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The Doodler creates ads on promotional items

The Doodler creates ads on promotional items

Very nearly any item of merchandise can have a logo and business information imprinted on it. Coffee mugs and ballpoint pens. Calendars and ball caps. Beach towels and flying discs. Businesses use promotional products for individual events or to promote their businesses throughout the year. Specializing in imprinted items from wearables to pens, The Doodler… Continue Reading The Doodler creates ads on promotional items

Schaefers keep promises, make new ones

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Schaefers keep promises, make new ones

One of the older businesses in town with uninterrupted family ownership, Schaefer Agency has been around more than 60 years as an independent full-service insurance agency. “Most of our business is word-of-mouth,” said owner John Schaefer. “If we take care of our customers, they sell more than we do.” Schaefer’s dad Jack started the company… Continue Reading Schaefers keep promises, make new ones

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Affordable’s aim – satisfy its customers

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Affordable’s aim – satisfy its customers

It’s another Monday morning at Affordable Plumbing and Heat — and the phones are ringing off the hook. “The heat is out at my house.” “My hot water heater is on the fritz.” “Why is my house so cold?” It’s a typical morning for owners Greg and Heidi Smith and their manager, Tom Mudd. “We… Continue Reading Affordable’s aim – satisfy its customers

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Years later, Garman still creates character(s)

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Years later, Garman still creates character(s)

Walking through Magic Town, one finds guests transported back to a day, place and time in the life of the artist who created it, sculptor Michael Garman. Guests see the joyful faces of the guys at the bar, the hopeful face of a child wanting popcorn at the movies, the solemn face of a priest… Continue Reading Years later, Garman still creates character(s)

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’Tis the season at Consignment Gallery

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’Tis the season at Consignment Gallery

The best time to shop for used furniture at The Consignment Gallery is Friday afternoon. That’s because movers have collected furniture for the week, co-owner Judy Deighton has cleaned it up, and it’s ready to help fill somebody’s home. “A lot of regulars come in on Friday and pull the cream off the top,” said… Continue Reading ’Tis the season at Consignment Gallery

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Vaping offers alternative to smoking

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Vaping offers alternative to smoking

Andrea Bednar started smoking because her husband smoked. Now pregnant and tired of the cigarette stench, Bednar and her husband Luke sought an alternative — vaping. “The biggest turnoff about cigarettes for me was the smell,” Bednar said. “My husband smoked, and I couldn’t quit if he didn’t quit. I can’t be around it. “I… Continue Reading Vaping offers alternative to smoking

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Buy or build? Circumstances choose for Farnes

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Buy or build? Circumstances choose for Farnes

Jennifer Farnes took steps to buy an existing jewelry store. The steps she took led her not to an existing store, but to one of her own. Originally, the owners of the existing store were going to sell the jewelry business for $300,000, the amount that the business owed at the time. Instead of buying… Continue Reading Buy or build? Circumstances choose for Farnes

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Vagrancy progress unclear

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Vagrancy progress unclear

Since the city has emphasized more police presence downtown, the vagrancy issues have moved, police report. Some business owners in downtown Colorado Springs said the vagrancy problem has not changed, and others claimed the problem has gotten better in the past three months. For eight years, Tim O’Donnell has lived downtown in a Tejon Street… Continue Reading Vagrancy progress unclear

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Yum and fun with Josh & John’s ice cream

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Yum and fun with Josh & John’s ice cream

Ten-year-old Nyah Mester loves Josh & John’s Naturally Homemade Ice Cream, but not just for the yellow cake ice cream. The Buena Vista Elementary School fifth-grader loves to draw on the chalkboard at the shop. “It’s a good place for kids to do their thing because most ice cream shops don’t have activities,” said Nyah.… Continue Reading Yum and fun with Josh & John’s ice cream

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Goodbye banking, hello new business

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Goodbye banking, hello new business

Five years ago, Eric Tuskind left behind a career as a bank vice president and started a career in something entirely different. Massage therapy. Business at Elements Therapeutic Massage has been so good, he opened his second franchise studio in Colorado Springs. The grand opening takes place Friday, Sept. 27, at 9475 Briar Village Point.… Continue Reading Goodbye banking, hello new business

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