Biz Buzz:
Surrey rides to return for holidays

       Holiday-season surrey rides in Old Colorado City are planned later this month by the Westside's Academy Riding Stables.
       Walter Hampel, the business' general manager, said he is “shooting for the weekend of Dec. 19-20 and then also the 26th and 27th and maybe New Year's Eve or Day.”
       The ride would be the same type that Academy was offering through much of the summer, which cost $12.50 a person for about a half-hour jaunt through Old Colorado City.
       The surrey is a restored 1800s unit (also called a mud wagon) pulled by two horses.

Built by his sons and grandsons, the memorial to Paul Griggs can be seen near the front window of the Griggs Vacuums store.
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       A memorial to Paul Griggs, featuring gear from his 31 years with the Climax Molybdenum Company, can now be seen by the front window at the Griggs Vacuums store, 1706 W. Colorado Ave.
       The shrine project was led by his son, Dwight Griggs, owner of the store, who had partnered with his father in the Westside store for 24 years until Paul's death in 2006. Dwight also referred to his dad as his “best friend.”
       Helping out with the work were Dwight's sons Aaron and Adam along with his brother Danny.
       The display includes rock that the family were given by the Climax mine. Also, 'we made a fountain by drilling the rock and using a mine car as the reservoir for the water,” Dwight said. “We would like all the people that remember Paul Griggs to drop by and see his memorial.”
       Old Colorado City businessman Ed Holbrook recently relocated to 2423 3/4 W. Colorado Ave., where he has opened the Eclectic Curiosity Shop.
       The business offers antiques & collectibles, vitamins and local products.
       Holbrook formerly operated Desert Sage in the Old Town Plaza. The new shop is open Tuesday through Saturday. The phone is 632-2516.
       The Natures Medicine Wellness Center has opened at 11 S. 25th, Suite 220 (above the historic Waycott Opera House - now Meadow Muffins).
       Open Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment, the business will offer massage therapy, reike, acupuncture, medical marijuana, chinese herbs, body work and “a full line of organic supplements,” according to owner John Stoner.
       Natures Medicine will celebrate with a grand opening Friday-Saturday, Dec. 11-12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
       The site is one of six independently owned Natures Medicine Wellness Centers in Colorado. The chain formed about a year ago, he said.
       Stoner, who has previously worked in real estate and construction management, is the son of the late Bill Stoner, who was the potentate of the Al Kaly temple covering southern Colorado (including the Colorado Springs Shrine Club).
       Customers are welcome to phone 213-3239 or to drop by the business. The store's street entrance is at the rear of the building, off 25th; customers need to press the Suite 220 buzzer to be let in.
       Women's fiction author Maggie Tellado will sign her newest book, “Galaxy Gals Club,” Sunday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Deb's Coffee House, 25 S. 25th St.
       Her first book, “Two Silly Sisters from Budapest,” was published in 2008.
       Local author Phyllis Didleau will read and sign her new book for children Saturday, Dec. 19 at Bernideen's, 2520 W. Colorado Ave.
       She will begin reading at 10:30 a.m. The book title is “The Little Manger Mouse.”
       Sculptor Michael Garman, who had to move from this region for his health over a year ago, will be on hand Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Michael Garman Museum , 2418 W. Colorado Ave., to meet the public from 1 to 4 p.m.
       According to a press release, the event will also be an “official kick-off” of the release of his new documentary DVD, “The Vagabond Sculptor.”
       Pizzeria Rustica, 2527 W. Colorado Ave., recently received a Bronze Achiever award in the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program.
       The program, administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, honored four Colorado Springs businesses in all that “demonstrate sustained superior environmental performance and consistently operate at a level that goes beyond compliance with environmental regulations,” a press release states.

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