Old Pharmacy owner transforming business

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By: LindaLouise Haines
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By LindaLouise Haines Colfax Record Correspondent WHAT’S NEW? And old? Preserving the old while updating and transforming the space into a new, vibrant community gathering spot, that’s the goal of Elan Vitkoff, owner/proprietor of The Old Pharmacy Tea & Coffee House, 30 N. Main St. And such a variety of activities: business networking, community potlucks, kids’ Karaoke, railroad presentations with kids’ show & tell, live music, WiFi and more – all served with Greek specialties in a homey atmosphere. Open daily except Wednesdays, the space in the various rooms at Old Pharmacy is available for groups, like a book club or other discussion groups. The stated mission of the coffee house is “to help Colfax become a destination” and “to promote thinking different and better.” Long-time residents of Colfax will remember the busy Colfax Pharmacy operated from 1956 to 1996 by Dick and Helen Wayland. The brick walls and other original features of the 1880s building have been preserved to encourage the exploration of Colfax’s history. Elan welcomes inquiries about the building and its long history, plus how the Main Street buildings fit into the railroad history of our town. A current highlight of the ongoing events at The Old Pharmacy are the fourth Saturdays slide presentations and chats by Kenneth Yeo, retired supervisor of Restoration & Maintenance at the California Railroad Museum. Yeo is an engaging and extremely knowledgeable presenter of all things trains, PG&E dam building in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, narrow and “regular” gauge trains, plus other aspects of the early development of water resources and railroads through our area. Yeo will return at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 22. Guests will help him celebrate his birthday that day. WHO’S MOVING? Judy’s Stylz has moved to Mountain Village, 333 S. Auburn St., Suite 4. Also, she is now “Stylz Salon,” bit with the same phone, 346-6800. Judy is accepting appointments and drop-ins Mondays through Saturdays. This move is how she is celebrating 27 years in Colfax! WHO’S MOVED? Another local business, Studio Z Dance & Fitness, has also relocated. The studio is now based in Class #3 at Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St. Classes are offered throughout the week. For schedules, call 559-5963 or visit Owner/instructor, Kristin Dawson says “Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic workout system that will blow you away.” Doesn’t that sound like fun? If you have any news tips on local businesses, drop me a line at