Biz buzz:
New owner for Old Towns La Baguette

       The La Baguette in Old Colorado City has been sold by its originator, Earl Turnipseed. The new owner of the bakery/restaurant at 2417 W. Colorado Ave. is Antoni Rog.
       The sale does not affect the other three La Baguettes (Briargate, downtown and Holland Park).
       Old Colorado City was Turnipseed's first location, started 23 years ago. It still serves as the bakery for the other La Baguettes, the new owner noted.
       The business is a career change for Rog, originally from Poland, who had been working as a manufacturing engineer in Chicago for the past 15 years. I was looking for something new, he said.
       At the time, he couldn't specify what that would be, but one decision he made with his family was to find it in Colorado, where they had vacationed for many years. We were looking everyplace, but we liked Colorado Springs, he said. It's a big city, but very close to the mountains and to Denver.
       One of the places they liked to stop in the Springs during vacations had been the La Baguette in Old Colorado City. With a life-long love of cooking, Rog approached Turnipseed and asked if he wanted to sell. The eventual agreement took effect April 3, he said.
       Since taking over, Rog has kept the old menu items and added three items (a butternut squash ravioli, a salad nicoise and a tomato and mozzarella salad). A chief goal is to maintain the quality of the food and to improve it where possible, he said.
       A five-shop retail area on the Near Westside has been getting a bit of a facelifting, according to property owner Dennis Sharon.
       The center is anchored by Westside Boot & Shoe, 615 W. Colorado Ave.
       The upgrades, estimated at $25,000, include new tile roofs and structural work, Sharon said.
       Billie Jo Marsh, a Westside Allstate Insurance agent, has relocated to 308 S. 8th St.
       She's been with Allstate for 12 years. Marsh offers auto, home, life and business insurance.
       The phone remains the same - 593-7344.
       Elizabeth Barber, a Rock Ledge Ranch docent who has been the subject of paintings by local artist Jean Houghton, will be on hand - clad in the ranch's customary 1880s attire - for the opening reception of an exhibit at Gunter-Wolff Gallery Saturday, July 21.
       The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave. Barber will also answer questions about her role at the city-owned, old-style working ranch.
       Houghton will be joined by artists Gene Sanchez and Jeannie Breeding in the exhibit, which will display 30 new paintings in pastel and oil. The exhibit will be up through Aug. 15.
       For more information, call 520-9494.
       KR Pet-N-Feed Supply has a new owner. Bobbie Higley has more than 30 years experience in retail sales & management.
       The store is open Monday to Saturday. Along with packaged food, KR offers custom mixed seeds, cookies/snacks and toys for pets from mice to horses.
       A retired bird breeder, Higley also offers bird health, rehabilitation and socialization sessions by appointment.
       The new manager is Stacey Knight, who has five years experience working with high-end pet food and products.
       The address (1414 S. 21st St.) and phone (630-7122) are unchanged.

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