Biz Buzz:
New jazz club in Old Colorado City

       A new weekend nightspot is on the verge of opening in Old Colorado City. The Motif Jazz Club, 2432 W. Cucharras St., is slated to begin full operations the first week of June, with a grand opening Friday, June 4.
       Andrew and Heather Darrigan, owners of the 26-year-old Food Designers catering business in the same building, will offer an indoor/outdoor setting with a bar, appetizers and live piano music, Heather said.
       Motif will be in the rear of the building, in a 630-square-foot space that has been remodeled in recent months from its former use as a storage area. Also remodeled was an adjoining, enclosed outdoor area of about the same size. Together, they will allow seating for about 100 people. There will also be a garage door between indoor and outdoor that can be raised in nice weather, Heather said.
       The club will initially be open Saturdays and Sundays only, although the space can also be rented for private parties.
       Partnering in the effort is Steve Draper, an area jazz pianist. He expects to play sometimes, but the “resident artist” on the Motif's grand piano will be Brad Bietry. Musical duos, trios and quartets will also play from time to time.
       The Darrigans, who are from New York, bought Food Designers from the late Halen Maxon five years ago. Food Designers caters different types of occasions, including weddings and receptions.
       In moving forward with the project, Heather and Andrew had to obtain approvals from the city for a conditional use permit to allow a nightclub within an M-1 (light industrial) zone, for a non-use variance to allow 110 feet of separation where 200 feet is required between a liquor establishment and a residentially used property, and for a liquor license.
       The Simpich Showcase Theatre, 2413 West Colorado Ave., will present “The Secret Garden” starting May 26.
       Shows will continue Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (except July 4) and Wednesdays through Sept. 6.
       Using string puppets hand-carved by solo performer David Simpich, the story is based on the traditional tale about a girl staying with her uncle who “is drawn to a secluded garden surrounded by a high stone wall and with no apparent door or gate,” a press release states.
       Performances are recommended for adults and school-age children. For showtimes and ticket information, call 465-2492 or go to
       Green Field is a self-described “fair trade and free thought emporium” at 2423¾ W. Colorado Ave.
       Items sold by business owner Denise Dickinson include jewelry, books, recycled metal art, unique gifts, t-shirts and furniture. Examples of fair-trade items are steel drum art, telephone wire bowls and recycled soda can art from South Africa.
       The business is open Tuesday through Saturday.
       For more information, call 465-2843 or go to
       The Organica Herb & Tea Company, Inc. recently opened at 12 S. 25th St.
       With 27 years experience in the business, owner Clara Paulson offers a variety of teas, herbs and spices and helps customers mix herbal powders to their liking.
       Cups of organic coffee and tea, as well as organic snacks, are available in the store's seating area.
       From Montana, Paulson said she relocated here because of the people, the climate and the mountains.
       Organica is open seven days a week. For more information, call 344-3213 or go to

A Dale Harpe photograph.
Courtesy of Squash Blossom

       Scenic photographer Dale Harpe will be a visiting artist at the Squash Blossom, 2531 W. Colorado Ave., during the annual Territory Days May 29-31 in Old Colorado City. The art gallery will be open all three days.

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