For over fifty years, the Michopoulos family owned and operated a local landmark confection store. Michelle’s in Downtown Colorado Springs was located at 122 North Tejon Street. For more than five decades, Valentine’s Day and Easter were highlighted with chocolate hearts, ribbon candy, and homemade ice cream. There were chocolate shelled eggs, chocolate bunnies, and Easter treats so unique to Michelle’s that people lined up outside the door to share in the experience. It was a happy place.
The store was so popular they expanded into the Citadel Mall in east-central Colorado Springs. The Citadel store was open for almost 30 years. Michelle’s also ventured into Greenwood Village in Denver. That location never performed well, but Michelle’s in Downtown Colorado Springs was always popular, always fun.
After closing their other stores, Andy Michopoulous survived a cold winter in 2006 and was looking forward to getting back on his feet. Strong sales of their specialty products would help them do that, highlighted with robust sales of Valentine’s and Easter candy in the Spring of 2007.
A Sad Ending
In May 2007, the IRS showed up . . . locked the doors, seized the business, and Michelle’s was no more. For ten years, the building sat vacant . . . an empty shell that was a reminder of carefree days of taking the grandkids for a treat or date-nights with a spouse and/or kids. No more stopping in to pick up a special treat for a treasured friend, no longer a meeting place for colleagues to grab a soda or a leisurely lunch. Not many times I pass the store and not give a sigh of regret at the loss.
The location was purchased in 2017 by a company named Michelle’s Makery. Unfortunately they are no longer occupying the space. While it is not a confection store and again stands vacant in 2021, the distinctive sign with 248 bulbs still remains.
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