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When Gov. Bill Ritter’s office called Boulder Street Gallery owner Terry Henderson this week and asked whether the governor could stop by, Henderson didn’t have to think about it too long. “Absolutely,” he said. “I told them that would be great.” It was great, not because Henderson is a Democrat, as Ritter is, but because… Continue Reading Governor’s visit provides boost for local business

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Consumers plan to spend less on Halloween festivities this year. Considerably less. The National Retail Federation says consumers will spend on average $56.31 on candy decorations, costumes and party favors among other items. That’s down from $66.54 last year. BIGresearch conducted the 2009 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey for NRF Sept. 1-9 and responses… Continue Reading Halloween ’09 shaping up to be a scary time for retailers

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Great Harvest on the move

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Mark and Ainley Jewell plan to move both of their Great Harvest Bread Co. locations into new digs by the end of the year. The Jewell’s have shuttered the doors at their downtown location, ending a 16-year reign for the quaint little bakery on the corner of Tejon and Kiowa streets. It was long time… Continue Reading Great Harvest on the move

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Shams Forough is a man of many talents. He was born, raised and spent much of his life in Afghanistan. He spent his young-adult years fighting with the resistance against Afghanistan’s Russian invaders and later traveled to the United States to attend college on a scholarship. Upon earning his degree, Forough worked as stockbroker in… Continue Reading Foroughs providing a taste of Afghanistan to downtown

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Consumers turning the retail corner?

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The National Retail Sales Federation says retail sales saw their first gain in six months, a sign consumers may be turning the corner. The organization said sales rose 0.7 percent during August over July, but fell 4.3 percent from the same month last year. Those figures do not include auto, gas and restaurant sales, a… Continue Reading Consumers turning the retail corner?

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As the anemic national and local economies have forced many retailers to shutter doors or file for bankruptcy, a few entrepreneurs have turned to creative and innovative solutions for staying afloat and expanding operations. Take Holli Showalter and Kelly Bolan, for instance. Showalter, owner of Tejon Tan, and Bolan, an esthetician who formerly operated “Nyla”… Continue Reading Downtown entrepreneurs fight recession with innovation

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Retailers post August sales declines

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NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers on Thursday posted sales declines for August as shoppers held back on back-to-school purchases and continued to focus on necessities, but overall results came in ahead of analyst predictions. A monthly compilation of 31 retailers’ results by The International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs showed sales in established… Continue Reading Retailers post August sales declines

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Mollica’s Italian Market and Deli owners Toni and Jerry Mollica plan to open a second restaurant during October. At 7,500 square feet, the Mollica’s in the Broadmoor Towne Center will offer seating for 70 and feature both a deli and a bakery. “We’ve been looking for the right place for the past 10 years,” said… Continue Reading Mollica’s Italian Market expands to south side of Springs

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Instructor fills niche in dancewear

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When Caitlin Hoffman moved to Colorado Springs two years ago, she noticed something peculiar about the area. Although the city supported some 15 dance schools, dancers had very few options for finding dancewear. So the young entrepreneur did something few people her age (21) could even imagine. She secured a small business loan and opened… Continue Reading Instructor fills niche in dancewear

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According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the current health care reform bill being considered by Congress (House Bill 3200) will hurt small business owners as they strive to provide health coverage for their employees. From mandating that small businesses carry insurance for their employees, to creating an all powerful health czar who would… Continue Reading Owners want affordable health care, not gov’t mandates

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