Biz Buzz:
OCCA office moves from 25th Street

       The Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) commercial group is moving its office this month to 2431 W. Colorado Ave., Suite A.
       The space is being donated by Ron and Mazie Baalman, owners of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Storage for some other OCCA materials is being provided at the Jake & Telly's restaurant.
       For years, City Parks had given the OCCA free space in its Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District garage at 111 S. 25th St., but Parks notified the OCCA board in a November letter that it needed the space back starting Jan. 1 because of city budget cuts.
       Quoted in a press release from marketing director Seiko Tran, OCCA President Charlie Irwin described the move as “short-term” and asked for “any suggestions or donated space.”
       The Westside Wellness Center, which includes a medical marijuana dispensary, recently opened and will have its grand opening Saturday, Jan. 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       The center is at 2200 Bott Ave., inside the building that also houses the Personal Touch Gardening center.
       Joanne Goodner, part of a family business that has run Personal Touch for 23 years, has joined with Jessica and Jeromie Nazzise - her daughter and son-in-law, respectively - in starting Westside Wellness.
       Open daily, the new business also offers electrodermal screening, massage, tinctures, and yoga classes. People who are suffering from pain issues that might qualify for medical marijuana under Colorado Amendment 20 are asked to call for an appointment with a doctor who is on call at the center.
       The phone is 499-5457.
       Creations by Westsiders Karen Pierce and Marc Jenesel can now be found at the Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Ave.
       For about 10 years, the husband-wife team has collaborated on works in which Jenesel sculpts vessels from clay and other materials and Pierce weaves fiber designs onto them.
       Business owner Sharon Wolff displays works by more than 30 artists in her gallery, according to a press release.
       The Manitou Art Theatre (MAT), 1367 Pecan St., will present ” Me, My Stuff and I,” a one-man comedy show by Barry Smith, Jan. 14-17.
       There will be one show each day at 8 p.m., except Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. The cost is $20. For more information, call 465-6321 or go to

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