When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Colorado Springs, CO. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.
Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Colorado Springs's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.
If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!
At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Colorado Springs. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Colorado Springs, CO. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.
Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:
There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.
Mediterranean countries include:
So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Colorado Springs,
what are we talking about?
Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.
This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.
If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Colorado Springs, CO, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!
Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.
This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.
We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Colorado Springs, CO.
Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.
If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.
Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.
So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?
It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!
Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:
Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.
In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.
First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.
Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.
Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.
Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.
They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.
Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.
Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.
Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.Free Estimate
SIGNINGSDaniel Singh — "Which Reminds Me of a Story" and "Since You Asked, Here’s a Story," 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Young Bookworms Bookstore, 3604 Hartsel Drive, Suite B; 719-358-9492.Book Signings — With Dr. Lindsey Larsen, "Meeting Exceptional Friends" and Lindsay Mello, "The Dream Fairy," 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St., Monument; 719-481-2665, ...
Daniel Singh — "Which Reminds Me of a Story" and "Since You Asked, Here’s a Story," 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Young Bookworms Bookstore, 3604 Hartsel Drive, Suite B; 719-358-9492.
Book Signings — With Dr. Lindsey Larsen, "Meeting Exceptional Friends" and Lindsay Mello, "The Dream Fairy," 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St., Monument; 719-481-2665, coveredtreasures.com.
The Civility of the Book — Readings, classes, keynote speakers and more with regional authors, 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., $10-$44; communityculturalcollective.org.
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Recent regional author offerings:
• "Sol's Horizon" by Aaron Strent. Published by: Dorrance Publishing Co. Summary: Ever wonder what life would be like in another millennia or so? Join Leon, a future HOVAC (Heating, Oxygen, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) technician as he guides you through our solar system in the year 3482 while meeting new friends and tackling some adventures.
Children’s Literacy Center — 719-471-8672, childrensliteracycenter.org.
Pikes Peak Library District: ppld.org.
• 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive
• Calhan, 600 Bank St.
• Cheyenne Mountain, 1785 S. 8th St.
• East, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
• Fountain, 230 S. Main St.
• High Prairie, 7035 Old Meridian Road, Falcon
• Manitou Springs, 515 Manitou Ave.
• Monument, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive
• Old Colorado City, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
• Palmer Lake, 66 Lower Glenway
• Penrose, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
• Rockrimmon, 832 Village Center Drive
• Ruth Holley, 685 N. Murray Blvd.
• Sand Creek, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
• Ute Pass, 8010 Severy Ave., Cascade
CARLOTTA OLSON, THE GAZETTE
Camp Corral Fundraising Campaign — Supports children ages 8-15 of wounded, ill and fallen military members by providing camp, advocacy and enrichment program, through July 9, Golden Corral restaurants; campcorral.org.
Unified Raffle — To benefit Special Olympics Colorado, through July 28. Go online for prices and prizes: tinyurl.com/yak5xpr3.
Woody Wiley, Double Barrell — To benefit The Salvation Army, 6 p.m. Thursday, Notes, 13141 Bass Pro Drive; notesbar.com/events.
Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament — To benefit First Tee and City Spirit of the Springs, 7 p.m. Thursday, The Broadmoor Golf Club, West Course, 1 Lake Ave. Registration: coloradosprings.gov/mayorscup.
Fundraising Luncheon — To benefit Homeward Pikes Peak, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, the Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St. Reservations: tinyurl.com/4j8yr9z2.
Horticultural Art Society of Colorado Springs Spring Plant Sale — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and May 19-20, HAS Cottage in Monument Valley Park,224 Mesa Road; hasgardens.wordpress.com/plant-sale.
Junior Achievement Gala — Featuring Are You Smarter Than a JA 5th Grader? 5 p.m. Saturday, Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road. Registration: tinyurl.com/mfxrmy65.
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive — Letter carriers will collect nonperishable food items donations left in bag by mailbox, Saturday; facebook.com/stampouthunger.
Partners in Care 5K/Two-mile Walk — To benefit local head and neck cancer patients, 9 a.m. May 14, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive. Registration: tinyurl.com/bdfbrxte.
KPWE Unstoppable Women's Event — 5-7 p.m. May 15, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Union Blvd. Tickets: kpwe.uccs.edu/unstoppable2023.
NAMI Community Breakfast and Fundraiser — 7:30 a.m. May 18, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave. Reservations: tinyurl.com/5n7t87dd.
Whiskey & Wine Tasting — To benefit Peak Education, 5-8 p.m. May 19, The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St., $50-$75. Tickets: tinyurl.com/cscdrsvp.
An Evening with Goose — To benefit ProRodeo Hall of Fame, 6 p.m. May 19, ProRodeo Hall of Fame, 103 Pro Rodeo Drive. Tickets: prorodeohalloffame.com.
MS Walk — To benefit the National MS Society, 8 a.m. May 20, Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave. Registration: tinyurl.com/yw6cjtsb.
Angel Gala — To benefit Angels of America's Fallen, 5:30-11 p.m. May 20, with virtual program at 7 p.m., Broadmoor Hall, 1 Lake Ave. Tickets: aoafallen.org/angel-gala.
Run to the Shrine — To benefit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 5-8 p.m. May 20-21, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road. Registration: tinyurl.com/mr2na46w.
Puppy Rescue Mission Fundraiser — With cornhole tournament and food sales, 2 p.m. May 27, American Legion Post 5, 15 E. Platte Ave.; 719-632-0960.
Pancake Breakfast — To benefit Mountain Communities Volunteer Fire Department, 7:30-11:30 a.m. May 29, 15000 Westcreek Road, Woodland Park; 303-647-2361.
Brewster's Battle at the Links — To benefit the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, 7:30 a.m. June 2, Patty Jewett Golf Course, 900 E. Espanola St. Reservations: brewstersbattle.com.
Sporting Clays Shoot — To benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2, Pikes Peak Gun Club, 450 S. Franceville Coal Mine Road. Registration: rmhcsoutherncolorado.org/sporting-clays.
Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship Golf Scramble — 12:30-5 p.m. June 2, Eisenhower Silver Golf Course, 123 Golf Drive, Air Force Academy. Registration: springsalphas.org.
Cheyenne Village Shrimp Boil — 5:30-8 p.m. June 2, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road. Reservations: cheyennevillage.org.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Kick-Off Concert — Hosted by Pikes Peak or Bust Foundation to benefit local military and their families with Exit West and Cody Cozz, 6 p.m. June 2, Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road. Tickets: tinyurl.com/yrr5zbdp.
The Frank Waters and Golden Quill Literary Awards Luncheon — 11:30 a.m. June 3, DoubleTree hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Reservations: tinyurl.com/yckvvdsm.
Feast of St. Arnold — To benefit Westside CARES, noon-4:30 p.m. June 10, Chapel of Our Saviour, 8 4th St. Tickets: feastofsaintarnold.com.
Chocoholic Frolic — To benefit Kidpower of Colorado, 6:30 p.m. June 10, Ent Center for the Arts, Shockley-Zalabak Theater, 5225 N. Nevada Ave. Tickets: kidpowercs.org.
Uplift Foundation Golf Tournament — To benefit the Uplift Foundation's college scholarship program, 6:30 a.m. June 23, Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course, Fort Carson. Registration: omega-uplift-golf-tournament.perfectgolfevent.com.
Purely Ponds Parade of Ponds and Waterfalls — To benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24-25, Colorado Springs, Monument and surrounding area. Tickets: purelyponds.com/parade-of-ponds.
100+Women Who Care Colorado Springs — 5:30 p.m. July 19, The Warehouse, 25 S. Cimarron St.; 100wwccs.com.
The Cowboy Cup Golf Tournament — To benefit Latigo Trails Equestrian Center, 8 a.m. July 28, Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club, Fort Carson. Registration: atlatigo.com.
Miracles in Motion — To benefit StableStrides, 5-10 p.m. Aug. 19, ProRodeo Hall of Fame, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive. Tickets: stablestrides.org/miraclesinmotion.
Race Against Violence — 5K walk/run and activities to benefit Kingdom Builders Family Life Center, 9 a.m. Aug. 26, Panorama Park, 4540 Fenton Road. Registration required for 5K: kbflc.org/events.
Opera Theatre of the Rockies 25th Anniversary Celebration — Honoring Martile Rowland, 5 p.m. Aug. 29, Penrose House Garden Pavilion, 1661 Mesa Ave. Tickets: operatheatreoftherockies.org.
Colorado Springs Plane Pull — To benefit Special Olympics Colorado, Sept. 9, National Museum of World War II Aviation, 775 Aviation Way. Registration: specialolympicsco.org/planepull.
Pawtoberfest — To benefit Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 16, Bear Creek Regional Park, Colorado Springs; hsppr.org/events/pawtoberfest-2023.
Cameron Memorial Golf Tournament — To benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2, Perry Park Country Club, 7047 Perry Park Blvd., Larkspur. Registration: rmhcsoutherncolorado.org.
The Not So Little Things Luncheon — To benefit Fostering Hope, noon-1 p.m. Oct. 5, DoubleTree hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Reservations: fosteringhopefoundation.org/events.
Gingerbread & Jazz — To benefit Early Connections Learning Center, 5 p.m. VIP dinner, 7 p.m. general admission, Nov. 11, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets: earlyconnections.org/gingerbread-jazz.
Email event details at least two weeks in advance to [email protected] with Community Calendar in the subject line.
EVENTSTHROUGH JULY 9Golden Corral Camp Corral Fundraising Campaign — Supports children ages 8-15 of wounded, ill and fallen military members by providing camp, advocacy and enrichment program, Golden Corral restaurants; campcorral.org.MAY 20Angel Gala — To benefit Angels of America's Fallen, 5:30-11 p.m., with virtual program at 7 p.m., Broadmoor Hall, 1 Lake Ave., $200. Tickets: ...
THROUGH JULY 9
Golden Corral Camp Corral Fundraising Campaign — Supports children ages 8-15 of wounded, ill and fallen military members by providing camp, advocacy and enrichment program, Golden Corral restaurants; campcorral.org.
Angel Gala — To benefit Angels of America's Fallen, 5:30-11 p.m., with virtual program at 7 p.m., Broadmoor Hall, 1 Lake Ave., $200. Tickets: aoafallen.org/angel-gala.
Puppy Rescue Mission Fundraiser — With cornhole tournament and food sales, 2 p.m., American Legion Post 5, 15 E. Platte Ave.; 719-632-0960.
Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship Golf Scramble — 12:30-5 p.m., Eisenhower Silver Golf Course, 123 Golf Drive, Air Force Academy, $175. Registration: springsalphas.org.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Kick-Off Concert — Hosted by Pikes Peak or Bust Foundation to benefit local military and their families with Exit West and Cody Cozz, 6 p.m., Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, $25-$60. Tickets: tinyurl.com/yrr5zbdp.
Uplift Foundation Golf Tournament — To benefit the Uplift Foundation's college scholarship program, 6:30 a.m., Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course, Fort Carson, $150. Registration: omega-uplift-golf-tournament.perfectgolfevent.com.
Freedom Fest— Live entertainment, activities for the whole family, food and beverages for purchase, Iron Horse Park, Fort Carson; tinyurl.com/5ea8r6nw.
Second (Indianhead) Division Association 100th Annual Reunion — For anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Division at any time; Mike Davino, 919-356-5692, 2ida.org/product/reunion/10.
Comeback Yoga — Free in-person and virtual yoga classes for military service members and their families; comebackyoga.org.
DAV Chapter 26 Membership Meetings — Hot meal at 5 p.m., meeting starts at 6 p.m., second Tuesdays, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd., open to all veterans and their guests; dav26co.org.
410 Veterans Group Meeting — 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Black Eyed Pea, 887 N. Academy Blvd. All veterans and spouses, all branches and eras welcome; 605-460-6317.
Women's Equine-Assisted Mental Health Group — 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays. Hosted by StableStrides for women veterans who have experienced trauma. Call for information: 719-495-3908.
Men's Equine-Assisted Mental Health Group — 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesdays. Hosted by StableStrides for men looking for an active and solution-oriented therapy to manage symptoms of PTSD, depression or anxiety. Call for information: 719-495-3908.
Pikes Peak Honor Bell Planning Meeting — Purpose is to plan and lead the creation of a 2nd honor bell to serve the Pikes Peak National Cemetery and the Pikes Peak region. The Honor Bell Foundation’s mission is to create a community of veterans to foster public appreciation of military service and honor their fellow veterans with a proper, final tribute, 4 p.m. first Wednesdays, Goat Patch Brewing Co. event room, 2727 N. Cascade Ave., Suite 123; honorbell.org.
The Southern Colorado Retiree Assistance Council Meeting — 11 a.m. second Wednesdays, The Hub, Peterson Space Force Base. Open to all military retirees and surviving spouses; 719-556-7153.
Society of Military Widows Monthly Meeting — 10:30 a.m. last Wednesday of the month, The Hub, Peterson Space Force Base. Open to surviving spouses; Margaret Melchi, 719-331-6669.
Pikes Peak Veterans Council Meeting — Doors open at 6 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m., last Wednesday of the month, DAV No. 26 Building, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. All veteran organizations welcome, open to the public; Kathy Hanner, 719-651-6967, [email protected].
The National Museum of World War II Aviation tours — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 755 Aviation Way, $11-$17, free for WWII veterans. Tickets: 719-637-7559.
American Legion Post 5 Membership Meeting — 6 p.m. dinners, meeting at 7 p.m. third Thursdays, 15 E. Platte Ave. Open to members only; 719-632-0960.
American Legion Post 5 Game Night & Dinner — 6 p.m. second Fridays, 15 E. Platte Ave.; 719-632-0960.
American Legion Post 5 Steak Night — 6 p.m. fourth Fridays, 15 E. Platte Ave.; 719-632-0960.
Pikes Peak Detachment of the Marine Corps League Meeting — 8 a.m. breakfast, meeting starts at 9 a.m., third Saturday, DAV Chapter 26, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd., $10 for breakfast; pikespeakmcl.org.
Dutch Nelsen Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association — 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon, third Saturdays, Elks Lodge, 3400 N. Nevada Ave. Open to all who served in Korea 1945 to present; Mike Thomason, 719-214-6121.
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1057 Meeting — 9-10:30 a.m. last Saturday of the month, Skills Academy, 1575 Garden of the Gods Road; vva1075.org.
DAV Chapter 26 Bingo — Doors open at 4:30 p.m., bingo at 6:30 p.m., Sundays, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd., 12 or older; dav26co.org.
American Legion Post 5 Sunday Brunch — 10 a.m.-1 p.m. third Sundays, 15 E. Platte Ave.; 719-632-0960.
Want to get the word out about your military or veterans event? Email [email protected] with details.
Sitting on the inside of an unassuming strip mall on the edge of Old Colorado City is a world bursting with creativity.Once you step inside, you’re transported. The interior is lined top to bottom with murals — with the 2,700-square-foot floor painted in colorful designs and patterns.In every corner, nook and cranny, an idea. Welcome to “the spaceship.”LightSpeed Curations is one of Colorado Springs’ newest art galleries. In addition to hosting the city’s first black light gallery, the...
Sitting on the inside of an unassuming strip mall on the edge of Old Colorado City is a world bursting with creativity.
Once you step inside, you’re transported. The interior is lined top to bottom with murals — with the 2,700-square-foot floor painted in colorful designs and patterns.
In every corner, nook and cranny, an idea. Welcome to “the spaceship.”
LightSpeed Curations is one of Colorado Springs’ newest art galleries. In addition to hosting the city’s first black light gallery, the space is designed to empower artists.
The nontraditional gallery offers tools and workshops to help artists of different mediums, from painting to photography to music — and even tattoos.
“We focus on collaboration over competition,” said Nat Feather, artist and co-owner of LightSpeed Curations. “The best way we can actually implement that is by just having the lowest barrier of entry for a person to come in and express themselves creatively, however they see fit.”
The space, which opened in August, is ready to help artists create — the owners rent out their photo studio and equipment, offer technical classes and even provide a way for newer artists to digitize and show their work. The goal: make the art world accessible.
“It feels personal to me. A lot of the art galleries and the art scene locally, it feels more of like a walled garden,” Feather said. “It’s kind of difficult for just a regular, average Joe just to start getting this stuff professionally shown in galleries and start actually making a little bit of money off their art or creativity.”
To keep prices low and accessible, the studio relies on donations, including both monetary gifts and supply donations, said co-owner and photographer Jake Hopkins.
“We really give out as much as we can, and the reason why we’re able to do so is mainly donations,” Hopkins said.
Curator Jessica de la Luna works hard to get new artists shown, with the gallery taking a lower-than-average commission.
“A lot of galleries have very stringent contracts, there’s a lot of boundaries, and we’re very loose on our boundaries,” de la Luna said. “My goal is to help them with their personal goals as an artist and to free them up to be (an) artist.”
In addition to showcasing artists in the gallery, the group also works with locations around Colorado Spring to show curated art.
But it’s not just the resources that make LightSpeed unique — it’s also the art.
“I hate the idea that art needs to be compartmentalized and separated and segregated into visuals, movement, music, when it’s all just art. There’s no reason to separate it,” Feather said.
The gallery is home to Colorado Springs’ first black light gallery, where viewers can experience pieces glowing under the UV lights.
“It’s just a different way to view art. It’s really incredible,” de la Luna said. “You can look at a painting and it can become something totally different in a black light.”
The space also highlights the work of Feather, who plays with color theory through chromadepth art — a visual art style that uses complementary colors in close proximity to create an illusion that can be seen with chromadepth glasses.
“I was working with perspective and perception, looking at my own work and using lighting to create different avenues of perception so that you see a piece not only as it was designed, but also multiple ways,” Feather said.
And Feather doesn’t just use chromadepth on canvas; he has also pioneered the technique for tattoos.
“You can actually put on 3D glasses and watch your tattoo come to life and jump out at you,” Hopkins said. “We’re gonna start mixing some UV ink in there as well.”
Then there’s the photo studio, where in addition to providing a space for photographers, the studio will digitize art.
“Not only are you getting your proper representation, you have another resource,” de la Luna said. “This little like 30-megabyte file can make you money.”
The gallery also hosts a variety of events, including new shows every first Friday and on Monday nights, when local musicians perform.
“Musicians can come in and just play whatever instrument they want to and it’s just kind of an open jam, because we want to have a safe and fun space for musicians as well,” de la Luna said.
It’s not just like a place to come and paint, but a place to come and succeed.
“We just want to be a good space for artists to come and express themselves and be successful whether that art is photography, or music, or your traditional art or tattoos,” de la Luna said. “We just want artists to be able to come in, do their thing, and leave happy.”
(COLORADO SPRINGS) — Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) said it euthanized a bear after it repeatedly entered a Colorado Springs home since Sunday, April 30.An investigation is underway as the bear’s behavior indicated it became habituated to humans, which only occurs when bears are being fed by people, said CPW.Early stages of the investigation found the homeowners were, in fact, feeding big game. They were cited for attracting big game to their property and given a warning for luring bears, per CPW.On Frid...
(COLORADO SPRINGS) — Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) said it euthanized a bear after it repeatedly entered a Colorado Springs home since Sunday, April 30.
An investigation is underway as the bear’s behavior indicated it became habituated to humans, which only occurs when bears are being fed by people, said CPW.
Early stages of the investigation found the homeowners were, in fact, feeding big game. They were cited for attracting big game to their property and given a warning for luring bears, per CPW.
On Friday, May 5, CPW officers trapped the bear and humanely euthanized the animal as required by state policy. The bear, estimated to be approximately 225 to 250 pounds, entered the home three times and returned repeatedly during the past week, according to CPW.
On Sunday, the bear walked into the mud room of a home in the Broadmoor neighborhood, an area known for its wooded area and prime bear habitat in the southwest foothills of Colorado Springs.
CPW said the homeowner found muddy paw prints in the house and was confronted by the bear in their kitchen. The bear was reluctant to leave but eventually retreated after the homeowners yelled and banged pots and pans, stated CPW.
“It’s extremely fortunate no one was injured by this bear…,” said Tim Kroening, CPW’s Area Wildlife Manager for the Pikes Peak region. “This bear had become habituated to people, associating them as a food source. This created a dangerous situation when the bear was confronted in a confined space in the home.”
A bear trap and trail camera found the bear returning to the home each night around the same time. The animal entered the home for a third time through an open door on Monday, May 1. CPW said the bear returned again Friday and entered the trap.
After confirming the bear was the same bear captured in trail cam photos, CPW wildlife officers humanely euthanized the animal as mandated by CPW policy for any bear that enters an occupied home.
According to Kroening, it was particularly troubling that the bear did not turn and run from the homeowners. CPW said releasing the bear was not an option because there is nowhere it can be taken where it will not encounter another home.
“Wild bears are naturally afraid of people and avoid them,” Kroening said. “When a bear learns that human homes are a source of food, they become dangerous to people.”
CPW said it is critical people stay Bear Aware by securing trash, bird feeders, and any other attractants so that bears cannot get to them. The community is advised to keep doors, ground-level windows, and vehicles closed and locked.
Saturday is expected to be warm with sunny skies and a high of 74, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.Due to winds ranging from 5-20 mph throughout the day and warm weather, there is a red flag warning from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.The evening will likely cool down to around 42, skies will remain mostly clear.Here's the full forecast from the National Weather Service....
Saturday is expected to be warm with sunny skies and a high of 74, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.
Due to winds ranging from 5-20 mph throughout the day and warm weather, there is a red flag warning from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The evening will likely cool down to around 42, skies will remain mostly clear.
Here's the full forecast from the National Weather Service.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 73.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 75.
Tuesday: A 10% chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Wednesday: A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Colorado Springs is forecast for clear, sunny weather Friday, and throughout the weekend ahead.
Expect sunny skies and a high of 75 degrees Friday. A breeze is forecast to roll in through the west, ranging from 5-20 mph, with gusts reaching upwards of 35 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.
Looking ahead into Friday night, expect clear conditions and a low bottoming out at 41 degrees. A southwest breeze is forecast to persist through the night, ranging from 15-20 mph.
Here’s the full forecast from the National Weather Service.
Saturday: Sunny skies and a high of 73 degrees.
Sunday: Mostly sunny skies, and a high of 73 degrees.
Monday: Mostly sunny with a high near 75 degrees.
Tuesday: Sunny skies and a high near 77 degrees.
A chance of rain and thunderstorms persist in Colorado Springs Thursday, accompanied by light winds and warm temps.
There’s a 50% chance of thunderstorms and showers Thursday afternoon. Expect mostly cloudy conditions and a high of 73 degrees. Winds from the north are projected to range from 5-15 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.
Looking ahead into Thursday night, there’s a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, mainly before 10 p.m. Expect mostly cloudy conditions to clear overnight, with a low bottoming out at 41 degrees.
Here’s the full forecast from the National Weather Service.
Friday: Sunny skies and a high of 75 degrees.
Saturday: Expect sunny conditions and a high reaching 71 degrees.
Sunday: There’s a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Expect mostly sunny conditions and a high near 70 degrees.
Monday: Sunny skies and a high near 72 degrees.
Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Colorado Springs as the spring warm-up persists with temps in the 70s.
There’s a 30% chance of thunderstorms Wednesday, mainly after 3 p.m. Otherwise, expect partly sunny skies and a high of 75 degrees. Wind from the north will range from 5 to 10 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.
Looking ahead into Wednesday night, there’s a 10% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m. Expect mostly cloudy skies, with a low bottoming out around 48 degrees.
Here’s the full forecast from the National Weather Service.
Thursday: There’s a 60% chance of thunderstorms between noon and 3 p.m., with showers to follow. Expect mostly cloudy skies and a high of 70 degrees.
Friday: Sunny skies and a high of 74 degrees.
Saturday: Expect sunny conditions and a high of 71 degrees.
Sunday: There’s a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Expect mostly sunny conditions with a high near 67 degrees.