Biz buzz:
Chocolate Factory sign back... in 4 pieces

       The stolen Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory sign has been recovered.
       “It may be in four pieces, but it is repairable,” said Mazie Baalman, co-owner of the Old Colorado City franchise with her husband Ron.
       Mounted about 20 years ago under a previous franchise owner, the customized 6-foot-by-5-foot sign had been stolen from the outside wall on the 25th Street side Jan. 15.
       It's still not known who the thieves were or why it was taken. Two men who'd heard the news about the theft saw it in a ditch behind the Bristol Brewery on South Tejon Street Jan. 25.
       “They drove it back in a truck,” said store employee Juli Petersen. “I told them about the reward [$250 worth of chocolate], but they said no. I forced them basically to take a couple of caramel apples and chocolate pretzels.”
       Mazie Baalman is not sure when the sign will be repaired, but estimated it will be sometime after Valentine's Day. In the meantime, she said, “I'm so excited” it's back.
      
       James “Dean” Hancock recently opened the State Farm James Dean Agency at 3009 W. Colorado Ave., Suite A (formerly the Ron Kuhns location).
       Hancock has 15 years experience in the banking and finance industry.
       Offering insurance and financial services, the agency is open Monday to Friday, with evenings and Saturdays by appointment.
       The phone is 473-4802.
      
       The Catamount Institute has launched the Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network (PPSBN), which helps businesses “to discover and implement practices designed to make them more adaptable to change and less susceptible to the uncontrollable forces of a global economy in a supportive and educational environment,” a press release states.
       According to Catamount Executive Director Eric Cefus, “we see this initiative as a way to not only support sustainable business practices but overall economic growth.”
       For more information, call Cefus at 471-0910 x102 or access Cefus@PPSBN.org.
       Catamount Institute is a non-profit organization in the Beidleman Center in Sondermann Park.
      
       Trichome Health Consultants, a legal medical marijuana dispensary for Colorado patients, has opened at 2117 W. Colorado Ave.
       Manager/owner Peter Trujillo is a licensed caregiver.
       The business is open by appointment Monday through Saturday.
       The phone is 635-6337.
      
       The El Dorado Fine Arts Gallery, 2627 W. Colorado Ave., is accepting entries for its 28th annual juried Miniatures Art Show. The entry deadline is April 13.
       For more information, email info@eldoradogallery.net or call 634-4075.

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