Biz buzz:
Benefit night for Mi Casa July 2

       The Cucuru Gallery & Café, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., will hold a benefit for the Mi Casa Resource Center Thursday, July 2.
       Titled “The Spirit of Cuba, Tapas & Wine: A Magical Evening of Culture,” the event will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
       Mi Casa is a non-profit agency that counsels and trains small-business people.
       For more information, call 520-9900.

Craig Alexander (closest to camera), the 2008 Ironman champion, joins othes on computerized stationary bikes for a 45-minute “race” during Carmichael Training Systems’ open house June 20 inside the renovated Roundhouse commercial center.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Featuring running and cycling activities with 2008 Ironman champion Craig Alexander, Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) held its grand opening June 20 at the recently renovated Roundhouse commercial center.
       CTS, which trains/ coaches athletes of all levels, takes up about 10,000 square feet at the south end of the facility at 600 S. 21st St., off Highway 24.
       The locally owned business, known for training high-profile athletes such as Alexander and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, relocated in May from its former downtown location.
       The all-day opening event indicates how CTS wants “to become an integral part of the community,” said spokesperson Jim Rutberg. An ongoing part of the business' efforts is the non-profit Kids on Bikes Inc., housed within CTS, which gives kids a chance to earn new bikes by meeting positive goals, he explained.
       Grading was beginning this week on the Palmer House property, but that does not mean construction is imminent.
       Developer John Gatto of Crestone Development (doing business as Bella Fortuna, LLC) said the purpose of the grading is to “transform it into a developable site” so it can be shown to prospective commercial users.
       Called the Palmer House Redevelopment, the 14-acre property at Fillmore and Chestnut streets (just west of I-25) has been approved for 76,000 square feet of commercial space. The name comes from the large hotel that had stood on the property for 40 years before Crestone demolished it about a year and a half ago.
       Uses being sought for the property include a hotel, bank, gas station, restaurants, an office building and general retail.
       House of Yakitori is a new restaurant at 125 N. Spruce St.
       Owner Paul Boonprasertpeisal, a trained chef who moved here from Thailand 14 years ago, offers a mixture of Japanese and Thai cuisine.
       The family-style restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.
       The phone is 329-0705.
       The first-ever Colorado Springs Hospitality Bake Sale Care and Share will be Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hyatt Place Colorado Springs , 503 W. Garden of the Gods Road.
       All of of the funds raised through the sale will help feed local children, according to a Hyatt Place press release.
       For more information, call 265-9385 or e-mail

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