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Manitou’s second recreational marijuana shop opens

Manitou’s second recreational marijuana shop opens

Emerald Fields opened at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the former home of Wild Ginger Thai on Manitou Avenue, becoming the second recreational marijuana dispensary to open in Manitou Springs. A small crew worked on final flourishes to the building’s newly painted exterior while more than 20 employees welcomed a gradual stream of customers to the… Continue Reading Manitou’s second recreational marijuana shop opens

Manitou administrator brings new approach

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Manitou administrator brings new approach

More than 20 years ago, traveling from New Hampshire to California, Jason Wells stopped in Denver to visit a friend. As is the story for many transplants to Colorado, Wells fell in love with the state, the weather, the people, and says he’s “still visiting.” He earned his bachelor’s degree, law degree and a master… Continue Reading Manitou administrator brings new approach

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Stagecoach Inn closes, sale and renovation pending

The Stagecoach Inn in downtown Manitou Springs is pending sale, following the restaurant’s closure Feb. 6. Dave Symonds, who has owned the restaurant at 702 Manitou Ave. since 2006, said it has closed for renovations in order to prepare for purchase by an unnamed buyer. He declined to comment further. Symonds and his wife, Kathy,… Continue Reading Stagecoach Inn closes, sale and renovation pending

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GOCO awards $75,000 to Manitou Springs

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GOCO awards $75,000 to Manitou Springs

Great Outdoors Colorado approved a $75,000 grant to the city of Manitou Springs to formally evaluate, update and expand its 17-year-old open space plan to become an open space, parks and trails master plan. The plan, according to a news release from the city of Manitou Springs, “will provide a more coordinated and cohesive strategic framework… Continue Reading GOCO awards $75,000 to Manitou Springs

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Community celebrates Incline’s reopening

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Community celebrates Incline’s reopening

Following three months of closure and $1.5 million in repairs and upgrading, the Manitou Incline opened to an eager crowd Dec. 5. Officials involved in the project spoke to the crowd before the first hikers made their way to the Incline’s peak. Speakers included Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder; Krithika Prashant, senior communications specialist for… Continue Reading Community celebrates Incline’s reopening

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We have a developing crisis in a segment of the local small-business community, and it has nothing to do with the region’s economy, our endless political skirmishes or consumer behavior. But it’s a direct result of the disastrous fires that struck El Paso County the past two summers, Waldo Canyon in 2012 and Black Forest… Continue Reading Post-fire insurance woes taking hold

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The year’s most overblown story

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One month ago, the most controversial new business of 2014 in El Paso County opened its doors to overflow crowds. Naysayers had insisted the business would cause a major disruption to the area and perhaps even affect the future of our military presence in the Pikes Peak region. We’re talking about Maggie’s Farm, already established… Continue Reading The year’s most overblown story

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Maggie’s Farm opens to a crowd in Manitou

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Maggie’s Farm opens to a crowd in Manitou

Despite a day-long drizzle, around 75 customers turned out Thursday afternoon to be among the first patrons of El Paso County’s first retail marijuana store. Colorado Springs-based Maggie’s Farm opened for business shortly after 4:20 p.m. Thursday. The event, which some had foreseen causing traffic snarls and a parking nightmare, was organized and calm. The company… Continue Reading Maggie’s Farm opens to a crowd in Manitou

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Manitou retail marijuana not open yet

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Manitou retail marijuana not open yet

The state of recreational marijuana sales in Manitou Springs remains both controversial and uncertain. Although the city’s voters now have the final say as to whether the sale of recreational marijuana should be allowed, the mountain town’s only two ordained pot purveyors are plugging ahead as planned. Before a small fraction of the town’s 5,100… Continue Reading Manitou retail marijuana not open yet

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Ask a typical Colorado Springs business owner, employee or resident about something related to Fountain, Monument or Green Mountain Falls, and you’ll likely receive nothing more than a shrug in reply. Likewise, try to engage someone from Manitou Springs, Palmer Lake or Calhan about issues specific to Colorado Springs, and you’ll probably hear a similar… Continue Reading Power Lunch faces area issues

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