Biz Buzz: April 10, 2014

Gelato Junction, 440 Main St., expanded its product line and summer hours and launched a new website, said Ronda Sutton, spokeswoman for the boutique treat shop. 

The new product line includes locally produced balsamic vinegars and flavored olive oils, which have been added to the new tasting bar, Sutton said. 

“The tasting bar allows you to try numerous flavors of olive oils with breads and vegetables to help you find your favorite flavor before buying,” she said.

The aged balsamic vinegars come in a wide variety of flavors that “pop” on your taste buds when sampled with gelato or ice cream as a topping, Sutton said. 

“Try a drizzle of chocolate raspberry balsamic over a pear gelato or maybe an espresso balsamic over your mascarpone gelato,” Sutton said. “There are literally thousands of flavor combinations to wake up your taste buds.” 

Free samples of a Colorado-made basil vinaigrette and marinade will be available at the tasting bar.

Owners Paula and Jim Hawkins say they are always happy to create customer-requested Italian gelato and ice cream favorites. 

“Italian espresso drinks, like the Affogato Float, are a summertime favorite for adults. The kids eat their favorite ice cream in homemade waffle cones,” Paula Hawkins said. 

Daily lunch specials of soup and sandwiches and a full line of gourmet honey chocolates and Italian sodas are now available during expanded summer hours, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.

Call (970) 245-4759.

■ The Western Colorado Contractors Association is hosting “a filthy and formidable race for adventurers,” called The Gauntlet, said Tracy Varra, a spokeswoman for the organization which includes general contractors, trade contractors, suppliers and professional associates.

The Gauntlet will be thrown down May 10.

“Participants get a beer, a rad T-shirt, some seriously hot swag, bragging rights and mud in their pants,” Varra said.

The obstacle course will have mud pits, pipe crawls, a 40-foot I-beam balance for balance, tires and hay bale climbs, blind trench crawls and “the National Guard obstacle.”

In its third year, the race proceeds go to Special Olympics of Western Colorado. “Last year, there were 500-plus runners,” Varra said. “WCCA is hoping for more runners this year to support our local Special Olympians.”

For information, go to, on Facebook, or follow on twitter @Gauntlet_WCCA.

“We have close to 500 members working on the Western Slope,” Varra said. “We provide a comprehensive weekly project listing that tells our members of what jobs are out to bid on the Western Slope and surrounding areas, networking opportunities ... from Summit County to Moab and from southern Wyoming to Farmington.”

Alpine Bank announced the opening of its first Denver branch at 1777 Wynkoop St. in the new Union Station neighborhood. In addition to opening the doors April 4, the bank announced a contest for local entrepreneurs, the winner of which will receive a $100,000 two-year interest-free small business loan.

The 2,500-square-foot bank will be a full-service retail location with seven employees and will offer customer service along with the latest technology available in banking.

The décor will incorporate modern finishes with a mountain ambience.

Alpine Bank is a $2.4 billion dollar, employee-owned organization chartered in 1973 with headquarters in Glenwood Springs. With 37 banking offices throughout Colorado, Alpine Bank employs more than 500 and serves more than 130,000 customers.

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