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James Kaan of Mountain Shadows is a barista at Kangaroo Coffee

What's your experience with online shopping? I haven't done a whole lot of online shopping because the idea of sitting at home, looking at something on a computer screen, and expecting it to arrive the way you pictured sounds sketchy.

What advice would you give a local businessperson who's struggling to compete? Take care of your employees. They're the backbone of your company, the ones who are face-to-face with customers. If that's not going well, your business is going to tank.

If you were going to open your own brick-and-mortar shop, what would it be? I don't really want to tell you because you could steal my idea. [Laughs.] I want to have a little bike rental shop/café on one or both sides of Garden of the Gods. Tourists could come to the Springs, do what the Romans do: Ride their bikes through Garden of the Gods, and have coffee or a beer on the other side.

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Rebecca Burris of Peyton is a student and founder of Secret Garden Preserves

Can you describe the effect "organic" has on you? [Laughs.] Bullshit. Because it's not regulated enough in a product ... I also come from a farm where we grew our own garden, so it's kind of a joke to me.

What products do you think are the most overpriced? Whatever the current fad is. Before everyone was gluten-free, that stuff was a lot cheaper.

What's your experience with online shopping? I like it. It's easier to use and I don't have to deal with crowds or aggravating people.

Where can we find your jelly? Right now I only do special orders over Facebook.

Describe something you would never buy online. Sex toys. You can't guarantee they'll arrive safely. I don't use them, but if I did that's something I would want to shop for personally.

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Maddie Drosendahl of Broadmoor Bluffs is a part-time cashier

What's your experience with online shopping? I don't really do it a whole lot, to be honest. I shop for E-books on Amazon, and that's good — but usually I just get in the car and go to the store.

What advice would you give a local businessperson who's struggling to compete? I would try to cut down on costs as much as possible. I've seen a lot of businesses go under because they were in a location where the rent was pretty high and the foot traffic was pretty low.

If you were going to open your own brick-and-mortar shop, what would it be? I am interested in selling my own inventions, becoming the "mad engineer."

Describe something you would never buy online. Shoes. Because I have weird feet and it's impossible to find shoes that fit.

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