New York Style Pizza and more at Poor Richard's Restaurant

•Pizza slice or pie
•Award Winning Salads
•Soup/Stew Bar

Rico's Café & Wine Bar

•Hand Crafted Coffee Drinks
•Heavenly Tea Bar
•Beer & Wine
•Live Music 4 nights/Week
•Terrific Patio

•1000’s of New & Used Books
•Local Artisan Made Jewelry
•The Best Cards Ever
•Thoughtful Gifts

Little Richard's Toystore

•Fisher Price & Classic Toys
•The Best Games
•Intelligent Toys
•Gobs of Stuffed Animals
•Huge Puppet Selection

Open Mic Night

First Wednesdays

6:30-8:30 PM / 10 Minute Slots


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Send a message in a bottle, the newfashioned way! These unique holiday cards by Alljoy are beautifully engineered with handcrafted perfection. Crafted with six layers of laser and die cut paper, it's a greeting card & a unique 3D diorama display all in one. ⁠

Holiday and everyday designs are available on the spinner displays between Rico's and the bookstore.⁠

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Starry starry night.... Pour a hot beverage and 11 constellations emerge before your eyes.⁠

Holds 10 oz. Disappearing mugs are not dishwasher safe but are microwave safe. ⁠

Includes the constellations:⁠

Ursa Major⁠
Ursa Minor⁠
Castor & Pollux⁠

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Do you love Herbs? Are you an old "sage" or are you just blossoming in your knowledge of the magical world of herbs? This tarot deck was created from a place of deep inspiration to help guide you, open your heart to grace, and turn your pain into medicine. {cottonwood as The Star}⁠

Get your copy of The Herbcrafter’s Tarot now at Poor Richards Books & Gifts

photo reposted from @herbcrafterstarot⁠

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Staff Pick: Amber says, "Since I began working here, I have gifted on of these exquisite Polish boxes to my mom every year for Christmas. These beautiful boxes are hand crafted using specialized techniques that have been passed through hundreds of generations of Polish woodworkers. Polish boxes come in a variety of sizes and wide selection of traditional designs, ranging from hearts and florals to geometrical, lock & key, simple or extravagant."⁠

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Do you have a Frozen Fan? Looking for gear for your little ones without hitting up the big box stores? Come into Little Richard’s and see our amazing dress up selection that any fan will be happy to wear!⁠

Hey kids! Sign up for our birthday club in Little Richard's Toy Store.⁠

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Ravan is a fan of Mattea Studio's greeting cards. "I love the cards that this artist creates, they are so beautiful and full of color! My little sister is my pen pal and she loves the cards I send her, especially the ones with puns. They are the perfect balance of silly and sentimental."⁠

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Bring gentle magic into your holidays with the intentional aromatherapy line of Anointing Oils by @katesmagik. Each blend is formulated as a blessing or prayer to help you set intentions for making positive change in your life. Kate--a Reiki Master and perfumer who lives in Tuscon--creates her blends from pure, sustainably harvested essential oils from around the world. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a little Magik this holiday season!⁠

Kate's Magik Body Lotions carry intentions inspired by the classic four elements: Wind to energize and inspire, Water for purification and healing, Earth to ground and empower, and Fire to evoke love, passion and sensuality. Kate's lotions are made from pure and organic ingredients and are infused with the aromas of high-quality, exotic essential oils such as Sandalwood, Jasmine, Neroli and Rose. They will nourish your skin, please your senses, and uplift your spirit.⁠

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We are excited about this beautiful new book, "Maybe" by Kobi Yamada. As the tagline on the front cover says, it truly is a story about the endless potential that inside each one of us. Gorgeously illustrated by Gabriella Barouch will make you want to keep a copy for the inner child inside of you, as well as gift it to a young person you hold dear to your heart.⁠

You may already know the author's work in the series "What Do You Do With an Idea", "What Do You Do With an Chance", and "What Do You Do With a Problem". ⁠

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These beautiful @AmberLotus cards bring back special holiday memories for Hannah. "In 2015, we had a full moon on Christmas for the first time in 38 years. It brought some sort of magic and calm to an already festive day. I can't help but think about the excitement that I had, being bundled up and having the moon shine down on a night spent with my loved ones. Though we may not have a full moon this Christmas, these cards make me excited for the season and also tug at my love for all things vintage." Thank you for sharing this magical story, Hannah!⁠

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Staff Pick: Amber is a big fan of the selection of holiday cards at Poor Richard's. "It is always an exciting time of year when the Christmas cards are put on display and I get to see what the card buyers have brought in. I am always impressed with the variety that we carry, there truly is a card for everyone! My personal favorite has always been the cards from the company Artists to Watch. The company's collective of independent artisans create such beautiful images that each card truly is a work of art in and of itself." ⁠

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Poor Richard’s Restaurant

Come see why our hand-tossed pizza, great homemade sandwiches and soups, and signature house salad have won Poor Richard’s Restaurant many “Best of” designations in Colorado Springs year after year.


Our famous 18-inch pizza starts with freshly made crust, topped with made-in-house Campari tomato sauce and finished with your choice of 28 delicious toppings. Enjoy a whole pie or by the slice! Complement a sandwich served on fresh, locally based breads with made-from-scratch soup or a signature house salad—our most popular menu item.

Poor Richard’s offers dietary options including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free selections. A separate Magic Garden play space, art on the walls and peaceful outdoor areas let you choose your dining environment.

Rico’s Café & Wine Bar

Enjoy a hand-crafted drink and a chic, welcoming atmosphere at Rico’s Café and Wine Bar. Treat yourself to a cup of our organic, locally roasted European-drip style coffee and a slice of fresh fruit pie, or order a rich, smooth espresso drink to accompany a scrumptious, flourless mocha tart.

Tea lovers can choose from more than 30 loose-leaf, high-quality teas, including organic and fair trade selections. Our unique Gourmet Iced Tea Bar features eight freshly brewed varieties daily.

Live music Thursday through Saturday evenings and displays by local artists on our café walls set the perfect tone for sipping a glass of wine. The wine list changes every few months, so come often and find a new favorite! We also have large a selection of gourmet beers, including hard cider and gluten-free beer.

Poor Richard’s Books & Gifts

Poor Richard's Books and Gifts

If you are interested in selling your books at Poor Richard’s, please view our guide to selling your books for specifics. Click the link 

Pick up a current bestseller or a classic novel, or find a perfect gift at Poor Richard’s Books & Gifts! The Bookstore specializes in good-condition, used books, including current books in 150 categories and classics in every field. We also stock a large variety of new books. Looking for a particular title? We place customer orders on a weekly basis. Book collectors will find a selection of rare, first-edition and collectible titles. We also carry Colorado trail guides, local and state maps, wildlife/flora books and artistic, funny and quirky postcards.

Stop in whenever you’re looking for a unique gift for just about anyone. The gift shop features locally made jewelry handcrafted by local artisans; accessories for women and men, including fair-trade items; all-natural candles and body care; home décor; and much more. Pick up a card to go along with your gift, and wrap it onsite at our free, self-serve gift wrap station.

Little Richard’s Toy Store

You’ll find the best classic, whimsical, and educational toys for kids of all ages at Little Richard’s Toy Store. Whether you’re looking for a game or puzzle, a lovable stuffed animal, or a musical instrument or science kit to foster creativity, our experienced staff of Toy Geniuses helps you find the right toy for your child. Be sure to check out our newly expanded puzzles and games for both kids and adults, including cooperative games for the whole family!

Little Richard’s carries recognized brands, along with unique toys made of recycled materials, natural wood or organic cotton. We also have locally made items, as well as a huge selection of stocking stuffers from under $10.

Register your child for our Birthday Club (up to age 12) and they can pick a FREE toy from our Birthday Bin during their birthday month.

Running off to a birthday party? Check out our selection of fun birthday cards and gift bags, or as always, take advantage of the complimentary gift wrap station in Poor Richard’s Bookstore to add the finishing touch to your purchase.



320–324 1/2

N. Tejon St

Colorado Springs


Poor Richard's on Tejon between Platte Ave. and Boulder St.



11am – 9pm
11am – 10pm


8am – 9pm
8am – 10pm
8:30am – 10pm
8:30am – 9pm

Books & Gifts

Store Open Daily
9am – 9pm
Book Buying Daily
9am – 3pm

Toy Store

10am – 7pm
11am – 6pm

About Us

Your hosts Richard Skorman and Patricia Seator welcome you to Poor Richard’s, where Downtown Colorado Springs residents, employees and visitors have been making themselves at home for more than 40 years. From simple beginnings as a restaurant and bookstore, Poor Richard’s has evolved to become a downtown Colorado Springs landmark—a warm and friendly family of businesses under one roof that’s the only one of its kind in the country.


Richard Skorman was just 22 years old when he opened his first business, a used paperback store on North Tejon Street. Skorman was a senior at Colorado College when he had the opportunity to buy the stock from a book store that was closing.

Two years later, he expanded the business with an inheritance, loans and some restaurant equipment donated by his father. The idea of a bookstore where you could also get a bite to eat was a novel idea at the time. Skorman wanted people to feel welcome at Poor Richard’s Feed & Read. He wanted his customers to enjoy a comfortable place where could hang out and not feel rushed.

Poor Richard’s has evolved since then, but the environment of a place where you feel at home has never changed.


Throughout its history, Poor Richard’s has been not only a downtown landmark and innovative business, but also an organization that strives to have a positive impact on out customers and our community.

  • We proudly serve preservative-free, organic and local food whenever possible.
  • We carry many fair-trade, recycled, organic and all-natural types of merchandise.
  • We serve and carry many Colorado-made products.
  • We support local artisans and provide a venue for local musicians and artists.
  • We recognize the importance of environmental sustainability and are committed to reducing our impact on the environment.

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Poor Richard's since 1975 • 320-324 1/2 N. Tejon Street • Colorado Springs, CO 80907 • 719.578.5549

Restaurant Hours

Sat-Wed: 11am – 9pm Thur-Fri: 11am – 10pm

Café Hours

Mon-Wed: 8am – 9pm Thur-Fri: 8am – 10pm Sat: 8:30am – 10pm Sun: 8:30am – 9pm

Book Store Hours

Store Open Daily: 9am – 9pm Book Buying Daily: 9am – 3pm

Toy Store Hours

Mon-Fri: 10am – 7pm
Sat-Sun: 11am – 6pm