Source: Purple Mountain Coffee
Get the: Spicy sipping chocolate
Rico's features a rotating selection of 20 wines by the glass. Look for an assortment of varietals including organic, vegan and sustainably harvested wines.
Rico's serves Purple Mountain Coffee products brewed in fancy Chemex carafes. You can also order sipping chocolates, alcohol and eats from Poor Richard's next door.
Best Of 2012: Toy Store
You drink microbrews, frequent farmers markets, and wear beanies spun from local, gently harvested alpaca fiber. When it comes to toys, then, why would you go mass-production? You wouldn't. You would, instead, go to Little Richard's Toy Store, the section of the Poor Richard's emporium where, as co-owner Richard Skorman puts it, "three-quarters of the customers might be under 5 years old, and laughing." Over 17 years, Skorman and company have cultivated relationships with small manufacturers and distributors who make toys that "have a purpose," and often an educational link. The place (which still makes sure to stock the classic Slinkies, Erector Sets, etc.) teems with energy and inspiration. Make sure you're signed up for the birthday club, which gets you sizable discounts once a year. — Kirk Woundy
Best Of 2013: Restaurant for Kids that Isn't Fast Food
Best Of 2013: Place to Dine Alone
Imagine a place that has all your favorite smells: pizza, Pinot Noir, old books, new toys. Imagine a place with your favorite sounds: the voices of your best couple of friends, children playing in the background, the clinking of wine glasses. Welcome to Poor Richard's. Let your kids play while you discuss the latest print thriller. Write your masterpiece here without being bothered by servers trying to turn a table. All the while, experience why this place has become truly iconic in downtown Colorado Springs.— Joshua Michael Torres
Bites 2013: Gluten- Free Vegan Pizza
Poor Richard's customizable pizzas set the gourmet standard locally. What's extra nice is how the outfit has always been conscious of dietary restrictions. So this pick goes out to our restricted brothers and sisters: Out of the Breadbox supplies the GF crust (smaller than the regular pies) and Daiya vegan cheese subs in for the standard mozzarella. The lovely house Campari tomato sauce remains as is, ready to receive your choice of toppings from a house list of nearly 30. ($11.79 per pie/additional toppings 95 cents/$4.95 per slice)
Best Of 2013: Non-Chain Book Store
Poor Richard's has won this category every year since 2005. "I think the secret to our success is we keep our prices affordable for used books," says manager Marie Poole. "But what a lot of people don't know is we also carry new books, and we can special-order new books, too. Plus, we carry very unique and affordable cards, purses, scarves, jewelry and gift items. We've always been very concerned with issues related to the community, so the community supports us, too." But back to the books, since that's what we're talking about here: "The beauty of used bookstores is you'll see books about things you didn't even know existed," Poole says, "or you didn't even know might spark an interest in you. I like to think we sell ideas." — Kendall Kullman