Biz buzz:
New car wash on Eighth Street

       The Speedy Shine Express Car Wash recently opened at 395 S. Eighth.
       Combining automation advances with employee assistance, Speedy Shine allows people to pay using a touch-screen outside the wash bay, stay in the car during the three-minute wash and emerge with a dry vehicle. Free stations for vacuuming and airing up tires are also provided.
       According to Russell Ross, who co-owns the business with his wife Missy, Speedy Shine “utilizes the latest in 'green' technology, including a reclaim system that cuts water usage by 40 percent and VFD technology that reduces electric consumption.”
       The Rosses have also owned and operated the Sylvan Learning Center franchise in southwest Colorado Springs for the past eight years.
       Speedy Shine is open daily. The phone is 471-2103.
       After starting last summer in a small shopping center on 30th Street, CS West Bikes is moving to Old Colorado City. According to co-owner Mindy Carter, the 2,100 square feet at 2403 W. Colorado Ave. is three times as roomy as the old shop.
       The tentative opening date is April 1.
       CS West sells and repairs bicycles. While the repair business will continue unchanged (any type of bike is welcome), the move will allow an expansion in new-bicycle brands, Carter said.
       The location is the one-time home of the Maketi Mua import store, whose name has remained on the awning. CS West plans to keep the awning, putting its own name on it.
       The other CS West owners are Mindy's husband, Rush Carter, and Sean and Hope Mullally.
       The shop is open Monday through Saturday. The phone is 633-5565.
       Various gems and jewelry pieces will come “Out of Africa” and into All That Glitters for a special show Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       The jewelry store at 2518 W. Colorado Ave. will be given an African theme for the day, according to shop gemologist Michael “Buzz” Steenrod. Browsers are welcome.
       In all, the show will have about 200 samples of various “gemstones that can be found in Africa,” he said.
       These include about 60 African pieces the store already has. The additional items, including loose stones and those set in jewelry, are coming from different suppliers, who were asked to bring in “extra things to show,” he said.
       Among the African stones on display will be tanzanite, tourmaline, diamonds, opals, rubies, aquamarine and emeralds. Pieces will range from those with “modest prices” to an unusually high-karat tsavorite stone worth $45,000, Steenrod said.
       Handcrafted Santas & More in Old Colorado City has relocated to 2605 W. Colorado Ave.
       Owner Melanie De Shon creates one-of-a-kind Santa Claus dolls. Her store also features a variety of hand-made items by Colorado artists, including cards, pottery, soaps and jewelry.
       The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday. The phone is 633-1165. The website is
       Nina Gigliotti, Debra Taft and Lucky Colpitts recently opened We3 - The Shop for the Curious Soul at 2501 W. Colorado Ave., Suite. 107. The shop offers candles, herbs and incense, as well as psychic consultations/readings. Both Gigliotti and Taft are ordained ministers and are available for weddings and house and baby blessings.
       The business is open daily. The phone is 577-4933.
       The monthly Art Walks will return to Old Colorado City Friday, April 4. The activity, from 5 to 8 p.m., will include special offerings at each of the dozen or so participating stores and art galleries. Art Walks will continue on the first Friday of each month through December, according to the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group website (

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