Biz Buzz:
Simpich opens ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’

       The Simpich Showcase Theatre will present its adaptation of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress from Saturday, April 2 through May 27.
       Created by marionette artist David Simpich in 1998, the one-man show features Simpich as Bunyan, using 30 hand-carved marionettes in recounting the author's “fantastic dream of the journey of a burdened man from the City of Destruction to the Celestial Gate,” a press release states.
       Shows are Wednesdays and Fridays-through- Sundays. Except for Wednesdays, when all seats are $9, ticket prices are $12 for adults, with discounts for children and seniors.
       For more information, call the theater office at 465-2492 or go to simpich.com.
      
       Free health services
       Mountain View Care Center, 2612 West Cucharas St., will be celebrating National Health Week Saturday, April 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. by offering free blood pressure/pulse screenings.
       Also available will be “opportunities to learn about the diseases that affect us as we age,” a press release states.
       For more information, call 659-1267.
      
       Velez at new location
       Having recently moved their Velez Galleries to a new location, the Velez brothers, Mike and Andrew, are inviting people to visit the new store at 2506 W. Colorado Ave, three doors east of the old spot. New metal works by Michael Velez are on display.
      
       Franchise ranks high
       For the second year in a row, the Westside-based franchise of Two Men and a Truck has ranked in the top 10 among more than 200 company franchises nationwide.
       Each is judged annually by the company “based on a scorecard system that measures excellence in customer service, operations, education, citizenship and community involvement,” a press release states.
       The Colorado Springs franchise, which placed fifth this year, started 18 years ago. It is located at 3220 Fillmore Ridge Heights. The president and co-owner is Eric St. Pierre.

Editor's note: If you know any Westside locations not listed here, or you find that any of this information has changed, please let us know at 471-6776.

Westside Pioneer/press release