Biz buzz:
Chili cook-off declared success at market

       Out of four entries in the 26th Street Market's Chili Cook-off, Lucky Vialpando's concoction (#4) earned the $100 first-prize money Sept. 2
       The winner was judged by people coming to the market that morning, who were given free chili tastes by the entrants.
       “It was fun. We're going to do that some more,” said market coordinator Helen Ivey. “Maybe next year we'll have a salsa competition too.”
       The outdoor market, located in Vermijo Park off 26th Street, is open to the public on Saturdays. It will continue through Sept. 23.
       Eric and Kris Ballotti, DVM, recently took over the practice at the Colorado Avenue Veterinary Hospital, 702 W. Colorado Ave.
       Kris has been a veterinarian for over 14 years, the last 6 years working emergency medicine and critical care. Eric is the office manager. The clinic specializes in care for companion, avian and exotic (including rabbits) animals. They accept appointments, walk-in, drop-off and pet boarding. The hours are Monday through Saturday.
       They are also interested in learning historical information about the business, as it was one of the first vet clinics in Colorado Springs.
       The phone is 471-8383.
       Cafe Muckori has opened at 2501 W. Colorado Ave. in the Old Town Plaza. The restaurant offers a lunch and dinner menu that includes Korean and Japanese cuisine as well as American subs.
       Customers can dine in, order to go or have their food delivered (if it's in the nearby neighborhood).
       Owners Jerry and Kyon Kim have both worked in the food business more than 10 years in Colorado.
       Café Muckori is open every day but Tuesday. The phone is 633-4011.
       The opening reception of the “Pearing Pearfect Artwork with Your Taste” show will be Friday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave.
       The show, continuing through Oct. 18, features watercolors by Julie Kirkland and Raku clay-sculpted vessels by Jerry Rhodes.
       Live music will be provided for the reception by Jason Bennett.
       Westside resident Robert L. Shoop announces the opening of his law practice. He has 20 years experience in the areas of divorce and family law, traffic and misdemeanor criminal defense and wills. Appointments can be made at 528-3560.
       Billie Jo Marsh recently bought the Allstate Insurance franchise at 2812 W. Colorado Ave., Ste. 100.
       She's been with Allstate for 11 years, 6 in Colorado. Marsh offers home, car, life and health insurance policies, plus banking services.
       The phone is 593-7344.

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