Biz Buzz:
Angler’s opens 2 adjacent outdoor shops

       Grand openings are planned Saturday, May 11 for two new recreational shops next to the Angler's Covey fly-fishing store at 295 S. 21st Street (off Highway 24).
       Both are being started by Dave Leinweber, who in 2005 built the space for his 5,000-square-foot Angler's, along with two adjoining 1,000-square-foot commercial units.
       His thinking is that the one-acre site is on the way to the mountains, and now three stores will be there, covering a range of family-oriented outdoor needs. “We're targeting the Pikes Peak region, trying to be the local expert,” he said. “We can tell people where they can go on day hikes or to take the kids overnight or what trails they might like. We'll really emphasize that kind of stuff.”
       One of the new shops is Colorado Tackle Pro (which just opened), offering gear and bait for non-fly fishermen. This makes up about 80 percent of the fishing market, but in part because some large chain stores sell many related consumer products at discounted prices the area hasn't had a “true specialty tackle shop” for about two years, Leinweber said. Among the more unique items at Tackle Pro are several types of bait (in addition to worms), lures and rods and ice-fishing gear, he said.
       The manager is Chris Spaulding, formerly the fishing manager at the Sportsman's Warehouse.
       The other new store by Angler's Covey is named Pikes Peak Outfitter (as opposed to Pikes Peak Outfitters, a former Colorado Springs store). Oufitter will open by May 11, with an emphasis on renting (or renting to own) outdoor gear, including kayaks, canoes, coolers, stoves and backpacking equipment. The shop will be run by Dave and his wife Becky's daughter Rachel Leinweber, who will graduate from UCCS next year with a business degree. “We always wanted to rent gear to help people get into the outdoors, but we didn't do it because of liability issues,” he explained. “This will be a completely separate company, with its own insurance.”
       Both new stores will be open daily.
       ArtWalk exhibits May 3
       New works by Pamela Poll, David Ridge and Justin Clements will be on display for the Old Colorado City ArtWalk Friday, May 3 at the Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Ave. The free, self-guided tour of participating shops and galleries will be from 5 to 8 p.m.
       Book on local baseball
       Roger Hadix, a vintage baseball player and participant in many of the annual old-time games at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, has written a book about local baseball history.
       Consisting of more than 200 photographs with defining captions - with subjects including the early “Millionaires” team, college ball, the early as well as current Sky Sox and Hall-of-Famer Rich Gossage - “Baseball in Colorado Springs” was recently published as part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of Sports series.
       Priced at $21.99, the book will be available May 13 at retail stores or online at, a press release states.

Westside Pioneer/press release