A series of profiles of small businesses in the Pikes Peak region.
Rocky Mountain Bee Supply in Colorado Springs sells bees, hives, protective gear, tools and more; it also provides classes and services such as swarm removal and honey extraction — basically, "all things bee," says Leonard Rickerman, who owns the business with wife Dolly.
Colorado Zombie Outpost, on the west side of Colorado Springs, sells survivalist gear and books. "Zombie" is a euphemism for whatever might be a threat to you. And these days, people's zombie is the coronavirus.
Skyway Creations Flower Shop in Colorado Springs has thrived for 50 years, weathering economic downturns and changes in consumer tastes.
Some of us might just be beginning to get into the holiday mood, but at two Colorado Springs-area shops — Christmas in Manitou and The Holly Leaf — the Christmas spirit is alive and well year-round.
Over 90 years, Bingo's D&S Saddle Shop in Colorado Springs has survived several moves and multiple ownership changes. But the latest challenge it faces — one shared by many retailers — may be its greatest. "Amazon is slapping us around pretty good," says Diane Hanchey, who owns the tack store with her sister, Kim Parker.
Andy's Meat Market, in business since 1952, is a Colorado Springs institution. It carries a variety of meats, from beef to poultry to even rattlesnake and alligator, and is known for its beef jerky that is shipped across the globe.
Playing the piano helped Stacy Gery recover from a traumatic brain injury — just as it helped her cope with the loss of her dad to suicide when she was a teenager. And now it’s the basis of one of two small businesses she started after her TBI cost her her job as a high school Spanish teacher. The other business is teaching mountain biking skills.