Holiday Pop Up Shops
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New Year, New You page 5
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Economics of Shopping Local page 6
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HOLIDAY TRADITIONS MAKE LASTING MEMORIES By Susan Edmondson, Downtown Partnership President and CEO
The holidays mean different things to many people: Foremost, the season means being together with family and good friends. But also the holidays are about parties and celebrations, the onset of winter, baking and sweet treats, twinkling lights, excitable children, and, yes, of course, shopping. Here’s what I think the holiday season really means: making memories. Downtown is the keeper of holiday memories for so many of us. How many of you have experienced some of these holiday traditions in our downtown? • Nearly 40 years of “Nutcracker” performances with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and its predecessor orchestra have entertained literally hundreds of thousands of people young and old alike. • Holiday Magic continues to delight families with hands-on fun and learning at the Pioneers Museum. • Now in its 30th year, the Festival of Lights Parade is a highlight of the season, with high school marching bands from throughout the region, jolly floats and good cheer. • Also in its 30th year, Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care’s Trees of Life ceremony helps us remember those we’ve loved and lost. • So many enduring rough times have been comforted by a Thanksgiving
meal at City Auditorium, hosted by Springs Rescue Mission. • Thousands worship every year at Advent and Christmas Eve services in the many historic churches downtown. • Every year, strolling carolers and free wassail make holiday shopping a delight at beloved locally owned shops, many of which have been serving our community for decades, such The Original Dickens Carolers perform downtown throughout the holiday as Poor Richard’s, Mountain season. Chalet, CJ Kard, Sparrowhawk Cookware, Meeker Music and Terra Verde. At Downtown Partnership, we are thrilled to help everyone in the Pikes Peak region relive favorite holiday memories and make new ones. In particular, Skate in the Park, now in its second year, is sure to become an annual tradition for many. Through this team effort with our city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, last year thousands of you enjoyed our region’s only outdoor skating rink. We know that thousands of you will return this year, and thousands more will experience it for the first time. Downtown belongs to all of us, and we are happy to provide experiences here that you won’t find anywhere else. On behalf of all of us at Downtown Partnership, we wish you a memorable holiday season.
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NEW STORES “POP UP” FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Each holiday season, shoppers come downtown to visit the stores they’ve grown to love over the years. Terra Verde, Sparrow Hawk Cookwear, CJ Kard, Rutledge’s and others are downtown destinations. This year, shoppers will find downtown has even more to offer, with a shopping experience unique to anywhere else in the city: Pop Up Shops. These new, temporary retailers will be open for a limited time–part of the appeal to shoppers and store owners alike. Chosen through a competitive application process, the pop-ups fill vacant storefronts and provide owners with a chance to test out locations and business concepts, a trend that has proven successful in markets throughout the county. Store owners in this program are required to participate in an educational series in partnership with the Small Business Development Center and Downtown Partnership, allowing shop owners to learn and ask questions of experts in organizational structure, social media, merchandising, and more. It’s a cost-effective concept for a new business, and can mitigate risk for shops owners and landlords, while filling a vacancy for the short term during the busiest shopping season of the year.
Reillor Davis and Gabe Gonzales of Required Attire, 109 E. Bijou Street.
As an inaugural program for Downtown Colorado Springs, the 2014 Holiday Pop Up Shop program brings five new retailers to downtown. Products range from artisan soaps and gifts to new and “pre-loved” children’s toys, apparel for all ages, and a wide selection of artwork by local artists. Initially the program was to have stores open from November 1 through December 30, but already some stores have decided to stay and sign a longer lease.
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It’s not the first time pop-up shops have opened downtown. In 2012 Amy Stretmater opened her store, Koru Street, as a pop-up shop for the holiday season. She already had a successful online business, and wanted to test a physical location. “When I opened as a pop-up, I could analyze the retail opportunities over a few months in a real continued on page 11
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SKATE IN THE PARK RETURNS Nearly 10,000 skaters came to Skate in the Park during the 2013 Winterfest Downtown. This year, the rink returns for eight weeks, continuing a new tradition in the heart of downtown. How it began
In 2012, an ambitious group of community leaders brought a skating rink to Acacia Park. For 10 days the synthetic ice rink provided a fun experience even though it wasn’t truly “authentic.” Based on the limited success of that rink, the city’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department took hold of the idea to bring real ice to Acacia Park for 2013. Director Karen Palus, who had experience with temporary ice rinks in Florida, decided if they could do real ice in Tampa, surely it could be done here. A collaboration between the city’s Parks department, Downtown Partnership and Colorado Springs Utilities was formed to bring the ice rink to reality. Colorado Springs Utilities made infrastructure im-
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provements at the park to support home. the chillers needed to keep the ice – Lori Furstenberg, frozen. Staff from the city’s Sertich Downtown Resident Ice Center took on staffing and operations, as well as the challenging task of maintaining an outdoor rink during days with temperatures that varied from barely above zero and snow to well into the 60s with sun. Downtown Partnership recruited sponsors, booked entertainment, arranged media interviews, and got the word out about the new downtown attraction. By late November, the only outdoor rink in the region opened for a six-week season. Enhancing the festive spirit
Caroling and live music added to the festive atmosphere as skaters, family and friends came to skate, shop, and dine. Skaters from under 3 years of age to well into their 70s took to the ice to try their skills, some speeding past while others clung to rails to simply stay continued on page 7
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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU? FIND MOTIVATION DOWNTOWN After the holidays, our focus turns to resolutions for the new year. Losing weight, eating healthier, and finding time in our busy schedules to spend with friends and family are admirable goals, and if you need ways to get motivated or keep to your new resolutions, check this out. Ways to get fit
The weekly tradition of Jack Quinn’s Running Club downtown even has a dog club, so your canine pal can get fit, too. Photo by PikesPeakSports.us.
• Run or walk a 5k every Tuesday–no matter what the weather–with the Jack Quinn’s Running Club. You can even bring Fido along for the fun. • Join the Downtown YMCA, offering adult and family memberships. • Participate in a fit camp with Skyline Nutrition. • Check out CityRock climbing gym, which has camps for all ages and skill levels. • Pedal on with the UpaDowna Pedal Party social bike ride every The open gym at ReVibe Pilates and Bodywork. Wednesday night, May through September, starting at McCabe’s Tavern. • Find your inner strength at a class or workshop at the Colorado Springs Tai Chi Association. • Give yoga or Pilates a try at one of many downtown studios, where you’ll find personal one-on-one attention. Healthier eating
• You can find juices, smoothies and healthy locally sourced food at places such as Ola Juice Bar and Nourish Organic Juice. • It’s easy to go gluten-free downtown–just head to Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery where everything on the menu is gluten-free. Try a gluten-free beer at Fieldhouse Brewery, or glutenfree pizza at Poor Richard’s. Most restaurants downtown offer gluten-free and vegan options. • If beef is more your thing, try The Orange, with fresh Colorado a local grass-fed beef burger at peaches, is one of the vegan, raw, and organic juice options at Ola Skirted Heifer. It’s covered in a Juice Bar. skirt of delicious cheese. • Brown bag it, then spend your lunch hour exploring the Pioneers Museum, skating in the winter or playing shuffleboard in the summer at Acacia Park. continued on page 9
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THE ECONOMICS OF SHOPPING LOCAL Question: When is a toy, or a stocking stuffer, or a new sweater more than just a holiday gift? Answer: When it’s purchased locally.
That’s because shopping local– patronizing small businesses instead of big-box chains or online retailers – has ripple effect that enriches local economies. Here in Colorado Springs, sales tax makes up the largTerra Verde will wrap gifts while you wait, not only est source of revenue during the holidays, but year round. in the city’s General Fund – nearly 60 percent. However, when shoppers turn to the Internet or other cities, retail spending “leaks” outside of the community, and the impact is significant. That can mean fewer dollars for core city services such as roads, infrastructure, parks and public safety. In the Colorado Springs metro area, retail accounts for 68,146 jobs and nearly $2.9 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) – more than manufacturing, health care, or professional services. Retail sales are a major source of revenue to the local economy, and choosing to shop locally ensures a higher percentage of the revenue stays directly in the community. Not only do local retailers hire local staff, but they often use local suppliers, keeping a larger percentage of revenue within the area. The multiplier effect deems that for every dollar spent at a local business, about 45 cents is reinvested in the community. Compare that figure
with shopping at a chain store, where on average only 15 cents ends up being reinvested locally. Retail, like tourism, can lure dollars from both inside and outside the community. Unique, one-of-a-kind, destination stores particularly attract sales tax dollars into our city. Such is the case for downtown retailer Bellissima, a local business that carries the Simpli brand of travelwear, attracting loyal customers from up and down the Front Range. What’s In Store customers come from across the region to get Lampe Berge lamps and oils, which aren’t sold elsewhere in the area. True, you can get continued on page 8
The Shop Local Challenge:
• Buy baked goods from local bakeries such as La Baguette, Cupcake Girls, Bella’s Bakery, or Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery, where you can also get gluten-free flour. • Buy your daily coffee or schedule your business meetings at an independent coffee shop. • Buy local beer! Downtown breweries abound and plenty of pubs serve local brews. • Ensure your business supports other local businesses. Use a local accounting firm, bank, and legal counsel, as well as a local marketing firm or designer for your business needs. • Support local artists. Downtown abounds with galleries that tend to offer smaller, specially priced works for the holiday season. • If you have family visiting for the holidays, head to dinner at a local restaurant like The Famous or Jose Muldoon’s after skating at Acacia Park. Then, take the kids to Josh & Johns for the best locally made ice cream! • Support your local movie theater. Kimball’s Peak Three Theater is one of the few independent movie theaters in Southern Colorado, plus it serves wine and local brews.
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upright. Despite ability–or lack thereof–there were smiles, laughter, and the creation of new holiday traditions. More than skating, the rink provided a reason for many to discover, or rediscover, downtown. Store owners had new customers who saw their stores when they came to skate, then came back to shop. One of the more intangible results was the overall atmosphere created by the rink, music, and family-friendly activity. Downtown resident Lori Furstenberg remarked, “The joy and belly laughter I hear in the kids’ hearts at the ice rink makes me smile each night when I walk home.” Studies show when public spaces such as parks are “activated” with positive activity that helps bolster community pride, deters negative activities, and can enhance economic development. This year, Skate in the Park returns for eight weeks, open daily through January 11, 2015. Special theme days provide a bit of fun for anyone who wants to dress as a superhero, show some Bronco pride, or enjoy a dine-and-skate date night. There will be opportunities to bowl with turkeys, skate with tigers (Colorado College Tigers, that is) and even skate with Olympian and 2010 National Championship figure skater Rachael Flatt. Full details about theme days and other entertainment can be found at www.DowntownCS.com/skate.
Rink Fun Facts The 55 x 100 foot (5,500 square feet) rink takes approximately two weeks to install. 175 tons of sand are used as a base. 44,800 feet of coolant-filled pipes are under the ice. A temperature gauge and compressor aim to keep the surface at zero degrees Fahrenheit. 123,428 gallons of water are used for the initial flooding, creating ice three inches thick The zamboni, which travels at 4 mph, is a modified lawn mower, shaving the surface of the ice and dumping new water to create a smooth surface.
When you go • $10 per person, includes skates • Children under 4 years old are free with a paid adult admission • $1 off for Military with valid ID Learn to skate lessons, special theme day promotions, live entertainment and more can be found at www.DowntownCS.com/skate.
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either brand online, but you can’t feel it, try it on, or smell the scents from your computer. Often, in-store pricing is the same or even better than online. Another locally owned destination is known less for the brands they carry and more for the experience and wonder that comes with roaming through the aisles of quirky and surprising products. Zeezo’s is not just a Halloween destination, but one for costumes of any kind, stage makeup, and magic tricks. Stores such as these draw people from outside city limits and neighboring towns such as Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, and even Pueblo. Small Business Saturday, November 29
Started in 2010, Small Business Saturday was created the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a complement to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but with the distinct purpose of promoting and supporting the small, locally owned businesses that make up the fabric of our communities. Small Business Saturday downtown means free on-street parking, one-day-only specials at many stores and restaurants, and the annual tree lighting in Acacia Park. But more than that, it’s a reminder to support local businesses every day, as part of the holiday shopping season and throughout the year.
Finally, a healthy retail sector is also a reflection of quality of life. A diverse mix of both local and chain retailers makes the community a compelling place to live for families and people of all ages. Our downtown, just like city centers everywhere, is continually changing and evolving to keep up with changing demographics and demands of consumers. Beloved shopkeepers retire, but in their places are new stores, restaurants and services. What doesn’t change is an underlying pride of ownership, dedication to service, and an entrepreneurial spirit you find only when shopping at a locally owned stores. Exclusive brands sold downtown:
• Lampe Berger and Fat Paint,What’s In Store, 125 N. Tejon St., (719) 633-4582 • Simpli travel apparel, Bellissima, 104 N. Tejon St., (719) 632-5009 • Petunia Pickle Bottom, Vie Boutique, 8 S. Tejon St., (719) 287-4011 • Lululemon, Lululemon Showroom, 115 N Tejon St., (719) 633-8157 • Cloud 9 Organic Fabrics, Stitch Studio, 50 S. Sierra Paige Denim at Halo Boutique. Madre, (719) 422-9688 • Title Nine, 10 N Tejon St., (719) 227-3674 • Crane Paper Co., CJ Kard, 214 N Tejon St., (719) 634-3339 Other popular brands downtown:
• Cannondale, Old Town Bike Shop • Desigual, Terra Verde • Folkmanis Puppets and Playmobil, Little Richard’s Toy Store • Kiels, Vince, and Alex+Ani, Colorado Co-Op • Le Creuset, Sparrow Hawk Gourmet Cookware • Lucchese, Rutledge’s • Melissa and Doug, Playground Kidz • Paige Denim & Hudson Premium Denim, Halo Boutique Pandora “Light Up the Night” collection • Pandora, Zerbe Jewelers • Picolino and FLY London, available at Zerbe Jewelers. Brown’s Shoes • Shrine of Hollywood, and Loungefly purses, Bang Bang • TOMS footwear and Smith sunglasses, Mountain Chalet • Vera Bradley, CJ Kard This year, Small Business Saturday is November 29.
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• Volunteer at Seeds Community Cafe and get a healthy meal for your efforts. • Sign on with CAPS (Community Advancing Public Safety), the official volunteer program of the Colorado Springs Police and Fire departments. • Volunteer with one of the many human service organizations downtown such as Urban Peak, Marion House, or ESM. Expand your horizons
• Pick up knitting or crocheting at Woolly Works Knit Shop, or learn to sew at Stitch Studio. • Take a photography class at Colorado Photography School, or try your hand at painting, drawVolunteers at Seeds Cafe. ing, and more at Bemis School of Art at the Fine Arts Center, or Cottonwood Center for the Arts. • Become the family genealogist using special collections at the 1905 Carnegie Library. • Learn about art, history, and culture in the downtown Creative District with monthly guided walking tours. Relax after a stressful holiday season
• An array of nail and spa services await, and Beauty Bar can even serve you a cocktail as you pamper yourself. • Take the afternoon away from the office for a massage at Hyacinths Boutique and Spa, ReVibe Pilates and Bodywork, or one of the mini-spas downtown. • Get dolled up with a new ’do from one of many salons, including the new B&Co or Westline Barbershop. • Try a staycation at the Mining Exchange Hotel, Antlers Hotel, or even a downtown bed and breakfast!
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THE ALL-PURPOSE, ONE-OF-A-KIND GIFT CARD The gift card. In recent years, it’s become the gift of choice for those hard-tobuy-for friends and family, as well as an easy last-minute gift. While some may think it’s not as personal, others think it’s the most personal gift you can give (or receive). After all, what’s better than picking out exactly what you want?
Sometimes, picking out your own gift really is the best!
Many restaurants and retail stores downtown offer gift cards and gift certificates, but if you simply can’t decide, consider a Downtown Gift Card. It’s the perfect gift for any occasion–holidays, birthdays, graduations, employee or client appreciation and more. Available from the Downtown Partnership, the card is accepted at nearly 100 locations throughout downtown, including restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, hotels, and service businesses. Available in any denomination, it works like a credit card. Unlike pre-paid credit cards, there are no per-transaction costs, and no fees are applied until after 12 months of inactivity. Where to purchase:
Online www.DowntownCS.com Downtown Partnership 111 S. Tejon Street, Suite 404 M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by phone (719) 886-0088 (closing at noon Christmas Eve) Berkshire Hathaway Realtors Downtown 216 N. Tejon Street, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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STOCKING STUFFERS You’ve crossed off most items on your holiday shopping list, but stocking stuffers perplex you. Here are a few suggestions of small items that will surprise and delight on Christmas morning:
• Spices, salts, rubs, seasonings and cocoa from Savory Spice Shop • Wool socks, men’s dress socks, runner’s Spices, salts, rubs, mixes, and gift socks from Mountain Chalet, Rutledge’s sets at Savory Spice Shop. and Runner’s Roost • Lollipops, vintage sweets and all sorts of bulk candies The Candy Shop • Comic books and figurines from Escape Velocity comics store • Gift cards from the scores of downtown restaurants and stores, or just give a Downtown Gift Card • Pencils, rubber stamps, pens and other goodies at Meininger Art Supply • Numerous small items below $20 at Poor Richard’s, Little Richard’s, Everest Tibet Imports, Zeezo’s, Koru Street, Terra Verde and CJ Kard • Coffee beans from local roasters can be found at Gold Hill Java, Rico’s, Wild Goose Meeting House, The Perk Downtown and The Coffee Exchange • Dad may like a cigar from Old West Cigars • Gift certificates to the Pikes Peak Center can be redeemed for upcoming shows such as Philharmonic concerts, comedian Lewis Black, Blue Man Group and “Dancing With the Stars Live” And, don’t forget the wrapping paper and cards from CJ Kard.
DON’T BE PERPLEXED BY PARKING Enjoy free on-street metered parking every Saturday from Thanksgiving through Christmas, plus: City parking garages. Three locations in the core of downtown, you can park for only 75 cents an hour during weekdays, and only $1 after 4 p.m. (or earlier) and $1 all day on weekends. It’s cheaper than a meter, and there’s no threat of getting a ticket! • Bijou and Cascade (enter from Cascade) • Kiowa and Nevada (above the transit terminal) • Nevada and Colorado On-street parking. Metered parking is $1 an hour, less than most cities of our size. Meters in the core of downtown accept credit cards, so you don’t need to dig for loose change. Numerous private parking lots with hourly rates are also located downtown. If a bicycle is more your style, use one of the many new bike racks installed throughout downtown.
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business scenario. It also allowed my landlord and me to vet each other as business partners, allowing our negotiations to lead to a better outcome for both sides,” said Stretmater. October 25 this year was Koru Street’s second anniversary. When Zeezo’s moved to its new larger location in October last year, the former space was leased to two different pop ups. Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery used their pop-up to expose downtowners to their gluten-free baked goods before opening their new, permanent downtown location at 321 N. Tejon Street. Realty company The Agency also did a pop-up in the former Zeezo’s space before moving to the Poet Lofts in the Lowell neighborhood. Downtown shopping provides a unique experience in itself, and one of the draws to downtown always has been finding something different with every visit. Pop-up shops enhance the downtown shopping experience, and provide products you simply won’t find anywhere else in the city. The downtown Holiday Pop-Up Shops will be open only through December 30, so explore them before they’re gone! 1 2 1 3
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Rocky Mountain SOAP Market, 220 N. Tejon St. Organic, natural and nearly-natural handcrafted bath products, and a make-your-own bar.
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HOLIDAY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES DOWNTOWN Several holiday traditions thrive downtown – the annual Festival of Lights parade, Skate in the Park and more. Mark your calendar and don’t miss these fun and festive events!
The Pikes Peak Trombone Choir will perform at Acacia Park at 2 p.m. on December 14, just one of many musical performances throughout the Skate in the Park season.
Skate in the Park Open every day through January 11, 2015. Special theme skate days include turkey bowling, skating with members of the Colorado College Tigers hockey team, Bronco Pride days, and even an opportunity to skate with National Champion figure skater Rachael Flatt. Check online calendar for full hours of operation, theme days, entertainment and more www.downtowncs.com/skate.
Small Business Saturday, November 29 Head downtown and support the local businesses with one-of-a-kind items you won’t find anywhere else. Supporting locally owned businesses keeps more money in the local economy. Plus, stick around for the tree lighting and singing by the Children’s Chorale, 6 p.m. at Acacia Park. Holiday Stroll, December 3 Downtown stores stay open until 8 p.m. and carolers and performers provide holiday cheer. One-night-only specials, refreshments, and more. Visit the website for a list of participating shops. www.downtowncs.com/stroll. First Friday Downtown, December 5 Downtown galleries open from 5 to 8 p.m. Explore local art at galleries throughout
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