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Movin' and shakin'

Coquette's Bistro & Bakery (915 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, dropped two big news crumbs last week: a new bakery/production facility could be in action by May's end at 2130 Spectra Drive, off 21st Street; and it's earned product placement inside Colorado Springs Whole Foods Market locations.

Co-owner Michelle Marx says the health food giant had approached Coquette four years ago, but the small business wasn't prepared for such growth at the time. So five months ago, she re-approached Whole Foods with an initial offering of Coquette's cupcakes, coffee cake and German chocolate cake. As of the first day of shelf-stocking last Saturday, all sold out; the next order from Whole Foods was more than doubled.

"We always knew we were going to have to ramp up," she says, citing tentative plans for new retail flour blends, a frozen-foods line and perhaps even a new downtown location sometime down the road. Presently, the new bakery facility won't feature a retail front, but the concept to add one is in play, says Marx.

Garden of the Gods Gourmet (2528 W. Cucharras St., recently announced its relocation to the former Saigon Stars location at the intersection of U.S. Highway 24 and 26th Street. Senior VP of marketing Lynn Schlemeyer says the transition should take place in late fall, and adds that demolition started last week for "significant renovation" of the 5,000-square-foot space.

All the current services, including classes, express catering and the retail market, will remain intact, and a new breakfast menu will be introduced. Since merging with the Pinery last fall, Garden of the Gods Gourmet and Pinery Gourmet Catering & Events ( continue to oversee Café 36 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The Pinery at the Hill (in the former Fish Market) remains under construction for another tentative fall opening this year.

• Less-than-year-old Urban Steam Coffee Bar and Cafe (1025 S. Sierra Madre St., has acquired a neighboring 600 square feet with hopes to expand by Aug. 1, says owner Kelly Bubach. The new space will allow for the original vision of a coffee roaster on site for demos during "crop-to-cup" classes and the like. Plus, the kitchen will add more gourmet small plates, and a tavern license will allow for craft spirits and coffee cocktails to fuel a late-night lounge with anticipated live jazz.

"The concept will be more realized," says Bubach, adding that he'll stay "very focused on the overall quality factor ... nuance, something different."

English eats

A new store for "all things British" called Willy's Emporium (473-6659,, recently opened at 2423 W. Colorado Ave. All U.K. countries are represented among retail offerings that include cookies, candies and common British canned and frozen goods such as sausages and fish & chips.


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