtown this New Year’s Eve. In a release today, the Colorado Springs Police Department warned that specific downtown areas have been dangerous lately, especially at the night club 13 Pure, 217 E. Pikes Peak Ave., where incidents including stabbing, gun shots and physical assault have occurred… Continue Reading Police to increase New Year’s presence, warn about going to 13 Pure

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Frugal food lovers looking to recreate the dishes they salivate over at local fine eateries and cooking-show fans looking to test out their favorite chef’s recipes can rejoice — not one, but two culinary spice stores have opened downtown. Extraordinary Ingredients Gourmet Pantry owner Kerri Olivier unlocked her doors at 612 N. Tejon St. on… Continue Reading Downtown hits peak of flavor with two new retailers

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The recession might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll see new buildings arise from long-vacant downtown parking lots anytime soon.

Continue Reading Downtown down, but not out

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Shams Forough is a man of many talents. He was born, raised and spent much of his life in Afghanistan. He spent his young-adult years fighting with the resistance against Afghanistan’s Russian invaders and later traveled to the United States to attend college on a scholarship. Upon earning his degree, Forough worked as stockbroker in… Continue Reading Foroughs providing a taste of Afghanistan to downtown

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Downturn prompts flexibility

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Leroy Landhuis, developer of the 1,400-acre Lorson Ranch in southeast El Paso County kicked off construction when ABC’s Extreme Makeover — Home Edition came to town during 2007. Since then, despite the pullout of several national builders who had committed to hundreds of lots, the community has seen 120 new homes occupied, 30 homes under… Continue Reading Downturn prompts flexibility

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Rebecca Taraborelli, her husband, Matt Taraborelli, and brother, Gregory Harris, will open Rasta Pasta, a full-service casual restaurant, at the corner of Boulder and Tejon streets this fall. The owners purchased a one-time license for the brand, signage, menu and recipes from Rasta Pasta founder Scott Lias, who owns the only other Rasta Pasta locations… Continue Reading North downtown development moving on with Rasta Pasta

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We can become the city of three downtowns. Maybe the price the land owners wanted for downtown dirt was a tad high. It is too bad a luxury hotel of the stature of John Q. Hammons’ Renaissance isn’t going to be downtown. This new hotel is being positioned as a luxurious upscale corporate hotel. With… Continue Reading Periphery sucking life out of city center

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