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Best of Local Folk: Just Folks 

Most Reliable Downtown Fixture

Martin, of Martin's Shoe Shine inside the Rodgers' window on Pikes Peak Avenue, just east of Tejon Street

We rely on Martin to brighten our day when the weather is crappy; when copy comes in late; when things aren't going so well at home; when we're jubilant and feel like waving hello; when we're not and we don't. Martin sits shining, facing toward the street with a ready smile and a wave to all passersby. It's a ready lift for the spirit. Colorado Springs needs a Martin on every corner. How's that for downtown improvement? (KCE)


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