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“Folks, Colorado Springs is a great place to live, work and play, and word has gotten out.”
-Mayor John Suthers

Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

The City of Colorado Springs experienced positive growth and improvements in multiple areas during 2016, earning a place on no fewer than 12 notable “top 10” city ranking lists. New business startups and relocations, low unemployment and excellent quality of life were just some of the city’s attributes earning national recognition.  

Already a major destination for travelers, prominent publications such as U.S. News & World Reports, Livability.com and WalletHub ranked COS as a “best city” within its top 10 lists proving that the 40th largest city in the nation is not only a great place to visit, but is also a great place to live.

Overall Awards:

# 9  Best in the Mountains City by Money Magazine

o   Reviewed metro areas (300,000+) with strong job growth, affordable housing, good schools, low crime and great quality of life factor i.e. transportation and green space.

#5  Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report

o   Cities were ranked an evaluated by the following indexes: job market, value, quality of life, desirability, and net migration.

#4  Best Midsize Cities for New Grads by OnlineDegrees.com

o   Cities were graded on a 10 point scale for rents, population age, degree earnings, arts and entertainment, job growth projections and area unemployment rate.

#4  Best Large City to Live in by WalletHub

o   Compared 62 cities with population over 300,000 in livability, education health and local economy and taxes.

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By Ed Duffy

Colorado Springs’ first All Tune and Lube opened earlier this month at 1715 S. Academy Blvd in Colorado Springs.

Owner Jeff Skelton has been in the automotive industry for over 26 years. He started as a mechanic, technician, then management. He was living in Chico, California and traveling to this area frequently as part of his job, helping dealerships set up and learn his company’s software.

He was offered a position with Bob Penkus dealerships here in the Springs, which his wife Christine and all three boys, Jacob, Caleb and Kenny thought was a great idea. Jeff did too, so they moved out here in 2012.

Jeff was also thinking about having a business of his own. His friend, local realtor Walt Lau Hee, was also looking for an investment to diversify his income. The two started looking at franchises. Jeff decided to go with what he knows, so narrowed it down to automotive services.

They decided All Tune was the best fit and offered the opportunity to grow along with an expanding company. They found a great site, at Bally’s Plaza, Chelton and Academy, right across Academy from the Walmart Neighborhood Market.

Jeff and family (Christine, Caleb and Kenny all work there as well) opened for business on December 5, 2016. All Tune offers complete car care and repair, including oil change and lube, brake services, transmission services, AC, scheduled maintenance, fleet services, tires and more.

All Tune and Lube is open 7am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 8am to 3pm Saturday and closed Sunday. You can reach them at 719-358-8905, visit them online at www.AllTuneandLubeCS.com (coupons available on the website) or connect with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AllTuneandLubeCS

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Colorado Sno-Balls is now open in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center.

Colorado Sno-Balls offers fresh, tasty shave ice in all kinds of flavors.

You'll find them at 5698 S. Hwy 85 in Fountain, behind Independent Records, near the Dollar General store.

They're open from 1pm to 7pm Monday through Friday and from noon to 7pm Saturday and Sunday.

Visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/ColoradoSnoBalls or give them a call at 719-646-8993. You can also email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Second Chance, used furniture store is now open on South Santa Fe Ave in Fountain, Colorado, just off Exit 128.

Second Chance offers great deals on quality used and refinished furniture, accessories and household items.

They're open from 11am to 7pm Tuesday through Friday, 11-6 Saturday, 11-3 Sunday and closed Monday.

You can find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/secondchancecolorado2016.com, give them a call at 719-322-9689 or stop and see them at 600 S. Santa Fe Ave in Fountain, across the street from the 7-11 at Exit 128.

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