Biz Buzz:
Simpich to present ‘Portraits’

       Using marionette puppets he made in the likeness of people who influenced his life, David Simpich will present his original show, “Portraits: A Puppeteer's True Story,” Aug. 12 to Sept. 9 at the Simpich Showcase, 2413 W. Colorado Ave.
       The cast will include King David, Helen Keller, Abraham Lincoln, Pinocchio, cave explorer Jim White, Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man) and even Simpich's own great grandmother, Harriet Ritter.
       “These players that I've sculpted in clay and tied to strings have, in truth, shaped me and held me up,” Simpich said. “Our time together on stage is a celebration of all I have learned and am continuing to learn from them.”
       For more information, call the box office at 465-2492 or go to simpich.com.
      

"Street Rally Reflections" - a painting by Tammy Meeske.
Courtesy of Second Floor Studios

       Studio's Art Walk exhibit
       An exhibit titled “Reflections of Summer Fun & Motorcycles” was announced this week as part of the Aug. 5 First Friday Art Walk in Old Colorado City.
       The location is the Second Floor Studios (above the Michael Garman Museum, with access from Colbrunn Court). The exhibit will feature works by Tammy Meeske, Susan Hinton and Jo Gaston.
       The monthly Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. features displays, chances to meet artists and in some cases hear live music at a dozen participating galleries.
      
       Ice Cream: Banana
       The Manitou Art Theatre continues its Ice Cream Theatre series with “Banana Peel Sundae” Thursdays through Sundays Aug. 4-14. Comedian Christopher Keller combines acrobatics, clowning and puppetry in the hour-long program, a press release states.
       For more information, call 465-6321 or go to themat.org.
      
       Candy store in Old Town
       Candy and ice cream are the main offerings at the newly opened Colorado Sweet Treats, 2522 ½ W. Colorado Ave.
       Also available are sodas and water, with 100 types of prewrapped candy in all.
       “Good foot traffic and hungry people,” said owner Dave Britton about why he picked the location. As for the type of store, the experienced merchant said the first business he ever owned (in 1975) was an ice cream shop.
       Colorado Sweet Treats is open daily.
       The phone is 466-1120. The e-mail is drbphotoman@aol.com.
      
       Open-air cafe at nursery
       A seasonal, open-air café has opened by the back entrance to the Stone Path Gardens nursery at 3178 W. Colorado Ave.
       Called the Windy Apron Café, it is open daily. The back entrance is off Pikes Peak Avenue. People can buy sandwiches - deli sub-style and barbecued pulled pork or brisket - as well as homemade ice cream, coffee or tea.
       The owners are Susan and Terry Sawyer. They previously owned a drapery business and worked with Edie Gibson (owner of Stone Path) when she was manager of the Hillside Gardens nursery. Also, Susan had helped her mother with an ice cream store she owned.
       A grand opening for the Windy Apron is scheduled Sunday, Aug. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m., offering 3-ounce ice cream servings.
       The phone is 352-2510.
      

A jackhammer operator can be seen through the front window of Jorge's Restaurant at 2427 W. Colorado Ave. The work is part of a major renovation that started last spring. Asked about the progress and when he might expect to reopen, owner Jorge Ayala said issues about the foundation are still being analyzed, so he cannot make any predictions yet.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Second gym opens
       Accolade Fitness, a locally owned gym at 4390 Arrowswest Drive (off Garden of the Gods Road), has opened a second location in the Cheyenne Plaza Shopping Center, 1785 S. Eighth St.
       At that 22,000-square-foot site, which Accolade has remodeled, it replaces Westside Fitness, the former tenant, a press release states.

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