Biz Buzz, April 13, 2014

The tenant of the distinctive, converted office space at 804 Grand Ave. turns out to be Cherry Creek Properties, a Colorado corporation headquartered in Greenwood Village with offices all across the state.

Lewis Baker of Baker’s Home Solutions was working to finish the office space that was vacant for more than a year before it caught the eye of Cherry Creek Properties.

Baker said the building will eventually have four or five offices occupied by real estate professionals. Supervising broker Paul Zurek is hiring to fill open positions, according to the brokerage’s website.

Meanwhile, more than 3,200 square feet of office space opened up down the block at 838 Grand Ave., where the heating and air conditioning business that once occupied the second floor and the publishing business that occupied the first floor have faded from the scene. Call Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties for more information.

It looks like spring cleanup all around the greater downtown area, particularly along the evolving stretch of Grand Avenue that is dominated by professional offices in converted historic homes. 

■ The new, 56-page 2014 Downtown Guides are printed and being distributed, the Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District announced last week.

The guide includes a comprehensive business directory, restaurant information, parking specifics, a map, an events guide, and information on art and culture, history, museums and recreation.

The guide was created to give free publicity to all the businesses in the downtown district.

■ In other downtown news: Registration for farmers market booth space is now open. All members of the business improvement district are eligible for a booth at the farmers market at a discounted rate of $30 per week.

Woven Designs, the fine art basket-making enterprise at 537 Main St., is closing its downtown location on April 26 following changes in the retail space. Owner Julie Kleinrath said she will continue to conduct classes and create basket art at a new location that opens May 3, “where we can get our lives back together.” 

Willow Creek Herbs and Teas at 411 Main St., formerly Orr’s Trading Co., celebrated its grand opening last week with a new tea blend naming contest. The winner was not chosen as of Friday. A $15 gift certificate and bragging rights was awaiting the winner.

The Grand Junction Area Realtor Association will be donating proceeds of its Fill the Basket Food Drive to The Salvation Army on Monday at 10 a.m. 

The collection event will be held at the association’s office at 2743 Crossroads Blvd. 

“We know the spring and summer months can be a bit of a challenge for donations. We’re hoping our food drive will help keep the shelves full,” said Lori Wood, an association spokeswoman.

A team from The Salvation Army will load all of the food collected — with help from association members — during the six-hour drive. For information call (970) 270-3573.

Randy Jones of Grand Junction is very upset that he no longer gets a 5 percent “salute to veterans” discount at Cabela’s, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50. A corporate spokeswoman said the discounts were ended in 2013 due to low participation and programs that already offer deep discounts on select items.

■ The Business Incubator Center announced business coach Nancy Murphy has been certified by the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network as a Health Care SHOP Guide. That means Murphy is certified to advise small businesses on how to set up and work with the Connect for Health Colorado program. Murphy is knowledgeable about the many new plans, carriers, tax credits, financial assistance, and coverages available through Connect. Call 243-5242 for information.

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