Mountain Grounds Coffee House (3315 Carefree Circle West, 550-4758) has opened in the former Copper Creek Coffee shop space.
Co-owner Melinda Haggerton says that with an eye toward supporting local businesses, they serve Ümpire Estate coffees and espresso drinks via Colorado Coffee Merchants, as well as Olde World bagels and area-made pastries. Drinks are made with natural syrups and local, hormone-free dairy.
Haggerton's husband Nathan is soon to leave the Army and wants "to be his own boss," she says. The couple learned barista skills at CCM and have already been playing, creating items like the Moto Blast ($5/20 oz.), a frappé with espresso beans blended into the slurry for flecked, mini-crunch effect.
Pikes Peak Brewing Co. (1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, pikespeakbrewing.com) boasts an active events calendar for September, beginning with the Whimsy County Frog Festival and Show of Classic Conveyances from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. Held in conjunction with nearby Frog on a Limb Primitives shop, the classic car show and much more will function as a Black Forest Fire fundraiser, with all proceeds heading to Tri-Lakes Cares' victims assistance fund.
Then, from Sept. 15 through 21, the brewery hosts Monument Beer Week. On tap: an Irish night (15th); a beers-of-the-world tap takeover (16th); a "Grain vs. Grape" wine- and beer-tasting lecture (17th); a barrel-aged beer and chocolate tasting, plus release of the Local 5 Pale ale, which benefits firefighers' families (18th); a beer cocktail night (19th); a Belgian beer night (20th) and finale Oktoberfest (21st) complete with a Volksmarch, German meal and more. Check PPBC's website, as select events require an RSVP and tickets.
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• A water-battered but finally re-opened D'Vine Wine (934 Manitou Ave., #108, Manitou Springs, 685-1030) released a blueberry Pinot Noir last week called Manitou Elixir, with a custom flood-recovery label. For each $16.99 bottle sold, $4 will go to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund.
• The Green Cities Coalition (greencitiescoalition.net) is steering this year's Local Food Week from Sept. 14 to 22. Visit that website for a full lineup of events, including specials at participating restaurants, educational classes, guest lectures and tours. Some events require RSVPs and tickets.
• Reserve a $10 ticket soon for the Pikes Peak Urban Gardens Garlic Fest 2013 at Harlan Wolfe Ranch (915 W. Cheyenne Road, ppugardens.org), from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. Last year's event sold out, and this year's caps at 450, with educational lectures, a chef's competition, food vending and tastings of the awesome annual brow-raiser: garlic ice cream.