Biz buzz:
Salvation Army store closes after 20 years

       The Salvation Army thrift store, which had operated at 2222 W. Colorado Ave. for 20 years, shut down at the end of December.
       The action coincided with closures of a store on South Weber Street as well as the store in Pueblo. A large new store is planned off Powers Boulevard in March.
       A Salvation Army official could not be reached, but the reason for closing the Westside store was a “lack of business,” an employee said. Also, a Salvation Army press release after Christmas reported that donations for the annual Red Kettle drive were below expectations.
       John Croff, whose father (the late John Sr.) built the structure at 2222 W. Colorado in 1959, said he is looking for another tenant. No changes are planned to the building, other than minor remodeling and cleanup, he said.
       With his son's help, the elder Croff had run his business, Croff Paint and Floor Covering, in the building before closing it and leasing the space to Salvation Army. The 6,000-square-foot building sits on a 9,600-square-foot lot.
       Ruth Barnabe, Chom Suk and Diana Tranberg are the owners of the just-opened CHIC Consign shop, 4689 Centennial Blvd., in the Centennial Commons shopping center northwest of Centennial and Garden of the Gods Road.
       Open Monday through Saturday, CHIC sells high-end clothing and home accessories, Barnabe said. Consignments are accepted.
       The three owners have 20-plus years combined experience in retail.
       The phone for CHIC Consign is 268-6895.

       Ozello '32, which sells retro clothing and provides fiber art classes, recently started at 1508 W. Colorado Ave.
       The owner is Tara Bachofen, a fiber artist with experience in retail sales.
       Offerings include shoes, bags, embroidery, old books and knitting and crochet patterns.
       The phone is 465-1113.
       The Manitou Art Theatre (MAT) is auditioning for a Feb. 12 show called the 10 Minutes Max 2009 Vaudeville Review of New Work. Located at 1367 Pecan St., MAT is seeking “10 performances of new and original theatre, dance, opera, comedy, music, poetry, magic and amazing human curiosities,” according to a press release.
       To schedule an audition call 685-4729 or e-mail

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