Business News

February 26, 2021


Local businesses invited to Fremont Provisions on March 3 to learn about new local resources


A familiar face is providing a renewed presence in Cañon City for the Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center (SOCOSBDC), an organization with resources to help local business owners start and expand.

Former Cañon City banker Allan Tormohlen stepped into a new role as a certified business consultant for the state- and federally-funded Southern Colorado SBDC.

He already knows many local business owners from his banking days, but he is already introducing himself to new faces. Cañon City Economic Development will formally introduce him to the community at a free Meet and Greet event open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon on March 3 at the soon-to-be-open Fremont Provisions located at 507 Main Street. Refreshments will be available.

Other small business resource representatives on hand will include Brian Estrada, director of the Southern Colorado SBDC and Mark Madic, director of the Southern Colorado Innovation Link.

“I’ve always had a passion for helping entrepreneurs realize their dream,” Tormohlen said. “I built a career on it, and I look forward to bringing that experience and expertise to this new role.”

In addition to wearing out shoe leather going to Tormohlen will also be holding office hours a few hours a week at City Hall, where businesses will be able to book time for confidential, one-on-one consultation sessions to hone their planning, marketing, accounting, structure, and other critical aspects of their businesses.

The Small Business Development Center is dedicated to helping existing and new businesses grow and prosper in Southern Colorado by providing consultation, training, and other services free.

The idea is to let their staff’s knowledge help entrepreneurs create and retain jobs, secure loans, increase sales, win government contracts, obtain certifications, and more.

“I look forward to meeting the risk-takers and dreamers daring to move Cañon City’s economy forward, and helping them find success,” Tormohlen said.

SBDC Meet and Greet Flyer

January 25, 2021

  1. Grand Openings and Anniversaries
  2. New Marketing Opportunities 
  3. Fremont Provisions
  4. New Preservation Program

Welcome Bella Phoenix Recovery & Thrift Store AND Brooke's Hair and Nails

Phoenix Thrift StoreDowntown welcomed two new merchants this week: Cindy Gall, of Bella Phoenix Recovery and Thrift Store and her daughter Brooke Tackett, of Brooke’s Hair and Nails. Both businesses operate out of 121 S. Fifth St.

After a 16-year career as a realtor in Fort Hood, Texas, Cindy Gall returned to her native Cañon City. She wanted a new direction but realized the art of the sale was still in her blood. The solution was to try her hand at retail. “I am all about creativity and problem solving,” Gall said. “Running a business definitely scratches those two itches.”

The store includes men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, and other items. Her daughter, Brooke, has six years of cosmetology experience and the two are thrilled to embark on an adventure together. Ask Gall about the future of her business and it’s clear she wants to expand and diversify as her new store takes off. She is also excited to participate in making Downtown Cañon City a destination.

Eventually, she wants her business to directly benefit people and families recovering from addiction and other personal struggles. That’s why she chose the name Bella Phoenix. “I like to dream big,” Gall laughed.


We want to celebrate our businesses new and old. We’d like this section to grow to highlight any business celebrating its 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th etc. anniversary each month.

Do you, or a business owner you know, want to be included in our upcoming Grand Openings and Anniversaries sections? Shoot Tom Dixon, City of Cañon City Small Business Manager, an email at with the month and year your business started so we can add your date to our calendar and be sure to include you when your anniversary arrives! 

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