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Students from the Little School on Vermijo take a bow on the Black Box Theatre stage after a dress rehearsal for their "Hamlet" production last April. Former public school teacher Sue Spengler runs the school for middle-school-age students out of her Vermijo Street home.
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       If you go to Rosco's Coffee House, you might have a long wait if you're hoping Rosco himself will serve you.
       But it's not as if business owners Tony and Jann White invented the name. Rosco just happens to be Tony's donkey… and racing partner. More on that in a moment.
       To the main point, Rosco's is a café that opened in May at the northeast corner of Walnut and Bijou streets. Open daily, the business offers specialty coffees, teas and cold and hot bakery items.
       The location, officially 432 W. Bijou St., takes up the roughly 1,000-square-foot ground floor of an older, two-story commercial building, which sits in the midst of an established near-Westside residential neighborhood.
       People can order to go or to eat in. Seating is available for about 15 diners indoors and 8 more in an outdoors patio on the Walnut side. Offices and available meeting space are upstairs.
       Originally from Illinois, Tony came to the region in 1995 to work in sports fitness for the YMCA. In the later '90s, Tony moved into surgical device sales, a field in which he is still employed.
       He had not previously worked in the coffee/culinary realm. The Walnut/ Bijou building, which he'd bought in a foreclosure nine years ago and has steadily renovated ever since, initially was an investment and a place for his sales office. But last fall he got the idea of a coffee house on the ground floor instead of storage.
       To make it happen, he had to apply to the city for a parking variance and make various plumbing and electrical upgrades as part of a remodel to allow the new operation.
       Going forward, “I know it's not super profitable,” Tony elaborated. “But it can be good, from the standpoint of a neighborhood business. It's exciting to do something different. I think I got kind of bored.”
       This is not the first time Tony has taken action against boredom. He has a small stable in Manitou Springs, and Rosco became part of that six years ago. He bought the donkey to compete in the little-known Colorado sport of pack-burro racing.
       In such events, the burro (loade with a pack including a pick, gold mine and shovel) runs with a man holding a lead rope along competitive mountain courses up to 30 miles in length. One of the rules by the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation (the hyphen is part of the official name), states that the burro can never carry the man, but the man can carry the burro.
       The business's namesake occasionally makes an appearance. One of these will be the official grand opening Saturday, July 11.
      
       From Millibo to Black Box
       When the Millibo Arts Theatre (MAT) relocated from 1367 Pecan St. in June 2013, it wasn't empty long.
       Black Box Theatre, owned by Nancy Holaday, has been offering a variety of live productions, programs and concerts there ever since, and also rents it out for other productions.
       Affiliated with the University School of Colorado Springs, a Westside-based K-12 private Christian school, Black Box had actually existed for several years before finding its current home.
       However, Holaday, who teaches theater at the University School, pointed out that she is the sole owner of the 1,850-square-foot Pecan Street operation.
       Holaday is from California, where she went to college, studying drama. A mother of four, she's lived in Colorado Springs for more than 20 years.
       MAT producers/actors Jim Jackson and Birgitta De Pree originally framed in the Pecan location's 90-seat theater, backstage, entrance lobby, front deck and other related spaces in 2008. MAT now is in the Ivywild School commercial/arts center.
       For more information call 330-1798 or e-mail nancy@blackboxdrama.com.
      
       Microbrewery adds patio
       Fossil Brewing Company creates its own beverages and offers a tasting room, plus a newly added outdoors patio for drinkers and diners.
       The address is 2845 Ore Mill Road #1 (along a frontage road south of Highway 24 between 26th and 31st streets).
       Founded in 2013, the business was started and is still co-owned by five friends - Josh and Colleen Bye, Rich and Katrina Benson, and Graham Clark.
       In keeping with the Fossil name, all the brews have a prehistoric type of monicker. Fossil is open daily Tuesdays to Sundays.
       For more information, call 375-8298 or e-mail info@fossilbrewing.com.
      
       Boutique shop opens
       Jen's Place Boutique and Gift Shop recently opened at 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #1.
       Open Tuesday to Sundays, the shop offers a range of items, including home décor, dish and tea towels, scents, oils, candles, kitchen linens, old-fashioned and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing and accessories.
       The owners are Scott, Tami and Jen Glascock, a retired US Army family.
       For more information, call 635-9560 or e-mail jensplace@outlook.com.
      
       Upholstery shop on avenue
       Something Special by Design is a recently opened upholstery shop at 1211 W. Colorado Ave.
       In addition to selling upholstery goods, the business builds and repairs upholstery, window treatments, custom furniture (including children's pieces and antiques) and lampshades.
       Owner Laurel Forry has been in the upholstery business for 50 years.
       The business is open Mondays to Saturdays.
       For more information, call 649-0922 or e-mail l_forry@yahoo.com.
      
       Chiropractic in 1st year
       Catalyst Chiropractic is in its first year on the Westside.
       Owned by Joni Jugler, a doctor of chiropractic, the office at 332 W Bijou St., Suite 105 opened in July 2014. The entrance is at the northwest corner of Spruce and Bijou.
       According to Jugler, she provides individualized chiropractic care for all ages in a “warm and caring healing environment.”
       She has worked in the medical field for 26 years total and received her chiropractic degree in 2006.
       The office is open by appointment. For more information contact 472-4899 or catalystchiro@juno.com.
      
       Business changes hands
       Robert Lantzy recently became the owner of the Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co.
       The 16-year Old Colorado City snack shop is located at 2616 W. Colorado Ave. #9, in the Old Colorado Square commercial center.
       Lantzy bought the business from Theresa Barbera, who had owned the Old Colorado City franchise since 1998.
       Open daily, the shop offers natural and roasted nuts, dried fruit, trail mixes and snack mixes, homemade chocolates, jerky, salt water taffy and a wide range of candy. Non-edibles include stuffed animals, cards and wood carvings.
       For more information, call 635-9880 or e-mail boblantzy@aol.com.
      
       Welcome Center helpers
       Volunteers are being sought to staff the Old Colorado City Welcome Center at 2324 W. Colorado Ave., which provides brochures and information to visitors and sells OCC paraphernalia.
       The goal is to have the center open in the daytime Fridays through Sundays.
       For more information, call Dave Van Ness, Old Colorado City Associates executive director, at 440-0234.
      
       Market's remodel ends
       A grand opening is planned July 22 at King Soopers in the Uintah Gardens shopping center to celebrate the completion of a interior remodeling project that started last winter.
       The work included the addition of a 700-square-foot urgent-care facility called the Little Clinic. The opening coincided with the closure in May of the Little Clinic formerly offered at the Centennial King Soopers.
       The Uintah store originally opened in 1972.

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