UPDATE: Dulcimer fundraiser nearing goal; Leechpit adds tailor; coffee shop expands

March 5, 2014 Updated: March 5, 2014 at 5:35 pm

With three days left in his online fundraiser, it appears Bud Ford Jr. - owner of the now-shuttered Dulcimer Shop in Manitou Springs - will meet his goal of getting the $25,000 he needs to keep the IRS from confiscating his woodworking equipment.

Ford was forced to close his store after 40 years because of damage caused by last summer's floods.The But Ford has continued to make dulcimers on the 15 or so woodworking machines in thestore's basement. Trouble was, Ford Jr. was told the IRS would confiscate the machine to pay back taxes if he could not come up with the cash.

On Feb. 26, his son, Bud Ford III, put up a plea for help on the community fundraising website indiegogo.com.

As of Wednesday, the site had raised $22,316 with three days left to raise the last $2,684 needed to keep the IRS at bay.

See the previous story at http://tinyurl.com/jvptey5

Tailored to the past

Adam Leech's Leechpit is back in business at 3020 W. Colorado Ave., Suite A - and he's added a tailor to his staff to hem, alter and repair his selection of vintage clothing

Tailor Aaron Graves will work mostly weekends for now, repairing vintage items before they are sold, and making alterations on customers' purchases as needed.

"Eventually he will also design custom pieces from scratch," Leech said.

The store was formerly located on North Weber Street, but the buiding's owner, Colorado College, didn't renew his lease because it needed the space for its own needs.

The new location is more than 4,000 square feet - three times the size of the previous location.

See the previous story at http://tinyurl.com/kvf6ber

Coffee house expands

John Reinecke the upstart Colorado Springs native and coffee shop owner, has stayed true to his word as he continues to expand his Loco Bean coffee brand.

When Reinecke opened his first shop at 4797 Barnes Road in July he said: "I am going after Dutch Brothers and Starbucks."

Since then Reinecke has cut a deal with the Air Force Academy to serve coffee at hockey and basketball games, and also during all events at the World Arena. Now he has another coffee shop at 2438 E. Pikes Peak Ave., across the street from Maggie Mae's restaurant.

He is working on his third location that will be near Rhino's Sports & Spirits near the intersection of Barnes Road and North Powers Boulevard. He expects to open that shop by June 15.

See the previous story at http://tinyurl.com/kunqmy2

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