Construction-weary business owners anxious to get down to business on Colorado Ave.

THE FUTURE OF Colorado Avenue may be a little rosier for business owners like Cookie Murraye of Colorado Java House.

Cookie Murraye likes what she sees these days peering out the generous windows that overlook Colorado Avenue and Fifth Street.

Months ago, Colorado Avenue was shut down in sections as crews worked to narrow the wide road, adding wide promenades for pedestrians, old-time-looking streetlights and pull-outs for sculptures and landscaping.

Murraye, owner of Colorado Java House, held her breath as business knocked off by about 40 percent in the days when crews with jackhammers tore through the old road’s surface.

“Business went dead, then the street closed,” she said from her shop. “We thought, ‘What are we going to do now?’ ”

It’s a new year now, she says, and the construction is almost over.

Visions of sculptures along the avenue dance in Murraye’s head. She’s wishing the city would place a large coffee cup fountain outside her corner space. She hopes to host a starving artists market this spring, a place for artists to set up and ply their trade, in the large patio space out front.

She even has dreams of a block party for the street.

Other businesses along the avenue are looking up too, she said.

From her windows, Murraye used to watch the daily drama of a steady stream of police cars and ambulances unfold at the former Corral Bar, across the street and down a few doors. That’s not the case so much anymore as new owners, who renamed the joint The Snowflake Bar & Grill, have cleaned up, removed some pool tables and added a stage.

In the three years Murraye’s owned the coffee shop, she’s never once set foot inside the bar.

“Maybe I’ll go in there a get a sandwich and a beer sometime,” she said.

This story was first published online Wednesday in “Mobile Junction” on


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