Biz buzz:
1st building starts at Grandview Commons

       The first building in the Grandview Commons office/ retail center is going up.
       Framing was occurring this week on the future Chase Bank in a 4,000 square-foot portion of the future center on 8.3 acres, just north of the Grandview Market Place shopping center (anchored by the King Soopers) at Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard.
       A year ago, City Council had approved a concept plan for Grandview Commons - which also calls for 54,000 square feet of office use, a restaurant (5,000 square feet) and 26,000 square feet of retail. This approval allows builders to come forward with specific development plans in keeping with the concept plan, which can then be approved adminstratively by City Planning staff.
       According to James Mayerl, the city's chief planner for the Westside, he has approved one other plan for the site, a mixed office/medical office development, which is not yet under construction.
       Having recently added 250 square feet to its market area, Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 2528 West Cucharras St, is holding an open house Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
       Attendees will get to meet local growers and representatives of area product suppliers, sample food and see cooking demonstrations at 1 and 3 p.m.
       For more information, call 471-2799.
       Local poets will recite their poems at the Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., Saturday, April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.
       Called “Art of the Poem,” the free event celebrates “a natural and abiding kinship of poetry and art,” according to gallery press release.
       The poets are with Poetry West, a non-profit group of poets and writers from the Pikes Peak region.
       Reilly's own art, including new works, will be on display.
       For more information, call 471-1360.
       More than 1,900 8th grade students from the Colorado Springs area are expected to take part in the annual Job Shadow Day organized by the Westside-based Junior Achievement (JA) of Southern Colorado Friday, April 18.
       Between 10 a.m.-1 p.m., participating students will visit one of more than 70 local businesses to learn how the skills they are learning in school can be applied to a future career.
       JA is a non-profit economic education organization.
       The Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Ave., invites art lovers to its Grand Re-Opening “Wine & Roses” reception Saturday, April 19, from 5 to 8 pm.
       Artists will be on hand, and harpist Tiffany VandenHul will perform.
       Owner Sharon Wolff recently relocated the gallery within Old Town. For more information, call 520-9494 or visit

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