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Best of Local Folk: Just Folks

Most Reliable Downtown Fixture

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Martin, of Martin's Shoe Shine inside the Rodgers' window on Pikes Peak Avenue, just east of Tejon Street

We rely on Martin to brighten our day when the weather is crappy; when copy comes in late; when things aren't going so well at home; when we're jubilant and feel like waving hello; when we're not and we don't. Martin sits shining, facing toward the street with a ready smile and a wave to all passersby. It's a ready lift for the spirit. Colorado Springs needs a Martin on every corner. How's that for downtown improvement? (KCE)

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