Biz buzz:
Farm & Art Market opens; Art benefit raises $1,600 for Garden

       The opening day for the second year of the Downtown Farm & Art Market will be Saturday, July 9 in America the Beautiful Park, south of Colorado Avenune on Cimino Drive.
       Going from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the opening will highlight chef Brent Beavers of the Sencha restaurant at 8:30 and 11 a.m., plus music and children's activities.
       The market, which will continue in the same location on Saturdays throughout the summer, features booths where locally grown organic produce are sold; also, various area artists offer their wares.
       A special Art Show and Benefit June 25 raised nearly $1,600 for Garden of the Gods preservation June 25. More than 800 art items were offered by 30 local artists inside a large dome that had been erected temporarily in front of the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center on 30th Street, according to artist and lead organizer Douglas Rouse.
       For the event, the artists donated half of their sales to the city park.
       “Stand Up or Shut Up Comedy Open Mike” has started at Thunder & Buttons, 2415 W. Colorado Ave., on the last Wednesday of the month, starting at 8:30 p.m. “If you think you're funny and want to impress your friends, here's your chance, or come on down for the free jokes,” said organizer Kevin Schroeder. For more information, call 634-7400.
       A book-signing by Sharon Silva, author of the book, “Spirit Dancer,” is scheduled Saturday, July 16 at Silver Moon Presents, 2603 W. Colorado Ave.
       The free event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. The phone is 633-6400.
       Jim Evans, who specializes in acupuncture and oriental medicine, has joined the staff at Alternative Rehabilitation Therapies (ART) in the West Side Family Health Center, 2020 W. Colorado Ave., Ste. 101A. A health-care practitioner since 1996, Evans studied at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine. He and his family recently moved to Colorado Springs. The phone is 578-1758.
       Billy & Lucy Chung are the new owners of Garden of the Gods Motel & Cottages at 2922 W. Colorado Ave. The motel is open year-round. The phone is 636-5271.
       Black Tie Gourmet Deli & Catering recently opened at 1005 W. Colorado Ave. Owner Chef Derek DeVries Howard is offering free coffee during the month of July - “just to drop by and say hello.”
       Open Monday through Saturday, the business provides a full-service deli, including sandwiches and box lunches as well as individual meats, cheeses, Artisan breads, soups and salads.
       The phone is 487-1933.
       Springs Wok is open for business at 125 N. Spruce St. The owner is Young Park. The business offers Chinese food for eat-in, carry-out or deliveries. Springs Wok is open seven days a week. The phones are 227-7024 or 227-7025.

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