The enthusiastic coaches at Soccer Buddies educate youngsters on the value of physical fitness and impart much-needed confidence through drills and practices that refine fundamental skills. Lessons aim to build on the foundations of balance, agility, and coordination for budding athletes as young as 10 months old. As kids get older and their skills begin to mature, they’ll also have the chance to advance through age- and skill-appropriate classes, which increase the chance that students will be fully prepared for advanced moves such as bicycle kicks and the act of kissing a World Cup trophy. Youngsters will find new physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges at every leg of the training track, and those who excel will be eligible for an invitation to the Soccer Buddies Select class, a higher-level learning environment for competitive-minded players younger than 12.
Since 1999, Top of the Peak Landscaping has brought Colorado Springs' lawns and gardens into full bloom through an array of exterior home beautification services. Owners Bernie and Mary lead a team of insured landscapers who customize their green-thumbed services to the individual needs of the home or business, be it through weekly mowing visits, fertilization, or coordinating sprinkler systems so they don’t interfere with the lawn gnome's nap time. The staff's areas of expertise also include building water features, retaining walls, and fences, and products by manufacturers such as Hunter and Rain Bird ensure that installations endure.
For the better part of a decade, the licensed and insured contractors from Starrworks Enterprise have specialized in commercial and residential improvement projects ranging from landscaping to remodeling. Over the years, they've built up an excellent track record prepping lawns for spring and fall, painting interiors, and building fences and decks, examples of which can be found in their online galleries. When it comes to landscaping, the crew leans on their expertise with Colorado weather and water conditions to treat real grass, but they're also able to install synthetic grass turf, which is impervious to drought, requires no maintenance, and isn't afraid of the dark.
For 34 years, Dick Kelly and his team of friendly sofa herders have collected fine specimens of used furnishings of all stripes and styles. The spacious showroom lays out an impressive spread of household accessories ideal for every room, such as a serpentine front sofa table ($165), or a Belmar sofa ($375), cushioning popcorn-chomping movie buffs and competitive couch-surfers alike. In addition to peddling cushiony recliners and sofas, Platte Furniture swaddles sleepers in a full set of colorful Egyptian-cotton bed sheets ($40–$50), decking out mattresses with flat sheets, fitted sheets, and two pillowcases. Like the sheets that graced King Tutankhamun's racecar bed, the more than 1,000 thread-count textiles soothe snoozers with the silky texture of a high-strength microfiber.
In true family style, brothers Nick and Kirby Kuklenski own and operate two “sister” Ace Hardware stores in Colorado Springs, keeping local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments, whereas computerized color matching in the paint aisles keeps outsides as vibrantly hued as flowers in a garden or a house fly strolling across an artist’s palette. Collections of DeWalt and Craftsman hand and power tools help homeowners assemble Weber grills, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Ace Hardware’s helpful services: keys are cut onsite, with Sidewinder keys including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.