Biz Buzz:
Simpich ‘Portraits’ starts March 31

       The Simpich Showcase Marionette Theatre will offer performances of Portraits: A Gallery on Strings, from March 31 to May 16.
       The series of biographical sketches were written and will be presented by puppeteer David Simpich, who “has chosen a collection of characters that have each greatly influenced his own life,” a press release states.
       The “cast” includes King David, Helen Keller, Abraham Lincoln, Pinocchio, cave explorer Jim White, Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man) and even Simpich's great grandmother, Harriet Ritter. “These players that I've sculpted in clay and tied to strings have, in truth, shaped me and held me up,” Simpich said. “Our time together on stage is a celebration of all I have learned and am continuing to learn from them.”
       The theater is at 2413 W. Colorado Ave.
       Performances are typically Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For times and prices, call the Simpich box office at 465-2492 or go to
       Fudge It! is the name of a new sweet shop in Old Colorado City. The address is 2616 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 23.
       The family-owned business consists of Brandy, Jessie, D.J. and Bob Morris.
       Both Brandy and Jessie have previously worked in food service (including work at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo).
       Some of the fudge flavors are cotton candy, strawberry, chocolate, peanut butter and cookies and cream.
       The business follows an old family farm recipe which till now has been used just to make Christmas gifts for family and friends, according to the Morrises.
       Fudge It! is open Tuesday through Sunday. The phone is 633-5513.
       Colorado BBQ Cleaning, a new Westside business, uses a propriety, “environmentally friendly” system “to remove virtually all grease, fat and carbon deposits” from barbecue grills, according to owner David Thiele.
       Thiele's background is in information technology, but he decided to start his own business in response to the growing popularity of barbecues.
       The Holland Park resident makes house calls, he said. For more information, call 339-2604 or go to
       The Colorado Dental Group recently began seeing patients at 3236 Centennial Blvd.
       The doctors in the group are Gregory Smith, DDS, and Brian Elliot, DDS - family & cosmetic dentists; Brently Grimard, DDS, MS - periodontist; David Schroeder, DDS, MSD, PC, and Louis Taloumis, DMD - orthodontists.
       Other featured services include dental implants, braces, whitening, crowns and bridges, and veneers and laminates.
       The office is open Monday through Saturday.
       The phone is 355-2702, and the e-mail is
       A thrift shop has opened at 1711 W. Colorado Ave.
       Called This N That, the businesss sells new and used items, including household goods, furniture, jewelry, clothes and novelties.
       Owner James Berry has been in business nine months, relocating his shop from a Manitou location.
       This N That is open Tuesday to Sunday.
       The phone is 465-1933.

Do you have any news about your business? Call the Westside Pioneer at 471-6776.