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Gotta Love It! Market, Blue Moose Tavern

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Expanded vision

Gotta Love It! Market, which expanded to 1625 W. Uintah St., Suite K, last year and added the Vision Foods co-pack facility, is now creating yet another business arm, this one called Freedom Foods Co-op (314-8714). Co-organizer Jerry Downing says it will encompass all the participating business entities by creating a new retail market front out of which each will sell.

"It's the synergy of all to build a local, sustainable food system in Colorado Springs," he says. "... We'll have other local manufacturers to fill the voids, like breads, pastas, raw foods."

Downing clarifies that not all products are made with local ingredients — the focus more so set on them being locally manufactured. He also discusses a future plan to construct a Meals On Wheels-like home delivery program that would incorporate local dairy producers and growers.

A newly cut doorway into adjacent Suite J, formerly occupied by Tabor Mountain Bakehouse (which recently moved to 1015 W. Colorado Ave.), will now lead into Miss Ami's Kitchen ( That's another gluten-free bakery we told you about here this past January. Its owner, Ami Heath, will share the space with other allergy-sensitive producers while continuing to build on her distribution of cheesecakes and other sweets to local restaurants.

Heath has planned an opening celebration for 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 29, and Downing aims to have the market open within days of that.

À la carte

• Green Mountain Falls' former Silver Tongue Devil Saloon has turned into the Blue Moose Tavern (10530 Ute Pass Ave., 418-3384) under new owner Karla Penner, who notes reducing the former menu of some 50-ish plates down to "around 20 fantastic items." Those now include the Mountain Man Pizza featuring homemade elk sausage, a green chile chipotle buffalo brat, and Green Mountain Moose Balls.

Paradox Beer Company (106 E. Village Terrace, #100, Woodland Park, premiered a new tasting room last week, which will be open from 4 to 9 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays.

Canyon Coffee & Cafe (1791 S. Eighth St., Unit H, recently purchased the Black Bear Coffee and Tea Lodge (6550 S. Academy Blvd.), which will now also be called Canyon Coffee & Cafe. Washington-based Dillanos Coffee Roasters products will now be served there as well, and the food menu has been changed to reflect similar offerings as the Eighth Street store.

Cowboy Espresso Cafe, at 105 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Fountain, has gone out of business as of March 11.

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