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Vic Johnson of Manitou Springs was a man with ideas. “I knew one of them would float to the top,” Johnson said. Now he’s a man with a growing business. He launched PVC Bendit a year ago. The growth started off slow, but has been picking up speed recently. Johnson is selling about 100 PVC… Continue Reading Local inventor builds unique business online

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New book shop to open in Manitou

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It might seem like a funny time to open a good ol’ fashioned book store, but Jon Renaud said he believes there will be enough people looking for what he’s offering. Renaud will open Back to Books at 920 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs this Thursday. The soft opening will be followed by a weekend… Continue Reading New book shop to open in Manitou

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Local restaurants rank among the most romantic

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With Valentine’s Day still more than a week away, there are four local restaurants with reputations for romance that are booking up quickly. Mona Lisa, the Craftwood Inn and Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs, along with The Pepper Tree on the southwest side of Colorado Springs, were ranked among the 100 most romantic restaurants in… Continue Reading Local restaurants rank among the most romantic

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Plans for a new event center in Manitou Springs are moving forward. Julian Heron, president of the Craft Lager Festival, said the big project he’s been working on during the last year is gaining momentum. He aims to build an event center on the western edge of Manitou Springs that will have indoor and outdoor… Continue Reading Manitou event center shaping up

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Cliff House serves up No. 1 wine blog

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Culinary Arts College has named The Cliff House at Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs No. 1 for its wine blog. Written by Eric Ewers, cellar master at the Cliff House’s dining room, the blog is called  “Wine Flights of Fancy.” Ewers writes four blogs, recommending wine pairings for everything from chocolate-covered strawberries to corned-beef sandwiches. Built… Continue Reading Cliff House serves up No. 1 wine blog

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Word was out this week about what could be one of the bigger commercial real estate deals in Colorado Springs so far this year. It hasn’t closed yet, but Blake Allen of Manitou Springs-based Allen Realty has agreed to buy the 185,000-square-foot space that was formerly a Macy’s department store at the Citadel Mall. The… Continue Reading Deal in works to revive property at The Citadel

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As the weather warms up and visitors come out in full force, parking issues in Manitou Springs heat up as well. The city has kicked around several ideas intended to ease its parking headache and has now developed a pilot program. Read more about the ideas in a May 8 tourism column, that appeared in the Business… Continue Reading Manitou pilot parking program on council agenda

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The mayor of Manitou Springs says the town is open to the idea of allowing anti-meat ads on trash cans after Colorado Springs rejected the same proposal because officials thought the promotion was too racy. Mayor Marc Snyder says he has set aside a time to meet with representatives from People for the Ethical Treatment… Continue Reading Town considers PETA ads rejected by Colo. Springs

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El Paso County has purchased a waterfall outside Manitou Springs, and a cleanup campaign is planned. The county acquired Rainbow Falls last week for $10 from Mansfield Development Corp., which owns nearby land. The waterfall was once a tourist draw, but officials say it’s now frequented by drug users and plagued by vandals, and highway… Continue Reading County buys Manitou waterfall

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Kitty Clemens has resigned as executive director of the Manitou Springs Economic Development Council. Her last day on the job will be Jan. 2. She has accepted a job as one of the Denver Regional Council of Governments five division directors. Clemens took the Manitou economic development job during April 2002, when the MSEDC formed and has… Continue Reading Clemens stepping down from Manitou eco devo position

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