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Free parking Saturdays in Old Town

       On Saturdays, at least, meter maids won't play “Scrooge” in Old Colorado City up till Christmas.
       Following a practice going back to 2003, City Council has approved the free on-street parking on Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.
       The requests are from the Downtown Partnership, the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District, and the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group. Parking will also be free downtown those days.
       The goal is to help bolster sales, a city press release sates. The four days of free on-street parking is estimated to cost the city's Parking System up to $27,200 in uncollected revenue. “However, if retail and restaurant sales improve as a result the city would realize an increase in sales tax revenue offsetting a portion of this amount,” the release continues.
       The free parking applies to on-street meter parking only. Enforcement will still occur Monday through Friday.

       A Papa Murphy's Take 'n' Bake Pizza has opened at 3105B W. Colorado Ave. in the Red Rock shopping center.
       The national chain franchise store is the 11th in the region and the first on the Westside.
       Owner Cary Vogrin is a former newspaper reporter. “I chose the Westside because it was the one underserved area of the city, and by folks' reaction, it definitely has been,” she said.
       Specializing in pizzas that people can cook at home, the business is open daily. The phone is 667-7272.

       Long-time Westside residents Bill and Beverly Morgan recently opened Healthy Alternatives at 2119 W. Colorado Ave. Featured are Thermo Massage beds and equipment, as well as massage bed sessions.
       The business is open Tuesday to Saturday.
       The phone is 447-8898
       Tara Patty Photography, 2616 W. Colorado Ave. #20, will hold a Christmas Open House Friday, Dec. 7.
       From 2 to 8 p.m., visitors can enjoy holiday treats at the photography studio/ store. People are asked to donate an unwrapped toy for The Salvation Army Toy Drive.

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