Biz Buzz:
New owner for long-time auto repair shop

       Peak Auto Service, 1723 W. Colorado Ave., has a new owner.
       Roger Sharpe, who has 42 years of experience in the automotive industry, bought the business from Scotty West, who had started Peak Auto in 1993.
       Open Monday through Friday, the shop repairs all types of motor vehicles.
       Sharpe doesn't envision any noticeable changes, other than giving the exterior a new paint job and no longer offering vehicle rentals. “We'll run it pretty much the same as Scotty did, with all the same people except for me,” he said.
       Sharpe and West had actually worked together twice previously - at Napa and Carquest auto parts stores. Sharpe also owned a Napa store in the '80s that had repair and machining services.
       The sale came about because West decided to retire, Sharpe said. The new owner added that he himself had “halfway retired for about three months” roughly a year ago, “but I didn't like it too much. Scotty and I had been talking, and he said I should buy him out. So here I am, back in it again and loving it.”
       The business phone is 634-3052. The e-mail is
       West grad publishes book
       Former West Junior High and 1961 Palmer High graduate Jeff Kildow has published a book.
       He will be signing his alternative-history novel “America Under Attack” - imagining a World War II in which Nazi Germany is able to bomb U.S. cities - Sept. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble bookstore, 795 Citadel Drive East.
       Lee new bank manager
       Glenda Lee was recently hired as assistant vice president and manager of the Bank at Broadmoor's Westside location, 3216 W. Colorado Ave. Lee has more than 20 years in the banking industry in the Colorado Springs market and is a Colorado native, according to Lee Dowis, the bank's marketing manager.
       Lee replaces Tracy Ritter, who left her position to give birth to a child, Dowis said.
       The Bank at Broadmoor is a locally owned and operated community bank. The Westside location opened in June 2007.
       Art Walk Sept. 2
       Old Colorado City's First Friday Art Walk will be Sept. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.
       The free event involves a dozen shops and galleries, offering exhibits, live music or artist demonstrations. Browsers are welcome.
       One exhibit/reception is by Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave. Titled “World of Pearls,”it will have works by painter Karen Standridge and potter Darlene Wells. The show will continue to be featured at Arati through September.
       Psychic business opens
       A business offering psychic readings has opened at 2606 W. Colorado Ave.
       Third Eye Open Presents is owned by Alanza Soto and Amy Wilkerson, who have between them 78 years in the trade. A flyer from Soto states that she has had clients in the entertainment industry, including Redd Fox, Richard Pryor and Sonny Bono.
       Open daily for walk-ins or by appointment, Third Eye Open Presents offers readings and healings, according to a Westside Pioneer new-business form filled out by Soto and Wilkerson
       They chose the Westside location for its “beauty and history and it fit what our business is about,” they add in their form responses.
       A grand opening is scheduled Monday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
       The phone is 702-742-6491.

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