The 5th Annual Valentine's Day Cookie Drive is happening in February to show appreciation for the young airmen living in the dorms at FE Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. You can show your appreciation by contributing cookies from your favorite bakery, or they can also be homemade.

In hopes of sharing cookies with all the airmen on the base, it's being encouraged to gather about 600 dozen or potentially more cookies for the event. According to ShortGo, all types of cookies are welcome, and those wanting to contribute may feel free to get as creative as they would like with their cookie designs.

The cookie drive is being organized jointly by the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee, the Warren Spouses Club, and the Women's Civic League of Cheyenne.

It is asked that cookies are dropped off at Blue Credit Federal Union World Headquarters at 2401 E. Pershing Blvd at or Burns Insurance at 237 Storey Blvd, Suite 200 on Wednesday, February 9th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at the Chapel Activity Center located at Building 212, 7307 Randall Ave on FE Warren Air Force Base between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 10th. The cookies must be delivered in disposable containers as the containers being used will not be returned. The cookies do not have to be individually wrapped.

In case you don't have time to bake, Mary's Mountain Cookie in Cheyenne will be offering a 31 percent discount on every dozen of their 2 ounce cookies. They will also deliver for free to the Air Force Base. To contact them, call 307-514-0404.

For those wishing to sign up, you can do by clicking the link provided here. For anyone wanting more information, please email Carolyn Ritschard of the Chamber's Military Affairs Committee at ritschard@yahoo.com.

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CLASSIC CHEYENNE: The Cole Shopping Center

In December of 2020, Blue Federal Credit Union completed its new headquarters at the corner of Converse and Pershing in Cheyenne. Well, it’s not so much a ‘corner’ as it is the smooth edge of a roundabout, but anyway. Before Blue FCU built its new campus, the site was at one time a premier shopping destination for Cheyenne. From the 1950s through 2016 it was Cheyenne's Cole Shopping Center.

Local businessman Frank Cole bought the land that would become a Cheyenne gathering place in the 1950s when the corner of Converse and Pershing was the edge of town. Starting in 1952, three different Safeway grocery stores called the Cole home over its half-century of existence.  A plethora of other stores served the neighborhood too. From the movie theater to Blockbuster; there was the Cole Department Store, the fabric store, the East Branch of the Carnegie Library, and so much more.

As Cheyenne grew and changed, the Shopping Center fell into decline. Stores closed and new ones didn't take their places. The anchor of the area, Safeway, closed for good in 2016 with much of the rest following. In 2018 the buildings were demolished and the new construction began. 

The Cole was so integral to the neighborhood that when we asked on social media for folks’ memories we were flooded with hundreds of responses. 

Check out many of those memories below, along with several pictures of the Cole Shopping Center, mostly from near the end in the twenty-teens.