Biz buzz:
Express stays in Van Briggle lot for now

       Having decided against moving to a property off 31st Street and Ore Mill Road, Ramblin Express continues to run its Cripple Creek shuttle buses from the Van Briggle Pottery parking lot at Highway 24 and 21st Street.
       “We walked away from that deal,” company president Todd Holland said this week. The proposal, which had gained Planning Commission approval earlier this year, would have put a 150-space parking lot on the site. Holland declined to give details, summarizing that “it wasn't the right property for us.”
       Ramblin Express continues to look for a permanent location. In the meantime, he said, “we have a good relationship with Van Briggle while they market their property.”
       For the third straight year, Harris Group Realty is sponsoring a “Coats and Cans” drive for the needy. People are invited to drop off new or lightly used winter apparel or non-perishable canned goods at the Harris office Monday through Friday until Dec. 15,
       The address is the Kissing Camels Office Park, 2950 Professional Place, Suite 205 (just east of Coronado High). For more information, call 227-9900.
       Volunteer bell-ringers are needed for the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign Nov. 15-Dec. 24.
       Red Kettles are placed at about 70 locations around the county so participants don't have to go too far, a press release states.
       The national charity has a store on the Westside at 2222 W. Colorado Ave.
       For more information contact Jed Brown at 360-0715 or visit
       The second Echo Pages Westside phone book will be coming out in January, according to its manager, Nancy Trembly.
       The print run will be larger than for this year's, increasing from 17,000 to 23,000 books, she said.
       At 7 inches wide by 10 ˝ inches high, the book is smaller than citywide phone books. The book's zipcodes are 80904, 80905, 80829; this year may also include 80907 west of I-25, she said.
       The publisher is the Denver-area Echo Pages, which has similar books in several other Colorado locations.
       Food far from the Westside is making its way onto the Thunder & Buttons II menu this winter, including Shepard's Pie, Banger's and Mash, Bread Pudding and Scotch eggs. The influence comes from Scottish manager Steve Wiley, according to owner Barb Walker.

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