Biz buzz:
Band benefit for troops in Iraq

       Three area bands will put on a benefit show at the Thunder & Buttons restaurant/tavern Friday night, March 23, with the goal of using the proceeds to support the troops in Iraq.
       The event will start at 8 p.m. The bands are Bodycast, Godless Promise Mechanism and Habitual. The cost is $5. Thunder & Buttons is at 2415 W. Colorado Ave.
       The main plan is to send a shipment of hundreds of CDs of local bands' music to the overseas soldiers, according to information from Bodycast. The name of the ongoing benefit effort is “I-rockin' Freedom.” Also being accepted are supplies for the troops, such as international phone cards, baby wipes, DVDs and video games.
       An auction will also be held on the night of the show.
       The T&Bs phone number is 447-9888. More information about I-rockin' Freedom is on the website,, which includes the statement: “Bodycast proudly supports our military.”
       The Old Town Plaza clock at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue is keeping time again. Kenny Electric Service, working with the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District, installed a new motor in the works last week.
       In response to the Westside Pioneer article March 1 about the unit having been broken for a few weeks, former Old Colorado City merchant leader Gene Brent provided information about its origins. He clarified that the clock was not put up by Clarion Chambon in the 1960s, as some had thought, but later on by the West Colorado Springs Commercial Club (a small plaque on one side gives the date of 1979). “It was dedicated to the memory of Clair Chambon,” Brent said. that Chambon was a long-time Old Town businessman (best known for starting Surplus City) and property owner.
       Old Town historian Dave Hughes added that the tower had been in place before '79, but had a design at the top, not a clock. The actual clock dedication took place at the 1980 Territory Days, he said.
       Cottage Style will relocate to 1711 W. Colorado Ave. starting April 1. Until then, the business will continue to operate across the street at 1706 W. Colorado.
       In business on the Westside for nearly two years, Cottage Style offers furniture finishing and reupholstering and a variety of used items.
       The business is open Monday to Saturday. The phone is 635-4456.
       The Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI), which focuses much of its energies on fixing drainages in the Garden of the Gods, has moved closer to the park, with an office on the Westside.
       The non-profit agency is now at 3310 W. Colorado Avenue. It had formerly been in the northern downtown area.
       Also new is the e-mail address: The phone remains the same (471-7736).

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