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Oct 3, 2013 8:45 AM by Maddie Garrett

Businesses offer "Furlough Freebies" to help those impacted by shutdown

There are some bright spots coming out of this government shutdown, especially here in Southern Colorado. Local businesses are helping out furloughed and military workers being impacted by the stalemate in Washington D.C..

After News 5 posted online that Poor Richards Restaurant in Downtown Colorado Springs would offer free meals to federal employees and their families being impacted by the shutdown, you responded, and many other local businesses got on board with the idea.

Here's a list of all of the businesses that contacted News 5, wanting to help federal employees. In most cases, all you need to do is bring your government ID and mention the furlough.

- Poor Richards Restaurant: Free meals for federal employees impacted by shutdown through October 6th. 324 1/2 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs.

- Muttzies Pawtique LLC: 20% discount for furloughed employees on services like pet grooming, pet sitting and walking. 157 S Favorite Street, Colorado Springs. (719) 418-2711.

- Holiday Inn Express Air Force Academy: 12% off nightly rates while rooms last. Call and mention Facebook to reserve (719)592-9800. 7110 Commerce Center Dr., Colorado Springs

- Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Free admission to all employees of the federal government beginning Oct. 2, through Oct. 6. 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver.

- Sun Pilates Studio: Free Pilates Mat and Body Barre classes for furloughed federal workers through Oct. 6. 816 S Tejon St. Colorado Springs.

- Hopscotch Bakery: 25% discount for furloughed employees until shutdown ends. 333 S Union Ave, Pueblo.

- Haircuts: Free haircuts for any government workers affected through Halloween. Chad Woodruff. 4239 N. Nevada, Ste. 112, Colorado Springs.

- Soul Mates, The Boutique: 25% off on store inventory and services until shutdown ends for furloughed employees and active duty military. 216 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs

- Bingo Burger: Free Chocolate-Pueblo Chili Shake with purchase of any Legendary Burger until shutdown ends. 101 Central Plaza, Pueblo.

- Dimensions Spa: 50% discount to all federal employees during furlough. 719-360-7477. 127 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs.

- Young Scholars Academy: 15% discount for furloughed federal workers and families losing care due to shutdown. 719-522-9099. 5815 Tutt Center Point, Colorado Springs.

- Aphrodite Skin Solutions: 50% off microdermabrasion or chemical peel for furloughed workers utnil October 31.  719-216-1739.  3655 Star Ranch Rd., Colorado Springs.

- Calvary Family Martial Arts & Fitness: Furlouged workers and their families can work out for free for the month of October. 2361 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs.

- Blue Skies Exploration Academy: 15% discount to all furloughed employees and their families and those affected by shutdown. 719-590-1195. 1960 Dominion Way, Colorado Springs.

Any other local businesses who would like to be added to the list can email News 5 at Please list details of any deals being offered related to the shutdown as well as an address for your business.  Again, this article is only referencing deals directly related to the shutdown and furloughed employees.



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