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By Ed Duffy

Mike and Jackie Coleman and co-owners of JEMS Inc, Stacy and Erik Hjelmstad are moving the Indoor Vendor Market from it’s current location at Palmer Park and Circle Drive to a new home at Widefield Square, at Fontaine and Widefield Blvd.  The new shop is half of what was once the local Safeway. When Safeway moved to Mesa Ridge, Family Dollar (later purchased by Dollar General) leased about half of the space they had vacated at Widefield Square. The remaining space was too much for a small business and not enough for a big box store. However, the 24,000 square feet is just right for Indoor Vendor Market, currently at around 15,000 square feet, to move and grow into.

It’ll be a few months before the move gets done. They have signed a five year lease with an option for five more, but they figure it may take until July 1 to get it ready to open. Indoor Vendor Market offers booth and display space rental for sellers of quality used or craft merchandise. Spaces start at around 40 square feet for $2.50/sq ft per month. One can also lease shelf or display space for as little as $25-$30/month. The market gets monthly rental fees plus 10% of sales. Vendors set their own pricing and agree to stock only clean, quality merchandise.

When JEMS first purchased the Indoor Vendor Market in 2016 it had been in business for a number of years. In fact, they had a space there for three years themselves. It was around 9,000 square feet of merchandise when they bought it. Over the next two years it has grown to over 65 vendors and 100+ shelves and displays rented.

Stacy and Jackie explained that in addition to the space they needed for continued growth and a good deal on the lease, they found Security-Widefield to be a strategic location. Many of the area north/south roadways converge here; I25, Academy Blvd, Hwy 115, Powers, Union/Hancock Expressway are all just a couple minutes away. Whether you’re coming from Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Monument, Woodland Park or Falcon, there’s an easy way to get here.

You can still shop and rent spaces at the Palmer Park and Circle location. The store is open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm.

If you’d like to get on the waiting list for the Security-Widefield location, text Stacy at 719-205-0770. Follow Indoor Vendor Market on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheIndoorVendorMarket/



JEMS Inc. Also owns the Little London Consignment Market at 109 S. Sierra Madre in Colorado Springs. That model is a bit different in that the store sets the pricing and takes a bigger cut, but there’s no space rental fee. The store and seller agree on a time period, after which the seller has 7 days to come collect unsold items. Some parameters are negotiable on a case by case basis. Little London is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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Press Release

Pamela Kastrava

Ent Credit Union is pleased to announce the promotion of Pamela Kastrava to Service Area Manager. In her new role as one of Ent’s five area managers, she will oversee operations at six service centers including Ent’s Bon, Centennial, Flintridge, Mountain Bell, Peterson and Schriever locations.

Kastrava has more than 19 years of experience at Ent, serving in roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently she was the service center manager of Ent’s Mountain Bell location in downtown Colorado Springs.

Kastrava is a Colorado native and graduated from Woodland Park High School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a minor in communication from Regis University. 

About Ent Credit Union
Founded in 1957, Ent Credit Union is a different kind of financial institution, committed to improving members’ financial quality of life and returning value through better rates, lower fees and Ent Extras® cash rewards. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent has more than $5.5 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and more than 30 convenient service center locations along the Front Range. In 2018, Forbes’ inaugural “Best-In-State Credit Unions” survey ranked Ent #1 in the state of Colorado. As a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union, Ent’s membership is open to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo, Teller and Weld counties. Ent is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, federally insured by the NCUA.

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Press Release (One-Colorado.org)

This afternoon, the Colorado House Public Health Care & Human Services passed House Bill 19-1129 on a bipartisan 8-3 vote. If signed into law, the bill would ban the dangerous, discredited practice of conversion therapy on minors by a licensed professional. One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families, released the following statement from Executive Director Daniel Ramos in reaction to the bill’s passage from the House:

“No young person should ever be shamed by a state-licensed mental health professional into thinking who they are is wrong. Unfortunately, as we heard when this bill was in committee, too many young LGBTQ Coloradans have sought help from licensed professionals so they can find their truth, only to be subjected to dangerous and discredited practices that use rejection, shame, and psychological abuse to force them to change who they are. More and more states are standing with LGBTQ youth by banning the harmful, discredited practice of conversion therapy on minors, and it is time for Colorado to do the same,” said Ramos.

“I applaud the committee for their bipartisan support of this measure. It is my sincere hope that, with this being the fifth time this measure has been introduced in the Colorado legislature, this will be the year Colorado says ‘no more’, and bans a practice on minors that is based on the false claim that being LGBTQ is a mental illness that needs to be cured. We are born perfect, and we deserve our state’s support,” Ramos continued.

Sponsored by Representatives Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City, and Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, and Senator Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, this bill would ban a state-licensed mental health care provider from engaging in the discredited, harmful practice conversion therapy on a patient under eighteen years of age in order to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. A physician or mental health care provider who violates this provision engages in unprofessional conduct under the applicable professional licensing board.

Testimony in support of HB19-1129 was provided by medical and mental health professionals, faith leaders, department agencies, survivors of conversion therapy, and legal professionals, including Colorado’s former Republican Attorney General, Cynthia Coffman.

A study last year by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that tens of thousands of teens between ages of 13-17 will be subjected to conversion therapy in the coming years.

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Widefield Square Thrift Store will open officially this Friday at 141 Fontaine Blvd in Security-Widefield (next to the Big R). They held a "soft opening" this past Friday to check the layout and clear out some inventory. They'll be closed for the next few days to make some final tweaks. 

The store features a large selection of quality used furniture, sporting goods, jerseys, toddler accessories, handbags, toys, games, housewares, artwork and other treasures. 

The Widefield Square Thrift Store is brought to you by the same folks who own the Roll Up Food Truck, which will also make a permanent home of Widefield Square Shopping Center. In fact, on the weekends, they'll be inviting friends. (more on that later next week).

 

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

The public is invited to attend one of three identical informational meetings to learn about a proposed City ordinance to expand the use of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), or in-law units in Colorado Springs by allowing this use in single-family residential zoned areas.

All meeting times and formats are identical. Open house: 5:30 – 7 p.m. with a formal presentation at 6 p.m.

SOUTHEAST COLORADO SPRINGS

Weds, Feb. 20

Deerfield Hills Community Center

4290 Deerfield Hills Road, 80916

NORTH COLORADO SPRINGS

Monday, Feb. 25

Prairie Hills Elementary School, gymnasium

8025 Telegraph Drive, 80920

CENTRAL/WEST COLORADO SPRINGS

Tuesday, Feb. 26

City Auditorium

221 East Kiowa Street, 80903

Meeting attendees will have an opportunity to learn about this emerging type of housing adopted by many cities and how it's designed to address the need for increased housing options in Colorado Springs.

In an effort to mitigate the impact of a tight housing market and increasing rental rates and further advance efforts to be an age-friendly community, Colorado Springs officials are exploring an often overlooked form of housing as a potential solution: the in-law unit.

“Because the need to provide housing to aging parents, dependent or disabled adult children or other family members should not be limited those within the allowed zone districts, the City is proposing to allow this type of housing throughout Colorado Springs,” said Hannah Van Nimwegen, senior planner for the City of Colorado Springs. “Updating the city code to extend this type of housing to single-family residential areas will respond to the growing need expressed by our community to provide a greater variety of housing options at different price points and help facilitate and reflect what is already taking place in Colorado Springs.”

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) are secondary apartments on a residential lot or within the main home. ADUs are often referred to as ancillary apartments, in-law suites or cottages, or guest houses. These residential units are smaller than the main home, and can come in a number of forms, such as above a detached garage, converted attic or basement, separate smaller unit on the property or attached to the home.

An ADU must include a sleeping area, sanitary facilities and kitchen. Property owners who rent or provide living accommodations, but do not meet the above criteria for an ADU will not be affected by the proposed ordinance. Additionally, pre-existing legal ADUs in multi-family and commercial zoned districts will not be affected. The proposed ordinance would not override HOA covenants and HOAs may opt to prohibit ADUs.

The City has adopted best practices from other municipalities to develop the proposed ordinance. For more information about the proposed ordinance and what it entails visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/ADU