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Confluent Development, a Denver-based real estate investment and development firm, has announced its plans to develop Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers’ first location in Colorado Springs, marking the brand’s entrance into the market.

The Louisiana-based restaurant company will serve as the sole tenant in the stand-alone 3,067-square-foot development, which will feature roll-up garage doors, indoor seating, an outdoor patio and a drive-thru for customer convenience.

Located within the North Academy retail corridor, the development sits on the corner of North Academy Boulevard and Agora Point, (between Woodmen and Briargate Blvd). The project marks Confluent Development’s second venture in the retail complex as it nears delivery of the adjacent 8,265-square-foot multi-tenant development that will house the popular Colorado-born leader in all day breakfast and brunch, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, as well as Bishops Cuts/Color barbershop salon.

“Confluent Development appreciates the dedication and drive that launched Raising Cane’s from a single restaurant into a company with an international presence of more than 390 restaurants,” said Marshall Burton, president and CEO of Confluent Development. “We’re honored to work alongside a retailer of Raising Cane’s caliber and look forward to supporting its expansion.”

Breaking ground in late 2018, the project is anticipated for completion in late spring 2019. PM Design Group, Inc. is serving as the architect on the project with Embree Construction Group serving as the general contractor and Kimley-Horn as the civil engineer.

About Confluent Development:

Confluent Development is a leading full-service real estate investment and development firm that owns and develops ground-up commercial real estate throughout the United States. Confluent Development is an industry expert with more than 25 years of experience across diverse product types including office, retail, industrial, senior housing and multi-family developments. For more information, visit

About Raising Cane's®:
Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La., RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS has more than 390 restaurants in 24 states, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, with multiple new restaurants under construction. The company has ONE LOVE®—quality chicken finger meals—and is continually recognized for its unique business model and customer satisfaction. Raising Cane’s vision is to have restaurants all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great crew, cool culture and active community involvement.

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Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity (PPHFH) Board of Directors elected new member Ryan Teeples to join the leadership of the nonprofit organization. Mr. Teeples is Director of Global Sourcing Category Management at Keysight Technologies, Inc., in Colorado Springs where he develops multi-year strategic plans, establishes goals to measure and report success across the company, and oversees the management of total indirect company spending of $670M annually. As a PPHFH Member At-large, he will serve on PPHFH’s ReStore Committee and support the Finance Committee as needed.
Mr. Teeples joins the present Board of Directors below:
President: David Warner, Great Western Bank, Market President
Vice President: Ryan Mohling, Young Life, Director of Developing Global Leaders
Secretary: Tye Tutt, Nor’wood Development Group, Director of Construction
Treasurer: Peter Scanlon, Community Leader
Other Members At-Large are:
Sam Adams, Wells Fargo, Vice President of Market Growth and Development
Joel Hamilton, Director of Human Resources with School District 8
Martha Johnson, United States Olympic Committee, Associate Director of NGB Fundraising Development
Matt Manzione, Colorado Springs Utilities, Program Management Engineer
Jeff Mawhirter, One Child Matters, Director of IT
Ryan Panariso, ANB Bank, Vice President of Commercial Lending
Chuck Smith, Forbush Goldberg, Law Office Manager
Victoria Selfridge, Ent Credit Union, Vice President of Corporate Communications
Laurel Thorstensen, Retired Lutheran Pastor
Barbara Treacy, Community Leader
Board members are limited to three consecutive two-year terms of service. Meetings are regularly held on the first Monday of the month (exclusions being January, July and September) and are currently held at Forbush Legal, PLLC, 902 S. Weber St., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are open to the public.
About Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity builds affordable housing in El Paso County in partnership with the community and prospective homeowners. Partner families build their home alongside volunteers, and purchase their house with an affordable mortgage. Pikes Peak Habitat has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1986 and has assisted 166 families achieve homeownership in El Paso County. For more information, visit

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The Security Lions Club will commence their annual Christmas Tree sale the Friday, November 23 at 3pm.

The trees go from between $50 and $80 depending on size.

They'll be available at Widefield Square Shopping Center Monday through Friday from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 7pm. Proceeds help fund a variety of charitable programs in the community.

For more information, contact Chuck at 719-660-2334.

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The City of Colorado Springs and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered on a historic archaeological dig in Garden of the Gods Park. This rare and significant project has recovered items from the late 1800s and early 1900s directly linked to Colorado Springs founder, William Jackson Palmer, and his family’s occupation of the Glen Eyrie Estate.

“It’s exciting to discover an intact archaeological site that promises to reveal new information about the Palmer family and their role in establishing our community,” said Matt Mayberry, City cultural services manager. “Such sites are exceedingly rare, and we look forward to sharing this newly discovered information with the public.”

The sites, identified as Palmer’s domestic refuse middens (also known as trash heaps), were discovered by City of Colorado Springs lead archaeologist Anna Cordova during site monitoring for the Camp Creek Drainage Improvement Project. The multi-phase drainage project was initiated in 2015 due to significant rainstorms that caused serious erosion in the creek, a side effect of the Waldo Canyon fire, which burned a large percentage of the Camp Creek watershed.

Following Cordova’s discovery, FEMA and the Colorado State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) determined two archaeological sites in the area were considered eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. A memorandum of agreement requiring data recovery before work on the drainage project could continue was signed in August between FEMA, SHPO, the City, and the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The recovery of data is expected to mitigate any adverse impacts related to future construction in this area, and construction of a stormwater detention and sedimentation pond as part of the drainage project will commence in early 2019.

“This is a great example of why there is an environmental and historic preservation element in the work we do,” said FEMA Region VIII Administrator Lee K. dePalo. “I commend all of our partners as we work together to make the excavation and recovery possible before the drainage project continues.”

Alpine Archaeological Consultants of Montrose, Colo., was contracted to execute the archaeological research design, treatment plan and extraction. Funded through the Colorado State Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, more than 135 excavation units have been investigated by Alpine. Crews have been working on two sites since Oct. 2, and field work is expected to be complete Nov. 20.

“We don’t typically get sites like this, especially in historical archaeology,” said Mike Prouty, Alpine project archaeologist. “There have been hundreds of artifacts recovered from each of the units, so the sites are really giving a voice to Palmer and his family’s everyday life, and we’re learning a lot.”

Among the recovered artifacts to date are fragments of ceramic plates; building material from Glen Eyrie, including bricks, lightbulbs and batteries; fully intact glass bottles; textile and clothing remnants, such as shoe leathers and buttons; and, food debris, like peach pits and fish bones and shells. Following the dig, archaeologists will closely analyze and catalogue the data offsite, and a detailed public report will be issued in 2019. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is also planning a special exhibit to share the extracted artifacts as part of a major new exhibit about Palmer scheduled for late 2019.

Guided public tours of the archaeological site will be available Nov. 17-20 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. Weather dependent, these tours will begin at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center on the second floor balcony before departing for the site.

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eBay announced its 2018 Shopping Report, taking an in-depth look at the launches, anniversaries and collabs that rose to the top and encouraged people from coast to coast to open up their wallets. In a year marked by superheroes, sought-after sneakers, stress relief and Supreme, some surprising statistics emerged – demonstrating what's on shoppers' minds and what trends are here to stay.

eBay’s 2018 Shopping Report takes an in-depth look at the launches, anniversaries and collaborations that rose to the top this year, driving spikes in eBay searches and sales, and encouraging shoppers to open up their wallets.

New data from eBay’s 2018 Shopping Report shows the events that impacted purchase behavior this year, as people flocked to Fortnite, felt the effect of King James, were ‘Royally’ inspired and filled their closets with logo fashion.

"As the world's largest marketplace, eBay search and sales data provides an interesting look at what's happening in culture," said Bradford Shellhammer, eBay's Vice President of Buyer Experience. "By paying attention to new shopping behaviors over the course of the year – investments in trading cards, the resurgence of vinyl, an affinity for yellow decor and SMEG appliances and kids of all ages digging dinosaurs – we're able to predict the types of gifts that will bring joy this holiday season."

Whether it's driving millions in sales or causing drastic spikes in search, what's happening on eBay reflects what's happening in the world. Here are the 18 things that stood out in 2018:

    The Looks: Cozy Coats, Bike Shorts
    The Logos: Champion, Supreme
    The Designer:Virgil Abloh
    The Sneakers: Nike Air Max 1/97 Sean Wotherspoon 
    The Player: LeBron James
    The Record Breakers: Tom Brady, Derek Jeter
    The Comeback: Vinyl
    The Tech: Connected Home, Electric Scooters 
    The Décor: Yellow Hues, SMEG appliances
    The Game: Fortnite
    The Franchise: Spider-Man
    The Collectible: Magic: The Gathering 
    The Royals: Tiaras and Trench Coats
    The Wedding: Meghan and Harry
    The Anniversaries: Harry Potter, Mickey Mouse
    The Wellness Fix: Aromatherapy, Cannabidiol
    The Vehicles: RVs, Trucks and Luxury Rides
    The Toys: Dinosaurs, L.O.L. Surprise!

eBay's 2018 Shopping Report1

    LOOKS OF THE YEAR: Cozy Coats: Celebrities like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kendall Jenner sported faux fur this year, and popular designs emerged from brands like ASOS and TopShop. eBay sales of the "teddy bear" coat nearly quadrupled between September and October. From vests to backpacks, 50,000 faux fur items sold on eBay between July and September - a 105 percent increase in just 90 days.Bike Shorts: Nearly 110,000 cycling and biker shorts have been sold on eBay in 2018. After celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski were seen wearing the trend, eBay sales for the shorts spiked, with a 27 percent increase in less than 90 days.Top Prints: In the first week of October, 378 animal print items were sold per day. Looking to compare print trends? eBay Fashion saw stripes beat out polka dots by more than 18,000 items sold, and leopard print edge past snakeskin by 10,000 purchases (in the last 60 days).Luxury Watches: eBay shoppers picked up one luxury watch every three minutes this year. Rolex watches accounted for 20 percent of total luxury watch sales in 2018, with other top-selling brands for the year including Omega, Tag Heuer, Longines and Breitling.Denim Boots: In August, eBay saw a 107 percent increase in sales month-over-month for thigh-high denim boots after Jennifer Lopez wore a pair from Versace.