Biz Buzz:
Towing/transport service opens

       Tim's Mannagift, Inc., 1500 ˝ Arch St., recently opened for business in the Midland area of the Westside.
       It's primarily a towing service. In addition, two semis are used for transport, and u-haul trucks can be rented.
       A Colorado native, owner Timothy Cranmer has been involved in the towing/transport business all his life.
       The office is open Monday through Saturday, with services available at all times. For more information, call 578-5566.
       Westside couple honored

Cindy and John Hooton

       The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce recently gave John and Cindy Hooton its American Dream Award for their efforts to start and develop the Stargazers Theatre and Event Center.
       The Hootons have owned the Timber Lodge on West Colorado Avenue for more than 20 years. In 2008, they renovated a 12,700-square-foot, 40-year-old auditorium/movie theater at 10 S. Parkside Drive (off East Pikes Peak Avenue) to create Stargazers, a multi-use indoor facility that features live music, films and art exhibits.
       Through its American Dream recognition program, the Chamber salutes small-business owners.
       For more information, go to
       Book about Wellbriety
       Don Coyhis, founder of the Wellbriety Training Institute, has published a book that tells its story.
       The title is “The Wellbriety Movement Comes of Age: The Fulfillment of Prophecy.”
       Wellbriety, in conjunction with the nonprofit White Bison organization for American Indians, is a program that draws on elder teachings in its programs to help people recover from grief and addiction.
       Coyhis founded White Bison in 1988 and Wellbriety in 1998. The Wellbriety office, affiliated with the Colorado Springs Indian Center (CSIC), is at Trinity United Methodist Church, 701 N. 20th St.
       In a press release, Coyhis is quoted as saying: “The Wellbriety Movement has never been documented from the start. We were getting many questions about the story, so here it is.”
       According to the White Bison website, Coyhis “blends current events with Native American prophecy to provide a vision of the possibilities for American organizations and communities.”
       The book is available from Coyhis Publishing. For more information, call 866-518-5275 or go to

       Business adds partners
       Garden of the Gods' Gourmet, 2528 W. Cucharras St., has added partners with a combined 25 years business experience, Lynn Schlemeyer and Mike Cookson.
       The business, which was started in 2001 by Sandra Vanderstoep and Holly Mervis, has been solely owned by Vanderstoep since 2005.
       Open Monday through Saturday, the business offers catering, take-out, cooking classes and dine-in options.

Editor's note: If you know any Westside locations not listed here, or you find that any of this information has changed, please let us know at 471-6776.

Westside Pioneer/press release