Biz buzz:
4 free concerts at Secret Garden

       The Secret Garden, 420 South 19th St., will host a free Summer Concert Series the last four Tuesdays this month from 7 to 9 p.m.
       Live bands will be the Storys June 9, Julio Garcia June 16, Mango fan Django June 23 and Phil Volan June 30.
       The location will be the event site, typically marketed for outdoor weddings, on the Secret Garden's diversely landscaped 1 ˝-acre property owned by gardener Steve Muzzipapa. Off-street parking is available in his lot on the east side of 19th.
       The concerts will make use of a big reception tent that Muzzipapa uses for weddings, with a cash bar and room for dancing. “It will be nice for the Westside,” he said. “People can walk to it.”
       CoPilot Creative, a Westside graphics and web-design studio, has relocated 12 blocks east to 1301 W. Colorado Ave.

CoPilot Creative owners Becky McWilliams and Angie Durbin stand outside the newly stucco-customized exterior at 1301 W. Colorado Ave.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Originally a gas station, the site was a Dolly Madison baked-goods store for 36 years before closing in 2007.
       CoPilot owners Becky McWilliams and Angie Durbin had been looking for a larger location for their growing business, which includes local as well as national and international customers. According to Durbin, their previous office in the Old Colorado City historic district had 1,000 square feet; now they have 2,500.
       The locale also allows the owners to stay on the Westside. “We like the energy here,” Durbin said.
       The interior has been remodeled to suit CoPilot's needs, which also include product and portrait photography.
       Outside, by agreement with property owner Bill Kennedy, the brick exterior has been covered with customized stucco, and the shingled roof with metal. This evokes some of the building's original gas station feel, Durbin said.
       CoPilot is an evolution of the Barnstorm Creative graphics business, which created the Old Chicago logo in the mid-'70s, Durbin said.
       McWilliams and Durbin have been partners in CoPilot for three years.
       The business is open Monday through Friday.
       The phone is 633-5000. The website is
       Also a painter, Durbin will have an open reception for a show titled “Subconscious Visions” Friday, June 5 at Bear Creek Veterinary Care, 960 Pico Point (off South Eighth Street), from 5 to 8 p.m.
       Ever wondered how Front Range BBQ whips up the meals it does?
       Now you can cook some of them yourself.
       Front Range owner Brian Fortinberry has teamed with his mother, Mary Boname, to publish a cookbook titled “Top of the Range.”
       For sale at Front Range BBQ, 2330 W. Colorado Ave., the book contains 250 southern-style recipes, including “a couple of our dessert recipes, as well as many of our entrée and dessert specials we sell at the restaurant on occasion,” Fortinberry said.
       Boname, coming in from Alabama, and other family members helped Fortinberry start the Old Colorado City restaurant nine years ago. He has since added another Front Range at 4935 Templeton Gap Road.
       After 20 years downtown, the Velez Galleries has relocated to Old Colorado City.
       Owned by brothers Michael and Andrew Velez, the store at 2508 W. Colorado Ave. features paintings by Andrew and from 80 indigenous American tribes, as well as hand-made furniture by Michael, who uses mortise and tenon methods in creating mirrors, light fixtures, display cases, benches and tables.
       According to Michael, the relocation was based on the brothers' belief that the Westside is a friendlier place than downtown.
       The gallery opening will be Friday June 5, from 4 to 9 p.m., during the Old Colorado City Art Walk.
       The business will be open daily.
       For more information, call 1-888-NONFAKE or go to
       Old Colorado City entrepreneur David Britton has recently combined his one-year-old photography studio into a new business: Got Groovy Goods Gallery at 2513 1/2 W. Colorado Ave.
       He has another new business at his old location - Concrete Jungle, 2522 ˝ W. Colorado Ave.
       Got Groovy Goods offers photography, art, collectibles (including sport collectibles), records and CDs.
       Concrete Jungle specializes in skateboards, longboards and parts. Its phone number is 271-7601.
       Both businesses are open Thursday through Monday. A common phone number for each is 466-1120.
       Recess, a children's consignment boutique at 1721 W. Colorado Ave. will have a “grand opening celebration” Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m.
       Owner Stacy Thompson worked at Eve's Revolution on the Westside for the past five years. She said her store will let people “dress their children in name-brand clothing that is funky, up-to-date and affordable.”
       Consignments are taken by appointment Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
       For more information, call 635-9725.
       The Mountain Metaphysical Shop has recently opened at 1702 1/2 W. Colorado Ave.
       Owner/astrologer and spiritual consultant Dona Riley offers psychic readings. Also available are henna body art and metaphysical merchandise.
       The business is open Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 471-1859.
       The Village at Skyline off Lower Gold Camp Road will be part of the region's first Parade of Retirement Homes Saturday and Sunday June 6-7.
       The free event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, is intended to show off independent living opportunities at “luxury retirement communities” in the area, a press release states.
       Included will be tours of six communities in all. Free tickets and maps can be picked up at King Soopers stores.
       For more information, call 465-3565 or go to
       Brothers Kirby and Nick Kuklenski, owners of the Ace Hardware in Uintah Gardens, were recently named the company's Young Retailers of the Year in the multiple-store retailers category.
       The two started the store in 2007 (when Nick was 23 and Kirby 26), followed by a second store in Federal Heights, Colo., in 2008.
       In the community, the brothers sponsor activities through the
       local schools, including a program that teaches job skills to special-
       needs students.

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