Sunday Biz Buzz February 08, 2009

•  Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air announced last week it will expand its service destinations from the Grand Junction Regional Airport to an unannounced, sunny destination.
The destination will be another low-cost, nonstop route, similar to Allegiant’s current offering of weekly flights to Las Vegas, said Maurice J. Gallagher Jr., Allegiant Air president and chief executive officer. Gallagher added Allegiant is confident “this new, sunny destination will have great appeal.”
Allegiant began service in Grand Junction in July 2006, flying nonstop to Las Vegas. It offers flights four days a week, starting at $19 one way on the Grand Junction to Las Vegas route. In 2008, there were 12,845 passengers on this route, according to airport Director of Aviation Rex Tippetts.
“For Allegiant this is going to be a pretty big deal, and the airport is looking forward to the service,” Tippetts said.
Allegiant usually opens new service routes with twice-weekly service, Allegiant spokeswoman Sabrina LoPiccolo said.
The destination will be announced Feb. 18, and the public is invited to participate in “Guess Allegiant’s New Destination and Win!” contest. The contest deadline is Friday. A correct guess at http://www.allegiantair.com/contest earns a spot in a drawing to win two round-trip tickets to the new destination, or any destination served from Grand Junction Regional Airport.

•  Kathy Bennett, My Wireless’ manager for the Grand Junction region, has been selected as the company’s Corporate Team Member of the Year for 2008. My Wireless is a Verizon premium retailer with six stores in the Grand Junction area, and the award is the highest company honor given to regional managers.
“Kathy did an amazing job getting the new Fruita store up and going,” said Jim Miller, My Wireless’ head of company operations. “She is a superstar.”
The Fruita location, 404 Jurassic Ave., Unit A, opened in November.

•  Colorado Gold Distillery, 1290 S. Grand Mesa Drive, Suite C, in Cedaredge, was named the 2008 Business of the Year by the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce, which has 147 members.  The distillery opened with free tours and a gift shop in March.
Its sales include 70 wholesale accounts in Colorado, and it anticipates that number could reach 300 by the end of this year.
Co-owner Doug Tuttle attributes the company’s success to it being a regional product that has the same quality as a premium brand that people can buy locally.
“It’s a unique type of thing, much like the micro breweries,” Tuttle said.
The distillery features Colorado Gold Premium Vodka and Colorado’s Own Corn Whiskey. Grains and other supplies for the business are purchased locally whenever possible. In the next few weeks, the company plans to introduce a premium gin, and in April 2010, it will release a single-barrel bourbon.

•  Haven’t bought that Valentine’s Day gift yet for your sweet? Five 60 Salon & Spa, 560 Colorado Ave., might have an alternative or an addition to the box of chocolates and flowers.
The salon is offering a Valentine pedicure through the month of February. Relax and enjoy a chocolate truffle from fellow downtown business Gelato Junction while nail technician Lisa Lucerne polishes the toes. The package is $45, and appointments are recommended.

•  Main Street Bagels, 559 Main St., is giving out free goodies after all winning Mesa State men’s baseball and women’s softball games. Ticket holders get a free bagel, cookie or coffee when they bring in ticket stubs within a week after the winning game.
“I’ve got spring fever,” Mark Smith, owner of Main Street Bagels, said.

•  $500 Down Delivers, a used-car dealership at 2800 North Ave., is now open. The location formerly was home to Mike’s Auto.


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