Business News

April 29, 2021

  1. Blossom festival
  2. Federal Grants
  3. Public Health Orders

Blossom blooms again May 1-2

Band Players in Blossom Parade The 83rd Annual Cañon City Music and Blossom Festival is back this weekend May 1-2 featuring a traditional parade, craft fair, 5K race and live music.

A spring weekend of fun sprints ahead with the 17th Annual runBlossom 5K Race at 8:30 a.m. The course begins in Centennial Park and travels the Arkansas Riverwalk Trail through John Griffin Park and back.

There’s nary a moment to catch your breath before the craft fair opens at Veteran Park at 9 a.m. The park will be filled to the brim with food trucks, artists, crafters and live music until 7 p.m.

More than 70 floats are expected to travel down Main Street from 3rd to 10th Street beginning at 1 p.m. for the Blossom Festival Parade. The Mighty Tiger Pride, the Howling Huskies and other local school bands will join local musicians for the show.

Downtowners are reminded to move vehicles off the street before 9 a.m. as road closures and parking restrictions on the parade route will be in effect from 9 a.m. until the parade ends.

The Cañon City Elks Lodge will also be holding a community party Saturday with burgers and brats grilling from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and live music by Drew Frady and the Frady Cats from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Right around the corner are more arts and crafts vendors on Macon Plaza for the Spring Market. The Cañon City Public Library will have family-friendly games and activities available.

At 9 a.m. on Sunday, Catalyst Church will hold a service in Veterans Park. The second day of live entertainment and craft fair fun at Veteran Park runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After a tumultuous year and the disappointing cancelation of so many events, the return of Blossom is a welcome chance for the community to celebrate and welcome what promises to be a busy, fun summer ahead.

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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