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New retail business in Old Colorado City focuses on 'upcycling' used items

       Who gives a SCRAP. That's not a question; it's the name of a recently opened Westside business whose owners are using the play on words to represent their efforts to “upcycle” a wide range of previously used items.
       The full name is Who Gives a SCRAP Creative Reuse Center, at 2518 W. Colorado Ave. It's the second such store started by ownership partners Jayne Blewitt and Lorrie Myers. The other is in the Ivywild area.
       The owners liked the Old Colorado City location because of the numbers of potential "walk-by” customers and a perception that Westside people are interested in “repurposing and giving things a second life,” Blewitt said.
       Open Wednesdays to Sundays, the Old Colorado City business welcomes donations and provides a storefront to sell them to the public. Craft classes are also offered.
       “All kinds of treasures donated by local individuals and businesses - from tiles and tape, to paper and picture frames, to fabric and beads and more - are available as the perfect low-cost option for the classroom teacher, artist or hobbyist,” a press release states. It also notes that so far the SCRAP operation “has diverted more than 14,000 pounds of clean, reusable materials from ending up in the El Paso County landfill since collection began in July 2015.”
       According to Blewitt, she and Myers have been community volunteers for a combined 50 years, including serving on nonprofit boards of directors, and both are members of the Pikes Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future.
       For more information, call 445-9988 or go to whogivesascrapcolorado.com.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 3/9/16; Business: (New)

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