Biz buzz:
Bloom back on for Mill Hill

       Bloom's Mill Hill Tavern went back to its roots this year. Jim Bloom Jr., whose father, Jim Bloom Sr., started the business 20 years ago, bought back the business at 1668 S. 21st St.
       The “interim” owners were Bo and Carmen Hamilton, who had owned Mill Hill for the past eight years.
       “Bo and Carmen are real good friends,” Bloom said. “We heard they wanted to sell. We're all from the Westside, and we thought it would be great to have it back.”
       Bloom had worked for City Utilities as an equipment operator for 10 years, freezing his retirement to give a shot at the tavern business. “I'll try it and see what happens,” he said. “I can always go back to the city.”
       He and his wife, Shea, both attended Westside public schools, graduating from Coronado High. “We're about as Westside as it gets,” he said.
       How did his father feel about putting “Bloom's” back in the Mill Hill name again? “Dad tried to discourage me,” Jim said. “Bars are a hard life. But he's happy. He's glad to have it back in the family. He's still a good customer, and he gives good advice.”
       The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is bringing back its “Santa Paws” fund-raiser, which allows pet owners to get photos of their pets with “Santa Paws.”
       Santa Paws will come to town each weekend from Saturday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 11, except for Thanksgiving weekend.
       The times are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The location will be the Humane Society's Community Room at 610 Abbott Lane.
       No appointments are necessary. According to a press release, “All friendly, well-behaved pets current on their vaccinations are welcome.”
       Customizable photo packages are $5 to $40.
       All proceeds benefit HSPPR's homeless animals and humane programs.
       Santa Paws originally visited from 1997 to 2001. “He's now agreed to make us a regular stop on his rounds again,” Hagerty said.
       For more information, call 473-1741, ext. 177.
       Ace Hardware is planning a grand opening Nov. 18-20 for its new store in the West Wind shopping center at 4201 Centennial Blvd. Details are to be announced next week.
       The store, which replaced the former Ace at Uintah Gardens, began serving customers in mid-October.
       Greccio Housing, a Westside-based, non-profit organization that provides affordable housing city-wide, recently received a $2,750 grant from The Pikes Peak Association of Realtors. The money was from Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation (CARHOF) funds.
       Fort Collins author Maggie Sefton will sign her two books at the Book Sleuth, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18.

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