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By Ed Duffy



MammaBee’s Burgers is now open at 1835 Main Street, across from the Keep M Clean car wash, just north of Smith Chiropractic. 


Mario Phillips has been in the restaurant business for over 30 years. He and his wife Brenda (a.k.a. MammaBee) had been looking to get their own place for some time. When they heard the former Vi’s Burgers location was available, they went for it. 


Mario and Brenda (MammaBee) Phillips


Mario says while the burgers are the headliner, the biggest seller is actually his Philly cheese steak sandwich. Burgers are in second, but the catfish is coming up fast as more and more people hear about it. They also have chicken wings and chicken strips, BLT’s and other sandwiches, as well as tasty appetizers like fried cheese and broccoli bites. 



MammaBees is open from 11am to 7pm Tuesday though Saturday. Call them at 719-465-1823 or find them on Facebook at

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Harper Grace childrens consignment clothing store is hosting their Grand Opening today at 51 Widefield Blvd.

Harper Grace offers gently used, quality childrens' wear and accessories. Owner Candance Toscano had operated a childrens consignent store for years under the name Nik Naks, before embarking on the opening of Toscanos Interiors, now located on Main Street in Security.

Today's specials include a favorite from the Nik Nak days: Fill The Bag. Fill one of their brown paper sacks with whatever you can put in there for just $25. Another Grand Opening Day deal is $10 off and purchase of $40 or more.

The Grand Opening event runs until 3 pm today. You can reach them at 719-375-8746. 

For more information visit them on line at and check out their Facebook page at

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The Family Dollar Store at 20 Widefield Blvd closed around June 1 of this year. It was part of a series of deals in which Dollar Tree bought Family Dollar and sold off some of their stores and Dollar Express locations to Dollar General.

The bottom line? Area residents will soon have their dollar store back.

As the sign indicates, Dollar General will be opening at the location in the Widefield Square shopping center. Dollar General also has a location in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center at Main Street and Hwy 85. Family Dollar has a Main Street location in Security as well as at the Markets at Mesa Ridge.



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In an effort to improve their homes and neighborhood, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial will host a volunteer home-repair event through a unique partnership program called Thrivent Builds Repairs.

Thrivent Builds Repairs empowers Thrivent members and other volunteers to upgrade existing homes through projects like installing accessibility ramps, exterior painting, weatherization, porch repair or light landscaping. These improvements provide better living arrangements for the families in the homes, as well as an overall improvement for the community.

Community volunteers and Thrivent Financial representative Matt Glenn will come together on July 15 at a home site on Boggs Place to work on gutters, windows, down spouts, fencing, and tree trimming for Belinda’s family. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Isaac Ring, Volunteer Manager at Pikes Peak Habitat. All are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Local Colorado Springs Thrivent Financial representative Matt Glenn is part of the building team, saying that “Sharing our time and talents to live generously and strengthen our community is a great way to get to know our neighbors and make a real difference.”

The program is part of an ongoing partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International, called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. Since the national partnership’s inception in 2005, Thrivent members and other volunteers have helped thousands of families achieve a higher standard of living, through the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing construction leadership of hundreds of local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Through projects like this, Thrivent Financial and its members have built or repaired over 4,000 homes in the US and completed over 1,000 international and domestic home building trips.

“The Thrivent Builds partnership is helping Pikes Peak Habitat increase the number of families served in our community by helping home owners stay in their homes,” said Kris Medina, Pikes Peak Habitat Executive Director. “We are so grateful for Thrivent’s support of our efforts to build and repair homes in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. It’s a wonderful way to continue to strengthen, stabilize and move families closer to self-reliance.”

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