Biz buzz:
UPS sponsors dream; Harris collects coats

       The UPS store in the Red Rock Canyon Shopping Center, 3107 W. Colorado Ave is sponsoring a request through the We Deliver Dreams Foundation - a non-profit corporation that fulfills requests for children who are victims of abuse, neglect, poverty, violence and illness.
       The store will deliver a climbing wall to assist with pediatric rehabilitation at Memorial Health System Friday, Oct. 27. Robert Maez, Jr, the UPS Store franchisee, teamed with Memorial staff representing the children's rehab group to define the dream and bring the request to the attention of the foundation's board.
       The climbing wall will be used by occupational, physical and speech language therapists at Memorial to assist children with disabilities including Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury, genetic disorders, autism and developmental delay, according to a press release. About 100 children are seen each day. “It will provide them with a self-esteem building experience and will help with strength training, problem solving, language and many other difficulties that these children deal with on a daily basis,” the release states.
       Harris Group Realty, Inc. is sponsoring its second annual Coat the Community Drive. New or lightly used coats, mittens, sweaters and other winter wear can be donated Nov. 1-10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Collected items will go to the Springs Rescue Mission.
       The Harris office is in the Kissing Camel Office Park, 2950 Professional Place, Suite 205, just east of Coronado High School.
       For more information, call 227-9900.
       The Westside Bargain Mart relocated this month from Manitou Springs to the Red Rock Shopping Center at 3135 W. Colorado Ave.
       “The location is working well,” owner Jim Krug said this week. “The customer flow works real well for us.”
       The retail store, which specializes in items that are past their sell-by dates but still good, is leasing the western 6,000 square feet of the former Baker's Hardware space.
       Krug has run the business with his wife, Diane, for about a year. It had been located on Manitou Avenue in the old Race Car Museum building, but the Krugs were seeking a site that would work better for their store layout - including a storeroom - and be more amenable to walk-in shoppers.
       “Real witches in full garb” from a local pagan community will greet visitors at a Halloween party at the Java Buddha Coffee House, 2631 W. Colorado Ave., from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, according to co-owner Will Waldron. The party is free and the public is invited.
       The Westside Optimist Club has begun holding its weekly meetings at Henri's restaurant, 2427 W. Colorado Ave., Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call 578-1516.
       The Westside Farmers' Market will complete its 19th season this Saturday, Oct. 28 next to Bancroft Park. The open-air market has set up every Saturday since June 10 on 24th Street between Colorado and Pikes Peak avenues.
       The market time frame is about 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
       Rapid Refill Ink, which had opened this year near the Office Depot on South Eighth Street, is moving north a few blocks to 308-B S. Eighth.
       Owners Mike and Ilene Warner specialize in printer ink cartridges that are discounted because they have been refilled instead of being new.
       The store is scheduled to open Oct. 30 at the new location, which is southwest of the Highway 24 intersection, in the Colorado Place shopping center that includes the La Casita restaurant.
       Rapid Refill is open Monday to Saturday. The phone is 635-8804.
       Westside singer/songwriter Jason Bennett recently released his fourth album, titled “Mindchange,” on the Eleven Mile Records label.
       Bennett, who plays solo gigs at local coffeehouses, wrote 8 of the 10 songs on the CD; the other two are covers of Bob Dylan and Jason Rigg songs. The musical style is chiefly acoustic folk. Bennett does vocals, guitar and harmonica, with studio backing from Rich Currier of Bad Dogs and Chuck Haas of Simpleman.
       Most of the songs from “Mindchange” were recorded at Invisible Art Studio in the Bear Creek Park neighborhood. Bennett described the album as being “about indecision, loss and love.”
       Additional information can be found at his website:
       Westside Realtor Nancy Poe has changed companies from Gloriod & Associates to Keller Williams Premier Realty.
       With the change, she has a different email address:
       Poe has been an agent on the Westside since 1982. Her phone numbers are 630-0562 and 339-2618.

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