Biz buzz:
Bank’s Westside branch set to open

       The Bank at Broadmoor - Westside will officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m.
       The full-service, 3,200-square-foot facility has been under construction at 3216 W. Colorado Ave. since last October.
       Invitees to the ribbon-cutting will include area government and civic dignitaries. Ed Sauer, the president and CEO of the Bank at Broadmoor, will speak.
       The Westside branch's doors will actually open to the public Monday, June 11, at 9 a.m.
       Regular hours will be Monday to Friday (lobby) and Monday to Saturday (drive-up).
       The branch manager is Shawn Howell. The phone is 226-2265.
       Thunder & Buttons, 2415 W. Colorado Ave., will host a blues tribute to the Beatles, featuring a new group of musicians called Storm Warning, in a live show Tuesday, June 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.
       Also scheduled is a blues jam with members of the the Jake Loggins Band and Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors.
       There will be a $5 cover charge.
       Storm Warning consists of Fairlight Moriah, Santi Guarnera, Dewey Steele, Frank Perez and Jeremy Vasquez.
       The tribute, which is part of a nationwide production effort, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Beatles album, “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
       The Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) had several functional reasons for moving to its new Westside location in early May; but it was just “fortuitous,” as executive director Dan Cleveland put it, that the building is next to one of the largest trails and open space areas (El Paso County's Bear Creek Regional Park) in the region.
       The address is 1040 S. 8th Street, Suite 101. The non-profit organization has three paid staffers and numerous volunteers.
       Formed in 1987, TOSC plans events (such as the annual Starlight Spectacular bicycle ride and Gala in the Garden), publishes a newsletter, supports area open-space and trail groups and takes positions on related issues.
       “We had so outgrown our old place,” said TOSC Executive Director Dan Cleveland. As an example he pointed to a room containing the hundreds of boxed rider kits for the upcoming Starlight Spectacular late-night riding event. Such items couldn't have fit in TOSC's old quarters north of downtown on Hancock Avenue (where the agency had been since 1995). Before last year's Spectacular, he pointed out, they had to be stored in a volunteer's garage.
       The suite had formerly housed the Gold Hill Mesa development group, which moved this spring to new offices at its project site.
       The TOSC phone is 633-6884. The website is
       An exhibit by area painters Marilyn Kirkman and Richard E. Williams opened at the Arati Artists Gallery June 1 and will continue until June 30.
       The gallery, at 2425 W. Colorado Ave., is open daily.
       Founded in 1977, Arati offers original works by about 20 local artists, who also help staff and administrate the business.
       The phone is 636-1901.
       Westside author Bob Shoop reports that the first printing of his horse-racing book, “Down to the Wire: The Lives of the Triple Crown Champions,” is sold out. A second edition is planned for later this year.
       Another of Shoop's works, “The Forgotten Champion: Middle-ground,” is being published by King Ranch and will be sold through the King Ranch museum in Texas. The book was commissioned by King Ranch to commemorate Middleground, a ranch-owned horse who won the 1950 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.
       The Rocky Mountain Natural Store has relocated to 2117 W. Colorado Ave. from its former spot a few blocks east on the avenue.
       Owners Patty and Randy Barnes have owned the business for eight years. They offer natural and organic foods and specialize in local all-natural meats. Their business is also the only co-op in town, the Barneses said.
       The business is open Monday through Thursday. The phone is 329-0180.
       Tibetan Arts & Crafts just opened at 2513 W. Colorado Ave. Owners Bam and Loma Kunwar offer clothing from India and Nepal as well as local gift items.
       The business is open daily. The phone is 447-8856.

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