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The Mountain Marketplace Vendor Group is holding its First Annual Winterfest Small Business Expo. 

The event is happening now, until 4pm, at Beckett Event Center, 6436 Hwy 85 in Fountain, Colorado (behind Sarges’ Grill). It’s free to the public. 

Santa Claus is on hand, as is Homer the House Hunting Hound, lots of gifts, crafts, special deals, information on local service providers, treats, food, drinks and more. 

The event is sponsored by Rebecca Ball of Keller Williams Partners Realty’s ColoradoSpringsHomeSalesTeam, Lillie Lucian with Peoples Bank and Drew White with American Professional Home Inspection. 

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Press Release
Peak Structural, Inc., a leading home repair service provider in Colorado, is pleased to announce that Jaclyn Revis has joined the company’s marketing team as Marketing Manager. Jaclyn will be responsible for conceiving and executing marketing strategies and tactics to drive growth and market awareness for Peak’s exceptional services.

“I’m excited for Jaclyn to join the Peak team,” said Paul Sutton, Owner of Peak Structural, Inc. “Her well-rounded marketing experience and focus on digital strategies will allow us to build on the strength of our brand as we continue to innovate and grow the business with a vision to keep every home and workspace stable, warm and healthy.” Jaclyn comes to Peak Structural most recently from ACO Polymer Products, where she served as marketing manager at their Arizona headquarters. In this role, she was responsible for developing and executing all national marketing efforts, including tradeshow management, collateral development, advertising and public relations. She also has over 7 years’ experience in the homebuilder and hospitality industries.

Jaclyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Business from Northern Arizona University. Peak Structural, Inc. provides exceptional structural, basement, concrete, and crawl space repair services to homeowners throughout the Pikes Peak region and greater Colorado Springs and foundation repair in the greater Denver area. With a mission to consistently deliver remarkable experiences, Peak strives to solve any basement, crawlspace, and foundation problem by providing permanent and effective solutions.

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Matt Lucero joined Melody Living in November. Melody Living is an assisted living, memory support and independent living community in Colorado Springs.

Mr. Lucero is the new Executive Director. Matt will train and manage staff in addition to overseeing daily operations of the community, which is set to open Spring 2018.

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Griffis/Blessing, Inc., closed today on Western Hills Apartments for $21 million, its’ second Colorado Springs multifamily community purchase of 2017. 

“This acquisition allows us the opportunity to continue to position ourselves as a leader in owner-operated property management in southern Colorado,” says William J. Hybl, Jr., President and COO of Griffis/Blessing. “We have a substantial track record of improving operations and controlling costs, while synchronously enhancing the experience for residents.”

Built in 1985, Western Hills is comprised of 152 units, with a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, averaging 849 square feet, in eight buildings on 7.48 acres. Each apartment home has a washer and dryer, spacious closets, a private balcony or patio, and a wood-burning fireplace. Community amenities include a clubhouse with media room and kitchen, 24-hr fitness center, heated outdoor swimming pool, barbeque and picnic area, courtyard, and playground. Additionally, the property sits adjacent to World Golf and Sand Creek Golf Course with a 9-hole executive length course, miniature golf, and driving range.

“The multifamily market in Colorado Springs has experienced strong rent growth over the past several years, and we believe Colorado Springs is poised for that rent growth to continue. Western Hills should be a solid investment with strong job growth nearby,” said Gary Winegar, President of Investment Services of Griffis/Blessing. “This community is perfectly positioned for our proven value-add strategies. Our plan is to upgrade unit interiors, including the installation of air conditioners, currently lacking at the community. We also intend to renovate the clubhouse and fitness center, the pool area and other community amenities, creating a positive impression not only for potential renters visiting the property, but for current residents too.”

Simone Headen, CAM will serve as the Regional Manager for the community, with day-to-day operations headed by Property Manager, Christina Gibson, CAM.

CB was the listing broker, and Brady O’Donnell of CBRE arranged the FMAC mortgage.

Griffis/Blessing, Inc., is the only Accredited Management Organization, AMO, headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, with additional offices in Denver. Griffis/Blessing currently manages over four and a half million square feet of commercial space and more than 9,300 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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Press Release (Colorado State Forest Service)

Low-cost seedling trees and shrubs from the Colorado State Forest Service Woodland Park District are now available for order, as part of the 2018 Trees for Conservation seedling tree program. The program aids landowners, including those impacted by recent high-wind events or other natural disasters, to obtain seedling trees at a minimal cost to replace damaged or lost trees. The seedlings also can be used for conservation and land rehabilitation purpose.

New for the 2018 season, the CSFS Woodland Park and Cañon City seedling programs have merged to increase consistency and efficiency. The program now serves Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Park and Teller counties. This year, April 4 is the order deadline but early orders are encouraged while a larger selection is available.

The focus of the program is to help landowners to meet conservation goals, restore forests impacted by wildfire and other disturbance, reduce soil loss, and enhance wildlife habitat. The program also allows landowners to plant vegetation in areas impacted by tree insects and diseases.

Michael Till, a forester with the CSFS Woodland Park District, hopes the program will inspire landowners to take personal pride in the care of their properties through planting trees or shrubs. Planting seedlings can help increase the resilience of the forest to natural disasters by re-establishing lost vegetation; reducing soil erosion; improving air quality; and improving regional species diversity.

When considering which species to plant, landowners should consider elevation, aspect and soil type. Some of the most successful species for these counties are caragana, New Mexico privet, ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir and Rocky Mountain juniper. The Woodland Park and Canon City Districts also sells a variety of seedling survival accessories, including wind shades, tree guards, fertilizer tablets, weed barriers and pest repellents.

Orders made by April 4 will be available for pickup at the district offices in late April. For more information or to obtain an order form, go to, click on “Districts & Field Offices” and select the Woodland Park District, or call (719) 687-2921.