National specialty home décor retailer Kirkland's Inc. will host a grand opening Saturday, April 26 at its new location in Colorado Springs in the Woodmen Commons at 1780 E. Woodmen Road (Woodmen and Academy).
“We are excited to be adding another store in the Colorado Springs community,” said Michelle Graul, senior vice president of stores. “Our customers will always find incredible value in our home décor and gift items, as well as a welcoming and special shopping experience.”
The grand opening festivities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the first 50 customers receiving a $10 gift card and free gift bag with home décor items and coupons. There is also free morning cappuccino, specialty coffee, and pastries plus hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and refreshments served throughout the afternoon for shoppers.
Kirkland's will also give customers a chance to register to win one of two $50 gift cards and give them a free sachet with their purchase while supplies last.
Customers can also shop at Kirkland’s in Colorado Springs in the First and Main Town Center at 3870 Bloomington Street.
Kirkland’s, Inc., was founded in 1966 and is a specialty retailer of home décor in the United States. Although originally focused in the Southeast, the company has grown beyond that region and currently operates 321 stores in 35 states. The company’s stores present a broad selection of distinctive merchandise, including framed art, mirrors, candles, lamps, picture frames, accent rugs, garden accessories and artificial floral products. The company’s stores also offer an extensive assortment of gifts, as well as seasonal merchandise. More information can be found at www.kirklands.com and www.facebook.com/kirklands.
Trine Aerospace & Defense has earned Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 145 approval as a certified repair station. Based at the Colorado Springs (KCOS) airport, Trine Aerospace & Defense offers engineering, manufacturing, and aircraft modification on general aviation, commercial, and special mission aircraft. It also specializes in avionics and installation repair.
The facility provides engineered solutions that add enhanced capabilities to aircraft in support of Part 23 & 25 aircraft manufacturers, owner/operators, air carriers, and defense contractors that perform special mission aircraft integration and modernization.
In January, the company opened a 30,000 square foot commercial modification facility at the airport that provides avionics installation and repair. Services include 24 month RVSM/Pitot Static System Inspections, 24 month IFR transponder certification, and VFR transponder inspections. Other services include major alteration and major repair design, fabrication, analysis and FAA 8110-3 approval. Trine is authorized dealer for Garmin International, Cobham, and Technisonic Communications.
"This certification combined with our new state-of-the-art facility now allows us to expand our product offering to both our non-government and government customer base, particularly in the form of avionics and electrical systems modification," said Britt Ham, the company's president and chief executive officer. "We are able to utilize our own in-house engineers, technicians and FAA-DERs (Designated Engineering Representatives) to design, install, and certify a wide variety of aircraft modifications."
By Ed Duffy
Sarges’ Grill in Fountain, Colorado, is of course, open to everyone, but the two active duty partners, David Parker and Glenn McDowell, would like to make it absolutely clear, “We’re military”. This is a place for soldiers, past and present to come with the family, have a great meal and a good time.
Dave Parker first joined the military in 1985. He returned to civilian life in 1993. He was tending bar in Louisiana when a bar owner offered him an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. He said he wanted to sell his place cheap. Dave called his bluff and about $400 later, he was the owner of the Lakeside in Lake Arthur. He owned and operated the bar for a couple of years before selling it and reenlisting in the Army, shortly after 9/11.
He was driven by love of country to go back in, but he was also now bitten by the entrepreneur bug. Even while serving in Afghanistan, his mind was also on business. He thought about the bar, restaurants, deli’s, things he liked about them, things he would do differently, given the opportunity. When he was stationed at Fort Carson, he decided to put some of those ideas into practice. He bought both a coffee shop and a deli in 2012 and 2013, and now has teamed up with fellow soldier Glenn McDowell to launch Sarges’ Grill.
Glenn and David are both assigned to 2d Bde, 4th ID at Fort Carson. Glenn brings over 25 years of restaurant experience to the table. He’s done everything from dishwasher to bar tender, waiter, cook to general manager at places like Carraba’s, Denny’s, IHOP and a 5-star cajun joint in California named Dingo McGee’s. Dave’s wife, Peg Parker (nicknamed ‘Pegatron’ for her energy and drive) is both manager and front of the house.
Sarges’ offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, a complete cafe (including two top-of-the line espresso machines and fresh roasted beans from Serrano’s of Monument) and a bar with several flat screen TV’s.
The restaurant has only been open a few days so far, but the anecdotal evidence looks good. Some folks from the Fountain Fire Department have been by and suggested a couple of their own favorite recipes, which David says will soon be appearing on the menu as specials. They’re also open to featuring other local favorites, so bring ‘em in. Meanwhile, on Facebook, area resident Zach Riggs says “Awesome food and outstanding service, …they have the best pancakes I have ever had. Another thing that was amazing was their Mac and Cheese Burger. They aren't your average run of the mill burger place, they are much better than that.”
Welcome to the neighborhood guys. Here’s to many successful years.
Sarge’s Grill is now open at 6436 S. Hwy 85 in Fountain, Colorado.
Sarge’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lunch and dinner menus include a variety of burgers, tacos, fish n chips, German Braut, Brick Oven pizza and more.
Sarge’s is open from 7am to 9pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 7am to midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 8am to 9pm Sunday. You’ll find them right behind the IHOP and Applebees in the Mart Shopping Center in Fountain. You can reach them at 719-645-8489. Visit them on the web at SargesGrill.com and find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sargesgrill.
By Heather Mitchell, Natural Chef
Imagine learning about chickens, collecting their eggs, still warm in the nest, and then making a delicious omelet with herbs and veggies harvested right from the fields!
For a few years, I have been teaching a cooking class to the kids participating in the Venetucci Farm’s Summer Programs for Kids. The class has been an enjoyable way to close the week, inviting family to come and sample some of the amazing food grown on the farm. Last year, we decided to expand on this idea and create a week long class called Farm to Fork, Cooking with Kids. With a week-long class, we thought we would be able to dig in deep with children who are interested in learning more about farming, food and culinary skills.
The class was a success and we are offering two week long classes this summer. My goals for this class are to give the participants a strong understanding of what it takes to bring healthy, local food to the table and why this is important. We witness the farmers seeding, weeding, watering and cultivating the plants by hand in the hot summer sun. We meet and care for the piglets, goats and chickens and learned how they are integrated into the system. This year there is also a Brown Swiss Cow as well as sheep and border collies to learn about. Then we harvest the stellar vegetables, clean them and prepare them for lunch each day. After each meal, we sit and reflect on how much respect is owed to everyone involved with local food.
As a Natural Chef, I also incorporated teaching about well being. We discuss how living food is healthier than food that travels to us from afar. The kids learn how important it is to know the sources of our food and why pastured animals are healthier and happier. I am pleasantly surprised that many of these kids already understand why chemical free food is important and that animals who live outside are not stressed, sick or treated with medications. Our discussions each day leave me feeling positive about the upcoming generation.
On the final day of our class we complete an Iron Chef Challenge. Two teams of kiddos create and correctly write recipes, prepare and cook food and present their accomplishments to their parents. It is a fun way to show how much they had learned, their enthusiasm was palpable. Last year we heard good comments from the parents about how the kids were excited to cook dinner for the family, start a garden at home and even encouraged the family to compost.
I teach many classes, but teaching kids is the most rewarding. They are so honest, genuine and excited to learn. I am grateful to be a part of the Venetucci summer education programs.
FUMC of Fountain, Colorado still has a few unadopted garden beds available. There is no cost other than your time and attention.
Although you may bring seeds, plants and/or tools if you like, you don’t have to. FUMC can supply all of that, so long as you supply time, energy and enthusiasm. The adoptive group is responsible for preparing, planting and maintaining the bed during the Spring, Summer and Fall.
The produce you grow is yours to do with as you wish.
Get started today! Call Sally Miller at 719-660-2988 and ask about the “Adopt-a-Bed” program.