Biz buzz:
New KFC first in state with brick look

       The newly opened KFC/A&W at 3101 W. Colorado Ave. is the first one in the state of Colorado and only the third in the country with a significant brick effect on the exterior.
       The prototype is now going into other locations, including one that's half-built on Colfax Avenue in Denver, according to Al Schlosser, general superintendent for MCM Inc., a Centennial, Colo., firm which built the Westside's new store and has done other KFCs around the state.
       Schlosser said the Colfax store design was purely a company decision. However, the Colorado Avenue store design only came about after a request from the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) at meetings with officials from Harman Management Corp. (KFC's owner) in March 2005. OWN, supported by a few Westsiders at the meeting who spoke about Westside character and the presence of turn-of-the-century houses across the street, was also successful in a request for smaller signs than originally proposed.
       The bricks on the new store are authentic, but not full-sized. Formed into thin plates, they are easier to install than real bricks, but the material actually costs more, Schlosser said.
       Affordable Plumbing will be offering flu shots at its business location, 1304 Market St. (at the corner of Broadway Street in the Midland area) for one hour Wednesday, Oct. 25.
       The time frame will be 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The cost for a shot will be $25. For more information, call 471-0713.
       Wendy Booth, a national certified Master Groomer, recently won Division B first place in the Iowa State Professional Dog Groomers Association contest in West Des Moines, Iowa.
       Booth has owned Canine Corner, 1128 W. Cucharras St., for 26 years.
       Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs, 2320 W. Colorado Ave., has added a new program that is resulting in employment for about 10 Goodwill participants and disabled veterans while helping businesses control, secure and manage documents and files.
       Started earlier this year, the document imaging and destruction service uses special software and high-speed scanners to convert paper images into digital pictures to be indexed and stored. Businesses can search through numerous documents quickly and reduce the need for document storage, according to Melissa Lyby of Goodwill.
       For more information about the program, call Lyby at 785-9268.
       Westside resident Karen Sucharski has released her first CD of poetry, titled Freckles and Stretchmarks. Black Cat Books in Manitou Springs is the exclusive retailer.
       Published by Gertrude Press, the CD contains family and personal experiences, including a poem about the death of Sucharski's daughter, Genevive, in a car accident in 2000.
       Sucharski has performed her poetry at various venues throughout the city, including the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration and Manitou Art Theater.
       The El Dorado Gallery, 2627 W. Colorado Ave., is putting out a call for art entries for the store's annual Christmas show.
       Up to three items per artist, at a cost of $7 per item, can be displayed in the store from Nov. 20 to Dec. 29. “While there will be no judging of entries, we wish to provide local artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell during the holiday season,” a store press release states.
       For more information, call El Dorado at 634-4075 or e-mail
       Elements Art Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., will host an opening reception for an exhibit by painter Deb McMahan Thursday, Oct. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will run through Nov. 30.

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