Biz Buzz, April 28, 2013
Dr. Gary Quarnberg opened Fruita’s only full-service optometry office 10 years ago, renting space at 140 N. Mesa St. As he built his practice, he put money away, with an eye toward fulfilling his goal of constructing his own facility.
He and his wife, Celeste, are now in the process of finalizing their construction loan for VisualEyes Eyecare and in the coming days will break ground at a new, stand-alone location at 332 E. Aspen Ave., in a gradually redeveloping downtown Fruita.
“I think it’ll be an even better location,” Celeste said. “I think there will be more visibility over there. Just having a newer building will be aesthetically nicer.”
The practice purchased the nearly quarter-acre property, which formerly was home to Fruita Funeral Home, last fall and demolished the building that was on-site. Celeste estimated it will take six months to complete construction on a roughly 3,000-square-foot office, which will be nearly double the size of VisualEyes’ current location.
The practice has grown significantly over the last decade, from 1,500 patients in its database by the end of its first year to nearly 10,000 now, according to Celeste. VisualEyes last year added a second optometrist, Dr. Mike Reeder, and will hire two or three opticians after the move.
In addition to selling glasses and contact lenses, VisualEyes offers routine eye examinations, LASIK surgery and vision therapy.
■ Ten months after opening a franchise of floor refinishing company Mr. Sandless Inc., David and Teresa Roof have taken their business outside.
The couple has opened an outdoor division, Dr. DecknFence, specializing in refinishing — you guessed it — decks and fences.
The Roofs started the franchise last summer when they wanted to refinish the wood floors of their Grand Junction home but couldn’t find anybody who would do the work without sanding their floors. They have since expanded Mr. Sandless to include all floor types with the exception of carpet. They clean tile, stone and concrete, among other surfaces, and offer sealing, grout cleaning and color changing of grout.
At the same time, David said, “we knew that Dr. DecknFence would be important as well because of the number of outdoor projects we see around here.” He said while he and his wife didn’t emphasize their outdoor service, they saw a need for it with painters and repairmen focused on other projects.
The service power-washes the deck or fence with a cleaner to strip the surface, then adds a brightener. An indoor wood floor sealer is added to the stain of the customer’s choice to add protection.
Overall, between Mr. Sandless and Dr. DecknFence, “I don’t know if (business has) exceeded our expectations. But it’s met our expectations,” David said.
The Roofs offer free estimates. They can be reached at 639-2147.
■ Deanna Strand practically grew up at an airport — her parents’, to be exact, in Montana. She began flying at the age of 12.
Her love of flight brought her to Grand Junction, where she operated Strand Flying School for 26 years. She was then coaxed by Discovery Channel and Gateway Canyons Resort founder John Hendricks, whom she taught to fly, to come work for him.
Now Strand is off to her next adventure.
Strand is retiring as director of operations for Gateway Canyons Air Tours, a sister company of the resort, to take a job as an FAA-designated flight instructor in Scottsdale, Ariz.
In Strand’s time at Gateway Canyons Air Tours, the company has added a helicopter and a second fixed-wing airplane. It’s also preparing to open a new hangar in Gateway.
With Strand’s departure, Michael Gullotti will become director of operations for Gateway Canyons Air Tours and Al Sisson becomes chief operations officer.