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

January - No Open Mic Night

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No Open Mic Night in January

February Open Mic Night

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


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I wasn't sure what to expect in this, but with family coming for the holidays I decided to give it a try. We have had a LOT of fun with this! The cards allow us to play in teams or individually and with so many to choose from there was always something to do. The best part is that both the adults and the kids have fun. The cards range in game play so you can modify it to the crowd involved. Because you have a LOT of cards to choose from, you don't have to worry about not finding something that everyone can play. Even the little ones started adapting the games to fit their abilities. I highly recommend :)” – Katie ⁠

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Reward yourself with a slice after getting your holiday shopping done. You deserve it!
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Green 3 knit scarves and hand-warmers are made from pre-consumer recycled cotton and acrylic and come is a variety of fun and whimsical styles, the sloth being my particular favorite this year! All of their products are designed, sourced, and produced in the USA in family-owned manufacturing facilities.⁠

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"May the beauty of nature fill your heart with peace and joy throughout the year."⁠
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A classic forest friends winter scene that is sure to delight! This deluxe Peter Pauper boxed set comes with 20 glittered cards - and although an unusually wide format, these cards do not require extra postage to send through the mail.⁠

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Curiosity or Weather Predictor, we might never know, but we anyway. The Fitzroy Tear Drop Storm Glass is the perfect gift for that science geek, art collector, or cool coinsure. Be entertained and amazed at the liquid and crystals mixture that is said to predict what weather we will experience in the coming days. ⁠

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Silent Night, Bright Night, Smart Night! Jump start your kids engineering skills with a set of snap circuits. Image reposted from @snapcircuits⁠

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"Imagination should be used not to escape reality, but to create it." Colin Wilson ((Reposted from @johannarwright))⁠

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Happy Full Moon in Gemini. Not only is this moon the last for this year, it is also the last full moon of the decade! You know what else? ⠀

2019 is a 3 number, and 12/12 also translates to 3, making today a 333 day. 333 is a number of big changes and the expression of our truth. 333 carries the energy of 9, which is another number of wholeness and completion. It’s time to prepare for the big changes that 2020 holds for us while also reflecting on our journeys from 2019. ⠀

Native Americans called the December full moon the “Full Cold Moon” because it shines as winter is taking hold and days are at their shortest. The Ojibwe people called it the Big Spirit Moon and believed its purpose was to purify and heal all of Creation.⠀

Working with the Moon is life-changing. Setting intentions at the New Moon, and then doing release work in the form of surrender and forgiveness at the Full Moon, will turn your life around in ways you might not even be able to believe until you try it. Take a moment to honor all you have achieved starting in the new moon in Gemini 6 months ago, and set a new intention for the next 6. Write it down for reflection for the next Gemini new moon.⠀

Pictured here: Sun and Moon Tarot, Moon Journal, 2020 Moon Calendar, Moon Daily Planners (undated), Tattly Temporary Moon Tattoos, and Moon themed card boxes (to store oracle or other card decks).⠀

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My boyfriend's sister visited us from California this past spring, and when she shopped at Poor Richard's she purchased this lovely handcrafted Raku Pottery coaster. It still gets used to this day, and the particular design she bought is reminiscent of her two cats, Olive and Oswin.⁠
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Kids created, kid approved, Bow and Arrow sets from Two Bows Bros make a stupendous Christmas Gift! Durable, nostalgic, and they come in a variety of designs! Made in the USA! ⁠

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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 80903 • 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-Sat: 9am – 8pm
Sun: 10am – 7pm