Biz buzz:
Art Walk on 2nd Friday in July

       Because of the 4th of July holiday, Old Colorado City's First Friday Art Walk will take place on the second Friday in July. Twelve galleries will participate Friday, July 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.
       The Art Walk is free and open to the public, with varying galleries offering artist demos, live music and/or appetizers.
       Artists Pam Ross and Eugenia Williams recently started Artists Lair, 2616 W. Colorado Ave,
       Other contributing artists are Perry Potter, Bill Hyer, Ernie Ferguson, R.W. Carlson and Irene Braun. The public is welcome to watch them work.
       Products include functional art such as sinks, dishware, kitchen canisters and vases, and decorative art such as bronze sculptures, figurines, wall hangings, paintings and photography.
       The business is open Tuesday through Saturday.
       The phone is 576-5247. The website is
       Free admission to a Pikes Peak Derby Dames “bout” will go to anyone bringing in a new children's backpack at its firework-sales tent on West Colorado Avenue through July 5.
       The backpacks will be given to foster kids through Kids Crossing, a nonprofit child placement agency, a press release states.
       The tent is on the south side of the avenue east of Ridge Road.
       The Dames are a local team that competes in a women's roller-derby league.
       The backpack drive will continue through the summer at other locations in Colorado Springs. For more information, call 331-1214.
       Dr. Troy Bates recently opened a dental office, called Affordable Family Dentistry, in the medical building at 2020 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 101.
       He has been a licensed dentist for eight years and previously worked for Small Smiles in Colorado Springs.
       “I grew up in town and I like the Westside,” Dr. Bates said, adding that his parents also live in this part of town.
       The office is open Tuesday through Saturday, plus evening hours.
       The phone is 475-8022.
       Real estate consultants and family members Scott and Tina Wisler have joined Patty Strauch's team at Red Rock Realty, 3208 W. Colorado Ave.
       Tina is Patty's daughter and Scott is her husband. Both have police experience, and Scott is still employed as a sergeant at the Gold Hill station. Tina, who grew up on the Westside, has additionally been a business owner and Scott a teacher, according to Strauch.
       “They share my commitment to providing world-class service,” Strauch states in her June edition of “Patty's Patter” business newsletter.
       The phone is 442-0247.

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