Biz Buzz, April 1, 2012
Climbing rent at his previous location put Mike Morris and his video-game store where he originally thought it was destined to be: Clifton’s commercial district.
Morris, who operated Gamerz Planet at 644 North Ave., No. 1, in Chinle Plaza for five years, opened last week at 532 32 Road in the Mesa Pointe Plaza, a couple of doors down from the Clifton branch of the Mesa County Public Libraries.
Morris said when he got the idea to open the gaming store — it buys, sells and trades video games and equipment, including classics from the early days of gaming — he looked for retail space in Clifton. But a right-place-right-time scenario landed him next door to REI.
His monthly lease payments increased in recent years, which Morris said baffles him during a recession, and he decided to move. As he inquired at shopping centers in Clifton, the landlords of Mesa Pointe approached him and earned his business, he said.
Morris said the 2,500 square feet in the new location is more than he had at Chinle Plaza, and his rent dropped by one-third. Besides displaying more products, the store now can display games on a large-screen TV in an area set aside to play them. Customers can “try it before they buy it,” Morris said.
He added, “We’re looking forward to having some fun Madden tournaments,” referring to the heralded football video game.
■ After several months in a temporary home on Sixth Street, Colorado Baby began moving Thursday to its new location, several doors down at the corner of Main and Sixth streets.
Owner Megan Reinertsen said she expects to open her natural-parenting shop in its new home later this week. Colorado Baby sells cloth diapers, glass bottles, carriers, wraps, soft-sole shoes, nursing supplies and more.
Reinertsen, a mother of “four little boys,” has an infant son she nurses, and she said something she wants to accomplish with her store is to provide a place for nursing moms to stop when they are downtown.
“They can come in and nurse here,” she said, adding there will be couches and chairs to accommodate them.
The location also will accommodate a second business, Spanish Now, owned by Reinertsen’s husband, Alberto Alfaro, who teaches conversational Spanish classes.
Reinertsen and Alfaro operated their businesses at 203 Grand Ave. for two years, but they wanted to be on Main Street, and that opportunity materialized late last year. The catch was they needed to wait for the renovation at 560 Main St. to finish. In the meantime, their landlord had the 117 N. Sixth St. location open for Colorado Baby to set up temporarily, and Spanish Now has spent the interim at the Ute Business Center, 1600 Ute Ave.
Reinertsen said Spanish Now has office space Alfaro will use to teach his classes. She said he hopes to open in the new location by the middle of the month.
■ The space Colorado Baby occupied since December won’t be empty more than a few minutes. Natural Attractions Salon owner Dana Amezcua, while visiting the Colorado Baby store Wednesday, said, “As soon as she’s out, I’m moving in.”
Natural Attractions has been at 530 Main St., Unit D, for seven years, Amezcua said, but it’s second-story location makes it hard to find. Being around the corner on the ground floor at 117 N. Sixth St., will make her business much more visible, “a major plus,” she said.
The new space will be smaller, which is OK because Amezcua said she’s downsizing, going from four chairs to two. The salon will focus on hair and offer a few other services, such as facial waxes, but gone are the massage therapists Natural Attractions once employed.
“Now it will be just hairstylists,” Amezcua said, counting herself among the salon’s three employees. “We can do anything and everything to do with hair. That’s for sure.”
■ Renovations were completed recently at three McDonald’s restaurants in the Grand Valley — 1212 North Ave. in Grand Junction, 555 Jurassic Court in Fruita, and 3219 I-70 Business Loop in Clifton — and owners Doug King and Shane King marked the occasion with grand reopening events Saturday.
Among the changes, according to a news release: The North Avenue restaurant added a children’s play area; the Fruita location added a second drive-through lane; and the Clifton site added new slides to its play area; and fluorescent light bulbs were replaced with LED bulbs at each location.
Char Roberts, speaking on behalf of the Kings, said they were not bound by any franchise requirements to remodel. Rather, they are dedicated to keeping their restaurants up to date.
■ Coffee Muggers Coffee House, 644 Main St., has closed because of a legal dispute about the terms of its recent sale.