Biz Buzz:
Band’s tips go to wounded soldiers

       If you tip the band at Front Range BBQ on Tuesday nights when John Wise's group is playing, the money goes to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund - a private, national foundation aimed at helping severely wounded soldiers.
       Wise said the practice started when its banjo player was Bob Craig, a military doctor who later served 16 months in Afghanistan. Although Craig afterward moved to Chicago and the band “floundered” for a while, when Wise got together with a new musical lineup, they agreed to keep the tradition going.
       “It's surprising how generous people can be,” Wise said. “The fund gets $60 to $100 every time we play.”
       Sometimes known as “John Wise and Friends,” sometimes as “Coalition of the Willing (COW),” the group is the regular Tuesday night band at Front Range, 2320 W. Colorado Ave. Other members are Louis Borachaner, Marty Rust, Steve Miles and Don Marlin.
      
       Cycle-Re-Cycle is the name of a new Old Colorado City business selling pre-owned bicycles.
       The business at 10 S. 25 St. is open every day except Wednesday.
       The “re-cycled” bikes include vintage, hi-tech and everyday bicycles, explained owner/manager Julie McCafferty, who had been a bike collector before opening the shop. The business also buys bikes, offers a repair service, and sells parts, accessories and apparel.
       The phone is 271-0772.
      
       The new Touch of Class Gift Shop is open daily at 2506A W. Colorado Ave.
       Owners John and JoAnn George carry a variety of gifts for all ages, including Jim Shore wood sculptures, stuffed animals and Disney wood sculptures.
       The phone is 575-9890.
      
       People can now pay their Colorado Springs Utilities bills without having to use a postage stamp or even having to leave their neighborhood.
       According to Utilities information, stores with payment drop boxes on the Westside are:
       King Soopers, 1730 W. Uintah St. and 3250 Centennial Blvd.; Safeway, 3275 W. Colorado Ave.; Albertson's, 4405 Centennial Blvd.; 7-Eleven, 3004 W. Colorado, 145 N. Spruce St.; 4710 Centennial Blvd, 1428 W. Colorado Ave., 1011 S. 21st St., and 1904 W. Uintah.

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