Biz Buzz:
Open house at Old Midland Sept. 7-8

       An open house is planned Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8 by the businesses at the former Midland School, 815 S. 25th St.
       Free and open to the public, the event celebrates the increasing numbers of businesses inside the 123-year-old, two-story brick structure. The times are Sept. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
       After being purchased by Terra Nova Engineering in 2007, that company was the only tenant initially. However, more recently it has attracted Helstrom Studios Photography & De-sign, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI), Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation, Deb Komitor Fine Art Studio, Mollie Plummer Art and the Blessing of Faith Ministry.
       Note: RMFI will only be open Sept. 7.
       The site was initially used for District 11's Midland Elementary School from 1889 to 1970 (with some grades offered there and others at the current Broadway Street site from 1956 to '70).
       OCC ArtWalk Sept. 7
       The First Friday art walk in Old Colorado City is coming up Sept. 7.
       The free, self-guided walking tour will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Participating are 17 galleries/shops along Colorado Avenue between 24th and 27th streets.
       The following artist receptions have been announced to date:
  • Thunder Mountain Gallery, 2508 W. Colorado Ave. - Western sculptor/ painter Rusty Phelps, whose works include the Range Riders statue downtown.
  • Arati Artists Gallery 2425 W. Colorado Ave. - “Marlene and Darlene's Fall Creations,” featuring paintings by Marlene Mihelich and horsehair and Raku pottery by Darlene Wells.
           Medical spa relocates
           A medical spa will open Tuesday, Sept. 4 in the Gold Hill Mesa Community Center, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, Suite 200, with a grand opening scheduled Thursday, Sept. 13.
           Open Monday through Saturday, Genesis Medspa offers skin rejuvenation, including treatments such as facials, laser treatments for sun damage, laser hair removal, skin texture and tightening and acne therapy. Free consultations are available by appointment.
           The business, which is relocating from the Cheyenne area, is owned by Lisa Jenks, MD. Her staff includes 2 MDs, 1 registered nurse, a physician's assistant and five medical aestheticians.
           According to Michele Pribble, Genesis marketing director, “We are moving because we ran out of space in our current location. We have grown dramatically over the past few years and have been looking to increase our space. The new spa will be twice the size and have almost double the treatment rooms. We will be expanding our staff as well over the next year.”
           In July, responding to the Waldo Canyon Fire, Genesis Medspa donated $1 to the American Red Cross of Colorado Springs for every unit of botox sold. The total donation for the month came to $3,500, Pribble said.
           The business phone is 579-6890. The website is

    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