Biz Buzz, Aug. 11, 2013

It’s all about “bringing community together through body movement and health and wellness,” said Kelsey Livingstone, owner of Divine Dance and Family Yoga, 201 E. Aspen Ave., in Fruita, which opens Aug. 19.

Free classes will be offered from Aug. 19 to Aug. 25. Class schedules are posted on Facebook, Livingstone said. Livingstone plans to eventually offer classes to students of all ages, but currently she is focused on providing pre-natal yoga classes, yoga classes for mothers and their toddlers and dance classes for children of all ages, from preschool to teens.

A third generation dancer, Livingstone was practically raised in her mother’s dance studio. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and is trained as a registered yoga instructor. Classes on all forms of dance will be available, including ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop, including a combination class that touches on many forms of dance, she said.

■  Bakers by experience and training, Callie Ash and Mande Gabelson decided to try retailing their cupcake creations, so they launched Baker’s Boutique, 2478 Patterson Road, Suite 19.

A ribbon cutting for the business is slated for 11:15 a.m. Friday. Refreshments will be served. On Saturday, the business celebrates its grand opening with free cupcake samples, giveaways and demonstrations, Ash said.

More than designer cupcakes, which sell out daily, Baker’s Boutique also markets baking supplies for both amateurs and professionals. Professional bakers receive a discount on their purchases, Ash said.

In addition to utensils and pans, the store sells hundreds of different types of sprinkles, like cows, sharks and ghosts, and hundreds of different flavorings, like amaretto, lavender, cotton candy, watermelon and even hard-to-get vanilla bean paste.

■  An artisan manufacturer who creates gift products out of her home, Brenn Luff attended the International New Age Trade Show in Denver for the first time and saw her Botanical Blessing Bottle named best of show.

The product, which comes in a variety of shapes and includes a selection of botanicals customized by the buyer, was declared innovative and unique by trade show judges.

Handmade cards of parchment with gold embossing and Swarovski crystals come with the bottle. The card explains the purpose of the gift and lists the botanicals and the symbolism behind them. Distributors from California to Maine lined up to place orders. Luff said she signed up 16 new distributors during the show, bringing the total number of businesses marketing her products to 31.

Luff’s gift products are available locally at Crystal Books and Gifts, 430 Main St., Grand Junction Chiropractor, 1616 North 12th St., and Sprigs and Sprouts, 3669 G Road in Palisade.

■  Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive in Palisade, recently launched a daily lunch service that is offered between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. seven days a week, General Manager Joe Scanlon said.

“Our menu will be determined by what is freshly picked and available that day. The food will be fresh from the garden, deliciously prepared and beautifully presented,” Executive Chef Marcelo Marino said.

■  August classes at the Business Incubator Center, 2591 Legacy Way, could make the difference between the success and failure of any local small business.

Pumping Up the Dream, scheduled Aug. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., offers step-by-step guidance and covers all the most commonly asked questions, including how to search trade names and choosing the right legal structure and local licensing requirements. The class repeats Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $50.

Leading Edge, a class that takes place on 12 consecutive Tuesdays starting 6 p.m. Aug. 27, offers expert guidance on cash flow, marketing, finance and legal issues. Cost is $300. Pre-registration is required.

■  The Western Business Alliance of Colorado offers Networking with a Twist in Montrose starting at 5 p.m.  Aug. 22. The free event takes place on the patio at The Bridges, 2500 Bridges Drive. Food and drink will be available for a price.

■  Toffee in three new flavors is now available wholesale from Enstrom Candies. In addition to its traditional almond toffee, the new wholesale line includes peanut toffee, butter toffee and espresso toffee, Enstrom President Doug Simons said.

“Enstrom’s wholesale presence has been steadily increasing since 2011, but this is the first time we have designed products and packaging specifically for this market,” Simons said.

Enstrom retail outlets in Grand Junction are located at the corners of Seventh Street and Colorado Avenue and First Street and Patterson Road. Enstrom products are also available in Fruita at the Kokopelli Center.

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