Biz buzz:
Ramblin Express eyes site off 31st Street

       Ramblin Express is steering towards a new home southeast of 31st Street and Highway 24.
       According to plans submitted to Colorado Springs Planning (and expected to go before Planning Commission at its April meeting), the local company is asking for a “conditional use to allow a transportation terminal (park and ride parking lot and bus passenger pickup/dropoff location,” according to planner Ryan Tefertiller.
       The exact address would be 2915 Ore Mill Road, which is currently vacant land in an industrial park east of 31st.
       Ramblin Express, which has operated on the Westside since 1993, runs daily buses to and from the Cripple Creek casinos. Its temporary Westside location is the Van Briggle/Ghost Town parking lot off 21st and Highway 24. In an interview last fall, company owner Todd Holland said he was looking for a permanent site.
       The Ramblin Express plan shows a 150-space parking lot, landscaping and an overhang for people to stand under. There would be no buildings.
       Tefertiller envisioned no problems for the proposal, which is expected to go before Planning Commis-sion in April. “It seems pretty appropriate for the existing area,” he said. “It's right off 24 and pretty convenient for folks. And there would be no conflict with the adjacent retail (farther east on Ore Mill Road).”
       The Petco store at 1820A West Uintah St. will hold a “hamster ball derby” Saturday, March 31, from 2 to 3 p.m.
       Part of a nationwide event by the pet-store chain, the derby allows local residents to enter their hamsters in the hopes of winning prizes.
       Participants will need to have their own hamsters and hamster balls to participate. Registration for the race is free. Spectators are encouraged to join in and cheer on their favorites.
       Practice rounds will begin at 1:30 p.m.
       The store is in the Uintah Gardens shopping center. For more information, call 578-1123.
       The former Dolly Madison store at 1301 W. Colorado Ave. closed in February, and a furniture store called Colorado Home Store has opened in its place.
       The change occurred after the property changed hands in January.
       Martha Atencio had helped open the Dolly Madison store, which offered discounted baked goods, at that site in 1971 and was its manager when she retired last fall.
       “I was sad to see it go,” Atencio said. “A lot of people really miss it.”
       Built in 1963, the building has just under 2,600 square feet of space.
       Bill Kennedy, whose Colorado Home Store specializes in Murphy beds, said his store builds its own Murphy beds and additionally carries hand-made items by artisans from the region.
       The business, which opened in the past month, is open to the general public Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment on Sundays and Mondays.
       A grand opening is tentatively planned in mid-April, Kennedy said.
       The phone is 332-1433.

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