Biz Buzz, April 27, 2014

Janet Burkey and her daughter, Nicole, moved to Grand Junction from Nebraska more than a decade ago to open Juice Stop, 200 W. Grand Ave.

The move came three years after the death of Burkey’s husband, whom she grieved for a long time, Burkey said.

“I went through three years of mourning,” Burkey said. “I decided I needed a new start in life and my son, Todd, was working here at West Star Aviation. I decided to move here and open the Juice Stop.”

The shop celebrated 10 years in business Saturday, its success due in part to its concentration on smoothie and fresh-squeezed vegetable juices. Shots of wheatgrass or ginger are also available for the healthy-minded, she said.

“We decided it was time to broaden our food menu, so in honor of the anniversary, we have added a line of gourmet hot dogs,” Burkey said. They are 100 percent beef Kosher,” she said.
Juice Stop uses some sauces from Pear Blossom Farms orchards here in the valley in its recipes.

“Our smoothies have always been made from actual chunks of fruit and we have tried to keep everything on our menu as healthy as possible,” Burkey said.

The shop also serves Lahvosh, which is similar to a pizza but with a crispy crust.

“With our choice of toppings, the Lahvosh can have a little more sophisticated taste than most pizzas,” she said.

Rock Cesario, owner of Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., is inviting fans and newcomers to celebrate the store’s 26 years in business with a three-day sidewalk sale and art and music festival downtown starting May 9.

A live DJ will be spinning vinyl records on the sidewalk in between art and music performances taking place across the street, Cesario said.

“Our customers are what make our business and we invite everyone to come down and celebrate,” he said.

Grand Junction Therapies will be joining Colorado Injury and Pain Specialists located at First Street and Patterson Road, the health care practice announced last week.

The building occupied by the practice at 321 Rood Ave. will soon be available for sale or lease, according to Aaron Hoffman at the Downtown Business Investment District. 

There is a total of 13,000 square feet on two floors with several executive offices, large open areas, a garage, storage and 16 parking spots. Call (970) 242-0111 for more information.

Paola Legarre, owner of Sage Creations Organic Farm, 3555 E Road in Palisade, announced last week the opening for the season of her boutique greenhouse and farmstand.

Legarre said she brings 20 years of organic farming experience to the kitchen table.

Over time, she said she has acquired considerable expertise in a vast array of water-wise plants selected for flavor, vigor, color, crop, and success in western Colorado’s climate.

“With my experience and knowledge, I can help customers choose which new plants to try, along with useful gardening tips,” Legarre said.

Explore Sage Creations Organic Farm’s new website to get a taste of the diverse varieties offered, including more than 200 different certified organic lavender cultivars, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, herbs, chillies, peppers, eggplants and flowers, she said.

“Visit our website, sagecreationsorganicfarm.com, or better yet, experience the beautiful farm in person,” Lagarre said.

The farmstand specializes in handcrafted lavender items such as bath and body care products made with essential oils and hydrosols distilled from organic lavender grown on the farm, locally crafted natural home decor, culinary lavender and lavender bouquets, she said.

Call (970) 623-9556 for more information.

Bin 707 Foodbar, 225 N. Fifth St., was featured in the April issue of Denver’s 5280 Magazine.

“With the Grand Valley’s long growing season, ample farms, developing oil and gas economy, and steady mountain biking tourism, it was only a matter of time before an exceptional restaurant opened,” the magazine wrote.

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