Biz Buzz, April 14, 2013

Mande Gabelson figured she was going to have to scrap her plans to open a brick-and-mortar business.

Callie Ash thought she and her family were going to take a really nice vacation with the money she saved up.

Instead, the two women got together, pooled their resources and started making gourmet cupcakes. Twenty-four dozen a day, to be exact. And they’ve sold every single one since they opened The Baker’s Boutique, 2478 Patterson Road, Suite 19, on April 1.

The business also sells a variety of baking supplies, and the women plan to teach classes. But right now, the highlight is the cupcakes. There are different flavors every day, and yellow cake with chocolate frosting isn’t one of them. How about sweet tea, or rose and blackberry, made with crushed up petals and rose water? Or lavender and raspberry, or coconut lime with avocado butter cream frosting?

The Baker’s Boutique has its roots in Ava Sweet Cakes, a cupcake-and-cake business Gabelson built out of the Grand Junction Business Incubator Center in 2010. Desiring to save on overhead and be at home with her two children, she led an effort to pass a law in Colorado allowing certain types of food to be sold after being prepared in home kitchens. The Colorado Cottage Foods Act passed last year.

Gabelson, though, quickly grew tired of working out of her small home kitchen. She developed a business plan for a storefront and approached local banks and the Business Incubator Center for a loan. She was rejected.

Then, last fall, she got a call from Ash, whom Gabelson had previously taught to making a wedding cake. Ash had gone through the culinary academy at Colorado Mesa University, saved money from working as a pastry chef for two years and was looking to invest.

“It truly was fate that it happened this way,” Ash said.

Eventually, the women plan to graduate from their Frigidaire oven to a commercial kitchen. For now, they’re still getting their feet under them.

“In the mornings we don’t know what the hell we’re doing, but by the end of the day, we’re like, ‘That was fun, let’s do it again,’ ” Gabelson said.

The Baker’s Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

■ So that spur-of-the-moment, I-heart-Katie tattoo you got 10 years ago is looking pretty outdated, especially since you and Katie broke up 8 years ago. Or maybe you’re ready to get some bigger and better ink.

Jeri Menzies and her laser can help.

Last week, she opened Breeze Tattoo Removal, 102 N. Fourth St., Suite 104. Menzies fades or eliminates tattoos for people who have changed their minds about the ink they’re sporting, gotten into careers where visible tattoos are taboo, or, as Menzies put it, “Most people just want this one gone so they can get another one.”

She claims 40 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 60 have a tattoo. Of that 40 percent, she said, 20 percent are sporting one they want to get rid of.

For them, she said the only option previously was to go to a dermatologist.

“There are very few places in town that offer that service and it’s an expensive service,” she said.

Prices are based on the size of the area that’s being treated. An area that measures 3 inches wide by 3 inches long costs $137 per treatment. Each additional area to be treated is $75 per treatment. Menzies said it can take anywhere from four to 20 treatments to remove a tattoo.

Menzies said she is a certified laser specialist and, in addition to owning her own business, works at Bellezza Laser Aesthetics in Grand Junction.

Before that, she owned a hair salon for 17 years.

Breeze Tattoo Removal is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. After-hours services are available by appointment.

■ Since Keller Williams CO West Realty opened in Grand Junction in 2007, the realty company has changed its name from Keller Williams Grand Junction and expanded into Montrose, Parachute and Durango.

In February, real estate brokers figured the place where they got started was due for a change, too. So they moved from a 5,300-square-foot office at 725 Horizon Drive, Suite 225, to an 8,000-square-foot space on the main level of Major Mortgage, 2474 Patterson Road.

In the process, Keller Williams has given itself more office and meeting space in a newer, more technologically advanced building, according to associate broker Kathy Sheagley.

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