Biz Buzz, April 7, 2013

Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., is undergoing a number of changes, both to the physical building and to the operations behind the scenes.

The three-year-old Grand Junction restaurant closed March 18 and new operators went to work on a makeover of the interior and the menu.

Brian Oliver is the new general manager. Eric Wilmot and Vanessa Funches, who jointly developed the concept of the restaurant with the financial backing of owner Jack Hays, were bought out of most of their shares of the restaurant and no longer have any decision-making power, according to Oliver.

“They developed a great atmosphere. Sales were great. It just wasn’t operating at a profit,” Oliver said.

Wilmot didn’t respond to a message seeking comment.

Oliver said workers are redoing the bar and floors and removing some walls to open up the interior of the restaurant and eliminate some of the “bottlenecks.” They’re also remodeling the bathrooms and upgrading the heating and cooling system. New artwork will be “more upscale.”

As for the menu, Oliver said it will retain the Irish fare while adding some “lighter, healthier” fare in the form of new sandwiches, wraps and pitas. The restaurant will continue to host live music.

“A comfortable environment — that’s what we want here,” Oliver said.

He said he hopes to reopen Naggy McGee’s on Wednesday.

■ For the last 30 years combined, Vicki Filz and Christi Vogt have dedicated themselves to making people look better. Now they’re in the business of helping people feel better, too.

The two women in March opened SHAPE Medical Center, 525 North Ave., combining cosmetic dermatology with stroke and heart attack prevention. SHAPE stands for Skin, Heart Attack Prevention and Education. Filz, an advanced nurse practitioner, and Vogt, a licensed medical esthetician, worked for years for a plastic surgeon in town. But after training with Vogt’s father, who operates a heart attack, stroke and diabetes prevention center in Glenwood Springs, they felt Grand Junction needed a similar type of clinic and decided to strike out on their own.

“We felt it was a disservice for years to treat the outside without treating the inside,” Filz said.

In addition to offering cosmetic injections, chemical peels, laser treatment, microdermabrasion and other dermatological procedures, SHAPE performs physical exams, scans of carotid arteries, blood draws and reviews of health and family histories and lifestyles. Filz and Vogt can then develop a plan with nutrition education and pharmacological treatment, if necessary.

While those services seem unrelated, Filz and Vogt say they can very much be connected. For example, they said, hair loss can be a sign of heart disease and skin problems can be tied to various types of inflammation.

“There is this crossover that people don’t realize,” Vogt said.

SHAPE is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and other hours by appointment.

Royal Pawn and Gun moved last week from 2851 North Ave. to 801 N. First St., and co-owner Lauri Welch said she and her husband, Tom, are already seeing more foot traffic.

The business opened in October and offers a wide range of items you might not normally find in a pawn shop: survival foods, non-hybrid seeds and local artist creations such as wood carvings and dream catchers. It also will offer concealed carry permit classes and self-sufficiency classes.

“We want to be very unique,” Lauri Welch said. “We pride ourselves on being cleaner, brighter, a little more organized as far as displays so people can find things easier.”

Welch said the new location is closer to downtown and gives the business “more synergy.” It’s also about 1,000 square feet larger than the North Avenue location.

Royal Pawn and gun will host a grand opening Tuesday through Saturday that will feature a sale on most items and light refreshments.

The business is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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