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Bio Pappel, Mexico’s largest paper producer as well as recycler, recently celebrated the opening of its Colorado Springs collection center at 3240 Astrozon Blvd, just north of Drennan and west of Academy, a 31,000 square foot facility owned by WKB, LLC.

Bio Pappel collects cardboard and paper, which it uses to produce its own 100% recycled and recyclable, non-chlorine bleached, biodegradable paper. The raw materials from Colorado Springs are shipped to and used by their plant in Prewitt, New Mexico.

The facility accepts material from individuals as well as companies. Cardboard is currently paying .035 cents/lb and office paper .025 cents/lb. They also accept newspaper, but there’s no cash payment for it. For the individual it’s really more about putting waste paper to good use instead of adding it to a landfill. Companies who produce large quantities of waste can not only feel good about recycling, but also save good money on disposal fees.

The facility is open from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday. To set up a commercial account, contact Recycling Coordinator, Marlene Romero-Phillips at 719-322-6785.

For more information on Bio Pappel, visit www.biopappel.com/en

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Encyclopedia Brittanica is the latest hard copy publication to throw in the towel after nearly 250 years of continuous publication.

Before the Internet became a widespread phenomenon, encyclopedias were a treasure trove of valuable information. They were the ultimate quick reference source. The Encyclopedia Brittanica was published every two years. A complete 32 volume set could set you back over $1,000.

These days, with information on nearly everything available at your fingertips for next to nothing, and even the online version of the Brittanica only going for $70, the hard-copy just couldn't compete. The 2010 edition will be the last. Once the remaining copies are sold, the company will focus on digital reference and learning products.

I guess the good news is, if you have a set, hold on to it. It may well be a valuable collectors item one day.

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Griffis/Blessing, Inc. announces the promotion of Kelly Baines to the position of Assistant Portfolio Manager.  In her new role, Ms. Baines will be responsible for assisting Senior Vice President Pat Stanforth, CPM®, in the day-to-day operations at sites.  Her duties will also include software reporting and maintenance.

Ms. Baines is a certified trainer for OneSite Leasing and Rents and leads quarterly trainings for new employees, and will be finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at Regis University in 2013.

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His friends refer to him as “The Human Jukebox!” As a crooner, Gary ranks among the best crooners the world has ever known…In his own right, in his own Gary Bennett voice. After all, he started singing and impersonating when he was only 9 years old.

The first person he ever impersonated was Vaughn Monroe, commonly called “Mr. Muscle Voice” back in the 1940’s. Monroe is best noted for his “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and “There, I’ve said It Again.” But, really, and probably the most remarkable thing about Gary is the fact that he impersonates not just six or even ten, but 130 of the mainstream singers! Amazingly enough he can imitate great artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, Dean Martin, Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Muddy Waters and BB King to name just a few!

At his live performance, Gary is accompanied by his wife and partner, Burletta, and together, the couple welcomes requests. In fact, they offer “Request Books” to their audiences. The books contain 700 songs from which to choose. Gary performs at restaurants, lounges, resorts, dances, weddings, anniversaries, reunions, corporate events and more.

Check out his website at www.garybennett.webs.com, to see where he is playing each month. You will find him in Canon City at The Royal Gorge Bridge, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, Colorado City, La Veta, Gunnison, Saguache, and many more cities in Colorado.

To purchase his CD entitled Gary Bennett, “The Human Jukebox,” go to CdBaby.com.
For bookings, simply call Gary at: 719‐371‐1600 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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For more than 10 years Fountain Valley area residents have been stopping by the drive-through at Chick’s Espresso in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center for their favorite beverage on their way to work, home, school or wherever they’re off to. (update: After the successful opening of the W. Colorado location, Susan sold the Fountain Valley drive through, it's now operating as Valley Espresso)

Now West-Siders can get in on the flavor. Owner, Susan Van Dam has opened Chick’s Espresso and Boba Tea Cafe within the Gotta Love It Market at 2521 W. Colorado Avenue. You’ll find Chick’s right up front, along with products of other Gotta Love It entrepreneurs.

Gotta Love It is actually a co-op kitchen. It’s the brain child of Debbie and Jerry Downing. Now midway through their second year of operation, they’ve already helped launch several successful businesses and have some of their own preparing for next level success. The Gotta Love It Kitchen leases facilities and space to independent entrepreneurs, such as Tabor Mountain Bakehouse (a gluten free baker), Her Story Cafe (you’ve probably seen their soup truck around town), Lavender Mountain Bakery (scones, biscotti, shortbread), Tinat de Toro (catering, pastries and cooking classes), Grandma Frutosa’s Chile Salsas, Mountain Lightning Salsa, Not Just Pesto, Monse’s Taste of El Salvador and Creative Wedding Cakes of Colorado Springs.

Debbie and Jerry have some brands of their own under development as well. Their Pockitz sandwiches are best described as sandwiches baked into the bread, and have been a huge hit. You can get anything from Cheeseburger, to Philly Steak, Ham and Cheese and now a new line of breakfast Pockitz among many other varieties. Their other brands include Gotta Love Garlic and Cookie Stop.

The incubator/kitchen has only been in operation 18 months, but has already seen businesses outgrow the co-op. Myabella Cupcakes moved into their own space, right across the street. Her Story Cafe will soon be opening their own facility on Widefield Blvd. Simply Bliss Bakery and Mile High Whoopie Pie Company teamed up and opened a place on the north side of town and Afternoon Delights now has their own place in Woodland Park.

Leasing space from a facility like Gotta Love It Kitchen is a great way to try new concepts and develop products and business models without making the substantial investment in commercial space and equipment up-front. for more information on Gotta Love it, call Debbie or Jerry at 719-314-8714.

You can reach Susan at Chick’s at 719-210-1360.

Congratulations to both Chick’s Espresso & Boba Tea Cafe and Gotta Love It Kitchen on their success to date.  Both are already mulling over future expansions. Best of luck and keep us posted.