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April 27: Manitou Made ShipStation eCommerce Efficiency Demo

Join us for an in-depth demonstration of Ship Station, an order management and ecommerce efficiency tool free to Manitou Made merchants and affordably priced for ecommerce use on other platforms. With ShipStation, sellers can manage orders on Shopify, Etsy, eBay, Squarespace, and more from one central place. We’ll also talk about shipping best practices and make some time to share success stories. Hope you can join us!

Third Friendliest City in America

Friendliest Cities in America

We’re in the Top Three!
Manitou Springs made headlines as Expedia.com announced its list of the 2021 Friendliest Cities in America. We’re flattered, of course, and proud to see our community recognized for being its creative, collaborative, and authentic self.

City Zoning and Code Updates

Manitou Springs Code Updates

The City of Manitou Springs has begun the process of updating zoning and subdivision codes and your input is crucial to this process. Codes also help reduce health and environmental risks, so these updates affect public health and safety as well as the look and feel of the community.

Emergency food distribution

Emergency Food Distribution

During difficult times, getting help with groceries isn’t about a hand out — it’s a hand up.

There will be an emergency food distribution, hosted by Care and Share, at the Pool and Fitness Center (202 Manitou Avenue). This distribution will take place on Tuesday, March 2, at 12:30PM-1:30PM.

Future food distributions will be held on Tuesday, April 6th and Tuesday, May 4th.

Takeout Tables downtown

Takeout Tables Support Restaurants & Cafes Downtown

Capitalizing on public spaces to keep the local economy strong, the Creative District is partnering with the City of Manitou Springs and the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce to create additional outdoor seating for people supporting local restaurants and cafes. With three borrowed tables from the Manitou Art Center already placed in Shoshone Park, we’re looking to expand the program with additional

Colorado Art Relief Grants

Support for Artists and Venues

The Colorado Arts Relief Fund provides $7.5 million to support arts, cultural and entertainment artists, crew members, and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding through this bill will be distributed through two separate grant applications:

Colorado Arts Relief—Business and Organization
Colorado Arts Relief—Individuals

Spirit of Manitou Sculpture

Spirit of Manitou Sculpture by Jodie Bliss

This new piece is funded by the Manitou Springs Urban Renewal Authority’s $250,000 commitment to public art within the Urban Overlay Zone, which stretches from the gateway entrance to Manitou Springs to the intersection of Manitou Avenue and US Highway 24.

This represents a small piece of the MSURA’s million dollar plus investment in the  Avenue Action project, which has recently completed flood mitigation, road improvements and expansions to multimodal access to the area.

Skeleton Craze 2020

Presented by the Manitou Springs Creative District (MSCD) in partnership with the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development, the event allowed an annual Halloween observance to continue. As a COVID-safe event, Skeleton Craze allowed our community to celebrate the season and enjoy the outrageous creativity and humor of our local businesses. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated and especially to our esteemed judges, who set out in costume to evaluate all the entries on foot.

Annie Schmitt, Kathy Minch, and Sallie Knox Hall served as the 2020 Skeleton Craze judges. The winners will receive Manitou Money from the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce.

1st Place and $125: LeGrande Accents Boutique

2nd Place and $75: Manitou Springs Real Estate

3rd Place and $50: Anna’s Apothecary

Winter Downtown

Manitou Made Website Project Kicks Off

Led by the Manitou Springs Creative District (MSCD) in partnership with the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development, manitoumade.com will prominently feature locally-made items that are crafted, designed, prepared, source, brewed, or experienced only in the greater Manitou Springs region. Today, the organizations kick off the project by announcing the selection of their web development partner in Neon Pig Creative.

Everything about this project seeks to create maximum local economic impact. Our project team invited only local agencies to respond to the RFP, and the team at Neon Pig Creative presented the most cohesive, rapidly deployable, and comprehensive plan for capturing the spirit of Manitou Springs in an ecommerce package.