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There was a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for yet another new project at the Markets at Mesa Ridge in Fountain, Colorado. This time for a new strip center. Daniel Rosenbaum and Nick Rini of Nearon Enterprises report that 5 of the 6 spaces are already spoken for. Nearon manages the properties on the Mesa for the owners, Markets at Mesa Ridge.

Tenants in the new 10,000 square foot center will include a Noodles restaurant, H&R Block, Sprint, SportClips and Jersey Mikes subs.

There are now 4 commercial construction projects underway on the Mesa, including this one, Culvers, Kum and Go convenience store and Denny's, with more to come in 2013.

The new strip center is being built by TGC Contractors of Colorado Springs and is expected to be completed in Spring/Summer 2013.

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Whether at your business or at your home, trees are a significant investment in both money and time. Protect yours. Here in the Springs area, we get an average of about 1" of cumulative precipitation (liquid water volume) through the whole winter. The City of Colorado Springs provided the following press release to help you ensure your trees come back healthy in the Spring.

Winter Tree Watering Recommendations

City Forestry and the Palmer Tree Coalition would like to remind residents to water their trees. After several years of drought, trees in Colorado Springs could use a little extra TLC. Watering trees in fall and winter allows them to emerge healthier in the spring.  Drought-stressed trees are vulnerable to disease, insect infestations, branch dieback, or even total loss.

Watering recommendations:

·         Water to a depth of 12” below the soil surface.

·         Water slowly to saturate soil within the ‘drip-line’ of the tree canopy.  Move the hose around for large trees.

·         Give the same amount of water year round - 10 gallons per inch of tree diameter 1-2 times per month.  An easy rule of thumb is to measure the tree trunk diameter at knee height and water for 5 minutes per inch.

·         For more information:

o   http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/4DMG/Trees/caring.htm

o   http://www.csu.org/residential/water/Documents/item14204.pdf

A healthy urban forest cools our streets and homes, reduces noise, provides aesthetic value and wildlife habitat, absorbs carbon dioxide and pollutants, and reduces storm run-off. Help keep our urban forest healthy and water your trees.

The Palmer Tree Coalition is a Friends Group supporting the work of Colorado Springs City Forestry. For more information on the Palmer Tree Coalition and its spring tree planting programs, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 520-7679.

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By Ed Duffy

Stylesome Wigs and More held their grand opening, Saturday, October 13th at 214 North Chelton Rd in Colorado Springs (just north of Bijou), with discounts and specials to mark the occasion.

Stylesome offers human and synthetic hair wigs, high quality mono top, Yaki braid, hand tied individual braids, clip on hair, extension pony tails, hats, scarves, jewelry and more.

They're open from 11am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and every other Sunday from 12 to 5.

You can reach them at 719-473-6455.

Is there a new business in your Colorado Springs, Security, Widefield or Fountain neighborhood? Let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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By Ed Duffy

Heather Sams Fine Portraits held their official ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, at their studio on 7049 Bandley Drive, Ste B, in Fountain, just off Hwy 16, and next door to the Fountain Arts Center.

Heather Sams herself has been a professional photographer for 13 years. She started her own business in her home, where she ran it for 4 years before leasing the commercial location in the Fountainhead Business Park.

The ceremony was hosted by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. Members of the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce were also on hand, as well as other local photographers, business people, friends, family and well wishers.

Heather Sams Fine Portraits is open from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday by appointment. You can reach them at 719-930-8126, or visit their website at www.hsfineportraits.com

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By Ed Duffy

Right on the heels of the ground breaking for a new Denny's on Fountain Mesa, construction has begun on a new IHOP in Fountain, next door to the Applebee's on Hwy 85. Project Manager Chris Perry expects the restaurant to be open around the end of February 2013.

There has been a flurry of new construction in Fountain in recent weeks. Panda Express just north of the new IHOP, Culvers, which is due to open November 7th on the Mesa, Kum and Go convenience store and Dennys on the Mesa and a new multi-tenant retail building, also on the Mesa is scheduled to break ground next week.