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Jul 7, 2012 10:20 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Manitou Springs open for business

With the fire almost at 100-percent containment, business owners in Manitou Springs want folks to know: they are open for business.

It's been a struggle to bring in customers with a fire raging in the hills behind. When Adam Archibald, reopened the jewelry store he manages, Manitou Jack's on Manitou Avenue, he was hoping for the best.

"Business kind of resume as usual. We did see a little bit of a decline in business at first, but we've had some great local traffic that's come out. The community's really been involved," Archibald says.

While foot traffic at Manitou Jack's is slowly recovering, attractions on the other side of Highway 24 are hurting from the extended evacuations. Cliff Dwellings was closed for nearly ten days during their busiest time of the year. 

"It impacted us a lot and it will probably for the rest of the year. It's not something that we'll be able to make up," says Cliff Dwellings general manger Michele Hefner.

"We're performing at about 50-percent right now. So we just hope that it'll kind of creep up from here."

Cliff Dwellings wasn't the only attraction that had to close it's doors. Cave of the Winds was also under a revenue-busting evacuation.

"We were down quite a bit, but it's progressively getting better as every day goes on," says Cave of the Winds manager Daniel Carey.

All of the managers had a simple message. They're open for business and locals are always welcome.

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