Biz Buzz:
Sales to help parks initiative

       A “generous percentage” of sales of a nature-styled chocolate bar designed by local artist Jason Baalman will defray expenses for the Trails and Open Space Coalition in its efforts to develop a “sustainable initiative” for city and county parks, Coalition director Susan Davies said this week.
       The layered confection, titled “Red Rock” and depicting the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, is being offered by Old Colorado City's Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, which is owned by Baalman's parents, Ron and Mazie Baalman. Davies also thanked D'Vine Wine of Manitou Springs for offering a portion of proceeds from sales of two of its wines (named Red Rock and White Rock).
       As anticipated, the initiative would lead to a ballot issue in 2011 for a tax increase to support parks, according to Davies.
       New location for broker
       JaxSun Properties, headed by owner and managing broker Teresa Jackson, recently moved to a new location, 617 N. 17th St., Suite 110.
       The business specializes in real estate, property managment, and home staging.
       Jackson has had her realty license since 2007.
       The business is open daily.
       The phone is 632-6221. The website is
       Candle creations
       All the candles are created in-house at D-n-D Ranch Aromas, which recently opened in Old Colorado City at 2616 W. Colorado Ave, Suite 1.
       Owner Michelle Duncan has been making candles for three years and had owned a store in the south downtown area before relocating to the Westside.
       Items in the shop include candles in tins and jars, candle warmers, wax tarts & warmers, tea lights, pillars, votives and gift baskets. The business is open daily.
       The phone is 591-0800; the website is
       Oil painting exhibit
       A two-week exhibit by nationally known oil painter Sparky LeBold will begin Friday, July 23 at the Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Avenue. The public is invited to meet LeBold at a reception Saturday, July 24 from 3 to 6 p.m.

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