Kimball’s, why don’t you take credit cards?

It’s nice having a downtown movie theater. And it’s nice having a downtown movie theater with a bar. Having a drink while watching a good movie feels so adult. So cosmopolitan. It’s a very good experience.

I love going to movies. Adrienne, having grown up in Los Angeles, doesn’t care as much about it. I guess for her, Hollywood isn’t magic. It’s just everyday life. Movie stars aren’t iconic American legends — they’re just people in ballcaps and big sunglasses clogging up the store’s checkout line with their paparazzi cloud.

At any rate, I can sometimes convince her to go to the movies with me. Last week, we saw “The Company Men,” which is probably a great movie if you’re not a barely-hanging-on journalist just one “reorganization” away from eating out of Dumpsters. I give it a solid B.

But what I’m interested in talking about isn’t the movie. It’s the theater. Kimball’s Peak Three, which is perfect in so many ways, for some reason doesn’t accept credit cards. It’s a big deal.

When a business doesn’t accept credit cards, it’s an insult to customers. It’s a business saying: We’re too cheap to pay the percentage fee on our overpriced goods, so we’re going to inconvenience you to pay our markups with cash. It’s a business saying: We don’t care about you.

Here’s the thing: I’m going to go to the movies more often if you accept credit cards. I’m going to have some popcorn if you accept credit cards. I’m going to have an extra drink if you accept credit cards. And that fee you pay? Charge me extra. I’ll pay it. I already paid $2 to my bank and $1.75 to your ATM in the lobby to get some cash to pay you. That’s money you’re not getting. How about raising my ticket price $2, and you get $2 and I save $1.75. Win-win.

Back when credit was a novelty and everyone carried around cash, it wasn’t a big deal. But that was a generation ago, and it’s apparent if you look at who’s going to Kimball’s. For those of us who don’t pay everything with change and who don’t use walkers, it’s a huge hassle that Kimball’s doesn’t take credit cards. So, please, Kimball’s, I’m not asking you to leap into the future. I’m just asking you to catch up to the present.

  • Movie: B
  • Beer: B-plus
  • Kimball’s: D-minus
The elderly on the way to Kimball's Peak Three in downtown Colorado Springs.

On the way to the movies -- I hope they take all our coins!

Two new downtown businesses

Two new downtown businesses to support!

As you may know, I am a master fly-fisherman. So it was nice to see a fly shop opening up downtown, giving me convenient access to all the many things I need as a master fly-fisherman: leaders, tippets, Blue-Wing Olives, streamers, elk-hair caddis.

Ghillies Hackle & Tackle Fly Shop isn’t exactly a new operation. They were at Austin Bluffs near Academy before the move to downtown (117 S. Nevada). I’m glad they’re there, and I hope it turns out to be a great spot for them.

Also discovered downtown this weekend was this weird little place called Splash on Tejon, whose business card tells us that “Creativity is a weapon!!”

From what I understand, you stop in at Splash, pay $35, and you get a canvas, paint and professional instruction for a night of fun creating a masterpiece. They also serve wine and beer — Bristol’s in fact, which is a huge plus. So go paint, drink, create. Looks fun.

PJ is not a master fly-fisherman.

When you are a master fly-fisherman, you don't need help untangling your line from a dumb old cat. But PJ just has to have an opinion about everything.


Colorado Springs is a 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destination

According to The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Now they’re having a contest to vote for #1, so go vote for us. You can also see pictures and read information about the other places on the list, which is neat if you’re interested in historical old towns.

Here’s a Gazette story about the “distinction.”