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Judge permits city to enforce partial no-solicitation

While the city’s downtown no-solicitation zone is still being challenged in court following an ACLU lawsuit against the city, Federal Judge Marsha Krieger ruled today that police can enforce a portion of the law that prohibits soliciting within 20 feet of a residential or business entrance. Colorado Springs City Council approved an ordinance in November… Continue Reading Judge permits city to enforce partial no-solicitation

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Big liquor store with character opens downtown

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A new downtown liquor store boasts the charm of a mom-and-pop operation, but with the pricing that comes from bulk buying power. Downtown Fine Spirits and Wine opened Thursday in the 6,000-square-foot space at 103 S. Wahsatch St. Gregor Huesgen, the store’s owner, is a former investment banker who spent 30 years working the Asian… Continue Reading Big liquor store with character opens downtown

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The Downtown Business Improvement District awarded Springs marketing firm Blakely + Company a contract capped at $125,000 to help the Downtown Partnership develop a comprehensive communications strategy. The agency will take its first steps toward crafting that plan this weekend when it plans to survey downtown stakeholders about redevelopment efforts. The agency will set up… Continue Reading Downtown BID hires Blakely + Company as communication consultant

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There was a lot of energy behind trying to create a downtown renaissance in 2012 — and advocates say to expect that energy to continue building in 2013. “The single biggest thing is going to be hiring a new CEO for the Downtown Partnership,” said Hannah Parsons, interim executive director. “Whoever it is will make… Continue Reading Downtown looks for apartments, new Partnership CEO in 2013

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Federal District Court Judge Marsha Krieger issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday that prohibits Colorado Springs from enforcing its recently-passed “no solicitation zone” in the city’s downtown area. The Colorado Springs City Council approved the ordinance, which outlaws all forms of solicitation in a 12-block area downtown, on Nov. 27. The council took the issue up… Continue Reading Federal Court issues injunction on panhandling ordinance

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Downtown cupcake shop, Cake Crumbs, to close

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The popular Cake Crumbs cupcake shop at 3 E. Bijou Street will close before Christmas. The shop opened in the former OPB&J location in February, aiming to build on the success of its Colorado Springs Cupcake Truck that was regularly swarmed by cupcake fans. Owner Denon Moore said she is closing the retail location because of… Continue Reading Downtown cupcake shop, Cake Crumbs, to close

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Downtown Development Group bought three parcels in the El Paso County Public Trustee’s foreclosure auction Wednesday. Bob and Karen Elliott, who built the Two Eight West residential condominium project along Monument Valley Park, add this sale to three parcels they bought at 408, 410 and 412 S. Nevada Ave. in a foreclosure auction in October.… Continue Reading Downtown advocates buy more property in foreclosure sale

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The owner of downtown club Gasoline Alley plans to renovate it and add a grill with a walk-up window that will be open lunch through late night. The remodel, planned to be finished by next summer, would move the stage away from the front of the club and put a casual restaurant with a walk-up… Continue Reading Guadagnoli to add grill, walk-up window to Gasoline Alley

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City Attorney Chris Melcher knew he might have to defend a no-solicitation ordinance in court, but he was surprised by how swiftly the American Civil Liberties Union filed its lawsuit. “I understand it was just two hours after the City Council voted,” Melcher said. On Nov. 27, Colorado Springs City Council approved a no-solicitation ordinance… Continue Reading City responds to ACLU’s no-solicitation law suit

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Downtown retailers have high hopes for Wednesday’s  Holiday Stroll and are making bold predictions about record-breaking shopping crowds. The event, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., is designed to lure shoppers into the Tejon Street restaurant and retail district, bordered roughly by Colorado and Platte avenues.  Retailers hand out coupons, and some partner with… Continue Reading Downtown retailers gearing up for tomorrow’s Holiday Stroll

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