Biz buzz:
Walgreens begins 2-store changeover

       The Walgreen Co. took over from Longs Drug at two Westside stores June 12. Employees were busy this week bringing in Walgreens goods and tagging retained Longs shelf items with “Walgreens” tags.
       The expectation was that about a week would be needed to complete the changeover.
       The stores are at 3143 W. Colorado Ave. (in the Red Rock shopping center) and 4315 Centennial Blvd. (in the West Wind shopping center). Walgreens purchased both stores in the wake of Longs' corporate decision this year to terminate its operations in Colorado.
       Temporary signs have replaced the Longs signs on both buildings. Definite plans for the 40-foot-tall freestanding sign outside the Red Rock store (which still says “Longs”) are unknown, but store manager Michele Gendron said Walgreens does plan to keep the structure.
       Roughly half of the 25 to 30 employees at the Centennial store are former Longs employees who decided to “cross over,” new manager Brian Franks said. He was formerly with a Walgreens store in northern Colorado Springs.
       Gendron, formerly with a Security-area Walgreens, said a dozen former Longs employees stayed with new management, out of 16 total employees. The store hopes to hire “six or seven” more people, she said.
       For now, both stores are making only minor changes in the store layouts, but major remodels are planned later this year to make the interiors look more like Walgreens.
       All That Glitters, an Old Colorado City fine-jewelry store, will offer its third annual estate show Thursday, June 21 from noon to 8 p.m.
       The show consists of items in the Singer Collection of New York City, which includes jewelry from the estates of movie stars and celebrities such as June Carter Cash.
       The All That Glitters staff plans to dress up to the theme of “Salute to Hollywood Glamour.” The public is welcome to stop and browse.
       Another feature this year will be Eugene Snively (better known as “Mr. Eugene”), a Westside resident and former clothing designer for Hollywood celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner and Maria (Mrs. Nat King) Cole. Mr. Eugene, also respected for his sketches, will have his pen and pad out for the occasion, he said.
       The store is at 2518 W. Colorado Ave. For more information, call 475-7160.
       The relocation of Terra Nova Engineering to the former Midland School building passed the Colorado Springs Planning Commission June 7. Busi-ness owner Luanne Rubey said her next stop in the approval process is the Historic Preservation Board - necessary because the two-story, 105-year-old structure at 815 S. 25th St. is on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
       She is looking forward to meeting with the board. "Hopefully they'll have some good ideas for me," she said.
       Planning Commission's approval allowed a zone change from single-family residential to office residential. Rubey plans to move her 11-employee engineering firm into the site and to begin restoring it. A recent Midland-area neighborhood meeting at the site revealed no opposition to her business there, although it will be surrounded by homes and a park.
       A book-signing at Cucuru Gallery Café will spotlight author Mei-Li Liu Saturday, June 16 from 3 to 6 p.m.
       Liu's book, “Ten Thousand Miles from Home,” is a collection of short stories about growing up in Taiwan and, later, adapting to life in America. She is a Colorado Springs resident.
       Cucuru is at 2332 W. Colorado Ave.
       Cents of the Past, a coin and antique gallery, recently opened at 2716 W. Colorado Ave.
       The owner is Bernie Durance, a life-long Skyway resident who started collecting coins when he was 9 years old.
       His shop also specializes in military memorabilia and he does appraisals on individual items and estates.
       The business is open Monday through Saturday. The phone is 641-0923 or 473-1427.
       Second Impressions Ltd. has relocated to 1708 W. Colorado Ave. Open Tuesday through Saturday, the shop offers women's fashions and accessories on a consignment basis. The business has been on the Westside since 1999, and Jane Ackerman has owned the business since 2003.
       The phone is 227-6909.

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