After more than 30 years in business, Colorado City Creamery (2602 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1411) once again has added a second location, this time in the Promenade Shops at Briargate (1605 Briargate Pkwy., #107).
Owner Carrie Burris explains that when she bought the Creamery nine years ago, it had a Rockrimmon location; she decided to close it a few years later because it was under-performing. She'd briefly entertained securing a spot in the University Village shopping center, and says she only opted for this expansion because it was turnkey.
The space formerly was a MaggieMoo's franchise owned by an acquaintance, whom Burris says was fatigued with the business. Since it was already outfitted for ice cream, Burris took over with little effort last October.
As for the brand's local popularity, the original recipes continue to be served in eateries such as Poor Richard's, Panino's, and on the Broadmoor's property. Burris says her handmade process is what makes it special, including the use of real ingredients, such as whole pistachios versus synthetic flavoring.
This past October, we told you about two coffee projects that hoped to open around the new year. As is wont to happen with new construction efforts, some unexpected delays have pushed both of those grand-opening celebrations back.
Randy Fair says Jives Coffee Lounge's (jivescoffeelounge.com) second coffee shop, in the former Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum just outside Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson at 5865 N. Nevada Ave., is now on track to open sometime in February. Mission Coffee Roasters' (missioncoffeeroasters.com) Brett Bixler says his new roastery, café and co-working space at 11641 Ridgeline Drive, #170, should be open in February as well, possibly in the first half of the month.
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• Cupcake Girls (302 E. Platte Ave., cupcakegirls.co) launched a new boxed-lunch special last week, served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays currently. For $6, you get a daily lunch special item, such as a Southwestern veggie soup, plus a drink and mini cupcake.
• Faerie Tales Bakehouse and Catering (faerietalesbakehouseandcatering.com) has closed at 1015 W. Colorado Ave. According to a newsletter, the venue's property owner will be selling the space, forcing the business to move. For the time being, Faerie Tales will still bake cakes and provide catering services, out of a home base elsewhere.
• The Black Bear (10375 Ute Pass Road, coloradoeats.com/blackbear) continues its Sunday Charity Dinner series this winter, with five-course meals from 6 to 9 p.m. for $50. All profits will go to each evening's charity, such as Nothing But Nets (Jan. 20) and Café Reconcile New Orleans (Feb. 17).