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  Chamber gets preview of county fair
  By Pete Gawda

   “These guys right here are your future,” said Connie Crippen, 4-H mom, who presented at the June 2 Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce meeting at Grace Community Church.
   
   Crippen was referring to members of the Calhan Ranch Hands 4-H Club who were on hand to promote this year's El Paso County Fair, which will be held July 10 to July 17 at the fairgrounds in Calhan. “Come on out to the county fair,” Crippen said. “It's going to be a lot of fun.” She said in addition to the livestock and poultry shown by the 4-H members, there will be something for everyone at the fair, including, among other things, leather crafts and cake decorating. Crippen said 4-H Club members learn to work, to be responsible and respectful and to speak before a group.
   
   Taking part in the presentation was Marshall Crippen, who will be going into the fourth grade this year. He raises swine and beef cattle. Also at the meeting: Garrett Rubin, sixth grader this fall — he raises goats, steers and pigs; Trevor Rubin, eighth grader this fall — he also raises pigs and steers; and Wyatt Crippen, eighth grader this fall — he raises beef cattle and swine.
   
   The 4-H members described daily activities at the fair and the process of raising the livestock they will show at the fair. They all answered questions from the audience about breeding, raising, showing and marketing livestock.
   
   Jeff Petersma, deputy chief of the Falcon Fire Protection District, thanked the business leaders for their recent contribution of body armor to the fire department through the nonprofit organization, Shield 616.
   
   Chamber members learned that their new website will soon be operational.
   
   The next meeting is Wednesday, July 7, at 7 a.m. at Grace Community Church, 9486 Grace Church View.
  
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  One stitch at a time
  By Timothy Page

   Whether someone is new to quilting or sewing, an expert, or just interested in taking up a new hobby, Sew So Sweet in Peyton has something for everyone. Located off Main Street in downtown Peyton, owner Terry Lundy overcame a rough patch early on in her business.
   
   “I started in January 2020, and then the Coronavirus hit,” Lundy said. “I had to close down in March, so I was only open a handful of weeks before I had to close down.”
   
   Lundy pushed through that hard time by making and selling masks and using that to pay her rent as she waited for things to reopen.
   
   Now that she has reopened her store, Lundy offers quilting and sewing supplies, along with classes and events.
   
   She is especially interested in reaching the more rural areas out east.
   
   “There’s a lot of people in the rural areas that sew,” Lundy said. “It’s 45 minutes from where I live to go into town. I just felt like I could service a different set of community.”
   
   Sew So Sweet also offers private lessons to anyone interested in learning the art of making a quilt, wanting to hone their skills or hoping that their kids can learn some basics of sewing fabrics. “I think it is something that parents are realizing that the kids at least need to know the basics,” Lundy said.
   
   She isn’t the only person teaching classes at Sew So Sweet. Lundy brings in outside people who know more about different styles of sewing. One person she is contracting with is going to teach heirloom sewing, an old type of needlework that you can see on christening gowns and old child bonnets; another contractor will teach about fabric dying.
   
   Along with those lessons, Lundy also holds monthly classes that are about bringing the community together. One is called a UFO (Unfinished Objects) class, where people are invited to bring what they’re working on and use her shop for a day. She charges a minimum fee of $15, but her tools are available to those working on a project.
   
   “It’s kind of like a gathering place,” Lundy said. “That’s kind of my motto, bringing the community together one stitch at a time.”
   
   Visit Sew So Sweet’s Facebook page along with their website, https://ssspeyton.com, to keep up to date with activities at the shop.
   
   Sew So Sweet is located at 13596 Front St., Unit C in Peyton.
   
   Hours are Monday through Wednesday — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday — closed; Friday and Saturday — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday — closed
  
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Marylou Doehrman Bride

  A honey of a store
  By Marylou Doehrman Bride

   Honey and tea lovers come hither. Honey, Tea and Me in Black Forest has 200 varieties of loose leaf teas and a wide array of flavored honeys, from nine different dark chocolate honeys to salted caramel honey and about a dozen varieties of creamed honeys.
   
   The flavored honeys are created on-site but the original honey comes from a bee farm in eastern Colorado Springs, said Shawndel Sievert, owner of Honey, Tea and Me. She opened the store last December in Black Forest.
   
   She had originally launched the store in downtown Colorado Springs, where she stayed for two years. However, COVID-19 and too many protesters in the area wreaked havoc with her business. “I closed the business for four months, and then opened this store in Black Forest,” she said.
   
   Sievert said her former downtown Springs customers drive to Black Forest to shop at Honey, Tea and Me, and she has customers from as far away as Florissant.
   
   “I like to sell cute stuff,” Sievert said. That “stuff” includes all sorts of tea ware like teapots and strainers; and lotions and lip balms.
   
   For six years, Sievert has been selling at farmers markets throughout the area: Black Forest, Fountain and the Farm in Northern Colorado Springs. She will also be at the El Paso County Fair in July.
   
   Currently, she lives in Security/Widefield but she grew up Black Forest; and came “home” to open her store. Prior to the honey and tea business, Sievert worked as a certified nurse assistant at hospitals and hospice.
   
   One might think Sievert never has a chance to sit down; but, with a blended family that includes seven kids, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, she has the whole gang helping out, especially with the farmers markets.
   
   Sievert’s business is listed as Colorado Honey Lady LLC, operating as Honey, Tea and Me.
   
   She said she loves being an entrepreneur. “It gives me the freedom to be creative.”
   
   Visit her website at https://colorado honey lady. com. The shop is located at 6755 Shoup Road. They are open seven days a week: Monday and Tuesday — noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesday through Sunday — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  
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