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Colorado Springs B&B is the first to offer Tesla Destination Charging station

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In a true ‘gold medal win’ for the city, the Old Town Guesthouse B&B in historic west-side Old Colorado City has become the region’s first lodging host to offer a Tesla Destination Charger for overnight guests. The unit is complemented by a Clipper Creek Universal EV charger.
“We’re ‘super’ charged-up over this,” (pun intended) say proprietors Dave & Kim Wolinski. “We became new owners of The Guesthouse just one year ago this past week and this is a wonderful first anniversary addition to our array of guest services.”
“Tesla Motors, in cooperation with Select Registry, offered us the opportunity to become the first lodging charging station between Denver and New Mexico. Charging is an amenity for overnight guests, or $15 for stop-ins as the schedule allows. This installation makes The Springs a new hot spot on the national electric vehicle map.”
“We’re a very ‘green’ B&B devoted to energy efficiency, conservation, reuse, recycling and a hypo-allergenic guest environment. Tesla’s foray into pure electric technology seems a perfect fit. And, being convenient to I-25 in the heart of Old Colorado City near Pikes Peak attractions, local military bases, Colorado College and the US Olympic Committee training facilities, the Old Town Guesthouse B&B is truly the ideal home-away for both leisure and business travelers.”
The Gazette and The Independent have awarded Old Town Guesthouse B&B “Best of the Springs” nine years in a row. Trip Advisor recently provided the Guesthouse with # 1 B&B rating in Colorado Springs and a Hall of Fame Award for five successive years of Certificate of Excellence recognition.
About Old Town Guesthouse B&B:
Old Town Guesthouse B&B--a member of Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America—is an award-winning, cozy-chic, eclectic, slightly eccentric, fun and very private inn devoted to the spirit of historic Old Colorado City. Unique, comfortable public areas offer guests an exclusive welcome. That’s paired with uniquely themed guest rooms with balconies that feature fabulous mountain views plus in–room saunas, or private rooftop escapes with hot tubs. And guests enjoy nightly wine and local brew social hours and a hearty daily gourmet breakfast/brunch presentation that is the Inn’s hallmark. The surrounding neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers opportunities to stop, shop, dine and get casually ‘recharged’ on numerous levels at some 100 independent shops, restaurants, museums and galleries just steps from The Guesthouse.
The Tesla Connection:
Old Town Guesthouse B&B joins a rapidly growing network of resorts in Tesla Destination Charging, including more than 160 other Select Registry properties throughout the U.S. This new program provides hotels, resorts, and restaurants around the world with charging equipment and gives Tesla drivers the freedom to charge wherever they want to travel by replicating the charging convenience owners are accustomed to at home. Old Town Guesthouse B&B has one 80A Tesla Wall Connector and one Clipper Creek Universal Connector for other hybrid vehicles; overnight guests charge for free and non-guests can charge for $15 based on daily parking availability. Select Registry properties and other Tesla Destination Charging Locations are hosted on Tesla’s interactive webpage and will soon be GPS located on Model S’ navigation through a free software update sent wirelessly to the car. In coming months, Tesla owners will be able to use the Model S 17” touch screen to easily plan trips and locate the property.
About Tesla Motors:
Tesla Motors' (NASDAQ: TSLA) goal is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable transport with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures electric vehicles as well as EV powertrain components. Tesla has delivered more than 55,000 electric vehicles to customers worldwide.
About Select Registry:
Select Registry is a portfolio of more than 300 quality-assured premier inns, bed and breakfasts and small hotels throughout North America. Each property has passed an unannounced, rigorous, 200-point quality assurance inspection to earn and maintain its Select Registry membership, and to ensure it provides travelers with guaranteed quality, exceptional service and an unforgettable lodging experience. Learn more at

Mitchell Yellen to open another Colorado Springs restaurant

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Mitchell Yellen is the man behind the curtain to some of Colorado Springs’ top hotspots such as The Pinery at The Hill, The Pinery at Black Forest, Garden of the Gods Gourmet, Taste at the Fine Arts Center, and a new restaurant set to break ground in August, 2015. In addition to being an entrepreneur, author, and financial engineer, Mitchell Yellen is a philanthropist who supports more than eighty non-profits and charities each year.

Yellen’s philosophy on investing in local businesses to build up a community has resulted in more than 230 employment opportunities for Colorado Springs residents, supported Colorado sourced food vendors and increased tourist traffic in Colorado Springs with the addition of The Pinery at The Hill.
 “Colorado Springs has so much to offer. There was never a question in my mind about whether or not this was the right market,” said Yellen.

Yellen’s team recently signed an exclusive catering contract between the U.S. Olympic Training Center with Garden of the Gods Gourmet. Garden of the Gods Gourmet Catering & Events is an award-winning catering company whose accolades include: Silver for Best Caterer by The Gazette’s Best of the Springs, Gold for Best Caterer by the Independent’s Best of Awards and Best Caterer Outside of the Denver Metro Area by Denver-based publication, Colorado Meetings + Events.
Investing locally goes beyond just business ventures for Mitchell Yellen. Yellen strongly believes that all of his employees hold just as much of an ownership in his businesses as he does. “These awards just go to show how incredible our community really is. Whether it’s our staff or our customers, these successes would not be possible without them.”
For more information, visit or follow him at

About Mitchell Yellen
In Colorado Springs, Mitchell Yellen’s philanthropic work includes giving back to the medical, healthcare and education communities by hosting city-wide gala fundraising events for organizations such as Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Children’s Hope Chest and Colorado Springs Dental Society.

Mitchell Yellen has been a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table’s “Top of the Table”, representing the top 1% of insurance advisors in the world. He has also served on advisory councils for AAA rated insurance companies like New York Life and The Guardian. Yellen also is the author of “Reunion,” a book with powerful investment principles about empowering yourself to be successful. It teaches you how to be an entrepreneur, a boot-strapper and how to protect and provide for those most important in your life. 

Local mortgage broker earns national recognition

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A Colorado Springs mortgage broker has just been recognized in a list of the industry’s female elite.

Charadie Finkle of Academy Mortgage has been included in Mortgage Professional America magazine’s Elite Women in Mortgage feature.

This annual list recognizes 50 female rising stars in the industry - women who are blazing new trails in the mortgage profession. The list is diverse – including marketing geniuses to CEOs to loan officers.

“We asked our readers to nominate women who’d broken new ground in the industry, and the response was overwhelming,” said Ryan Smith, editor of Mortgage Professional America. “These women represent the mortgage world’s best and brightest.”

 To find out more, click here.


Chik-fil-A opens on Fountain Mesa - Video

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Chick-fil-A officially opened their 1,911th location at 7925 Fountain Mesa Rd in Fountain, Colorado. They’re at Markets at Mesa Ridge, right next door to Carl’s Jr. 

You can find the Fountain Chik-fil-A on Facebook at:

Call them at (719) 312-3123

or visit the company website:

Here’s video from todays Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting sponsored by the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce


Now Open - JNS Indoor Flea Market, Fountain, Colorado

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JNS Indoor Flea Market is now open at 5520 S. Hwy 85/87 in Fountain, next door to Peakview Windows and Siding in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center. 

This is the second location for JNS. You'll also find them at 2515 Airport Road in Colorado Springs. The Fountain location will soon also offer UHaul, as does the Airport Rd location. 

JNS in Fountain is open from 10am to 6pm Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am to 7pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 9am to 5pm Sunday (closed Mondays). 

Mountain Metro to promote Bike to Work day with new Fixit stations

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Bike to Work Day Prizes for Corporate Challenge Make a Difference for all Area Cyclists

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The 22nd annual Bike to Work Day corporate challenge winners will each receive the honor of their name placed on a Dero Bike Fixit stand. Five winners will be selected based on participation relative to company or organization size. The five stands will be placed throughout the Colorado Springs area, adjacent to local trails and parks. The Fixit includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, including an air pump, phillips and flat head screwdrivers, allen wrenches, a headset wrench, a pedal wrench, box wrenches and two tire levers. The Fixit also features a QR code that connects cyclists to instructional videos that walk you through basic repairs.

This year marks the 22nd anniversary for Mountain Metro Rides Bike to Work Day. The event will be held on Wednesday, June 24th. Registration is open to individual riders as well as those planning to ride on behalf of their organization. Sign up today! New this year, Mountain Metro Rides and YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region are working together to provide more breakfast locations for morning commuters. Breakfast will be served from 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the following locations:

Central/Downtown: Acacia Park, 115 East Platte Avenue

Central/East: Memorial Park Recreation Center YMCA, 280 S. Union Blvd. 

Southeast: Southeast & Armed Services YMCA, 2190 Jet Wing Dr. 

North/Central: Garden Ranch YMCA, 2380 Montebello Dr. West

Northeast: Briargate YMCA, 4025 Family Place

For more information visit Mountain Metropolitan’s web pages or contact Kelley Heider at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Mountain Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Mountain Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).

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