Biz Buzz, Aug. 24, 2014

A Perfect Stone, a longtime stone supplier and landscaper in Grand Junction, has clawed back from a devastating business year in 2007 when local developers stiffed the company for work it performed at three different subdivisions in Grand Junction.

“We had to lay off all 18 of our employees, sell all of our equipment and start from scratch,” A Perfect Stone co-owner Bill Fister said.

It’s been a tough row to hoe, but Fister said after years of taking on just so much work as he himself could handle, it’s time to kick it into gear.

“Last year, I hired a guy who is a master plumber,” Fister said. “He kind of motivated me again.”

That’s why A Perfect Stone hosted a grand-opening barbecue for its new sister landscaping office in Montrose.

Thanks to his improving business, Fister was able to buy a stone supply company in Montrose after the owners made him a good offer.

If things go according to plan, Fister said it’s possible his business could break $1 million in annual revenue by 2015.

Raise ‘N Glaze, 2412 Patterson Road, No. 8, is home of the square donut, owner Joe Shero said, announcing the company is celebrating its first year in business.

“The square donut is actually our glazssant, which is our very own version of the cronut, still our number-one selling pastry,” Shero said. “It can be simply described as sweet, buttery bliss.”

With an offering of more than 35 pastries and donuts made daily, the shop prides itself on using high-quality ingredients and starting things from scratch.

Shero said if customers read the ingredients listed on the side of a box of doughnuts from a store, they probably wouldn’t like what they see.

“Raise ‘N Glaze starts fresh and uses the kind of ingredients people like to associate with baking — flour, sugar, butter, etc. No preservatives here, just good stuff,” Shero said.

Local favorites include the Palisade Peach Muffin, Buttermilk Gems and the whole wheat donut breakfast sandwiches made from scratch, she said.

Not a coffee drinker? Raise N’ Glaze offers a variety of smoothies, coffee-
free frappes and tea, including chai.

“Being a small and locally owned business isn’t always easy, and it’s with this knowledge in mind that we utilize other small locally owned and operated businesses as much a possible,” Shero said.

Loree’s Seafood & Steakhouse, 336 Main St., has apparently closed. The doors to the restaurant were locked during normal business hours Friday and a call to the business was answered by a pre-recorded message saying the number had been disconnected.

The Grand Junction Downtown Farmers Market introduced the new Elks Club Beer Garden at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets Thursday. The beer garden features beer from Palisade Brewing Co. as well as other national brands. All proceeds benefit the Elks Lodge No. 575, a fraternal, charitable and service organization located downtown. The beer garden will operate during normal market hours from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The garden is being established as a spot for adults 21 and over to sit back, listen to some free entertainment, do some people-watching, and enjoy a cold beer, said Aaron Hoffman, spokesman for Downtown Business Improvement District. It will continue every Thursday night through the end of the market season on Sept. 25, Hoffman said.

Produce at the farmers market last week included peaches, Olathe sweet corn, strawberries, raspberries, onions, potatoes, green beans, lettuce, basil, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, beets, rhubarb, and nectarines.

Internal Medicine Associates of the Grand Valley will open the doors of its new offices at 607 28 1/4 Road near the intersection with Patterson Road on Sept. 2. Call 243-3300 for more information.

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