Biz Buzz:
Templeton House likely to stay commercial

       A commercial use is expected to continue for the 1890 Templeton House at 2 S. 25th St., in the wake of its being sold by the Kessler family in June.
       The new ownership group goes by the legal name of “2 S. 25th St. Trust.” The address given on the County Assessor website is 3578 Harsel Drive, Suite 360 in Colorado Springs.
       The Kessler family had owned the property under different legal names since 1998.
       Attempts to contact the new owners have been unsuccessful so far.
       The Regional Building Department reports that no building permit has been applied for. This is not a problem, because even though several workers were on site for several days in late June and early July, the work they were doing was basically “cosmetic,” according to Terry Brunette, a Regional Building inspector.
       As long as that situation does not change, no building permit would be required and a commercial use there could continue, he said. The 1,650 square-foot building on 7,800 square feet at 25th and Pikes Peak Avenue has been used as a restaurant most of the years since 1998 (McKelvey's and later Deb's Coffee House). The latter closed in 2010.
       The house is named after Henry Templeton, a businessman who built and lived in the house and also directed construction of the building named after him at the northwest corner of 25th and Colorado Avenue in 1889.
       Computer shop on avenue
       Drawing on 26 years of experience in the computer business, Joe Mullally recently started a new business, titled Emergency Computer Service.
       The location is 2640 W. Colorado Ave. Mullally is the owner and general manager. “I live on the Westside, and believe we need a computer store on this side of town,” he said.
       The business offers computer service and sales, including in-house and onsite repair, training, networking, computers and parts.
       Emergency Computer Service is open daily.
       The phone is 667-1663. The website is
       Clothing and jewelry
       A new Old Colorado City store, Timeless Elegance Boutique, specializes in 1950s and '60s retro clothing, as well as handmade jewelry.
       The address is 2616 West Colorado Ave., Suite 14.
       Owners Sharleen Hoeppel and Rachel Fowler have more than 20 years of retail experience.
       “We opened the business in Old Colorado City because we love the history and the people that come through the Westside,” Hoeppel said. “Also, we appreciate that the Westside believes in the small-business owners.”
       The store is open daily except Monday.
       For more information, call 633-6091 or go to

Editor's note: If you know any Westside locations not listed here, or you find that any of this information has changed, please let us know at 471-6776.

Westside Pioneer/press release