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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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Sisyphus, the mythological Greek figure who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a rock up a mountain, could symbolize the plight of today’s commercial landlords. Their situation might not be quite that impossible, but during a recession in which consumers dramatically cut spending, they are facing their own version of… Continue Reading Retail landlords getting creative to help, keep, attract tenants

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Sushi lovers on the city’s north end can now rejoice. Bara Sushi owner Sam Ahn will open a second Colorado location at the Promenade Shops at Briargate. Ahn, who also owns the Bara Sushi location in Denver’s Tech Center, had been waiting for the right spot to become available at the Briargate shopping center for… Continue Reading Retail Roundup: Briargate hollers ‘go fish’

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Bird Dog Barbecue owner Brad Cleveland plans to open a second location on Colorado Springs’ north side during September. Cleveland’s debut restaurant, near Powers and Stetson Hills boulevards, has performed well during the past five years, despite an economy that has pushed consumers into necessity-only spending. He said he’s been looking for the right location… Continue Reading Retail Roundup: Bird Dog Barbecue homing in on Briargate Shops

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Furniture retailers Eric and Ann Fetsch will close their Drexel Heritage Home Furnishings and Interior Design business near Interstate 25 and Woodmen Road later this summer. Downtown audio visual retailer ListenUp has purchased the 12,000-square-foot Drexel Heritage retail showroom at 888 E. Woodmen Road and will move its retail operation there. “We’re in the process… Continue Reading Retail Roundup: ListenUp moving into Drexel digs

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Weak retail sales in June raise worries

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NEW YORK (AP) – After yet another weak month, retailers are preparing to fight for their share of crucial back-to-school shopping. But they may have to keep discounting to keep consumers coming in, given escalating job uncertainty. Particularly worrisome in Thursday’s same-store sales reports: Mall-based teen stalwarts like Abercrombie & Fitch were among those hit… Continue Reading Weak retail sales in June raise worries

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Talbots Inc., which paid $517 million for the J. Jill chain of apparel stores during 2006, has agreed to sell the chain for $75 million to Jill Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco-based private investment group. The new owners purchased 204 of the 279 locations and agreed to retain J.… Continue Reading Retail roundup: J. Jill staying in Shops at Briargate

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Michael Velez had been a downtown retailer for 20 years, but last month he relocated Velez Gallery to Old Colorado City. The move was necessitated by what he believes is a changing retail environment in the downtown area. “I think downtown is a great place for night life, but people aren’t looking for window shopping,”… Continue Reading Velez already benefiting from move to Old Colorado City

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Stacy Thomson, a veteran retail store employee, has taken the ownership plunge and opened a store in Old Colorado City. Thomson, along with her husband, Vern, opened Recess, a children’s consignment boutique at 1721 W. Colorado Ave. on May 26. The pair plan a grand opening June 13, when they’ll offer food, music and a… Continue Reading Retail Roundup: Recess in Old Colorado City, Othos at Chapel Hills

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