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Local Business Spotlight: Garden of the Gods Trading Post

June 28, 2011

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Garden of the Gods Trading Post

In the early 1920’s, Charles E. Strausenback built the Garden of the Gods Trading Post to resemble the homes of the Pueblo Indians. Pueblo men and women were employed to perform native dances and to make baskets and pottery at the new shop. Navajo men and women were hired to weave blankets and create handmade jewelry. Native Americans continued to work at the Trading Post up through the mid 1950’s.

In 1979, the Trading Post came under new proprietorship, but paintings and photographs by Strausenback were hung throughout the building and can still be seen today. The wrought iron fixtures on the entry doors, as well as the handiwork around the fireplaces, are of his design and creation!

Since 1979, the Trading Post has expanded six times to become the largest trading post in Colorado! The art gallery features local artists, traditional and contemporary Native American jewelry, and Navajo rugs. Colorado gifts and souvenirs can be found in the main store. During the summer, the Balanced Rock Café features the popular buffalo burger, and diners can enjoy their meal in a flowered garden behind the Trading Post. In 2000, the Peak View Conference center was built, serving numerous weddings, conferences, reunions and or any other group function!

Have you had the chance to visit the Garden of the Gods Trading Post? Head over to Wizbee.com and write a review! Don’t forget to check out the Trading Post coupons: discounts on purchases and a buy-one-get-one deal for the Balanced Rock Café!

Local Business Spotlight: Steaksmith

May 24, 2011

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Steaksmith

3802 Maizeland Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80909

P: (719) 596-9300

www.steaksmith.com

Steaksmith has been around for 30 years, with the same unique concept (see service section) and in the same building. The current owner (Dawson) is celebrating his 3rd anniversary this month (congratulations, Dawson!) The ambiance inside the restaurant is spectacular. While in the interview with Dawson, I definitely felt like I was in a legendary spot.

It’s the perfect place to celebrate special occasions. Even while conducting our interview, Dawson received two calls for anniversary reservations that evening. Steaksmith has historically been considered to be a special occasion restaurant, however, their prices are affordable enough for regulars to come in up to three times a week! Some of the regulars even drive all the way from Gleneagle, Fountain, Falcon and other outlying areas. All of this aside, you may be asking yourself… what sets Steaksmith apart from their competition?

Food:Steaksmith is a retro 80’s steakhouse. You will find that their food quality is second to none and you don’t have the intensely formal ambiance like you would at some of the other steakhouses in town. They are not a prime meat house but their beef is top choice (top 2% of the choice), which is one grade below A prime. Additionally, 23% of their orders represent seafood. All of their seafood is freshly delivered 2 to 3 times a week. The seafood selection varies because the chef will only order the freshest fish available. Some of the fresh selections include halibut, yellow fin tuna, stuffed flounder, shark, monkfish and salmon. If they happen to run out of those options no need to worry because they serve shrimp, lobster and scallops 7 days a week.

Value: The menu items are priced at an incredible value! Diners may find A-La-Carte menus at Steaksmith’s competitors, so a steak might seem less expensive at first glance. After adding on all the extras that diners typically want with their meal, the overall cost ends up being quite a bit more. Steaksmith prices include a side item, bread and your choice of soup or salad bar!

Bestseller: Top sirloin is their top selling steak – the petit is 7oz and their regular is 11oz. –  100% edible, no fat! Diners will enjoy their choice of starch, soup or salad bar, and bread. Priced at 7oz $22.95, 11oz 26.95 (their NY strip and prime rib are close seconds).

Service: With the amount of competition in town, the team service is what really sets Steaksmith apart. Diners will notice that there isn’t just one person taking care of them; staff members work on an ‘any server, any time’ model. Diners have the attention of an entire team, which is a refreshing change. Some people are uncomfortable with this model because there is confusion when it comes time to leave the tip, but diners don’t have to worry about that because the staff have a tip-sharing model that keeps everyone motivated and happy!

Do you enjoy special deals? Be sure to ‘like’ the Wizbee Facebook Page and ‘follow’ us on Twitter to receive special updates. Additionally, you can always find special offers on the Wizbee coupon page!

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Intro to the new Wizbee.com

March 9, 2011

Hello, my name is Ryan Unseth and I am one of the co-founders of Wizbee.com. Many of you may not know what Wizbee is and really don’t understand why you should be going to Wizbee. Basically, Wizbee is a local search engine for local businesses in El Paso County, specifically Colorado Springs and the outlying areas. Within a Wizbee listing, you are able to find printable coupons, pictures, videos, business descriptions, contact information and customer reviews. People within this community are invited to leave reviews for local merchants so others can learn about their experiences. Our goal is for Wizbee to be an educational place for you to go.

On a business-to-business note, Wizbee is a full service internet marketing company. Our product portfolio includes the Wizbee.com website, search marketing services, social marketing services, mobile websites and web site design. Our goal is to provide local businesses with the most effective and affordable online marketing solutions here in Colorado Springs.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Wizbee.com and working with the many amazing local business owners. Thank you for your time!

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Here’s the deal – special pricing is what shoppers want most

November 12, 2009

Lately, in both our newsletter and here at the Wizbee Word, we’ve covered consumer trends such as the resurgence in popularity of coupons and the re-emergence of more traditional holiday themes as a fall-out of tough economic times. So it should come as no surprise that what consumers value most from their online interaction with brands is getting a great deal.

A 2009 report from major digital ad agency Razorfish examining consumers’ digital habits and attitudes suggests that while marketers may use social networks in particular – like Facebook and Twitter – to engage customers in conversation, what customers really want is a special offer. As reported in MediaPost, Garrick Schmitt, Razorfish group vice president of experience planning and editor of the study, says, “What we’re finding is that with Facebook and Twitter, marketers are assuming some deeper dialogue, but what’s really going on is – people want deals.”

Smart brands have made the connection and have amassed huge followings by giving consumers what they want. For example, Starbucks, with nearly five million Facebook fans, offers coupons for free pastries and ice cream. On Twitter, Whole Foods boasts more than 1.5 million followers who are treated to posts about weekly specials and shopping tips.

Wizbee.com businesses would do well to use social media to present deals to potential customers. Open a Twitter account (they’re free) and start promoting special offers. Create a free Facebook fan page and tell consumers to mention it in order to get a special discount when making a purchase. Perhaps the easiest way to begin pushing discounts online is through your Wizbee.com listing. You can create numerous “deals” and even printable coupons for customers to redeem at your business. And, in the near future, Wizbee.com will make it even easier for shoppers to find your deals – a “Deals” button on Wizbee’s home page will direct visitors to one onsite location where all Wizbee.com deals from throughout the site will appear.

Whether you choose to create special offers through your social media programs or simply through your Wizbee.com listing, don’t ignore what customers really want in an online relationship with your brand – a deal. If you need help with social media, contact us and we can recommend some partners who offer special deals just for fellow Wizbee.com businesses.