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Project sows Seeds for better community

One diverse crew of locals hopes to plant the seeds of change in Colorado Springs with their branch of a national community café movement that will soon hit the streets of downtown. Seeds Community Café is scheduled to open in mid-August at 109 E. Pikes Peak Ave., and the folks in charge have a vision… Continue Reading Project sows Seeds for better community

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Last fall, I moved to Boulder for my first year at the University of Colorado. After 18 years growing up in downtown Colorado Springs, it was my first experience being from “elsewhere.” Although I didn’t think of myself as having a particularly strong allegiance to Colorado Springs — I was eager for a change of… Continue Reading There’s a second chance for downtown

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Antlers Hilton facing foreclosure

The El Paso County Public Trustee filed foreclosure papers Tuesday on the Antlers Hilton hotel in downtown Colorado Springs. According to records from the public trustee, $36.35 million is the balance due on the 232-room downtown icon. The original principal balance of the debt was $36.342 million, according to public trustee documents. This foreclosure is… Continue Reading Antlers Hilton facing foreclosure

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Small businesses come, go, stay downtown

Some businesses in downtown Colorado Springs have experienced extreme ups and downs lately. One business closed its doors, one is expanding, and yet another signed a one-year lease. “I think we’re always disappointed to see any business leave downtown,” said Laurel Prud’homme, director of communications for the Downtown Partnership, “especially one that provides folks another… Continue Reading Small businesses come, go, stay downtown

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Re/Max opens first downtown office space

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Re/Max Properties signed a lease on a new downtown office space. The real estate firm, which boasts more than a 14 percent share of the local residential real estate market, has offices throughout the city. But its new space in suite 100 on the ground floor of the Alamo Building at 102 S. Tejon St.… Continue Reading Re/Max opens first downtown office space

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Cutting edge: Arts could drive much of downtown’s renaissance

Experts around the country argue that arts and culture have the power to transform blighted areas into vibrant ones and drive economic development — a philosophy that downtown Colorado Springs leaders take to heart. As part of a dramatic restructuring at the Downtown Partnership, a staffed downtown advocacy organization, Lara Garritano has been named the… Continue Reading Cutting edge: Arts could drive much of downtown’s renaissance

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Ola: Downtown’s juiciest new business

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Ola: Downtown’s juiciest new business

Nissa Wecks felt so passionately about her good health and athletic performance, she left her job as a Manitou Springs High School teacher to start a new, nutrient-rich business in downtown Colorado Springs. Ola Juice Bar plans to infuse its customers’ veins with juices, smoothies and food packed with vitality and good nutrition. Located at… Continue Reading Ola: Downtown’s juiciest new business

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Pinery empire climbs Bijou hill

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Pinery empire climbs Bijou hill

In a matter of months, the Pinery at the Hill has transformed from a blighted empty old building atop West Bijou Street into a behemoth two-story structure where couples soon will wed in front of a downtown Colorado Springs backdrop. The 24,000-square-foot, $13 million facility will specialize in full-service, all-inclusive weddings and events. Parties are… Continue Reading Pinery empire climbs Bijou hill

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Discover Goodwill is employing five individuals to help clean up downtown. The employment is possible through a maintenance contract with the Downtown Partnership. The contract, signed April 1, provides for the cleaning and maintenance of city streets, sidewalks and alleyways in the 31-square-block downtown area, according to a release from Goodwill.  

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The Downtown Partnership is attempting to spice up the city’s urban experience by providing live, street-corner entertainment this summer. Dancers, actors, painters and musicians are expected to be among the sanctioned entertainment, called the Sidewalk Stage program. The Partnership is now accepting applications for performers who will work the street corners on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, July… Continue Reading Downtown Partnership seeking street performers

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