Biz Buzz:
Neighborhood store in 100-year-old building

       A neighborhood store has opened in a century-old commercial building at 1502 W. Colorado Ave.
       Called West Colorado Family Discount, the business is owned by Michael Ezzat and his wife Stephanie.
       The “family-oriented” store offers a variety of products - including household items, candy, beverages, hardware and general merchandise - as well as cell phone accessories and a copy-and-fax center, Stephanie said.
       The Ezzats moved to the Westside from the East Coast two years ago.
       Both had backgrounds in the food industry, but were thinking about starting a store as part of the move. “I grew up in a neighborhood like this, with a main street and houses all around,” she recalled, noting that her husband had a somewhat similar background.
       After initially running two food businesses in Manitou, the couple decided to go back to their store plan. While driving the avenue, they saw the 1502 building up for lease and decided it was the “perfect location and size,” Stephanie said.
       West Colorado is open daily. The phone is 227-9400.
       Jewelry store in plaza
       Tonja Gross, who started the Badda Bing oldies store with her husband Gary about eight years ago, has opened a new store with an emphasis on jewelry.
       Both are in the Old Town Plaza commercial center at 2501 W. Colorado Ave. Badda Bing remains in Suite 110, while the new Shae's Jewelry & Gifts is in Suite 103.
       The name for the business comes from Tonja's middle name, she said.
       Long-time Old Colorado City shoppers may remember Suite 103 as having previously been the site of Petti's Jewelry. Tony Petti had to close his business for personal reasons, after which Tonja bought his inventory and added to it.
       “I make jewelry,” she said. “It's my niche.”
       Shae's is open three days a week - Friday through Sunday.
       In addition to fine and costume jewelry, the store offerings include candles, purses, hats and gift items, Tonja said.
       The phone is 477-1000.

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