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COSrocks Talks with Matthew Schniper… restaurant critic and arts editor at the Colorado Springs Independent. He has dined his way through more than 30 countries, and is also a photographer, gardener and beekeeper. Many of us know first hand that his reviews are solid and his taste buds are trustworthy. Now check out why he thinks COS rocks.

And read his write-ups and/or follow him on Twitter to uncover some flavorful finds and stay up-to-speed on what’s rockin’ the Springs.

UCCS launches national business plan contest

Got a business plan with a sports focus? Well, here’s your chance to find an investor. UCCS is launching a national contest for college students, inviting them to design and submit their plans for a sports, health and outdoor-related business. The prize is $35,000 in prize money, including $20,000 to the first-place winner. The recent Operation 6035 economic development planning effort identified sports, health and wellness as a target industry, while the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. included that industry as part of its current five-year strategic plan. The UCCS College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship will manage the contest, which has a deadline of Sept. 15. Visit http://epiic.uccs.edu/officialRules for information about the competition and rules.


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A few weeks back, we interviewed Brett Garman, PeakRadar.com's program manager at the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. Anything you need to know about the Arts & Culture scene in the community, just ask, she has the answer.

Brett is also involved with many organizations, and supports Bristol Brewing Co. She’s a rock star! It’s true. So we just had to ask her, “COSrocks because…?”  

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Mike Clark of The Haunted Windchimes tells us why Colorado Springs rocks for COSrocks Talks…

Pulled aside at Lofty’s one year anniversary event on Dec. 3, where he also performed, Clark shared his reason: the music (some of the best bands in the state of Colorado).  

He’s obviously a talented, intelligent and creative musician. See for yourself, as he rides his bike, plays his guitar and sings his song "Hey Daisy" on the streets in Colorado Springs. 

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COSrocks Talks with Alicia Prescott, Executive Pastry Chef at the Blue Star/Nosh/Old School Bakery & Cafe…

Many people have asked about the progress of the bakery opening in Ivywild across the street from The Blue Star (and Bristol Brewing Co.). While it’s not open yet, you can taste the work in progress, try what they are baking (breads and pastries, yum!) and give your feedback. The Old School Bakery (via The Blue Star) and Alicia are more reasons why Colorado Springs ROCKS! Hear her reasons why #COSrocks.

Side bar: Alicia is the reining 2008 winner of the Chef’s Gala dessert category for her Chocolate Truffle Hazelnut Torte w/ Mini Cannoil & Espresso Crème Anglaise. She also won People’s Choice at Glass Slipper Ball for Lemon Raspberry Charlotte Russe w/ Lemon Curd Sauce.

Sunset Magazine gives a nod to Colorado Springs

Sunset Magazine gave us at least 10 reasons why COSrocks… Pass the mic!

Why go now: A spring day downtown is the best place to catch the up-and-coming art scene in bloom.

Old-school Springs: Fancy homes, the military (the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson are here), and conservative values.

The wilder side: Young artists and gallery owners are shaking up the Springs’ staid reputation, and new galleries, shops, and cafes have created an artsy pocket downtown.

For the uninitiated: “If you talked to anyone five years ago about the art scene here, they would have laughed at you,” says gallery owner Brett Andrus. Co-owner Lauren Andrus agrees: “This is becoming a place-to-be for art. The younger art scene is really rising up.”

Picture it: A mix of high-rises and Old West architecture sprawled over several square miles best explored by car.

See it: Download the downtown Art on the Streets map (artonthestreets.com) for a walking tour of 52 outdoor sculptures.

Inspired eats: Miso-maple sausage and spicy pear sangria at Nosh ($$; closed Sun; 121 S. Tejon St.; 719/635-6674).

Alleyway art: Part of the fun of the Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries is that they feel like a secret. The two sister hubs are in a downtown alley known as the Alley Arts District. Owners Brett and Lauren Andrus have emerged as unofficial cultural ambassadors for the city, booking local artists and packing the galleries at night with live music, painting, and art-history classes. 17B and 17C E. Bijou St.; 719/633-4240.

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