Biz Buzz:
ArtWalk’s season finale Dec. 7

       The last Old Colorado City ArtWalk of the year will be Friday, Dec. 7.
       The free, self-guided walking tour will be from 5 to 8 p.m.
       The only announced event so far is at Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave. Arati will celebrate its 36th birthday by opening a show highlighting new gallery members Barb McAdams and Kris Storey (both painters). Also, Rebka Shardy will perform on flute.
       According to the ArtWalk schedule, the first Friday event will resume in April.
       Talk on clean energy
       The Clean Energy Collective will be at Front Range Barbeque Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
       The group will provide a short presentation on its community solar events in Colorado Springs.
       Front Range is at 2330 W. Colorado Ave.
       Mexican restaurant opens
       A new Mexican restaurant has opened at 1005 W. Colorado Ave. Ramon Q's Cantina offers fresh Mexican food “with a twist,” according to the business slogan.
       Owner Elizabeth St. James runs the restaurant with general manager Michael Liberti. Each has more than 20 years experience in the business.
       “We live on the Westside and we support the Westside,” St. James said.
       Ramon Q's is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.
       The phone is 434-2741; the e-mail is
       New shop - grand opening
       A grand opening for the new Funky Caravan shop will be Friday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.
       The business is at 2606 W Colorado Ave. It offers an “eclectic mix of products,” including vintage clothing, retro design pieces, upcycled furniture and jewelry, according to Funky Caravan owner Stephanie Gasparino Ezzat.
       She said she chose the Westside because it's her home and “I socialize and create here as a resident of the community. I wish to bring attention to local artists and hand-crafters and provide a venue, where we can share in the creative process together in all forms.”
       An art opening will also be part of the grand opening, she said.
       The store is open daily. The phone is 227-7685.

Westside Pioneer/press release