Biz Buzz:
Two new marketing efforts in Old Town

       Two new marketing events are planned by groups of Old Colorado City merchants on evenings in June.
       Thursday, June 15 will kick off ArtWalk, in which 10 participating galleries hope to attract customers from 4 to 8 p.m. with live music, light refreshments and beverage samples.
       ArtWalk will continue on the third Thursday of each month for the rest of the year, according to a press release for the event.
       During each ArtWalk, the galleries plan to feature special collections, have openings of shows, or provide “meet the artist” opportunities.
       According to Nancy Stovall, one of the business participants, the event will be similar to the gallery walks of about three years ago. “We've got new blood now and new interest,” she said. “And with some new galleries in Old Colorado City, it's a good time to focus on them, so people can know we are growing up as an arts district.”
       Another marketing event will be June 16-18, when several shops, boutiques and galleries will join for a shopping event called Steppin' Out in Old Town, which will be set off by balloons and banners at participating stores. In conjunction with Fathers' Day, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Colorado Springs Children's Hospital at Memorial Hospital.
       “To boost proceeds, shoppers will receive extra incentives, shopping bonuses, tasty gourmet samples, live music with dancing, meet-the-artist and art demos, and special treats for the youngsters,” a press release states. Participating stores will also be open later than usual on Friday and Saturday nights.
       If you see any large, fancy motorhomes in the Old Colorado City area this week, they are probably part of the Marathon Motorcoach Rally that is scheduled to be in the area June 6-10.
       “A group of 50 ultra-luxury motor home owners who have chosen Old Colorado City as their destination for fun, food and shopping while staying the week at Garden of The Gods Campground,” explains an article in the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group newsletter. One of the featured events will be a fashion show at the Garden Of The Gods Country Club featuring clothing from the boutiques of Old Colorado City.
       Bernideen's, a boutique at 2520 W. Colorado Ave., is inviting families to “dress your little girls like flower fairies” for a free tea party at the store from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10. No reservations are required.
       A new Mexican restaurant has opened. El Rodeo, owned by Arnulfo Figueroa, is open daily at 1625 W. Uintah St., Suite K (former site of Amanda's Fonda). The phone is 633-5585.
       McKelvey's Café has reopened at its former location at 2 S. 25th St. The owners are Joan and Bill Kessler. The business is open Tuesday through Sunday. The phone is 635-6888.
       The liquor store in the Grandview Market Place (3260 Centennial Blvd.) has changed owners and names. Formerly called Sportz, the store is now Steins & Vines, owned by Paul and Dee Lambert. The phone is 635-0050.

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