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By Ed Duffy

I'm not sure what the hold up was, but 243 years after the founding of our country, the Fountain Valley finally has it's first craft brewery.

Peaks and Pines brewing company held a soft opening at their new Fountain, Colorado location last night to ensure everything was in working order for the official launch today.

Peaks and Pines opened on Tutt Blvd in Colorado Springs in 2015. That location will remain, but the new facility at 212 W. Illinois Ave in Fountain will serve as the main brewery.

The company did a great job rehabilitating a very distressed property, inside and out, with help from Fountain's Urban Renewal Authority. There's now a 12,000 square foot taproom,, 450 square foot event house and an outdoor patio with a food truck parked at the end of it. It's kid friendly, with board games and complimentary popcorn. You can bring the dog too, but keep him/her on a leash.



You'll find them right behind Snare Realty, off S. Santa Fe Ave in Fountain. The officially open today at noon. Regular hours are Sunday: 12PM - 8PM
Monday through Thursday 3PM - 9PM, Friday: 3PM - 11PM and Saturday: 12PM - 11PM. Reach them at (719) 358-6758 and follow them on Facebook.

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Cricket Wireless at 7030 S. US Highway 85-87 would like you to know that they  are under new ownership and new management. Well, relatively new. Digitech Communications took over the Highway 85-87 location last year, in advance of closing the Fountain Valley Shopping Center location due to reconstruction, last November.

Cricket Wireless offers a range of smart phones and plans at affordable prices. They currently service over 10 million customers nationwide. You can learn more at www.cricketwireless.com.

Local manager, Rebecca Swift also invites you to come on in to the shop, have a look and talk about what plans can work for you. They're open from 10am to 7pm, Monday through Saturday and from 10am to 5pm Sunday. You can also visit them on Facebook.

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Eagles's Nest Wood and Pottery is actually still in the process of renovating and setting up, but they're open at the new location, just across the street from the former location.

The new site gives them triple the workspace and double the display area. EaglesNest provides workspace and equipment for artisans and hobbyists to create and if they like, display space to sell their creations.

They also carry pottery supplies, which is something I'm told is very hard to find around here.

Find out more about EaglesNest Wood and Pottery by visiting their Facebook page. You can also call them at (719) 646-2222 or go check out the new shop at 355 Main Street in Security. They're open from 8am to 8pm, Monday through Saturday.

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The Indoor Flea Market is open for business. They had their soft opening today. What does that mean? Well, vendors are still getting set up, signage still needs to be put up, there’s still some work to do, but while the finishing touches are being put on, you can still come in and shop.

The 22,000 square foot store features dozens of vendors offering everything from tools, collectibles, clothing to antiques, video games, furniture and all kinds of other treasures.

They’re open from 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week. There are still some spaces available for vendors, but they’re going fast. You’ll find them at Widefield Square (Fontaine and Widefield Blvd), 20 Widefield Blvd, next to the Dollar General. You can reach them at 719-219-1898 and check them out on Facebook.

The grand opening will take place September 12.

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by Ed Duffy

Sandie Comstock's Ink Fountain Printing has been a fixture in the City of Fountain's small business community for almost 40 years. Now Sandie and her husband have decided it's time to fulfill their dream of building that home in the mountains and enjoying retirement. While the business is still going strong, they've put it off for long enough she says. Construction is already underway.

Sandie says she understands the business is a valuable neighborhood resource and is looking to get it into the hands of a willing and able entrepreneur who wants to continue to serve the community while pursuing their own dream.

Ink Fountain is more than just printing though. They also offer schools supplies, office supplies, craft supplies, greeting cards, gifts and other merchandise as well as fax service, shipping, scanning and more.

Sandie hasn't set a date yet for making the move, but if you haven't been to Ink Fountain in a while, pop in and say hello and congratulations on retirement.

If you're interested in owning the business, give Sandie a call at 719-382-8721. Serious inquiries only please.