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Nourish nourishes community and Curbside finally launches

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As we recently reported, Nourish Organic Juice (nourishorganicjuice.com) finally procured its own storefront at 303 E. Pikes Peak Ave., where patrons can obtain vibrant fruit-and-veggie-blood direct from the juicer or as part of a new half-gallon or gallon-jug exchange program.

What's most striking upon a visit to the chic space is the clamor of activity inside the shared gluten-free community kitchen and the commendably cooperative mini-retail-market area. Already, a number of complementary businesses are on board offering alluring items. Radiantly Raw chocolates (see here) and Love Muffins, an allergen-free pastry producer, now prep and stock a fridge on site. You'll also find products from members of Freedom Foods Co-op, including Miss Ami's Kitchen, and both Front Range Granola and Blue Moon Goodness Gluten-Free-Granola.

Another refrigerator sports an array of retail items like salsas and barbecue sauce manufactured at the Vision Foods co-pack. Plus, alongside Nourish's own salads, you can find vegan and vegetarian soups from Souped Up Colorado, which operates out of yet another separate commercial kitchen.

Curbside cometh

On the topic of cool business collaborations, Nourish will also re-deploy its juice truck to join the Curbside Cuisine (curbsidecuisinecs.com) "food truck mall," finally set to launch May 15 at 225 N. Nevada Ave. The former service-station site across from Palmer High School is owned by the YMCA (a partner organization), and in the coming weeks will be aesthetically overhauled to the tune of $20,000 using the Better Block model, with the assistance of nonprofit partner Colorado Springs Urban Intervention.

Six to eight trucks are expected to kick off the venture, though the lot will allow up to 15 trucks and possibly a few more businesses to be located inside the building space at a later time. As the month-to-month contracts aren't signed yet, co-organizer Sandra Vanderstoep won't yet disclose other participants, but a press release offers a tease: breakfast crepes, barbecue smoked wings, wood-fired pizza, Korean kimchi tacos, poor boys, gumbo, mini bundt cakes and desserts.

The hub will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily, with "a goal of zero waste and encouraging vendors to use local food suppliers where possible."

West side snackin'

The inaugural Taste of OCC Fundraiser for Bancroft Park (2408 W. Colorado Ave., tasteofocc.com) will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 28. Tickets are $30, available day-of, to sample from nearly 20 Old Colorado City food establishments plus area breweries, and wine and spirits purveyors alongside live music and art displays.

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