Biz Buzz:
Photo-printing business relocates

       After five years in the 600 block of Colorado Avenue, the Portrait Lab needed more space, and that's what it's found in the recent move to 2222 W. Colorado Ave.
       The building that formerly housed a Salvation Army store consists of 6,000 square feet, compared to the Portrait Lab's former 2,500, according to owner John Weidler. “We had outgrown our other facility,” he said.
       Although the 2222 building itself was in good shape, it required some remodeling for its new use. Two major upgrades were a complete rewiring to meet modern electrical needs and interior framing to create offices and work rooms - having been a store previously, the space had been “totally open,” Weidler said.
       With individual as well as commercial customers, the Portrait Lab offers art work, product photography, and a range of photo printing services. Prints on various media can be made from negatives, slides and digital files, with sizes up to 40 by 60 inches or even larger, Weidler said.
       Other services include minor photo restoration; fine art reproductions (also known as giclées); and forms, cards and postcards.
       Weidler, who has been in photography 30 years in all, has two full-time employees and one part-time.
       The business is open Monday through Friday. The phone is 531-6966.
      
       The free series of Tuesday evening concerts at the Secret Garden Wedding & Event Site has been extended.
       The initial schedule had been just for the last four Tuesdays in June, but those were so successful that he decided to keep it going through August, said Steve Muzzipapa, owner and operator of the broadly landscaped, 1 ½-acre property at 420 S. 19th St.
       “You see the look on people's faces, they're in total awe,” Muzzipapa said. “They're happy and smiling, and it's so cool.”
       The updated schedule is as follows (all starting at 7 p.m.):
       July 7 - Jazz Trio 21/3
       July 14 - Rick Rodriguez& Angela Gainer
       July 21 - The Storys
       Aug. 4 - Mango fan Django
       Aug. 11 - The Mitguards
       Aug. 18 - Jazz Trio 21/3
       Aug. 25 - Joe Uveges
      
       A new gardening nursery, Pandora's Flower Box, has opened at 801 S. Eighth St.
       Owner Andy Chambers sells perennials, shrubs and trees. All, including the native Aspen, are Colorado grown.
       Chambers has previously worked more than 20 years in area nurseries. He has a landscaping business by the same name.
       The business is open Tuesday through Sunday.
       The phone is 217-7529.
      
       Drainage issues have slowed the landscaping and stucco finish work on the Midland Greens self-storage facility along Ore Mill Road, according to Mike Craddock, a part of the property-owning Craddock Companies.
       He said the work on the 1.59-acre property should be done “within a couple of months” - certainly well before the 12-month time period allowed after a site receives its final inspection (which in this case would be the end of the year).
       “The two major issues that haven't been completed yet are a landscaping strip (10-20 feet wide) at the base of the retaining wall and stucco exterior treatment [on the north side of] the most visible building from US 24,” said Ryan Tefertiller, one of the city planners who processed the project proposal for the city.
       Craddock Companies has been cautious about implementing the final touches on the development after seeing how water collects near the property at Ore Mill Road, Craddock said. “We're still waiting on some engineering reports. Once we solve that, we'll finish it up.”
       Consisting of 109 units in all, the four storage buildings offer space ranging from 5-by-5 feet to 15-by-45 feet.
       Craddock Companies has owned the property, as well as the adjacent Old Mill Self Storage just south of Highway 24, for more than 20 years.
      
       As part of a national Take'N'Grill pizza tour, Papa Murphy's on Colorado Springs' Westside will grill pizzas in its parking lot Wednesday, July 15, with all proceeds going to Westside CARES, a nonprofit group that helps residents in need in the area.
       Store owner Cary Vogrin will sell slices of pizza n front of her store, 3105B W. Colorado Ave. in the Red Rock shopping center, from 11:30-3 p.m. The smoker grill being used for the tour will require 50 square feet of cooking space and will take up two parking spaces.
      
       Participating merchants in the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group are welcoming people with active military IDs Sunday, July 5 from noon to 5 p.m.
       It is the second year that the OCCA has had activities on the day after Independence Day, although this year no live entertainment is scheduled.
      
       Through July 26, customers who visit Arby's restaurants may donate $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters-Pikes Peak (BBBS-PP) to help the organization match a child with an adult mentor.
       The Westside Arby's is at 393 S. Eighth St.

Do you have any news about your business? Call the Westside Pioneer at 471-6776.