Biz Buzz:
New businesses in Old Town

       The Corner Goldsmith recently opened at 2501 W. Colorado Ave., #110 in the Old Town Plaza.
       Open daily except Wednesday, the business is owned by - Stephen Smith, a master goldsmith/silversmith with 35 years in the trade; and Holly Martin, with 18.
       Smith and Martin offer custom-made jewelry and repairs, as well as accessories, clothing, watch batteries and gifts.
       The owners previously had a retail shop in Manitou Springs. The move makes the shop “more centrally located with parking nearby,” according to a release.
       The phone is 578-7780; the website is
       Framing shop, gallery
       45 Degrees, which got its start as a framing shop inside the Squash Blossom Gallery, recently relocated to its own storefront at 2528 W. Colorado Ave., Suite B.
       The operation offers not only custom framing but an art gallery, including original art, home accessories and jewelry from more than 30 artisans, according to owners Reed and Emily Fair.
       Emily had been Squash Blossom's director. Being in that gallery for three and a half years allowed 45 Degrees “to build a clientele base and prepare for expansion,” Emily said. “It was a natural move across the street to expand into a full gallery & frame shop.”
       The business is open Thursdays to Tuesdays.
       The phone is 434-1214; the website is
       Steampunk, gothic
       Steampunk, medieval and Gothic accessories are among the items available at the new Warped shop in Old Colorado City.
       The address is 2423 3/4 W. Colorado Ave.
       Other offerings include corsets, fox tails, fairies, dragons, candles, incense, jewelry, watches, top hats, poppets and hand-crafted items.
       Open Tuesday through Saturday, it's a family-run business, owned by Donna Ramos and her son Daniel Ramos.
       “We love the Westside,” Donna said. “People seem to be a lot more friendly.”
       The two have been in retail previously for four years, with combined business experience totaling 30 years.
       The phone is 477-3664; the e-mail is

Westside Pioneer/press release