Biz Buzz:
Family-owned convenience store closing

       The Eagle Stop, a privately owned convenience store and gas station off 30th and King streets, will open for the last time Monday, Aug. 31.
       The ownership - brothers Fred and Ken Robb and Ken's wife Clara - have owned the more-than-3-acre property for 14 years. They are looking for a buyer, but in the meantime they need to close the store for economic reasons, according to Fred Robb. “About a year ago, when the economy turned down, we noticed business was getting slower,” he said this week. “People around here are common, ordinary working people. Everyone knows convenience stores are more expensive. Instead of running across the street, they've been going to King Soopers.”
       A sign stating the upcoming closing has been on the front door, and the owners have been talking to customers about it. “Most of our customers come in every day,” Robb said. “I feel bad there won't be a little store in their neighborhood where they can buy things.”
       Some sort of business has existed at the site for 50-some years. According to Robb, it was originally a full-service gas station, including repair bays.
       The owners, doing business as Golden Circle LLC, also own the Tubby's Turnaround store in Manitou Springs and will be moving the remainder of the non- perishable goods up there, Robb said.
       The current asking price for the Eagle Stop property is $325,000.
       Fiber art specialist Maryse Levenson will demonstrate her craft at the Pine Creek Art Gallery, 2419 W. Colorado Ave., for Old Colorado City's First Friday Art Walk Sept. 4.
       A lifelong weaver, Levenson uses several techniques, mainly the Japanese kumihimo, in which she gives workshops and seminars and participates in juried exhibits worldwide.
       The Art Walk, a free event featuring about a dozen studios/galleries, will be from 5 to 8 p.m.

       Artists with shows will meet Art Walkers at both Nirvana, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 16, and the Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Ave. Westside stained glass artist Linda Willard will be at Nirvana. Her influences range from “classical Victorian designs to the “profound beauty of nature,” her website states.
       Colorado Springs artist Jeannie Breeding will unveil her exhibit, “Favorite Places.” She is a well-known watercolorist, now turned oil painter, according to proprietor Sharon Wolff.

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