We recently had a Wal-Mart built so it's not necessary to go "down the mountain" for necessities. Other popular shopping include Safeway, Denny's, McDonalds, Sonic, Wendy's, Burger King, Subway, Pizza Hut, Papa Murphy's, Dominoes, etc. as well as other local shops and restaurants.
In this area, we see a lot of wildlife...bears, fox, squirrels, mule deer, the elk herd, and the elusive mountain lion (haven't seen one of those yet).
Check us out! We are a short drive up the mountain from Colorado Springs.