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Lauren McKenzie - REN Creativ

Lauren McKenzie - REN Creativ

September 22, 2021

Lauren McKenzie is the owner of REN Creativ, a Colorado Springs creative studio that offers branding, web design, and photography services. Armed with "contagious creativity and boundless originality," Lauren's stamp can be found in bars, breweries, and other small businesses across the local landscape.  
  
In this episode, hear how Lauren's journey of self-discovery led her to become a brand champion for the little guys. Listen to our conversation for talks on following your gut, being a female business owner, and finding your own definition of success.

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Nikki McComsey, Leah Remacle, + Abby Remacle - Gather Mountain Blooms

Nikki McComsey, Leah Remacle, + Abby Remacle - Gather Mountain Blooms

August 25, 2021

Nikki McComsey is the founder of Gather Mountain Blooms, an urban flower farm on the historic Venetucci Farm in Colorado Springs. Together with her sisters, Leah Remacle and Abby Remacle, a mission to "promote community, creativity and healing in a field of beautiful flowers" is cultivated. Nature lovers can flock to the farm to pick fresh blooms, purchase bouquets and vintage goods, or enjoy a private event.

In this episode, hear how a life-changing concussion and COVID quarantine sparked the start of this sister-owned business.

Listen to our conversation for a reminder to stop and smell the sunflowers. For more inspiring entrepreneurial stories, visit our full library.

Lisa Tessarowicz - Epicentral Coworking

Lisa Tessarowicz - Epicentral Coworking

July 29, 2021

Lisa Tsarowitz is the founder and owner of Epicentral Coworking, a shared space for working nomads, including freelancers, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and commuters. With two locations in Colorado Springs, members can access meeting rooms, private offices, and a range of amenities. At Epicentral, "Work Hard, Do Good" means more than sitting at a desk for the day; it's a challenge for do'ers and thinkers to become change makers. 

In this episode, hear why Lisa felt Colorado Springs was lacking energy around entrepreneurship and what inspired her to meet a need for community through coworking. 

Listen to our conversation for a reminder that collaboration is a powerful conduit to creation. For more encouraging stories, visit our full library of interviews. 

T. H. Gillis - Two-Time Self-Published Poet

T. H. Gillis - Two-Time Self-Published Poet

June 23, 2021

Timothy (T.H.) Gillis is a managing partner at KPMG accounting firm in Washington D.C. and a two-time self-published poet. Despite a successful professional career in accounting and tax law, Tim sought an outlet for self-discovery, mindfulness, and contemplation, eventually trying his hand at poetry as a way to process life and preserve experiences.

In this episode, Tim discusses his latest book, Eyesight: What I Saw, and shares how poetry has become central to his personal and professional well-being — encouraging listeners to step into a space of vulnerability and transparency and attempt the discipline for themselves.

Listen to our conversation for a meaningful reminder to seize big and small moments, inhale your surroundings, and find joy in everything. For more inspiring stories, visit our full library of interviews.

Scott Schuster + Courtney Wilson - Echo Architecture + Interiors

Scott Schuster + Courtney Wilson - Echo Architecture + Interiors

May 26, 2021
Architect Scott Schuster and Interior Designer Courtney Wilson are partners at Echo Architecture + Interiors, a design studio based in Colorado Springs. Echo is in the art of telling stories through design — creating timeless, yet unexpected, spaces that enrich the community, embody local culture, and emphasize sustainability. That mission comes to life through new constructions, renovations, and custom design projects for life, work, and play. 
 
In this episode, hear how the designers at Echo have played a hands-on role in cultivating the Colorado Springs community and shaping the local landscape through intentional and inspirational design. 
 
Listen to our conversation for an intimate look at architecture that goes beyond the brick and mortar. For more impactful stories, visit our full library of interviews.
Bobby Mikulas - Kinship Landing

Bobby Mikulas - Kinship Landing

April 28, 2021

Bobby and Brooke Mikulas are the founders and owners of Kinship Landing, a boutique hotel, cafe/bar, and event space in downtown Colorado Springs. "Built with exploring in mind," Kinship Landing is more than just a place to spend the night. Acting as a personalized resource hub for both tourists and townies, the Kinship Landing team provides recommendations for how to experience the Springs like a local through craft dining, culture, recreational activities, and more.

In this episode, discover the journey that led this husband/wife team toward a livelihood of hospitality, from family values instilled at birth to a life-changing trip around the world. Listen to our conversation for a meaningful perspective on belonging and being a good neighbor.

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Gayla Bustos and Brittany Winn - Property Mommies

Gayla Bustos and Brittany Winn - Property Mommies

March 25, 2021

Gayla Bustos and Brittany Winn are the real estate agents behind Property Mommies, a team serving homebuyers and military families in the Colorado Springs area. Together, they strive to create a positive, transparent, and stress-free experience for clients as they settle them into their dream homes.

In this episode, get a glimpse into what makes this best-friend team unique, including juggling roles as professionals, mothers, and military wives and seeing how their personal stories allow them to serve their clients well. 

Listen to our conversation to enjoy a dose of personality and vulnerability from the Property Mommies. For more inspiring stories, visit our full library of interviews.

Aubrey Day and Stacy Poore - Bread and Butter Neighborhood Market

Aubrey Day and Stacy Poore - Bread and Butter Neighborhood Market

February 26, 2021

Aubrey Day and Stacy Poore are the owners and curators of Bread & Butter Neighborhood Market in downtown Colorado Springs. This bodega-inspired space boasts walkability, a welcoming environment, and a wide selection of purposeful foods and spirits — many of which are sourced from local vendors.

In this episode, enjoy the origin story of Bread & Butter, seeing how these women's passions for food and people crossed paths to provide both a convenient, personalized grocery shopping experience and a place for neighbors to find community.

Listen to our conversation to discover how Aubrey and Stacy work to turn grocery shopping from intimidating to inviting. For more local entrepreneurial interviews, visit our full library.

Rachel Richards - Bestselling Author of “Money Honey”

Rachel Richards - Bestselling Author of “Money Honey”

October 28, 2020

Rachel Richards is a professional speaker, finance guru, and bestselling author of Money Honey: A Simple 7-Step Guide for Getting Your Financial $hit Together. At the age of 27, she retired from corporate life and now spends her life in Colorado Springs empowering others to take control of their financial future and achieve their dreams.

In this episode, discover how personal finance was written in the stars for Rachel from the start, setting her on a path to coach countless people toward financial freedom and create a money-mindful community.

Listen to our conversation for a front row seat to how Rachel turns a dull and intimidating topic like finance into something sassy, fun, and simple. For more inspiring entrepreneurship stories, visit our full library of interviews.

COS in COVID: Dirk Draper - Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC

COS in COVID: Dirk Draper - Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC

September 23, 2020

Dirk Draper is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Council. The Chamber's mission is to serve and support the Colorado Springs business climate and military community by providing education, events, resources, and funding. In addition, they represent COS as a key voice in public policy.

In this episode, Dirk details the very real disruption that COVID-19 had on the Colorado Springs area and in turn, the Chamber's operations, including a major focus on response efforts and the formation of a new partnership with public health.

Listen to our conversation for a glimpse into the before and after-pandemic days in Colorado Springs, along with Dirk's vision for what the road ahead looks like for his beloved community. To enjoy the full miniseries of COS in COVID interviews, visit our podcast library.

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