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Early tourism: About the same as last year

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Early tourism: About the same as last year

Business owners in the lodging and tourist trades report varying degrees of success after the first month of summer tourism season in the Colorado Springs area. Occupancy at the 54-room Cliff House at Pikes Peak was “great” over the Fourth of July weekend, said General Manager Paul York. “We’re at 80 percent for the month… Continue Reading Early tourism: About the same as last year

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The Small Business Development Center will host a free workshop about flood and business insurance from 8 to 10 a.m. tomorrow, May 21, at the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs. A lot of business owners have had trouble making sense of the current business insurance environment, especially as it pertains to flood insurance, said Ingrid… Continue Reading SBDC hosting flood insurance workshop

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Coquette’s going in Whole Foods, opening second location

Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery in Manitou Springs will begin selling bakery items in the two local Whole Foods stores starting this weekend. The announcement marks a big growth spurt for the little Manitou creperie that has been steadily expanding since it opened three years ago. On top of a presence in Whole Foods, Co-Owner Michelle… Continue Reading Coquette’s going in Whole Foods, opening second location

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Old Manitou motels transition into rentals

The road into Manitou Springs is populated with a seemingly endless string of quaint motels built in the 1950s and ’60s, zipping motorists back to the heyday of the automobile and great family road trips. There’s just one problem — the motels are old. Some have been well maintained and appropriately whet visitors’ appetites for… Continue Reading Old Manitou motels transition into rentals

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Manitou Springs has dreamed for years of being a year-round destination town. Now its growing art community may be the way to make it happen. Continue Reading Art scene could make Manitou a full-time destination

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Heritage Center hosts Incline exhibit

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The Manitou Springs Heritage Center will open its newest exhibit Thursday at 5:17 p.m. The new exhibit tells the story of how the installation of a pipeline for a hydro-electric plant became a famous tourist amusement for 81 years, and then was reincarnated into an even more famous location for people seeking physical challenges. “The… Continue Reading Heritage Center hosts Incline exhibit

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It’s spooky season in Manitou Springs

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It’s the season to be scared. The Manitou Springs Heritage Center will host its 18th annual “Ghost Stories of Old Manitou” walking tour Oct. 27. The Heritage Center has launched a new website, the Emma Crawford Festival, with information about the  events. Each year, Deborah Harrison of the Heritage Center leads ghost seekers on walking… Continue Reading It’s spooky season in Manitou Springs

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Manitou Springs small-business owner Safron Neusaenger took a call this week from a vendor who said her debit card only covered half of what she owed. Continue Reading Small businesses’ injuries hard to treat

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Every year when summer tourists come to visit the Pikes Peak region, they shop and stay in Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs and Woodland Park. So it’s easy to imagine what happens to businesses when they don’t come. The Waldo Canyon fire made national and international headlines when it forced the evacuation of Manitou Springs… Continue Reading Lost summer: Retailers counting losses after summer season dashed by fire

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The 10th annual Craft Lager Festival will honor firefighters with free admission to thank them for protecting the city from the Waldo Canyon fire. The festival has grown about 40 percent every years since it started, said organizer Julion Heron. When Heron started his craft lager festival 10 years ago, it was the only one.… Continue Reading Craft Lager Festival celebrates brew in Manitou

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