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

Coquettes gluten free bistro and bakery takes over the bakery next door, Colorado Springs

Press Release

Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery has signed the lease to take over the 2800 sq ft adjacent to their bistro at 323-325 N Tejon St. (aka known as Smiley’s ). Coquette’s, which grows each year in output and size, will move their bakery production, now located on Spectra Drive, to the new space.

“Our relationship with Whole Foods has been growing in the region and we were limited with output where we are now. We learned that Amy (of Smileys’) had chosen to retire and we couldn’t let the opportunity to keep a bakery there pass us by,” says co-owner Michelle Marx. They hope to be open for business in that space on March 1. At that time they’ll also start opening the bistro for breakfast daily, something that seems to be in a shortage downtown. Hours to be announced.

The new location will have expanded take-away foods/meals and there will be café seating for those that just want pastries and coffee. Turu Marx-Eurich, co-owner, notes , “We’ll now be able to expand our retail area now as we could never keep enough in stock. We’ll have a space where customers can sit and consult with the bakers for custom baking, like specialty cakes, wedding cakes, catering, etc, etc. Also, our useable patio area will also almost double size which we’re very excited about.”

A recent survey of favorite restaurant types state-by-state, Colorado’s # 1 choice was Gluten Free! Coquette’s has reigned #1 Gluten Free in the Springs for going on 6 years and has been getting similar recognition for their dessert sand bakery.


Coquettes moved in to their downtown location at 321 N. Tejon Street in December of 2013 as part of their earlier expansion. For more information on Coquettes gluten free bistro and bakery, visit

Now Open - C.B & Potts, Colorado Springs

C.B. and Potts Restaurant and Taproom invited some people to a pre-opening this weekend to help prepare staff and generate a little buzz (no pun intended) around the opening of their new location at 261 Jaycee Case Place in Colorado Springs. That’s next door to Bass Pro Shop and Bourbon Brothers. They’re open for real as of today. 

C.B. and Potts started in Fort Collins in 1974 as a Deluxe Tavern. They now have 7 locations in Colorado and in 1996 they started brewing their own craft beers. 

C.B. and Potts is family oriented, casual dining as well as a first class craft brewer, with over 100 medals from institutions including the NABA and GABF. 

For more information visit They’re open daily from 11am to midnight. You can also contact them at 719-481-9034. 

Ent announces $12.5 million dividend for members

Press Release

Ent is pleased to announce it will return $12.5 million to members through a Member Dividend. As a result of Ent’s strong 2014 financial performance, Ent’s Board of Directors approved this one-time dividend to member-owners as an additional benefit of belonging to the cooperative, not-for-profit credit union.   
Randy Bernstein, Ent’s president and CEO, noted, “Sharing this Member Dividend allows us to recognize the contributions that our member-owners, both borrowers and savers, have made to the financial success of the credit union. Our members’ continued use of Ent products and services is a key component of the credit union’s continued success.”

Each Ent member in good standing as of the end of 2014 will receive a minimum Member Dividend of $25, which will be deposited into members’ Primary Savings Accounts on Jan. 22.  Members may receive an additional dividend amount based on the amount of interest they paid on loans and dividends they earned on deposits in 2014.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, management, and all of Ent’s employees, we want to thank our members for continuing to turn to Ent for all their financial needs. Ent has been serving members of the community for more than 57 years, and we look forward to continuing to serve member needs in the years ahead,” said Tim Rickert, Chairman of Ent’s Board of Directors.

About Ent

Ent Federal Credit Union, established in 1957, is the leading financial institution in Southern Colorado, with more than $4.0 billion in assets and more than 240,000 members. The credit union provides a full range of financial solutions through 27 service centers throughout Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Pueblo and Denver. Ent offers members online, mobile and telephone banking services, a Colorado call center and both a consumer and mortgage loan center. Ent is a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Denver, El Paso, Pueblo and Teller counties, as well as select communities in Weld, Adams and Arapahoe counties. Ent is federally insured by the NCUA.

Polaris Pointe announces the launch of the Colorado Grand Resort and Hotel

Gary Erickson, President of Northgate Properties, LLC and developer of the new 200-acre Polaris Pointe shopping center on Colorado Springs’ north side, announces the launch of The Colorado Grand Resort and Hotel. Groundbreaking is scheduled to begin in May 2015 with a targeted opening in Summer 2016.
The Colorado Grand Resort and Hotel will be located between the new Northgate / I25 interchange and the future Powers / I25 interchange. This location overlooks the Air Force Academy and the entire Front Range, adjacent to the new Bass Pro Shops. In the future, there will also be an 800,000 square foot life-center mall, with shopping, restaurants and open-air venues.

The first phase of the hotel will feature 165 rooms including executive-style rooms, family-style rooms that sleep 6 and include bunk beds, and family suites with kitchens and great rooms that sleep 8. There will also be a timeshare model for guests who might be considering regular visits to the area. There will be a state-of–the-art fitness center featuring Precor equipment. Phase 2 of the hotel will include additional rooms, including more timeshares and more amenities.
Water Park

Integrity Pool Builders, which has been involved in water parks, commercial pools and Olympic swimming venues worldwide, has joined forces with Whitewater West Industries to make this an unforgettable, Rocky-Mountain themed family experience. Whitewater has completed over 4,000 projects in the past 33 years and has designed and supplied the world’s best indoor and outdoor waterparks.

Below is the description of The Resort Waterpark, as described in the Integrity Pool Builders and Whitewater West Industries marketing collateral:

The Colorado Grand Resort and Hotel has been designed with the guest experience at the forefront.  This 60,000 square foot signature indoor waterpark will be awaiting its patrons.

The Rocky Mountain themed Aquaplay will be a water factory of fun designed for all age groups, complete with interactive waterplay features, waterslides, spraying pipes, leaking faucets, water blasters and a 300-gallon tipping bucket.

The Colorado Grand will be the best indoor waterpark in a 500-mile radius and will feature 10 waterslides! The Poolsider Body Flume will take guests from one side of the park to the other. Two Giant Aquatubes will feature high-capacity, 2-person thrills, as guests twist and turn outside the park in a mostly dark ride experience. Guests waiting in queue will watch in amazement as two riders at a time pull high-Gs in our signature SuperBowl ride. And finally, only the most adventuresome will dare to plummet 53 feet straight down the Translucent Flatline Loop, which is a heart-pounding experience never to be forgotten!

Guests will have access to locker rooms, an arcade and a waterside bar and grill. Overlooking the waterpark will be a balcony viewing area, complete with big-screen TVs for parents and grandparents to relax and enjoy a drink.

Day passes will be available for local residents who want to take advantage of the hotel and waterpark amenities, but who are not staying at the hotel.
Convention Space

The convention space will be available for weddings, parties, and business meetings and will offer stunning views of the Front Range and the Air Force Academy.
Polaris Pointe

Polaris Pointe currently includes Bass Pro Shops, Magnum Shooting Center, Bourbon Brothers restaurant, Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl, C.B.& Pott’s restaurant, El Padrino’s restaurant, Carl’s Jr, Costa Vida, Jimmy John’s, Pizza Hut and Orange Leaf Yogurt.  Plans are in place for construction to start this year to add Sprouts Farmers Market, Ace Hardware, Kneaders Bakery and Café, Mikado Asian Bistro, SafeSplash Swim School, Boot Barn, Overdrive Go-Cart Racing and more.

The interior of the Colorado Grand will be landscaped with a Rocky Mountain theme, featuring top of the line landscape materials and fire pits, where guests will enjoy family activities such as marshmallow roasts.

For questions about The Colorado Grand Resort and Hotel, Polaris Pointe, or other questions about the center, please call Gary Erickson at 719-531-0707.

Broadmoor and the Penrose Room earn 5 Diamonds from AAA

AAA has unveiled four hotels and one restaurant in Colorado that have earned the AAA/CAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for the 2015 Five Diamond Award lists. They are:
The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, and its restaurant the Penrose Room
The Little Nell, Aspen
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
Four Seasons Hotel Denver, Denver

The exclusive Five-Diamond rated group represents just 0.3 percent of the more than 58,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants. Nationally, only 121 hotels and 63 restaurants qualified for the 2015 Five Diamond Award lists.

AAA's professionally trained inspectors use published guidelines to evaluate and rate hotels on nearly 100 check-points. The attributes assessed during unannounced hotel inspections are weighted by AAA member importance ratings, making AAA the only rating system that provides expert decision-making information guided by member priorities.

The Broadmoor has been a Five-Diamond rated property since the AAA rating system was begun in 1976. "We are both humbled and proud to receive the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award for a record 39 consecutive years," says The Broadmoor's Vice President and Managing Director Jack Damioli. "The award is a true testament to the continuing passion of our team and the elite service we provide our guests." The AAA inspector notes, "This grand hotel has managed to evolve over the years to incorporate contemporary tastes while maintaining its historic character. The classic main building, built in 1918, features unparalleled craftsmanship not found in newer hotels. Ornate hand-painted ceilings, crystal chandeliers and custom furnishings give the public areas a distinctive look and feel reminiscent of the Old World."

The Penrose Room, located in the Broadmoor and Colorado's only Five-Diamond restaurant, has received the award every year since 2007. Inspector notes for the Penrose Room include, "The panoramic rooftop view is one splendid element of this restaurant's elegant ambiance. Wild game appetizers and entrées are memorable, as is the classic tableside preparation of Caesar salad. The appetizer tasting offers a few delectable bites of five appetizers. The staff is skilled and experienced. Meals are prix fixe, either three or four courses with multiple selections for each course. A seven-course chef's tasting menu with or without wine pairing is available. Audible gasps are heard when beautifully presented desserts arrive at the table."

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Griffis/Blessing adds PetCo building in Denver to commercial management portfolio

Press Release

Griffis/Blessing has been selected by Mexico & Bellair, LLC to manage the free standing PetCo building in southeast Denver. Built in 1993, the 23,057 square foot retail building is located at 4100 East Mexico Avenue.
Dora Fessler, Property Manager, and Katie Kier, Portfolio Assistant, will oversee the day-to-day operations with assistance from Josh McFarland, Property Accountant, and Ari Skyton, Service Technician.
“The opportunity to manage another retail building for this group of owners out of California is very exciting for us. Our quality service and management of their retail shopping center in Colorado Springs as well as our expansion into the Denver market were key factors in being selected to manage the Denver property.” says Senior Vice President, Rick Davidson, CPM®.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with offices in Denver and Bosie, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 5 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 8,300 apartment units. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit

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