Biz buzz:
Bank brings back mechanical Christmas display

       Pikes Peak National Bank, 2401 W. Colorado Ave., has opened a mechanically operated “Santa's Workshop” display in the store space it owns next door at 2403. Part of the mechanically operated Christmas display can be
seen looking through the window into the building space
next to Pikes Peak National Bank where it’s set up.
Westside Pioneer photo
       The display is lit up and will be operating from 4 to 10 p.m. daily through New Year's, according to the bank's Debra Love-Thomas.
       Although people cannot go inside the space, they are invited to look in the windows and watch Santa Claus and his elves in a cabin-like setting.
       “We did it before 10 to 12 years ago,” Thomas said. “And since the space is empty this year, we thought we might as well do it again.”
       Jim Leise, the bank's maintenance manager, assembled the display.
       Two Old Colorado City art galleries are having openings this weekend.
       On Friday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m., will be the reception for the “Winter Fantasies” exhibit by artists John Sherman, Sharon Dykes-Modlens and Ronee DelBianco at the Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave.
       “Enchanté!” is the title of Laura Reilly's French Collection Painting Exhibit and Sale, for which the opening will be Saturday, Dec. 9 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave.
       Art of Design i.d., a design and marketing agency focused on small business, has relocated to 1621 West Colorado Avenue #110. The new office has 850 square feet of space; three times the size of the previous location.
       According to Debbie Tuzel, principal of Art of Design i.d., the move was necessitated by recent business growth. She has 20 years of combined experience in design and marketing.
       The phone is 272-6789. The business website is
       Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness will present “nightclub-style” salsa and other dance fitness classes - including zumba, yoga, ballroom and hip-hop - at its new location in Old Colorado City, at 2506 W. Colorado Ave.
       “The ground rules are that dance and fitness combined can be fun, highly effective and simple,” reads a press release from Springs Salsa.
       The business is owned by Dorie and Mark Wexler. The phone is 649-8294; the website is

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