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One last time for 3G’s carriage service

       Old Colorado City will get a partial blast from the past this holiday season when a horse-drawn carriage transports riders down its streets.
       The service from Colorado Avenue in front of Bancroft Park will be provided by 3G's, owned by Mike Solano, which had been an Old Town fixture for seven years before closing down last May.
       But people shouldn't look for a return of Solano's driving and singing, or popular horses Rusty and Sammy, or even an everyday operation. Solano said he will not be driving (though he will be on hand now and then), Rusty and Sammy have been retired, and it will be a different carriage that mainly just serves advance appointments on weekends.
       Still, there's room in the appointment book, if people want to call 3G's at 633-0556. It will be their last chance, now that Solano is moving to California in January. “We're going to offer this as kind of a thank-you to the community for its patronage for the past seven years,” he said. “This is our one last hurrah during the holiday season.”
       The driver will be Jim Newell, who runs Newell Stagecoach Hitch in Fountain.
       The idea came to Solano after hearing from various customers how much they missed him. He was able to work out an arrangement with the Old Colorado City merchants last week, he said.
       A Pilates studio has opened at the Gold Hill Mesa Community Center. An open house is scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Pilates Plus, owned by Kathleen Haden.
       The address is 142 S. Raven Mine Drive. Initially, the studio is in about 2,000 square feet in the upstairs west wing of the center, which was built about two years ago for Gold Hill Mesa residents but is also open to the general community. Haden is working with the property's development group on a future downstairs Pilates facility that will be tied in with a previously planned fitness center.
       Haden has taught Pilates for about 20 years. She has previously owned a studio in Texas and most recently Pilates Essence in downtown Colorado Springs.
       The open house will include live music (by local musician Jerry Brown), free chair massages and classes.
       The phone is 575-0585.
       Parking meters will be bagged on Saturdays in Old Colorado City Dec. 6, 13 and 20.
       Following a practice going back to 2003, Colorado Springs City Council has approved the policy citywide. Even though it reduces income to city coffers by several thousand dollars, city officials have said they believe free parking on Saturdays - the best retail business day of the week, especially in Old Colorado City at Christmas - is better in the long run by encouraging shopping.

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