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Effective immediately, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau will be doing business as Visit Colorado Springs. The DBA has been approved by Visit Colorado Springs’ board of directors. The decision amplifies the organization’s mission to bring more visitors to Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak and helps communicate the purpose of Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA’s destination marketing organization.

Many other CVBs across the country such as Visit Denver, Visit Estes Park and Visit New Orleans have made the same name change to reflect an industry-wide goal of driving tourism dollars into their respective communities. “Consideration of an updated name has been a part of our strategic plan for a number of years. The logo developed in 2011 is strong, so only minor adjustments were needed. The updated logo will soon appear in our advertising, on our website and in organization collateral and signage,” says Visit Colorado Springs President and CEO Doug Price.

Visit Colorado Springs, and the #VisitCOS hashtag have been used across social media platforms for more than eight years.

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By Ed Duffy

Attention treasure hunters, nostalgia lovers, landscapers and home decorators. There's a new store in town you've got to check out; 505 Trolley.

Mike and Brenda DeFelice have been collecting vintage and antique items from throughout the west for decades. One of their favorite hunting grounds is in New Mexico (505 area code), but they love to shop the small, old towns throughout the west, looking for great pieces. They still maintain their space at American Classics at Constitution and Academy, but Mike says it's always been his goal to have a place of his own.

Mike and Brenda have accumulated plenty of inventory. They want to keep their offerings fresh and new, so new items will come out as other items are sold. They've got lots of old sports equipment, furniture, signage, books, bikes and other treasures from the past.

You'll find them on the northeast corner of Union and Palmer Park at 1525 N. Union Blvd. They're open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. You can reach them at 719-632-6942. Next time you're out hunting for great nostalgia, make these guys one of your regular stops.

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Alpenrose German Deli is now open at their new location; 49 Widefield Blvd, right between Easy Street Designs and Back to Eden, in Colorado Springs (Security-Widefield). They have been located in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center at Main Street and Hwy 85. That center is about to undergo major renovations, so the family owned, local favorite had to find a new home.

As they do every Saturday, they're currently serving up fresh cooked brats out front...and they're delicious.

The Alpenrose is open Monday from noon to 5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. You can reach them at 719-392-6464. Follow them on Facebook at

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Melody Living, an assisted living and memory support community located across from St. Francis Medical Center at 7600 Sandy Rock Point is opening their doors with a Grand Opening Saturday, August 25 from 10 am – 2 pm.

Melody Living features leading edge technology like electronic key locks, that log all visits to a resident’s apartment, HIPAA compliant mobile monitoring of resident care and services, and electronic health care record/call systems that help track the care and services of residents electronically while integrating all health functions seamlessly with staff care coordinators, primary care physicians and acute care providers to ensure the safety and security of residents 24/7.

“From the overall design of this community to the services and amenities offered, we’re proud to offer new industry features that not only better help us monitor resident safety and wellness but encourage a Life in Harmony™ for residents of any lifestyle and ability,” said Camille Burke, president of Cappella Living Solutions, the community’s management company. “The well-being of residents and peace of mind to their families is our top priority. Integrating tools and programs that further support creating safe and secure environment is something we’re proud to offer Colorado Springs.”

Melody Living has 79 luxurious and spacious studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and duet companion suite apartments for residents seeking assisted living and memory support with a variety of amenities and services that promote wellness and encourage a resident-driven culture, including: Community Life rooms, a theater, a state-of-the-art fitness room, an art studio, a salon and spa, restaurant-style dining rooms and a bistro, sun rooms with panoramic mountain views and the community’s outdoor Mountain View Garden are just a few of the added aspects that encourage a Life in Harmony™.

The Grand Opening event is open to all in the community and will feature complimentary food and beverages along with guided tours of the community where potential residents and their family members can explore the assisted living and memory support neighborhoods of the community. RSVPs are required and can be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Melody Living
Melody Living is managed by Cappella Living Solutions, a Colorado-based senior living company with more than four decades of experience serving older adults and creating cultures where residents can realize their potential, explore new things and find safety and peace of mind living within a Cappella community. Melody Living seeks to provide the care services needed for residents of all capabilities while encouraging them to live their life to the fullest.  Melody Living is developed by Cedarwood Development, of Akron Ohio, providing a full range of development services since 1972.

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Griffis/Blessing has been chosen to manage a fourth location for Holland Real Estate, LLC in Colorado Springs. The newest assignment is the office building at 1515 North Academy which is home to the local Wendy’s Corporate Office.

“We are thrilled to have been selected to manage a fourth location for this ownership group. It allows us to provide quality management, maintenance and accounting services for over 76,000 square feet of commercial space and 302 multifamily units within their Colorado Springs portfolio,” says Vice President Doris Wall.

Portfolio Manager, Dixie Snyder, CPM®, ACoM, Management Assistant, Elizabeth Taylor, ACoM, CAM, and Maintenance Technician, Todd Cornell will oversee the day to day operations of all the commercial facilities under management.

The only Accredited Management Organization, AMO, headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver, Griffis/Blessing currently manages over 5.4 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 8,100 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range and in Reno, NV. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit