Biz Buzz: Aug. 25, 2013

Curious neighbors who watched the work that went into creating Grand Junction’s new gourmet donut shop, Raise ‘n Glaze, got a pre-opening taste of the goods during the third week of August, co-owner Bob Johnson said.

Fortunately for everybody else, the shop, located at 2412 Patterson Road, Unit 8, officially opened for regular hours — 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. — on Monday.

“If you are an old-time resident of Grand Junction and used to like Spud Nuts, you’ll really like what we’re doing,” Johnson said.

Without giving away too many secrets, Johnson said Raise n’ Glaze uses potato flour to make some of its most popular creations, and when it comes to “real French crullers,” an eclair-type dough is used.

At 3,500 square feet, the shop is large enough to handle large crowds with staff trained for just such eventualities. A meeting room that can seat up to 15 people features an 80-inch digital television available for conference calls and Power Point presentations. Free wireless internet is also available.

■ Consumers of accoutrement for the counter-culture lifestyle may want to check out Discontent, 102 North Ave., The shop features “the region’s largest selection” of glass and metal hookah water pipes — thousands in every style, shape and color — with prices ranging into the hundreds of dollars. A variety of other items, including pre-assembled and custom-built skateboards, long boards, snowboards, skate shoes, snowboarding boots and skate clothing, are available. The store also sells a large selection of incense, ritual candles and scented oils.

Discontent is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

■ Grand Junction residents Dave Hall and his wife, Jenny Hall, are looking for investors to help them produce and distribute a cookware organizing system they designed called Glideware.

The Halls are looking for $30,000 to cover the cost of manufacturing the system. The first 100 people to contribute $125 or more receive their own Glideware system.

To accomplish this, the Halls are using Kickstarter, a website that allows people to present project ideas to the public. If people see a project they like enough to financially support, they are offered an opportunity to donate money. Only projects that reach their full funding goal receive the money pledged while the creator maintains full rights to the project. The campaign lasts until Sept. 15.

“We are at 30 percent of our goal after 10 days,” Hall said. “We’re pretty excited about it.”

Glideware is expected to retail for $175 later this year, he said.

Visit http://www.Kickstarter.com or call (970) 640-2619 for more information.

David Kienholz, broker and owner of Kienholz Real Estate Group, 1563 Ogden Road in Montrose, recently announced the addition of three new agents to the company: Rebecca Nichols, who has expertise in Colorado water rights; Paul Oslund, a retired attorney and teacher from Ouray; and Beckie Pendergrass, who is returning to the Kienholz team after 15 years. Kienholz has 35 years’ experience in the business. His real estate group is a full-service, professional brokerage house offering expert assistance in all facets of real estate.

■ Local entrepreneur and businesswoman Julie Berg of Grand Junction achieved the status of Mary Kay independent sales director by exceeding sales and team building goals within her business, Mary Kay announced.

Berg started her business in 1994. As sales director, she will now provide education, leadership and motivation to other Mary Kay consultants.

“It means so much to me to know that we worked as a team to accomplish this,” Berg said. “Mary Kay has always taught us to plan your work and work your plan. You can accomplish great things as long as you are willing to work hard and never give up.”

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