Biz buzz:
Tunnel ‘entrance’ featured in unit

       Most everyone knows by now that the historic retail building at 2426-2430 W. Colorado Ave. has been restored since the 2002 fire and final construction is preparing the three units for business endeavors. What is not generally known is that one of the units features a representation of a tunnel entrance from its lower level.
       The significance is that the tunnel is intended as a historic throwback to Colorado City's early days, when there were numerous tunnels under Colorado Avenue, allowing seemingly reputable Victorian gents to cross unseen from the street's “good” north side to its “shady” south side.
       Over the years, according to Bev Disch of the Old Colorado City Historical Society, the estimated 12 miles of tunnels have fallen in or been closed up.
       Bill Layton, contractor on the restoration project, said the building's basement tunnel “entrance” represents where just such an access to the south side of the street is believed to have been in former days.
       The Cat's Castle opened in mid-June at 2501 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 102. The owner is Tennie Mummert; Viky Davis is the manager. The business specializes in gift items for cats and cat lovers. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 to 8 Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday. The phone is 475-2858.
       After six years in the Broadmoor area, Auto Tech Plaza has moved its western Colorado Springs repair business to the Westside. The shop, owned by Mike Snover, recently opened at 1548 S. 21st St. The hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The other Auto Tech Plaza is on East Platte Avenue. The phone at the 21st Street shop is 475-9424.

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