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Plato’s Closet prepped for busy first day

Staff at the new Plato’s Closet second-hand store on North Academy Boulevard is braced for a rush of hundreds of customers when the doors open at 10 a.m. Thursday. “I think there will be quite a line,” said store owner Sharon Hoffstetter. She started accepting gently-used recent designer clothing items, primarily for young adults, on… Continue Reading Plato’s Closet prepped for busy first day

Pikes Peak Chocolate and Ice Cream in Manitou Springs opened its second shop earlier this month in downtown Colorado Springs. Owner, Laura Thomason, opened the first store five years ago. “She was looking to open another location,” said Rose Rozell, the store manager at Colorado Springs location. “With Manitou being so small, she didn’t want… Continue Reading Manitou chocolate and ice cream shop makes a go downtown

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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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Vans to open official store at Chapel Hills

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The Chapel Hills Mall announced today that an official Vans store will begin construction on a 2,700-square foot space near J.C. Penney next week. Vans, an active footwear company, “is a leading lifestyle brand for today’s youth,” according to a press release from the mall. This will be the first official Vans store in Colorado… Continue Reading Vans to open official store at Chapel Hills

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Chapel Hills owner buys vacant Kmart building

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The Garrison Investment Group, which owns the Chapel Hills Mall, bought the 88,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by Kmart that’s attached to the east end of the shopping center. The space has been vacant and blocked off from the rest of the mall since Kmart closed in 2009. New York-based Garrison Investment Group purchased the empty… Continue Reading Chapel Hills owner buys vacant Kmart building

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When the wildly popular Springs Cupcake Truck parks its operation in a permanent location at 3 E. Bijou St. next week, it could bring new life to a downtown block that has been quickly dying. Cake Crumbs, the Denver bakery that created the Springs Cupcake Truck, which gained local and national attention last year when… Continue Reading Will cupcake truck’s downtown move drive business?

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