Biz Buzz:
Baalman adds to ‘Asylum’ space

       Artist Jason Baalman plans to add more space for his business, the Eclectic Asylum, in Old Colorado City. In May, he will move his gallery to Bill Crowley's spot at 2431B W. Colorado Ave. Meanwhile, Baalman will maintain the current Eclectic Asylum, 101 S. 25th St., as a working studio where visitors can come in and see art being produced.
       Crowley's caricature business, Colorado Smiles, will be relocating to the Citadel Mall in May.
       Paul Johnson's Drum Academy USA has moved to a new location on the Westside. The 500-square-foot site is 603 W. Colorado Ave., at the corner of Chestnut Street. Johnson, a professional drummer for more than 40 years, offers lessons to prospective drummers, by appointment. The phone is 597-0522.
       Ace Hardware, 4201 Centennial Blvd., is partnering with Holmes Middle School through May 1. Shoppers using the Holmes code on their purchases will receive a 10 percent discount, and another 10 percent will go to Holmes.
       A new business in an historic Old Colorado City-area building combines coffee with other pursuits. The Java Buddha Coffeehouse, 2820 W. Colorado Ave., offers coffee and espresso, art shows and classes in tai chi and belly dancing. Customers also can make use of a patio, wireless internet access and meeting rooms.
       The owners are Jason Doedderlein and Will Waldron. The phone is 633-JAVA.
       Dave Hughes, who is internationally known in the electronic communications field, recently had an article written about him in an Italian magazine. It was titled “Il cowbody-missionario del wireless.” Although honored by the recognition, the owner of Old Colorado City Communications said he has one small problem with the article: He doesn't speak Italian, and the magazine did not provide a translation.
       So, if you know anyone who is fluent in Italian, Hughes would appreciate hearing back. His phone is 636-2040.

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