Biz buzz:
Family affair on Garden of the Gods

       It's a two-franchise family affair at 905F Garden of the Gods Road.
       Customers can either set up assistance for an elderly loved one through ComForcare or choose home improvements through Kitchen Tune-Up.
       The family tie is through sisters Wendy Farr and Lori Morgan. Wendy and her husband Joe have been with ComForcare 4 years, while Lori and her husband Bruce have been with Kitchen Tune-Up for 14. The two businesses started sharing the storefront/office space on Garden of the Gods Road four years ago.
       The arrangement works out well for both sides, the two sisters said. While Kitchen Tune-Up - which the Morgans ran out of their house their first 10 years - requires the front area for its displays, ComForcare needs to keep staff in the building to take calls regarding service. So during those times when the Morgans are out making house calls, Kitchen Tune-Up customers who call or drop by can leave a message with the ComForcare staff, the sisters explained.
       “It's kind of fun, because people come in, and say, 'What's with all the appliances,” Wendy laughed.
       “It works out well for both of us,” Lori added.
       Using 45 care-givers, The Farrs' business offers customized care to homebound individuals, ranging from occasional visits or 24/7 attention. “We're a good fit because a lot of clients are desperate to keep their independence,” said Wendy, a former special education teacher. “There are a lot of emotional issues people are going through.” The business is one of 97 franchises nationwide.
       Kitchen Tune-Up, one of more than 300 franchises, specializes in cabinet restoration, refacing or replacement.
      
       Daisy Pig Floral just opened at 2501 W. Colorado Ave. #106.
       Owners Jim and Andi Eastburn offer custom-designed floral arrangements for weddings, proms, funerals and other needs. A wire service will be added in late February.
       Andi has 15 years experience as a floral designer in Colorado Springs.
       The business is open Monday to Saturday.
       The phone is 227-0068.
      
       Earth Glow Candles & Gifts offers homemade candles and original art, photography and jewelry at 2616 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 18.
       The owners of the new business are Robin and Mike Koken, who decided to open Earth Glow after respective careers in accounting and real estate consulting.
       The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday.
       The phone is 473-6030.
      
       “Unique pieces from all around the world” are available at Armonie Arts & Antiques, according to owners Petre and Angela Maianu.
       The shop recently opened at 2506 W. Colorado Ave.
       The items for sale are from a collection the couple accumulated over a 30-year span. He was previously an airlines pilot in Romania and she was a flight attendant; that's how they met.
       The shop is open Tuesday to Sunday.
       The phone is 473-6049.
      
       Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 2528 W. Cucharras St., has scheduled free classes on aspects of culinary arts and entertainment over the next couple of months, as well as certain nights in which free samples of its prepared food will be offered.
       For more information, call 471-2799.

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