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Newcomers can walk into Colorado Springs' two regional shopping malls or drive along the city's suburban thoroughfares and feel right at home; most national retailers are here, and many have several locations around town.  Unique, unusual, or locally owned shops and boutiques are clustered in the area's older, historic sections.


The recently renovated Chapel Hills Mall features JCPenney, Foley's, Mervyn's, Dillards, KMart, and Sears, as well as a public ice rink.  Many national retailers are located in the surrounding area and long Academy Boulevard.


Colorado Springs' first regional mall, the Citadel, opened in 1972 and has been expanded several times and extensively remodeled.  The Citadel has more than 150 stores and shops, and is anchored by JCPenney, Foley's, Mervyn's, and Dillard's.


The financial, cultural, and governmental center of Colorado Springs, downtown also has a great selection of shopping.  Most stores are small, many are owner-operated, and all pride themselves on offering personalized service.  Among the offerings are new and used books, sporting goods, upscale men's and women's apparel, antiques, jewelry, costumes, cigars, home furnishings, and dozens of restaurants, coffee shops, and brewpubs.


Even though Manitou goes out of its way to attract tourists, it has much to offer local residents.  Besides its myriad of T-shirt and souvenir shops, Manitou Springs is a rich source of local art and has several of the region's most interesting restaurants.


Many of the buildings in the National Historic District date from around the turn of the century.  Located between 24th and 27th streets along West Colorado Avenue, Old Colorado City offers shoppers an eclectic assortment of restaurants, boutiques, antique stores and art galleries.


Some of the other shopping centers in the area are older malls, several are strip centers, and others are new collections of national, big-box retailers.  Most of them are anchored by supermarkets and national discount chains, but they also include a wide variety of local retail stores, professional offices, and restaurants.


Restaurant guides are available, but perhaps the best place to obtain current information on the variety of dining options available in Colorado Springs is to open the Yellow Pages or visit the website listed in the Contacts/Links.  You will find every type of cuisine, in every price range, in every part of town.  Cruise the main streets, especially Academy Boulevard, and you'll pass all the well-known chain and franchise restaurants.  Downtown Colorado Springs offers everything from sub shops to upscale eateries, brewpubs to coffee shops.  Many of the region's best and most interesting places are hidden away where you would least expect to find them, so ask you new neighbors, coworkers, and friends to recommend their favorite Mexican, Chinese, seafood, Thai, barbecue, Italian, steak, French, pizza or Vietnamese restaurant.


The current combined sales and use tax rate for the City of Colorado Springs is 6.4%.  The breakdown is as follows:  2.5% City Tax; 1.0% County Tax; 2.9% State Tax

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