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Second Street detour

Monument's Second Street Art Market (366 Second St., secondstreetart.com) will be closing within the next couple weeks, says co-owner Heather Buchman. She isn't sure when the four-year-old wine/art/dining space's final day will come, but the last night for the wine bar is this Saturday, Aug. 28.

"It just became that our marketing business, which we've owned for 25 years, we're just so busy with that," Buchman says, referencing the family's Sparrow Marketing. "The art gallery portion of it became a lot of work."

Buchman also cites wanting to spend more time with her children as a factor.

"We've lived here four years, and it seems like we've lived here 24 years with all the friends we have," she says. "We're not going anywhere: Monument is our home, our marketing business is thriving, this is where we're going to raise our kids — we love this area.

"There's just so many hours in the day."

No rest for the avid

Carla Erick's workday starts at 3:30 a.m., when she arrives at R&R Coffee Café (11425 Black Forest Road, Black Forest, rnrcoffeecafe.com) to start baking. She's recently taken over as head chef, and says she has one focus: "The big thing is fresh, fresh, fresh. Everything is made daily. We make sure that we only prep enough for that day, so everything is prepped fresh."

Erick, 49, says all items are made from scratch, including a new chili. She's also looking to add healthier items to the breakfast and lunch menus, as well as produce from local growers.

"I'm just a mom, and I cook with love," she says. "That basically describes me."

À la carte

Marzio's Pizzeria (4475 Northpark Drive) has closed. The restaurant phone is disconnected, and the owner could not be reached for comment.

• Though we previously reported that Metropolitain (101 N. Tejon St.) had re-opened in mid-July under new ownership, a sign on the door offers a change of plans: It's closed again temporarily, for renovations, and will re-re-open Sept. 1. A liquor license should follow in November.

• In recognition of its 15th anniversary, the Blue Star (1645 S. Tejon St., thebluestar.net) is offering its cookbook at a reduced price of $19.95 for the remainder of August; regular cost is $28.

• Catch A Taste of Colorado (atasteofcolorado.com) from Sept. 3 to 6. The 26-year-old event, at Denver's Civic Center Park, includes more than 50 restaurants with a "fine dining" section and chef demos. Concerts and exhibitions are free, but food and drink require tickets, starting at $5.

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