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Rebecca Taraborelli, her husband, Matt Taraborelli, and brother, Gregory Harris, will open Rasta Pasta, a full-service casual restaurant, at the corner of Boulder and Tejon streets this fall. The owners purchased a one-time license for the brand, signage, menu and recipes from Rasta Pasta founder Scott Lias, who owns the only other Rasta Pasta locations… Continue Reading North downtown development moving on with Rasta Pasta

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Retail sales drop in April

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Retail sales fell for a second straight month in April, a disappointing performance that raised doubts about whether consumers were regaining their desire to shop. A rebound in consumer demand is a necessary ingredient for ending the recession. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that retail sales fell 0.4 percent last month. Many… Continue Reading Retail sales drop in April

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Denver-based bath and skincare retailer Melt Brands LLC has opened a retail store inside The Citadel mall. Melt Bath and Skincare occupies 900 square feet near the mall’s food court and represents the ninth store in an expanding retail skincare company. Melt Bath and Skincare was founded during 2001 by Steve McNally, Thomas Smith and… Continue Reading Economy hasn’t hampered Melt Brands’ expansion

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Veteran New York entrepreneurs Jimmy Sabry and Michael Ezzat have opened a Mediterranean-style café in Manitou Springs. The Nile Café, 954 Manitou Ave., offers Mediterranean food, coffee and desserts. Sabry and Ezzat also plan to offer hookah for nighttime customers. The pair plans a grand opening on May 1. Customers can expect breakfast, lunch and… Continue Reading Manitou welcoming Mediterranean cafe, hookah bar

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Hobby Lobby assistant manager Adam Garcia said his employees are still in shock. Last week 8th Street store manager David Schafer returned from a meeting in Denver with unprecedented news: all hourly full-time employees would begin receiving a minimum wage of $10 per hour immediately. “While it doesn’t affect me directly, 19 of our 24… Continue Reading Hobby Lobby workers elated about across-the-board pay hikes

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Retail sales increase slightly

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U.S. retail sales beat analysts expectations for the second straight month, according to the National Retail Federation. The NRF report noted that retail sales rose .6 percent seasonally adjusted from January. Meanwhile, January’s sales figures were revised up from .5 percent growth to 1.4 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month. Though NRF Chief Economist Rosalind Wells remained… Continue Reading Retail sales increase slightly

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As cash-strapped and budget-conscious consumers restrict spending to essentials, one high-end Tejon Street retailer has figured out a way to help ease the pain of a year-long recession. When LuLu owner Tess Loo began noticing slipping sales last fall, she borrowed an idea from her sister, Ann Siner. Siner owns several consignment stores in Arizona… Continue Reading Consignments helping LuLu ride out recession

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Boulder Street Gallery coming to downtown

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Local artist and custom framer Terry Henderson is moving his Boulder Street Gallery from a Victorian home in the 700 block of North Tejon Street to the downtown area. Henderson purchased the building at 206 N. Tejon St., the former home of Novice Gallery. Henderson, who has owned Boulder Street Gallery for the past 10… Continue Reading Boulder Street Gallery coming to downtown

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