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Press Release (El Paso County Clerk)

Fourteen more Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC) are being opened today by the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.  Voters may go to any of the locations to:

·         Register to vote

·         Update their voter registration

·         Request a replacement ballot

·         Vote on an ADA accessible voting machine

·         Drop off their voted ballot

“Our goal is to give voters convenient access to VSPCs to ensure they have every opportunity to vote,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. “The VSPC locations are determined utilizing our geographic information system (GIS) and strategically placed throughout the county.” Over 98 percent of the population live within 10 or 15 minutes from a VSPC or secure 24/7 ballot drop-off box. As a reminder, voters can return their ballot via USPS with 0.71 cents postage.

Locations of VSPCs and 24/7 secure ballot drop-off boxes with an interactive map and hours of operation are available on under the tab “Return My Ballot.”  The 14 opening today include locations in Citadel and Chapel Hills Mall, Falcon, Monument, Fountain, Fort Carson, among others. Additional VSPCs will open on November 5 bringing the total to 28 operating by Election Day.  Voters who have difficulty visiting a VSPC during the week may take advantage of two Saturdays, October 27 and November 3, when VSPCs will be open 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. All VSPCs will be open Monday and Tuesday, November 5 and 6, from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Clerk’s Office expects there to be a substantial increase in voter turnout from past General Elections.  By returning their voted ballot early, voters help facilitate the election process so results can be released more quickly after voting ends on election night.  All ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 6, in order to be counted.  Postmarked ballots received after the deadline cannot be counted.

Voters with questions or those who have not yet received their ballot in the mail should contact the Clerk’s Election Department at 719-575-VOTE (8683) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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November 10th @ 10:00 a.m.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs

Join Bear Creek Nature Center for our 4th Annual Bear Run! This is a family-friendly 3k fun run & walk on the trails of Bear Creek Nature Center and Regional Trail. All new runners get a bear suit to keep and wear during the run. Returning runners can dust off their bear suit from previous Bear Runs and register at a discounted rate. Come early for pre-run Bear Yoga provided by Omtastic Yoga, costume contest, and music by Coba from 103.9 RXP! All proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers group, which in turn funds the educational programs and nature camps at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers.

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Karl Minzenmayer and Dr. Cynthia Martin of Impressive Eyes Optical give a warm welcome to their newest optician, Dawn Davidson, who has 22 years experience and an American Board of Opticianary certification.

Left to right above: Dawn Davidson, Cythia Martin, Karl Minzenmayer

Impressive Eyes is a family owned, full service optical shop, located at 338 Main Street in Security. You can reach them at 719-391-2000, follow them on Facebook and/or visit the website at

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Confluent Development, a Denver-based real estate investment and development firm, is nearing completion on an 8,265-square-foot multi-tenant retail development in Colorado Springs, Colo. Accommodating three tenants, the retail development will bring brands Snooze, an a.m. Eatery, and Bishops Cuts/Color to the Colorado Springs market.

The Colorado-born leader in all day breakfast and brunch, Snooze an A.M. Eatery, will serve as the anchor tenant for the project, occupying 3,800 square feet with 182 total seats, including the ability to enjoy pineapple upside down pancakes and signature morning cocktails on the large outdoor patio. With a total of 28 locations currently in operation in Colorado, California, Arizona and Texas, the project marks Snooze’s much anticipated entrance into the Colorado Springs market. The restaurant’s current Colorado locations are focused in metro Denver, Fort Collins and Boulder.

“We’ve long known of our huge fan base and many ravers in the Colorado Springs area,” said David Birzon, CEO of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. “And we’re extremely excited to bring Snooze to the Colorado Springs community."

Snooze not only reinvented brunch by making it the destination meal of the day, it also reinvented the way restaurants approach sustainability. Pancake lovers in Colorado Springs will be proud to eat at Snooze, knowing they divert 85-95 percent of its waste by recycling and composting where facilities are available, responsibly source its seasonal menu and donate 1 percent of sales back in to the community.

Bishops Cuts/Color will also make its entrance into the Colorado Springs market, leasing 1,491 square feet within the retail development. The Portland, Ore.-based unisex barbershop salon currently has six Colorado shops in operation, located in metro Denver and Boulder. With shops in 14 states plus the District of Columbia, Bishops offers a-la carte pricing for haircuts, color services, trims, styling, shaves, blowouts and more. Open seven days a week from the early morning to the late night, plus affordability, ensures that Bishops makes self-care and hair care accessible and convenient for all ages and all genders. Bishops is more than a place to get a haircut; it’s a community space that will always support its customers and their style, however they want to express it.

The project is designed to also house a third future retailer in the remaining 3,000 square feet of space. Located on the corner of North Academy Boulevard and Agora Point (just north of Woodman) in the popular North Academy retail corridor, the project will deliver in fall 2018, with Snooze planned to open in April of 2019 and Bishops Cuts/Color at the start of 2019. Studio DH Architecture served as the architect on the project and Epic Construction as the general contractor.

“This project provides the opportunity to introduce two unique brands with individual, distinct character to the Colorado Springs area,” said Nick Kitaeff, development director with Confluent Development. “We’re honored to launch our relationship with both of these established and strong companies while enhancing the retail offerings in the Colorado Springs market."

About Confluent Development:
Confluent Development is a leading full-service real estate investment and development firm that owns and develops ground-up commercial real estate throughout the United States. Confluent Development is an industry expert with more than 25 years of experience across diverse product types including office, retail, industrial, senior housing and multi-family developments. For more information, visit


Snooze is the leader in breakfast and brunch making it the destination meal of the day with an eclectic and energetic atmosphere that allows Snoozers and guests to be themselves and dance to the music! They also aspire to be an integral part of the neighborhood, with 1% of sales from each location making its way back into the community. In a mission to do the responsible thing for people and the planet, Snooze diverts 85-95% of their waste from landfills by composting and recycling where facilities exist. Through small moments and thoughtful gestures, Snoozers help to create the full Snooze experience. You will leave with a lasting memory of craveable food and feeling of being a part of something bigger than yourself.
BISHOPS offers a full menu of cuts, color, straight razor shaves, and facial hair grooming that will empower local residents to feel more confident in their individuality. A-la-carte pricing for haircuts, trims, hairstyling, coloring, blending, shaves, shampoo services, blowouts, conditioning and more, plus an unpretentious staff, being open 7 days a week from the early morning to the late night, and affordability ensures that Bishops makes self-care and hair care accessible to all.

Founded in Portland in 2001 by Leo Rivera as the alternative to overpriced salons and boring chop shops, Bishops was one of the first to introduce customers to the ‘all-ages and all-genders are welcome’ salon experience (as well as being one of the first to hand 21+ clients a beer while they waited!). At Bishops, it is not just about haircuts and color, it’s about being yourself and finding community. Our foundation rests on customer service, taking pride in our craft, going out of our way to be decent people, creating a space where everyone is accepted, and being passionate about what we do.

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Griffis/Blessing, Inc is excited to announce its selection by Plaza 3500 LLC and 6588 Laketown Place LLC to manage the over 48,000 square foot Plaza 3500. It is centrally located along the busy corridor in Colorado Springs on the Northwest corner of Academy Blvd. and North Carefree Circle.  The shopping center is currently occupied by Taste of Phily, Bad Axe Throwing, The Social, and JD Vigil Home Services.

The management team of Kelly Clay, Portfolio Manager, Kylee Nordeman, Management Assistant, Andria Hecker, Property Accountant and Mark Fox, from the maintenance staff will handle the day-to-day operations.

"The addition of Plaza 3500 brings our overall retail portfolio to over 1.4 million square feet. Our knowledge and success with property management of retail shopping centers make this assignment a perfect fit for us" says Doris Wall, Senior Vice President. "We are excited to have been hand-picked for this opportunity."

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with an additional office in Denver, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4.5 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 8,700 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