Biz Buzz:
Places to recycle on the Westside


ABOVE LEFT: Robert Lucero (left) and Willie Knight man the Goodwill trailer outside the Eighth Street Wal-Mart. ABOVE RIGHT: The newspaper collection bin outside the Shrine Club. BELOW LEFT: The Humane Society aluminum can site. BELOW RIGHT: the King Soopers newspaper bins. BOTTOM: the West schools' commingled bin.
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The Westside Pioneer attempts this issue to list public recycling locations on the Westside.
       If you know of any that are not listed here, please let us know at 471-6776, and assuming they check out, we'll run them in an upcoming issue.
       The Westside has two attended “donation centers,” both of them offered by Goodwill Industries. Goodwill accepts old computer equipment and useful second-hand goods outside the Eighth Street Wal-Mart - a trailer in the parking lot that's open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily - and at the Goodwill Dock, 2307 W. Colorado Ave. (in the alley), 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends).
       Koscove Metal, 431 W. Colorado Ave., pays for some metals. Call for info at 636-3559.
       Other recyling locations are unattended bins that are open at all times:
  • Uintah Gardens shopping center, 19th and Uintah streets - newspapers only.
  • Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St. - newspapers only.
  • Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane - aluminum cans.
  • West Middle/ Elementary schools (on 20th Street, next to the track) - commingled recyclables (including aluminum and tin cans, mixed papers and plastic bottles).
           A “Christmas Boutique” starting Friday, Dec. 18 at the Westside Community Center is a sales effort of personal items that's intended to help finance the start-up of a sewing business in Fountain.
           According to Maya Hatman, the sale will run daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “until we sell everything.” The items will include high-quality vases, clothing and paintings, she said.
           The center is at 1628 W. Bijou St.
           Hatman's husband Ted had run a sewing business in California and still has his equipment. They moved here to be near their son, who is a freshman at the Air Force Academy, she said.
           Their plan is rent a building in the Fountain area and hire people at minimum wage - 10 to 20 at first - and teach them to sew clothes. Eventually she expects to attain 120 employees, with the expectation that many of them will be ex-military people who need jobs. “It's important to us, not to see more of our soldiers in the streets,” she said. “People have to have dignity, and dignity comes from work.”
           Hatman said she decided to rent space at the Westside center for the sale “because I read about the community there, and I love their cultural spirit. This will help the center, help each other and help the military.”
           Susie's Westside Café opened this week at 1686 S. 21st St.
           Owner Susie McGregor-Lovato says she specializes in “homemade everything: pies, potatoes, chili and soup.”
           The Colorado Springs native got into the restaurant business at age 10, “helping my uncle at the Cup & Saucer Cafe on weekends pouring coffee, washing dishes and cleaning,” she recalled.
           She had been a partner at My Sister's Kitchen before deciding to open her own eatery, she said.
           Susie's is open Tuesday through Sunday.
           The phone is 442-0090.

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