Store moves to Templeton corner, expands offerings

       The Sweet Elephant has moved to a roughly 30 percent larger location in Old Colorado City, allowing more offerings for its customers.

A staged photo displays part of the interior of the Sweet Elephant shop in Old Colorado City, with the coffee bar and one of its tables in the foreground and the wine-tasting room in the background.
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       Formerly located a few doors to the west, the retail business now occupies the 1,500-square-foot corner space in the historic Templeton Building, 2502 W. Colorado Ave.
       Along with gift items (including hand-painted, Polish pottery) and seasonal fruit from C&R Farms (a Western Slope Farmers Market vendor), Sweet Elephant has installed a full-service coffee bar and a wine-tasting room. Plus, painting classes are offered in the shop on Friday and Saturday nights.
       “We have just enough space to get everything in the way we need it,” said Susan Quintana, who owns the business with her husband Don. “We're trying to appeal to tourists, but also to local people.”
       The store is open daily, with the coffee shop open at 8 a.m. and the wine-tastings starting at 11.
       The coffee is roasted by Barista Express, located on the Near Westside; also available are pastries and bagels made by the local Old World Bagels.
       Wine-tasting rooms are possible under a recent state law intended to promote Colorado wineries. Such a license lets businesses other than taverns provide free samples of wine and to sell it by the glass or the bottle. However, Susan emphasized that Sweet Elephant “is not a bar.”
       The couple have different backgrounds, with Susan originally from England and Don the Westside.
       He attended Washington Elementary, West Junior and Palmer High, then worked as a Colorado Springs police officer for 20 years and after that became a homebuilder.
       Before starting Sweet Elephant two years ago, Susan had owned a gift shop in the north part of the Springs called Harlow's (which she sold). She also has family ties with C&R Farms.
       Susan said she enjoys the Old Colorado City location because of its neighborhood feel, the “old Westside allure” and the proximity to the Farmers Market.
       The phone is 635-1555.

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