A new curiosity shop in Colorado Springs shows the beauty of dead butterflies | Arts & Entertainment

The sight of dead things usually doesn’t bring a love song to mind.

Walking into this new downtown Colorado Springs shop, there’s a black Christmas tree covered with skeleton ornaments in the corner. Framed and unmoving insects hang on the walls alongside paintings inspired by horror movies.

It’s the owners, two bearded guys sometimes dapperly dressed up in flowery button down shirts, vests and ties, who make you want to play a Kacey Musgraves tune called “Butterflies.”

Maybe it’s because of all the butterfly artwork around the shop, but it’s also these lyrics: “And out of the blue, I fell for you.”

That’s how their love story unfolded.

Andrew Cronk and Chris Dantzler met on Sept. 14, 2020, for a lunch date. A month later on a Halloween trip to Salem, Mass., Cronk asked Dantzler to be his partner. By April, they had bought a house together in Monument. With

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Steve Cahalan: Bicycle shop opens in Holmen Square | Business

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A year after he retired from Cisco Systems, John McHenry has opened On Your Left! Cycles bicycle shop in Holmen.

It opened in early November in Suite 524 in the Holmen Square shopping center at 500 N. Holmen Drive. And it’s the only bicycle shop in Holmen.

McHenry said his shop sells new and used bicycles, as well as bicycle apparel and accessories. It also repairs bicycles.

The new business is an authorized dealer for Cannondale, Serotta, Lynskey, Schwinn and GT bicycles. “I sell bicycles that range from the very affordable to the exotic,” said McHenry, who plans to hold a grand opening celebration in early 2022.

His shop has a fitting room, he said, adding that “I’m here to help people enjoy cycling and get the proper fit and bike type.

“I figured Holmen needed a bike shop,” and his store is close to bicycle trails and

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Omaha Public Library a one-stop shop to fill holiday needs | Lifestyles

Can you get all the Jeopardy questions about Omaha correct?

It probably sounds corny to say that this is the “most wonderful time of the year,” but ever since I was a kid, I’ve found the months between Halloween and New Year’s to be magical. Though a fondness for snow can be a controversial position to hold, I think there’s nothing prettier than a fresh, undisturbed blanket of snow over my backyard on a moonlit evening. I grew up in New England, and love snow no matter how much I simultaneously complain about it.

Some of my fondest memories of the holiday season are of the times when my kids were little and we did things together in preparation for the holidays … Everything from baking, making ornaments and decorations, and snuggling up to reread our favorite holiday books. If

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With Black Friday underway, expert gives tips on how to shop smart

Whether you’re out and about shopping or at home snapping up deals online, experts say you should use your credit card and be mindful of stores’ return policies.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — No line, no waiting: That was the common theme around the Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids on Black Friday. 

Early in the morning around 5 a.m., parking lots around the mall and the neighboring stores were mostly empty. At Kohl’s, shoppers didn’t have to rush in to get in position when the doors opened for Black Friday sales, and the same can be said across the street at Macy’s when its doors opened at 6 a.m.

Whether you’re out and about shopping or at home snapping up deals online, experts say you should use your credit card and be mindful of stores’ return policies.

They say using a credit card is ideal to protect you if you’re a

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