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Charlotte-based business expands its reach to Colorado Springs

Press Release – On Saturday, 24 March, Charlotte, NC based SOF WODs will conduct a special operations style training and adventure challenge course in Colorado Springs, CO.  The Phase 1 course, called “The Gauntlet” offers a unique opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts, workout buffs and military hopefuls alike to partake in Spec Ops challenges with several objectives based on a single mission.

The Gauntlet fuses the concepts of military-style challenges with simulated Special Operations missions, culminating in a unparalleled physical and mental gut check. Designed and run by SOF Operators, Phase I is not a race, a workout or a gear testing ground; it is a team mission.  Participants must be prepared to take on the natural challenges of their host city while completing multiple objectives as a small unit. 

Phase I will immerse participants into 18 hours of Special Operations selection style evolutions and Field Training Exercises (FTX) that are usually reserved for the military elite.  Participants will begin with skill clinics on various topics required to complete the city’s challenge, such as water confidence, swimming, proper running and rucking techniques. Skill training is supplemented with lectures on the essentials of good teamwork, leadership and mental fortitude. Once the stage is set, the mission will be briefed to team leaders, comms will be distributed, and it’s game on! 

The Gauntlet will kick off at 0800 on Saturday, March 24th at Driven Strong Crossfit. Driven Strong Crossfit is located at 1107 Garden of the Gods Rd W., Colorado Springs, CO. For more information, call 602.423.4754.

SOF WODs (aka South Charlotte CrossFit) is owned and operated by service-disabled veteran Jeremy McDonnell, who served in the United States Air Force as a Pararescueman - an Elite Special Operations Unit.  SOF WODs offers daily CrossFit workouts in conjunction with their specialized military challenge courses designed for Special Operations hopefuls and adventure seeking individuals. To learn more, log onto

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By Ed Duffy

Cowboy Espresso in Fountain, Colorado has new owners and is now Cowboy Espresso Cafe. Jim and Chris Hake purchased the shop from Terra Kraettli in February of this year and after taking a week to do a little remodeling, reopened on March 5, 2012. They held their official Grand Opening today.

The Chamber of Commerce was on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier in the day and Maty of Maty’s Cooking served up lunch. Donna La Chey, of HillBilly Farms in Fountain, was also there. HillBilly Farm products, such as their own fresh eggs, jams, pickels and more, are now available at Cowboy Espresso.

Another line of products you’ll find there is Chris’s own brand of chocolates. Chris’s dad was stationed at SHAPE Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium when she was 13-years old. That where she learned to make chocolate treats. Her friends all told her she should sell her candies and in June 2011, she used it as the main attraction in a new catering business. It was a big hit. That was one factor in Jim and Chris’s decision to buy the coffee shop. It would be a great place to spotlight the line.

Jim explains that while they will make a few additions and changes and make the place their own, they also like to preserve local history and flavor. All of the menu items are still available, plus some new additions. For example there’s the Saturday morning waffle bar from 7 am to noon each week. The rest of the week the shop is open from 5am to 5pm Monday through Friday and closed Sunday.

Jim and Chris also want to use the shop as a showcase for locally produced goods and art. They’ve already hosted local jewelry shows and feature rotating art exhibits on the walls. They’re also available for things like book signings and network/business meetings. The shop has free wi-fi  if you just want to hang out and check your email as well.

The outside will also be getting a new look. The design that’s currently displayed on Cowboy Espresso business cards and flyers, an original design by Mike Reid, will become a mural on the outside wall facing the post office. The mural that’s currently on the outside wall will be photographed, framed and displayed inside the shop.

You can reach Cowboy Espresso Cafe at 719-382-6149, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit them on the web at

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Press Release (Kelli DeMonbrun, Belle Mountain Frame)

Belle Mountain Frame is a new custom picture framing company designed with the needs of customers and the local economy in mind. Customers benefit from lower prices, the convenience of having a designer come to them in their own home, and from the personal attention the designer provides. By using local distributors for most of their materials, as well as employing local designers, more money per dollar spent is circulated back into the local economy.

Customers enjoy the personal service provided by Belle Mountain Frame designers, who come to the customer for a one-on-one consultation. Designers carry samples of the full inventory of frame mouldings and matte options; Belle Mountain Frame has a wide range of colors, styles and designs to choose from. Additionally, customers can see how their piece will look with the decor and lighting in their own home. Since the company does not operate out of a retail store, the savings are passed on to their customers. Customers also benefit by sharing their Belle Mountain Frame experience with others, receiving a percentage of the sales in credit.

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Press Release (Ybarra’s Boxing Gym)

This weekend the 2012 Colorado State Golden Gloves Tournament was held in Aurora, Colorado, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  Ybarras Boxing Club had two junior boxers representing its club.   LuisJoe Ybarra Jr. is a fifth grader at French Elementary in Security, Colorado.  LuisJoe won his third straight, Colorado State Golden Glove title in the 11-12 yr old 80lbs weight division by defeating Xavier Baca from Pueblo, Colorado.  LuisJoe Ybarra Jr, was also the recipient of the 2012 Colorado Golden Glove Outstanding Junior Boxer award.

When asked about how he felt  winning three straight titles, you could see his face glowing with pride and joy. “I just love to box” he said, “I think I was born to do this. It comes naturally to me. I feel good in the ring. I'm going back to the gym and start practicing for the National Junior Golden Gloves in Mesquite NV.”  They start in mid July 2012. In the first week of August it’s off to Kansas City Mo, for the Ringside World Championships where LuisJoe placed 2nd in 2011.   

Ybarra’s second Champion is Luis Ramirez, an 8 year old 3rd grader from Stratton Meadows Elementary. This was his first Colorado State  Golden Glove Tournament. Luis defeated  Jake Santistevan, from North Denver Tigers in the 70lbs 8 year old weight class. He too was excited to win his first Colorado State Golden Gloves title. Luis trains with LuisJoe Ybarra Jr, to gain more experience in the gym. They have become good friends in and out of the gym. Congratulations to both of them. 

For more information, contact Ybarras Boxing club at 719-237-6982 , email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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Press Release

Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies, Inc. (PADT) is pleased to announce the official launch of a new program across Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah: 3D Printing on Every Desktop. With the introduction of the uPrint SE 3D Printer from Stratasys, Inc., desktop rapid prototyping is now more affordable and reliable than ever before. To help their customers learn about these systems and take advantage of this new technology, PADT has added three experienced people to their sales team. They will focus exclusively on the uPrint SE line.