Biz Buzz:
Site of former smoker store renovated

       A 55-year-old building at 1730 W. Colorado Ave. that had been a smoker store for several years is getting a major renovation.

In July, early in the renovation process of the commercial building at 1730 W. Colorado Ave., a wall from a previous business was exposed. The 650-square-foot structure has since been rebuilt almost entirely.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Richard Logue, who bought the building this summer, and partner Bill Kennedy took it “pretty much down to the cinderblock,” including state-inspected asbestos remediation, Kennedy said, before starting a reconstruction that's giving the 650-square-foot space new windows, doors, floors, utilities, roof and exterior stucco.
       People who have entered the building before will probably notice a space difference - the ceiling had been only about 6 ˝ feet high; now it's vaulted, Kennedy said.
       No tenant has signed on yet, but several businesses have shown an interest. The owners will finish out the building as needed based on the tenant's requirements, he said.
       Another part of the property upgrade is a small house behind 1730, which has the address of 17 S. 18th St. It had been part of the same legal parcel as 1730, but Logue and Kennedy have since taken the formal steps with the city to separate the two. “We'll probably sell the house,” Kennedy said. “It's been a stepchild to the commercial building for too many years.”
       The work on the 1890s-era house is about two months from completion. The 800-square-foot residence is getting a new kitchen, new bathroom, siding, windows, new doors and a roof, Kennedy said.
       A simple 90-degree change in part of the stairway will give the retail first floor at 2514 W. Colorado Ave. about 200 square feet more space.
       Dan Robertson of the property-owning 2514 LLC said he hopes that will make the currently empty space more attractive to another restaurant.
       Previously, when the stairs to the roughly 110-year-old building's second floor offices were completely east-west, they descended into a lobby in front of the restaurant. Realigning the lower half of the stairs north-south - so that they now come down to a new doorway onto the avenue - eliminates the need for the lobby and thus adds the restaurant space, Robertson explained.
       The new configuration will have no adverse impact on the current building tenants, upstairs or down, and might even prove helpful in the case of Classic Jewelry, he added.
       The largest first-floor space in the building has traditionally been used by restaurants - Bambino's for many years and most recently My Daughter's Deli.
       Richard Weatherbee is slated to carve a 500-pound pumpkin at the Mill Hill Saloon, 1668 S. 21st St., Friday, Oct. 16, starting at 2 p.m.
       The Westside resident is a Mill Hill bartender, member of the Wheelbillies band and a wood carver.
       This is the second year for him to carve a giant pumpkin at Mill Hill. “He makes these things awesome,” said Mill Hill owner Jimmy Bloom. “It's unbelievable.”
       Weatherbee also was a featured pumpkin carver at the 2007 Great Pumpkin Weigh-off in Old Colorado City.
       A third business has signed on at the Roundhouse shopping center.
       The new Synergy Manual Physical Therapy combines the 30-plus years experience of co-owners Kelli Crosby, Kelly and Kevin Haddock, and Taresa Kenens. They are specialists in manual physical therapy, with other services including dry needling and women's health, according to Crosby.
       The 2,250-square-foot space office is one of two in Colorado Springs by the newly formed group. The Synergy owners have treated patients on the Westside for years while working for a competing business, Crosby said.
       The Roundhouse (formerly the home of Van Briggle Pottery) southwest of Highway 24 and 21st Street, was extensively renovated in the past year, resulting in a retention of the stone exterior and an interior that was reworked to modern standards.
       “We love the building and having a great central/Westside location to reach many of our patients,” Crosby said.
       Already in the Roundhouse is Carmichael Training Systems.
       Remodeling is ongoing for the Pro Cycling business, which plans to open later this fall.
       Synergy is open Monday through Friday.
       For more information, call 634-1110 or go to
       The Mountain View Medical Group has recently opened an office in the Centennial Professional Building at 3470 Centennial Blvd, Suite 205.
       The office has four providers, offering family practice and pediatrics, MVMG@Centennial is open Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings by appointment.
       The phone is 598-4588, the website
       A kickoff fundraiser for Designated Driver of Colorado Springs (DD) will be at Thunder & Buttons, 2415 W. Colorado Ave., Saturday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 10 p.m.
       The overall effort for DD is to raise $100,000.
       Through a network of volunteers, the group provides free rides home to people at bars who are too drunk to drive themselves. The drivers work in two-person teams. One drives the drunk person in his/her own vehicle while the other follows in a chase car.
       Planned activities for the Oct. 10 event will include guest speakers and live bands. People can make donations or sign up to be volunteer drivers, according to a bar spokesperson.
       DD started on New Year's Eve of this year and has given approximately 1,000 rides since then. The group, which is seeking non-profit status, partners with 40 local bars. Its drivers are on call Tuesday through Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. “Our goal is to raise enough community sponsorship so that drivers would be available 24/7 to keep everyone safer,” said DD founder Nonie Rispin.
       For more information, go to or call 650-3450.
       Studio 27 recently opened at 2631 W. Colorado Ave.
       Owner/registered nurse Michael Bradburry specializes in “aesthetic care,” with services including botox, juvederm, radiesse, microdermabrasion, sclerotherapy, personalized facials and permanent makeup.
       The salon is open Tuesday through Saturday and on Mondays by appointment.
       The phone is 329-0304.

Do you have any news about your business? Call the Westside Pioneer at 471-6776.