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Roses, chocolate, candy and cupid are everywhere in February. The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau is encouraging people to skip the heart-shaped box of confectionary calories and do something different this Valentine’s Day. Couples can indulge their sweet with a Colorado Springs Suite. Escape to the Rocky Mountains and enjoy a “Fired up Romance” or scrumptious “Making Whoopee” package complete with stunning views of Pikes Peak. Don’t forget to grab a smooch under the famed Kissing Camels rock formation in Garden of the Gods Park. View all packages and book now at

The Mining Exchange “Makin’ Whoopee” Lovers’ Package
What better time to make “whoopee” than the month for lovers? Skip the chocolate-covered strawberries and have fun making authentic Whoopie pies with that special someone. Unwind in a luxurious guest room or suite with 2pm late check-out, bottle of champagne and gourmet Whoopie pie-making kit featuring cake and a trio of delectably sinful fillings. Package starts at $149. Taxes and gratuity not included.

Quality Inn & Suites “Amori Rose e Suites” Package
The Quality Inn & Suites Garden of the Gods has partnered with La Bella Vita Ristorante Italiano for a special all-inclusive Valentine's Day package. Relax in a two-room deluxe suite along with dinner for two at nearby La Bella Vita Ristorante Italiano. Dinner includes two complimentary glasses of champagne, a rose and special Valentine menu topped off with Tiramisu for dessert. Package starts at $149, available February 14-17, 2013.

America’s Rocky Mountain Lodge “Romance Your Valentine” Package
This rustic lodge is nestled at the base of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain. Stay February 14-17, 2013 for three or more nights and receive complimentary roses, a bottle of sparkling cider, champagne flutes and delicious handmade chocolate truffles. Subject to availability, must ask for the “Romance your Valentine” package, applies to new bookings only and may not be combined with other specials or discounts. Package starts at $135.

El Colorado Lodge “Fire up the Romance” Package
Originally built in 1926, the Historic El Colorado Lodge is one of Manitou Springs' oldest continually operating businesses. The interiors of the adobe cabins have been modernized, blending rustic charm with contemporary comfort. Book a romantic suite with fireplace and receive a complimentary basket of firewood to stoke the flames. Nosh on a free appetizer at the Wild Ginger restaurant next door. Package starts at $54, valid February 14-17, 2013.

Residence Inn North “Suite for Your Sweet” Package
Residence Inn North at the Air Force Academy provides a romantic and relaxing stay for Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14-17, 2013. The package includes a suite, sparkling wine, chocolate, hot breakfast buffet, indoor hot tub and pool as well as an outdoor fire pit. Take advantage of 2pm late check-out. Package starts at $109.

About Colorado Springs, CO
Founded as a resort town in 1871, Colorado Springs is Colorado’s second largest city with a population of 426,388. Offering 300+ days of annual sunshine and more than 55 man-made and natural attractions, the city and surrounding region is a popular destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts and couples. The area consists of El Paso, Fremont and Teller Counties, located in southern Colorado along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. Find out more and order a free Official Visitor Guide at

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The House Chef of Colorado Springs has announced the launch of the House
Chef Shoppe.

On the heels of announcing their new location on 50 S. Sierra Madre, the House Chef is now serving Breakfast and Lunch (take out), from the new site.

Breakfast is available from 9am to 11am weekdays and includes Breakfast Burritos, Shrimp and Grits, Coco Rice and Baked Muffins. Lunch is available from 11am to 2pm weekdays and includes Po-Boys, New Orleans Muffaletta, Louisiana Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice and Pecan Pralines.

They also have chips, soda, doughnuts and other snacks. For more information visit or call 719-964-0234.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg did a pretty good job of hyping up the "major announcement" that took place today at Facebook headquarters. While market reaction was less than jubilant, the new search tool he announced will add significant value to users and to advertisers.

The search tool called "Graph Search" will allow users to search the Facebook site for public posts, likes, pictures, interests and more, as well as items posted by their Facebook friends. Up to now, when you posted a picture of the Grand Canyon, your post would move its way down the timeline and perhaps after a few days, might never have been seen by anyone again. Now if one of your friends searches Facebook for Grand Canyon, your post will come up. It's actually kind of surprising that it took them this long. Site search is pretty routine for most sites. Perhaps they were trying to work out the best way to collect and monetize search data.

In any case, the new feature will make the site more interesting and useful to users and make posts for things like business pages more valuable by giving them new life. That new product announcement you posted 6 months ago is now much more likely to be viewed by many more people. No doubt advertisers will also be able to make use of new data as well, targeting people who searched for Mexican restaurants in a specific locale for example.

The roll out will be gradual. The feature will become available to a few hundred thousand users immediately, with more added as they work the bugs out. At first the search will focus on people, photos, places and interests. As a business user, it might be wise to share your business posts on your personal page, using comments which include the name of the business, location and product.

With hundreds of millions of users worldwide, the question for Facebook has always been how to monetize all those eyeballs. This new feature, by itself, may not have an immediate huge impact on earnings, but it's another incremental increase in value. They don't necessarily have to hit home runs so long as they keep getting hits. I think this one is a hit.

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By Ed Duffy

The House Chef, Robert Brunets gourmet cooking service, now has a new home at 50 South Sierra Madre Street, in Old Depot Square.

The House Chef of Colorado Springs provides complete cooking and catering. From the website: "We bring the food. We bring the seasonings. We even bring the pots and pans... everything we need to give you and your family or guests a one of a kind, in-home dining experience…"

You can visit House Chef on the web at Call them at 719-964-0234 and of course, you can now go see them in person from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday and from 10am to 3pm Saturday. Find Robert on Facebook at

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Press Release

Griffis/Blessing, Inc. is pleased to announce its selection by Arriba Properties, LLC, Fireweed, LLC, and Interurban Group, LLC, to provide property and facilities management services.

"The make-up of these accounts fit well into a business model we focused on expanding this year," says Senior Vice President Rick Davidson, CPM®. "Two of these properties are owner-occupied, so the focus will be on lowering costs in areas such as property insurance and trash removal. Our total managed property portfolio is in excess of 120 properties, which results in a purchasing power that allows us to pass back savings to our clients."

The buildings—located in Colorado Springs at 19 E. Cimarron St. and 512, 606, 610 and 612 S. Tejon St—total 27,670 square feet. Tenants include the McDivitt Law Firm, John Flemming, M.D., and Power and Precision, Inc.  The assignment will be handled by the team of Portfolio Manager Jeremiah Nease, CPM®, and Management Assistant Jennifer Weis.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with an additional office in Denver, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 4,000 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services throughout Colorado since 1985. For more information, visit