Biz buzz:
Goodwill accepting year-end donations

       With the end of the year looming for folks who could use tax deductions, Laura Marth of Goodwill Industries notes that the non-profit agency has two Westside donations centers.
       One is at Goodwill's dock (in the alley behind the building) at 2307 W. Colorado Ave. The dock is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
       The other Westside donation center is a trailer in the parking lot of the 8th Street Wal-Mart. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
       “Whether you donate material items or make a financial gift, you should request a receipt for your donation if you plan to claim a tax deduction,” Marth pointed out. “The Internal Revenue Service allows a deduction for each item, but the donor determines each item's value. Generally, an item's value should be based on fair market value - what the item would sell for in a thrift store.”
       “Shiny Things” is the title of a jewelry show that will begin with an opening reception Friday, Dec. 2 at Elements Art Gallery , 2616 W. Colorado Ave. #1.
       The reception, free and open to the public, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will continue through December.
       Featured artists will include Fire in Belly (Julie and Joshanna), Marti Powell, Maryse Levenson, Tish Lacey Reed and Liz Jensen.
       Butch Gunn and Stephen Knaup recently joined the North office of ERA Shields Real Estate off Garden of the Gods Road.
       Gunn, a Realtor, Broker Associate, is also a Colorado Springs firefighter. Knaup is a real estate agent who has been in the field for more than five years.
       Front Range Safe & Lock, 3120 ½ W. Colorado Ave., recently added an eastside location at 33 E. Fillmore St.

Do you have any news about your business? Call the Westside Pioneer at 471-6776.