Tess on the town: Longtime residents offer favorite gift certificate options

Photo by Gretel Daugherty—Tess Furey column sig mug



I really don’t want to wade into the whole local vs. big box, American vs. foreign, cyber vs. brick-and-mortar shopping debate.

I know I don’t want anyone telling me what I should or should not buy, or where I should or should not shop.

But a reader sent me a piece that I thought had some valid points.

It read, in part: Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box.

Everyone needs a haircut. How about gift certificates to a neighborhood salon or barber?

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? She’d probably love a half-day cleaning service.

Give the early risers a couple of visits to their favorite breakfast diner.

The reader who sent the piece, Joyce Emerson-Kuhnhausen, owns Quality Meat Co., 340 North Ave., which has been in business in Grand Junction for 65 years.

I decided to ask Joyce and her brother, Phil Emerson, who is a co-owner of Quality Meat, what they would put on their Christmas wish lists in the way of gift certificates.

The Junction natives have a huge shared knowledge of the area, so who better to ask, right?

In no particular order, Emerson gave me this list:

W.W. Peppers restaurant. He politely declines a menu and goes straight for his favorite crab enchiladas, every time.

Triple Play Records. Owner “Rock Cesario will tell you what’s new, what’s good, and he stocks the music from the artists of my generation that you can’t find anywhere else,” Emerson said.

A round of golf at Redlands Mesa. Emerson doesn’t usually splurge on pricey courses, but he loves Redlands Mesa. “Standing on the tee box, you look around at the breathtaking views, and you forget about your lousy shots.”

The Blue Moon Restaurant. Owners Brad Brehmer and Becky Williams are “wonderful people,” often hosting benefits for people ill or in need, Emerson said.

Also, Emerson is in a bit of a vise, Brehmer and Williams serve steak purchased from his business, but they won’t give him the recipe for their char-crusted sirloin.

Hammond’s Golf. After raising seven kids and coaching their various sports teams, Emerson is honing his golf game. “There’s always something at Hammond’s that can help my game,” he said. Think birdie, Phil.

Garfield’s on Broadway. He and his wife sometimes head there on a Friday night for price-buster happy hour hors d’oeuvres. “One drink and a couple of appetizers and you’ve had your dinner,” he said.

The gift certificate wish list from Joyce Emerson-Kuhnhausen is as follows:

Fly fishing trip from Western Anglers.

Zen Gardens: good prices, quality sushi and Japanese dinners.

Bookcliff Gardens, one of the largest and well-stocked nurseries of native and adaptive plant species in the valley.

Membership to the Museum of Western Colorado.

Salon services at Wax It, serving men and women.

Joyce’s husband, Gil Kuhnhausen throws in a few ideas of his own:

Frozen peaches from Pear Blossom Farms, because he can’t have fresh ones in December.

And a pass to Colorado National Monument.

P.S.: Quality Meat in a purveyor of Colorado and Kansas beef; lamb from Craig and Meeker; elk and buffalo from Hotchkiss and sausage from Craig.

The cuts, and other food items, are largely from the Grand Valley, Colorado and neighboring states.

By far the biggest seller for Quality Meat at Christmas is prime rib, followed by crown rack of pork and filet mignons. Advance orders are encouraged.

I’m not doing the Christmas cooking thing because I volunteered to work that day, but my wish list for the snowy and interminable days of winter includes something from Quality Meat. I just haven’t made up my mind yet.

QUOTE: “People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it is safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.” — Unknown

Send tips and ideas to Tess.Furey@ gjsentinel.com.


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