Biz Buzz:
Grand opening for new business

       Urban Cowgirl is a new retail business at 2403 W. Colorado Ave.
       The business specializes in women's apparel, leather and accessories and is also a gallery for Rocky Mountain Artisans.
       A grand opening will be Saturday, March 31. The store will also be a part of the First Friday Old Colorado City Art Walk.
       Laura Prather, with 15-plus years of business experience, owns Urban Cowgirl with her parents, Cavin and Diane Harper.
       “We really wanted to be a part of Old Colorado City,” Laura said, noting its historical heritage and draw for tourists.
       The business will be open Monday through Saturday.
       The phone is 634-5232. The website is:

During its recent grand opening, the remodeled Dunkin' Donuts sported a giant beverage cup on its roof.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Remodel completed
       The Dunkin' Donuts at 806 W. Colorado Ave. reopened in late February after being closed for a month for a major remodel that added 700 square feet of space for dining and for food preparation (including the capability of cooking for other stores).
       Business in the first week was up 60 percent from a year ago at the same time, according to Jordan Eads, district manager of First Cup LLC, a group from Phoenix, Ariz., which took over the Dunkin' Donuts franchise for Colorado Springs last April.
       It was the first remodel at the 46-year-old store in 25 years, Eads said.
       Dance classes, live bands
       A business combining dance, live bands and other art experiences has opened at Suite 301 of the Templeton Building. 2502 W. Colorado Ave.
       Heart of Art is owned by Catch Avion, previous owner of the Two Left Feet studio who has taught ballroom and Latin dance for 25 years.
       At Heart of Art, she is continuing to offer classes and is also booking bands and “looking to create variety shows,” Avion said. “I want to have a little bit of everything so people can be surprised and entertained by it.”
       The suite comprises 1,000 square feet in a large room on the third floor, at the southeast corner of the building (closest to 25th and Colorado), where the Loft live-music venue most recently had been located.
       The space can also be rented for parties, corporate meetings or as eclectic space, with optional catering and a small coffee bar, she said.
       For more information, call 660-9129.
       Miniatures show entries
       The El Dorado Fine Arts Gallery, 2627 W Colorado Ave., is accepting entries for its 31st annual Juried Miniatures Art Show April 29 to May 13.
       The deadline is April 15.
       For more information, call El Dorado at 634-4075 or go to and click on Events.

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