On Thursday, August 23rd Mayor Bach and his colleagues in the Pikes Peak Region Mayor’s Caucus Mayor Marc Snyder of Manitou Springs, Mayor Dave Turley of Woodland Park, and Mayor Lorrie Worthey of Green Mountain Falls hosted a Business Rising Tour.
They were joined by other community leaders and media on the half-day journey through Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls, and Woodland Park. The main focus of the tour was to enjoy the great local shopping and dining in these areas and to encourage others to do the same. It was designed to give exposure to these local establishments so that the surrounding communities know they are open for business following the devastation of the Waldo Canyon Fire.
The tour began in Old Colorado City with stops at BonTon’s, the Squash Blossom, Verve Art Gallery, Traditions, Buffalo Ridge Trading Post, and Bernideen’s.
Next stop was Manitou Springs with visits to the Dulcimer Shop, Spice of Life, Christmas in Manitou, Patsy’s, Gordon’s Jewelry, and Coquette’s Bistro.
After a short trip up the pass, the tour arrived in Green Mountain Falls for a lunch break at Mucky Duck and the Pantry.
The last stop on the tour was Woodland Park with visits to Joanie’s Deli, the Seven Arrows Gallery, and the Cowhand western wear store.
The Mayor visited with dozens of shop owners and employees who wanted the public to know that they are open for business. While the economic situation remains tight, the owners and employees all had high spirits and a positive outlook for the future.