April 1, 2020

Colorado Springs Good News Roundup

Downtown Colorado Springs

The good news keeps us going and will continue to hold us up through these unprecedented times. Communities that are helping the elderly by delivering groceries, making face masks for the medical industry or singing some friendly tunes on your front porch to spread some joy, the good news surrounds us despite the negatives.

Here in Colorado Springs we pride ourselves on our hometown feel in a mid-sized city. This holds true throughout the pandemic as helping hands from businesses and individuals start to surface. Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC is working with partner agencies to provide constant up-to-date information for residents and business owners with access to a hotline and updated event cancellations.

Uplifting Stories to get through the Week

As supplies dwindle for the medial industry, a couple in Manitou Springs is crafting masks to combat shortages caused by COVID-19. James Vandiveer and his wife Kat set up a makeshift assembly line to create protective face shields. The couple has a goal to help supply protective gear for people in health care, while also providing jobs for people who have lost income because of the virus. If you can sew or can help make masks in any way, there are donation drives at 5 p.m. Wednesday and noon Saturday at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs’ Health Lane Center parking lot, 4863 N. Nevada Ave.

In addition to helping the medical industry, Colorado Springs’ residents are looking to raise the spirts of kids throughout the community. With schools and playgrounds closed, neighbors are placing stuffed animals in windows for kids to spot on their walks throughout the neighborhood. Bring some joy to the children in your community and start your own “bear hunt”!

Shop Local to get your Food and Beverage Needs

Distillery 291 in Colorado Springs has turned their taste room into a virtual hang out for those at home. This local business is a small batch whiskey distillery owned by Michael Myers, who aims to replicate the taste, smell, and folklore of the Wild West. The distillery has earned national and international awards for its spirits including the title of World’s Best Rye at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards. Distillery 291 embodies traditions of the past married with the boldness of the future. Handmade the Colorado way.

They encourage you to join them virtually to learn how to make cocktails and enjoy live music while still practicing social distancing. Join their hangouts here.

Looking to support your local restaurants and breweries during this time? Most establishments are open for takeout, practice social distancing downtown with ease with city parking meters in downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City free until April 30.

Lazy Dog restaurant is offering pantry packages for takeout. This restaurant features a Friends + Family menu, with favorite recipes packaged to serve four to five people starting at $25. In addition, with each purchase, Lazy Dog will donate a meal to an organization helping those in need. Their latest drop off was to those in the medical industry working long hours to care for the surge in patients. Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date on new menu items and charities.

These are just a few of the many ways our community is supporting one another right now. Have a good news story you’d like to share? Send your stories to us on Twitter using the hashtag #DoingMyPartCO and tag us at @CSCEDC.