Biz buzz:
Book signings at Old Town businesses

       Writer Brian Kruse will read, discuss and sign his novel, “The Great American Desert,” at the Cucuru Gallery Café Thursday, May 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.
       The event is free. Cucuru is at 2332 W. Colorado Ave.
       “The novel, set in a farming community in the Midwest, is an exploration into the ways that time and history operate in our daily lives,” according to a press release for the signing.
       For more information, call 635-1754.
       A book signing/reading with Maria Faulconer, author of “Arianna and the Strawberry Tea,” will be Saturday, May 12 at Bernideen's, 2520 W. Colorado Ave., at 11 a.m.
       The free event is part of the “Bernideen's Flower Fairy Tea Party,“ to which parents are invited to “dress your little girls like flower fairies,” according to a flyer.
       For more information, call 447-8844.

       Gunter-Wolff Gallery will host an opening reception Saturday, May 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. for jewelry designer Arleen Alleman's spring collection of hand- sculpted fine silver.
       Gunter-Wolff is at 2605 W. Colorado Ave.
       The pieces will include wearable (silver) art jewelry. The exhibit will end June 20. For more information, call 520-9494 or go to
       The Andes Store Import has opened at 2501 W. Colorado Ave.
       Owned by six-year arts-and-crafts entrepreneur Mario Palomino, the store sells hand-made goods from Peru, as well as works by Mexicans and American Indians and furniture from Colorado. Other offerings include clothing, rugs, pottery, jewelry, Andean musical instruments and CDs.
       The store is at 2501 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 107. The business is open daily. The phone is 622-1308; the website is
       The Wayne Lambert Gallery opened recently at 2423 ¾ W. Colorado Ave.
       Featured are black and white photos he has taken in the Southwest and Mexico since 1970.
       Formerly a student with well-known photographers Ansel Adams and Laura Gilpin, Lambert has been accepted into 14 juried regional and national shows, according to gallery information.
       He specializes in a non-digital, handmade 19th-century printing technique using platinum and palladium. This results in photographs that “are acutely sharp because they are printed by contact, not by projection,” the information states.
       The business is open Friday and Saturday and by appointment. The phone is 471-1574.
       Shawn Howell has been hired as manager of the new Westside Bank at Broadmoor, 3216 West Colorado Ave., which is scheduled to open in late May.
       Howell is a native of Colorado and has over 21 years of banking experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business, accounting and information systems from UCCS.

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