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By Ed Duffy

There are about 3 dozen great craft breweries in Colorado Springs, but there's nothing on the southeast side (Security-Widefield/Fountain area). That's about to change with the arrival of Peaks N Pines in Fountain.

It may not look like much now, but the property at 212 W. Illinois Ave in Fountain, Colorado will soon be home to Peaks n Pines second location. The first is located at 4005 Tutt Blvd in Colorado Springs.

Peaks N Pines serves dinner as well as drinks. The new location will actually serve as the primary brewing site. The 10BBL brewhouse will have 20BBL fermenting capabilities. It's being constructed now, by Forgeworks of Ridgeway, Colorado.

Craft Breweries and tap houses are increasingly serving as neighborhood gathering places. Peaks N Pines aims to serve as a community focal point as well. The new location will feature a 1200 square foot taproom, 450 square foot events room and an 800 square foot pet-friendly patio. They hope to be open for business in late Spring or early Summer.

In the meantime, you can preview their brews at the Tutt Blvd location. They're open from noon to 10pm Monday through Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday and from noon to 9pm Sunday.

Learn more about Peaks N Pines at their website and give them a Like on Facebook at

Note to all you other brewmasters out there. Security-Widefield still needs a brewery. Thanks to Peaks N Pines for stepping up and getting the party started.

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by Ed Duffy

It was standing room only at Lost Friend Brewing Company's grand opening this past Saturday.

Lost Friend is family friendly and pet friendly. They strive to be a great neighborhood brewery, where one can enjoy a great craft brew and bring along someone who doesn't drink beer. You can even bring the kids and the dog.

Lost Friend is located at 2458 Montebello Square (near Academy and Union). They're open Wednesday and Thursday from 11-9, Friday and Saturday from 11 -10 and Sunday from 11 - 8 (closed Monday and Tuesday).

Visit them online at, Facebook; or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Ent Credit Union, the #1 credit union in Colorado as ranked by Forbes in their inaugural “Best-In-State Credit Unions” survey in 2018, reported an unprecedented year of membership growth and financial performance in 2018. Ent’s membership grew by more than 11%, with the credit union now serving more than 340,000 members throughout the state. Ent members received more than $43.8 million in dividends this past year, including more than $11 million in Ent Extras® cash rewards.
Ent’s strong membership growth was also coupled with strong financial performance in 2018, increasing total assets by more than 10 percent and total loans by more than 14 percent. S&P Global recently ranked Ent Credit Union #11 in its recent national list of “Best-performing credit unions of 2018,” the first appearance on the list of a Colorado-based credit union.
“Last year’s strong growth reflects the appeal that one organization focused on providing exceptional service, convenience, financial education and advice – in addition to competitive pricing and financial rewards – has with consumers,” said Ent’s CEO Chad Graves. “As Colorado’s leading credit union, we’re committed to delivering value in each of these areas in order to help our members live better financial lives.”

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by Ed Duffy

Freddie's Frozen Custard and Steak Burgers is now open in Fountain, Colorado.

The new store opened about a month ago and is their 22d in Colorado, including three in Colorado Springs and one in Monument.

Freddie's features lean beef, cooked-to-order for it's steakburgers and of course, their famous frozen custard, hot dogs and shoe string fries.

You'll find the new Freddie's in front of the Walmart and Sam's Club at 4445 Venetucci Blvd (the part that's across from Pikes Peak Community College, off S. Academy Blvd), Colorado Springs, CO 80817. You can reach them at 719-576-3368, follow them on Facebook or visit them on the web.

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by Laura Lollar

Recently, I watched as a highly influential public figure, business owner and community leader treated someone who has an impairment with a level of respect, kindness and consideration rarely seen these days. And I was once again struck by the fact that those who succeed – in business, in school, at work and in their communities – are not always those with thousands of “friends” or followers, a blue checkmark next to their Twitter name or the title of “Influencer” on LinkedIn. They succeed where it counts — in the way they treat others, no matter who they might be.

These are leaders who:

1. Learn from the past. Smart leaders take pains to learn why things are being done the way they are. They believe in the old adage, “Those who cannot remember the past, are doomed to repeat it.” (George Santayana, writer and philosopher) We are on this earth for just a blip of time and we’re not the first to face certain challenges or aspire to those BHAGs (big hairy audacious goals). Some say there are no new ideas. Centuries of lessons learned came before us, and we don’t have the corner on innovation. We should be wise enough and humble enough not to put people through costly, stressful, time-intensive exercises in futility.

2. Acknowledge others. Leaders say “thank-you,” look people straight in the eye, offer congratulations and generously share the success of others. They look for opportunities to give colleagues and fellow team members the spotlight. Most of all, they respond. Good leaders know the worst thing you can do to a person is ignore them. It is the fastest way to devalue someone’s worth and demoralize the team.

3. Ask for feedback. They don’t “school” or scold if they don’t agree with the opinions of others. If they have more knowledge or experience in a matter, they don’t discount the input they just received. They take notes. They say, “I’ll get back to you.” They appreciate it when people take the time and make the effort to offer suggestions. And they are open to the idea there may be more than one way to skin that proverbial cat.

4. Extend invitations. Wise leaders know that some are just waiting to be asked to participate. They seek out people who are often overlooked — the wallflowers, the quiet ones, people who aren’t normally considered one of the “cool kids.” These are the folks who will work their hearts out for a worthy cause, if given the chance to help.

5. Are loyal. They remember old friends and those who helped them get where they are now. Rather than allow themselves to be blinded by the flash of flattery, fast talk and glitter of groupies, they put their faith and trust in those who supported them, way back when.

6. Aren’t afraid to apologize. Leaders aren’t perfect. The pressure to deliver can be intense and there’s never enough time to consistently do it right. But when they screw up, they fess up. No waffling and no blaming others.

7. Know the difference between confidence and arrogance. A friend of mine has said, “Politicians aren’t kings.” Well, community and workplace leaders aren’t either. True leaders know they are “in service” to customers, co-workers and constituents. They may exude confidence, but humility keeps them grounded, approachable, credible and trustworthy. Arrogant people in power are seen as obnoxious.

8. Are committed to solving problems. Strong leaders do not play politics with people’s lives. Their job is to remove obstacles and make things better, not to deflect, exacerbate and inflame. True leaders remember whom they were “hired” to serve, the mission that guides them and foundational principles that gave them the opportunity in the first place.

In Summary

I’ve been fortunate to have worked with and for a number of talented leaders throughout my career. Leadership is a tough position to be in. You can’t make everyone happy and too often, leaders end up on the firing line when they speak up to raise important issues. While we may not always agree with their positions, we have to give them credit for being willing to take the heat. If you’ve never risked it all — job, reputation, friendships, business opportunities and even personal safety — you can’t imagine how difficult it is to hold the line. That’s what leadership courage is all about and we can all learn from it.

About the author:
Laura Laura is a writer and speaker on leadership and personal growth. She is a USAF Veteran, wildfire survivor and host of the Laura Lollar Podcast. Laura and her husband live in Black Forest.