Business News Colorado Springs, Security, Widefield, Fountain, Colorado

Papa Johns, Fountain moves to the Mesa

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Papa Johns Pizza of Fountain, Colorado has moved into its new location at the Markets of Mesa Ridge shopping center in Fountain.

The new location is more central to the store’s delivery area, which includes the entire City of Fountain as well as Security-Widefield. They’ll hold an official Grand Opening on March 16th.

The new store is located at 8031 Fountain Mesa Road, just south of the Safeway shopping center, behind Culvers. The phone number remains the same at 719-390-6262 and you can order on the web at

Vapers Choice expands to add vaping lounge and Toke a Lot smoke shop

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Vapers Choice boutique, at 507 Security Blvd in Security-Widefield has expanded its inventory, created the Toke a Lot smoke shop and a new vaping lounge.

Vapers Choice boutique offers a full range of products for e-cigarette and vaporizer users (must be over 18 years of age). Their well-educated staff can help anyone regardless of whether you’re familiar with the products or not. They carry starter kits, custom builds, accessories, liquids, blends, and more. You can also relax and enjoy a vape in their new lounge, which features comfortable furniture, several TV’s and music videos if you like. The new Toke a Lot smoke shop has accessories for cannabis users as well from traditional to the newest in vaporizer tech.

Vapers Choice boutique is a locally owned, family operation. You can visit them on the web at They’re open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Ask about their military discount. You can reach them by phone at 719-368-7342 and find them on Facebook at

Want to find locally produced food? There's an app for that.

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Colorado Springs takes a mobile leap towards reclaiming the local food economy.

Press Release (LocalMotive)

A collaborative effort between LocalMotive and Vrello LLC, a mobile app developer, has resulted in the creation of LocalFood: Colorado Springs l Pikes Peak Region; a mobile app that seeks to challenge the 21st century’s globalized food system which has hijacked local food economies.

LocalFood CS will enable the user to FIND, BUY and EAT food that is grown or produced within 67 miles of Colorado Springs. The app also has a RATING SYSTEM based on local-ness, organic-ness and if a meat product is involved, whether the animal was pasture-raised. What makes this local food portal unique is that the user can search by specific food or drink (craft beers are important too), and find out who is growing or producing it and where it can be purchased, in real time. It also has a NEIGHBORS section, so you can see by map view, which of your neighbors has home-made products (cottage foods), eggs, honey or backyard produce to sell.

The app will be released later this week and will be free.  Elise Rothman, nicknamed “the local food hustler” by Chef Will at the BlueStar has big plans for LocalFood CS. “We’ve already gotten lots of support from the community. Poor Richards, Brother Luck, Right to Thrive and the like, have thanked us for creating a platform that will give momentum to the local food movement.”  The announcement of its release will target 433,000 people–food growers, suppliers, restaurants, stores and pretty much everyone who has a stake in relocalizing the food system in Colorado.

If people knew which restaurants strived to serve the freshest most local food possible, would that influence their decision to dine there? Would an individual prefer to buy eggs or jam from a neighbor, instead of going to the store? The team behind LocalFood CS is betting on it. The app has been designed to be the roadmap back to some semblance of a local food economy. Herman Combs, who heads up the app development team says casually, “Mobile Apps are an important part of our lives these days. They keep us connected to the things that matter the most, and in our case it happens to be local food.”

The LocalFood CS app is currently available on Google Play and should be approved by Apple early this week. The official launch date is Sunday February 22nd. For questions or more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Bristol releases Smokebrush Porter 2015

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Bristol Brewing Company of Colorado Springs had a release party for their 2015 Smokebrush Porter, Thursday, February 12 at the Ivywild School’s Pub and Wildcat Room.

The artist who created the label for the brew, Langdon Foss, was on hand. Ross has also done work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Vertigo Comics among many others, including illustrating a graphic novel by Anthony Bourdain  (yes, the chef) called "Get Jiro!".

Profits from the sale of Smokebush Porter benefit the Smokebush Foundation for the Arts.

Sierra Nevada Corp could bring over 2,100 new jobs to Colorado Springs

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Major step forward on development plans for Sierra Completions Complex at Colorado Springs Airport

Press Release

Bolstered by crucial local and state economic development incentives, Sierra Completions, a subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), stands one step closer in their plans to build its proposed high-end aircraft completions complex at the Colorado Aerospace Park at the Colorado Springs Airport. The overall incentives were critical to Sierra Completions’ decision to locate in Colorado. Meanwhile, the state also greatly benefits as the four-phase, $88-million campus will house more than 2,100 employees within five years and is expected to provide a multi-billion dollar economic impact, including indirect and induced employment, to the Pikes Peak region[1].

“We were very pleased with the cooperation and commitment brought to the table by state and local officials, proving they’re invested as much in the success of Sierra Completions as we are,” said Jon Burgoyne, president of Sierra Completions. “This new subsidiary of SNC will serve as an anchor tenant for the state’s emerging commercial aerospace industry while also building on the company’s decades of experience in aircraft systems. The construction of the Aerospace Park and Completion Center will move forward once final agreements are fully negotiated and executed.”

Sierra Completions serves private sector V-VIPs and Heads of State, modifying jet interiors to create an “office in the sky.” Featuring world-class engineering and design, the new business comes complete with all the cutting-edge systems and technology for which SNC has become recognized over the past 50 years. Services include design, modification, integration, modernization, certified aircraft maintenance, and overhaul of the aircraft.

Development of Sierra Completions helps diversify the Colorado Springs’ economy — almost half of the area’s employment dollars go to U.S. Department of Defense employees — and serves to keep trained talent local as personnel transition out of the military. Additionally, it will be one of only a few completion centers in the U.S. capable of accommodating the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 747 and 787, which are among the largest wide-body aircraft in the world.

“Market studies have shown the Sierra Completions stage is set for success as it fills a niche currently being unmet in the aerospace industry,” said SNC President Eren Ozmen. “We are grateful to the state of Colorado, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the city of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and the Airport Authority for helping us make the Sierra Completions dream a reality. Together, we will create the world’s premier general aviation completions facility.”

"With the announcement today by Sierra Nevada Corporation, Colorado Springs is on its way to becoming home to an aviation facility unlike any other in the country," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "The Sierra Completions complex will create thousands of jobs and pump $5 billion into our state’s economy. Sierra Nevada Corporation has proven again and again to be a great partner and asset for Colorado. We're thrilled to welcome Sierra Completions and be part of the continued success and expansion of SNC."

About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, is among the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space.” Over the last 30 years, under the leadership of President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, SNC has become one of America’s fastest-growing private companies and the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. With a workforce of over 3,000 personnel in 17 states in 31 locations and 2 locations in Eurpoe, SNC has a reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy.

SNC has six unique business areas that are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to its dynamic customer base. SNC has a proven track record of success spanning more than five decades. It is focused on providing its customers with the very best in diversified technologies and continues to focus its growth on the commercial sector through internal advancements in dual-use applications and outside acquisitions including the emerging markets of renewable energy, telemedicine, nanotechnology, cyber and net-centric operations.

For more information on SNC visit and follow us at Facebook/Sierra Nevada Corporation. Sierra Nevada Corporation and SNC are trademarks of Sierra Nevada Corporation.

[1] Estimates taken from, “The Aerospace and Defense Industry in the U.S. — A financial and economic impact study”, Deloitte Development LLC, 2012 and “The Pikes Peak Defense & Aerospace Sector Economy”, Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, 4/2014.

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