Biz Buzz:
New ownership for long-time daycare

       The Old Town Learning Center, a Midland-area daycare center since 1972, has new owners.
       Alison Manis and her husband Joseph recently purchased the business at 721 S. 23rd St., which is licensed to serve 72 children, ages 6 weeks to 8 years of age.
       Alison and Joseph previously owned daycares in England. They have worked in hotel sales for the past 20 years, the last four in Colorado Springs.
       When the opportunity arose to get back into daycare with Old Town Learning Center, the couple saw it as a “fun, exciting challenge,” Alison said.
       They plan to make improvements to the building's appearance, as well as to add lessons about sign language, yoga and movement, she added.
       About 56 students are currently enrolled at Old Town. For enrollment information, call 634-8471.
       Women's shop on 21st
       A recently opened women's consignment boutique plans a grand opening Monday, Oct. 22 that will continue through the end of October.
       The address for Lucy's @ 21st is 1672 S. 21st St. (in the commercial center off Skyview Lane).
       Owner Kristin DeCocq had operated Lucy's downtown for three years, but has found “much better rent and friendly neighbors” with her new location, she said.
       The business offers name-brand and designer-label women's clothing and accessories in a broad range of sizes.
       Lucy's @ 21st is open daily.
       The phone is 434-8381. The e-mail is lucys
       Music store in Old Town
       Moondog Music Shop is a new musical instrument store and art gallery at 10 S. 25th St.
       According to owner Mike Judge, the store sells new and used guitars, banjos and other string instruments, as well as drums and accessories. He also does repairs and gives lessons.
       Moondog is open daily.
       “It seemed like a good location, between downtown and Manitou,” Judge said of putting his business in Old Colorado City. “I like the building space and the character.”
       His background includes online buying and selling of instruments, and he's been a musician for 30 years. Originally from Ohio, he first came to Colorado in 1993.
       The phone is 634-7425; e-mail is

Westside Pioneer/press release