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By Ed Duffy



The Dog Haus Biergarten opened their first Colorado Springs location this week at 162 Tracker Drive, off Exit 156, near Bass Pro Shop, Overdrive Raceway and the Magnum Shooting Center.

The Dog Haus features “craft casual” in the form of gourmet hot dogs, sausages and burgers, as well as a wide selection of craft brews and spirits. They also offer premium shakes and soft-serve ice cream.

This is the second location for franchisees Lyle Rider and Jeron Boemer. The Dog Haus was founded by partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and Andre Vener in 2010. (official press release here).

The Tracker Drive location is the 22d store to actually open for business, but there are over 400 in the works at the moment. The atmosphere is cozy at about 2,400 square feet, with seating inside and out that encourages interaction, conversation and general merriment. For more information visit DogHaus.com, find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/doghauscoloradosprings or call 719-488-4278.

Thanks to the Dog Haus and RedEnergy PR for inviting us to attend to the premier!

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By Ed Duffy

Lotion Bar Cafe has been a local business success story for coming up on 10 years.



Now you can visit their new studio, shop for product and even learn how to make some very cool things yourself.

Owner, Holly Port started making lotion bars and soaps as a hobby. She gave them as gifts and soon started getting requests from family and friends. As sales grew, she decided it was time to make a business out of it, and Lotion Bar Cafe was born. At first she sold at local farmers markets and on sites like Etsy. Now Lotion Bar Cafe has products in 63 stores and counting.

Lotion Bar Cafe also partners with other local crafters. A company called Paint a Sign offers classes at the new location where you can paint your own, custom sign, for decorating your home or for your business. You can learn to make truffles with help from One Butt Bakery. There’s a Tea Tasting and Tea Tin Painting class, and Lotion Bar offers a 3-day Boot Camp on making your own soaps.


Holly has also written a book called Make It Fizz, A Guide to Bathtub Treats, which you can pick up at the store or online as well.

The new studio is usually open between 10am and 2pm weekdays, but if you’re not local, call ahead first to be sure at 719-321-9438. For more information, visit them on the web at www.lotionbarcafe.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lotionbarcafe or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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by John Stossel

As a group, black Americans have made the greatest gains -- over some of the highest hurdles and in a very short span of time -- of any racial group in mankind's history. What's the evidence? If one totaled up the earnings of black Americans and considered us as a separate nation with our own gross domestic product, we would rank among the 20 richest nations. It was a black American, Gen. Colin Powell, who once headed the world's mightiest military. Black Americans are among the world's most famous personalities, and a few are among the world's richest people.

The significance of these and other achievements is that at the end of the Civil War, neither a slave nor a slave owner would have believed such progress would be possible in a little over a century -- if ever. As such, it speaks to the intestinal fortitude of a people. Just as importantly, it speaks to the greatness of a nation in which such gains were possible. Nowhere else on the face of the earth would such progress be possible except in the United States of America. The big and thorny issue that confronts our nation is how these gains can be extended to the one-third or more of the black population for whom they have proved elusive.

A major part of the solution should be the elimination of public and private policy that rewards inferiority and irresponsibility. Chief among the policies that reward inferiority and irresponsibility is the welfare state. When some people know that they can have children out of wedlock, drop out of school and refuse employment and suffer little consequence, one should not be surprised to see the growth of such behavior. The poverty rate among blacks is about 30 percent. It's seen as politically correct to blame today's poverty on racial discrimination, but that's nonsense. Why? The poverty rate among black intact husband-and-wife families has been in the single digits for more than two decades. Does one want to argue that racists discriminate against female-headed families but not husband-and-wife families?

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by John Stossel

Expect more craziness this weekend. Earth Day is Saturday. This year's theme: Government must "do more" about climate change because "consequences of inaction are too high to risk."

They make it sound so simple:
        1) Man causes global warming.
        2) Warming is obviously harmful.
        3) Government can stop it.

Each claim is dubious or wrong.

This weekend at a movie, I was surprised to be assaulted again by former Vice President Al Gore. In a preview, a puffy-looking Gore suddenly appeared, attacking Donald Trump and mocking critics of his previous movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," the deceitful documentary that spreads fear in classrooms today. Yes, teachers play it in class.

Now Gore claims "the most criticized" part of the film was his assertion that the 9/11 memorial site would flood. Then, during Hurricane Sandy, it did!

But Gore creatively misremembers his own movie.

He had claimed the World Trade Center would flood because of a permanent 20-foot sea-level rise.

Actual scientists called that nonsense. It would take hundreds of years for such a thing to possibly happen.

But since the area flooded, briefly, Gore spins that as confirmation of his exaggerations.

This preview was the first I learned that theaters will soon show a sequel to Gore's film.

Google tells us that "An Inconvenient Sequel" got a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival. Trendy Hollywood is so dumb.

At least critics who've watched it gave it poor reviews.

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By Ed Duffy

Grandma's Simply Cupcakes and Sweet Treats is now open at 5652 S. Hwy 85/87 in Fountain, behind Independent Records.

Grandma's offers made to order gourmet cupcakes, specialty cakes, cake pops, candies, pastries, kids party themes, dairy free and gluten free products. Everything is made on site, from scratch with the highest quality ingredients.

Next holiday party, event, office party, birthday or special occasion, take some of the stress of yourself and let Grandma's take care of the custom treats made just for you.

You'll find them in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center (Main Street and Hwy 85/87) in Fountain, Colorado, next door to Alpenrose Deli. You can also visit them on Facebook, or in person at the shop. They're open from 9am to 6pm Tuesday through Friday and from 10am to 6pm Saturday, Closed Sunday and Monday. Reach them by phone at 719-419-CAKE (2253) or Facebook Messenger at @grandmascupcakes.