Biz Buzz:
Crowley relocating to Citadel

       Bill Crowley, who has created caricatures in Old Colorado City since 1991, is relocating to the Citadel Mall.
       The move will take place sometime in April, with a grand opening at his new spot (on the third floor, near the old Mervyns) in early May, Crowley said this week.
       He emphasized that the move is “not because I dislike Old Colorado City” - in fact, he plans to continue drawing at Old Town's annual Territory Days over Memorial Day weekend - but because he got “a sweetheart deal” from the Citadel.
       Called “Caricatures America” in Old Colorado City, the business will go by the name “Colorado Smiles” at the mall.
       Crowley pointed out that it was the Citadel that approached him, not the other way around. The artist is especially excited about the space he will have. His unit in the 2400 block of West Colorado Avenue is 350 square feet; his space in the mall will be 1,200. The mall also allowed him to decide his own hours and the days he wants to be open.
       “I'm simply expanding my business,” Crowley said. “It's going to be a wonderful move.”
       Handcrafted Santas & More recently opened at 2423 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 101. The business features one-of-a-kind Santa Claus dolls made by owner Melanie DeShon, as well as a variety of hand-made items by Colorado artists, including cards, pottery, soaps and jewelry.
       One of DeShon's Santas wound up in recent years as a present for President George W. Bush - having been commissioned for that purpose by a representative of the Czechoslavakian embassy.
       The store is open Tuesday through Saturday. The phone is 633-1165.
       A three-day “Teen Spring Fling Retreat” is scheduled March 27-29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the West Middle School cafeteria.
       Offered through the West Center for Intergenerational Learning, young people will get a chance to work with area album-making professional Michelle Stellick to create their own photo albums.
       Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 22.
       The $75 fee includes all album materials, lunch, drinks and snacks.
       For more information, call Stellick at 578-8047.

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