Biz Buzz:
New outdoor patio at market/restaurant

       The Garden of the Gods Gourmet recently created an outdoor patio, with seating for about 20 people in addition to the 24 already inside the market/restaurant at 2528 W. Cucharras St.
       Lynn Schlemeyer and her husband, Mike Cookson, are the owners, having recently bought out Gourmet's co-founder, Sandy Vanderstoep (who continues to help out).
       According to Schlemeyer, an expanded dining area “was one of the things my husband and I had talked about” in buying the business. The patio location also has a view of Pikes Peak and helps make the locale “more inviting,” she said. A mural on the wall beside the patio had previously been coordinated by Vanderstoep and was painted by local area artist Holly Parker.
       Making room for the patio cost Gourmet a customer parking space in front of the store, but as compensation an arrangement has been worked out to lease spaces (marked with signs) in Sno-White's parking lot across the street, Schlemeyer said.
       Vanderstoep and Holly Mervis had started Garden of the Gods Gourmet about 10 years ago as a market (previously in a commercial center off South 21st Street, then moving to the current site in 2005).
       The market sells food made in the Gourmet kitchen, some fresh, some frozen. There are also selected products from area food suppliers.
       Simpich shows 'Hansel'
       In performance dates from June 10 to Aug. 6, the Simpich Showcase Marionette Theatre will present a live, original adaptation of the “Hansel and Gretel” fairy tale.
       The Simpich Showcase is at 2413 W. Colorado Ave.
       Performances will be Fridays at 7 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.
       Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $10 for ages 12 and under, except Wednesdays when all seats are $9.
       The show uses marionettes hand-carved by David Simpich, who also is the puppeteer and adaptation author.
       For more information, call 465-2492 or go to
       Outdoor summer music
       The Secret Garden, 420 S. 19th St., has started its third annual series of live outdoor music.
       According to Steve Muzzipapa, gardener/ owner of the 1-acre, landscaped event site, the shows featuring local bands will continue most Sundays and Tuesdays through Sept. 27. The shows had been free in previous years, but there will be a $5 cover charge this season “to support, help maintain and continue the flourishing of the horticultural blossoming and blooming of the Secret Garden,” the website states.
       Times are 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
       There also will be occasional “special event days” for which admission may be free (such as the “CD release party” for the band, B.J. Estares & Route 61, Friday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m.).
       For more information, call 964-0541.

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