Biz Buzz: Aug. 3, 2017

Grand Junction residents might have to wait a while before they again hear the booming voice of “6-7 Kevin” on a radio or television commercial.

Kevin Barclay is retiring from the car business today, when he will leave Western Slope Auto to work with his wife at her business, Healing Horizons.

The 6-foot, 7-inch Barclay, 60, has been a mainstay on the airwaves promoting his dealership’s automobiles and has more than 40 years in the business, he said.

“It’s been an amazing dealership to work at,” Barclay said of Western Slope Auto, which sells Ford, Toyota and Lincoln brand vehicles. “It’s just a great place to work.”

Healing Horizons, 2139 N. 12th St. Unit 7, is an integrated wellness center that offers services such as acupuncture, massage and nutrition. Barclay will be helping with marketing and branding.

He said he will keep his “6-7 Kevin” moniker and hopes to do some commercials for his new place of work at some point.

“It’s time to change it up and my wife’s business is booming,” he said. “I want to be able to help there and help her.”

■ There’s a new barbecue place coming to town as Barney’s BBQ is slated to open sometime in September on North Avenue.

The restaurant will offer a fast turnaround on food as patrons will order at a counter and wait for their food at their table or on the patio. Owner Barry Keating said everyone should have their food within 10 minutes and that there will be approximately 130 seats in the restaurant with the capability to expand to 160.

“Barney’s is lighting up North Avenue,” said Keating, whose holding company also owns real estate and several car dealerships in town.

There is no opening date yet, but the business has a liquor license hearing Sept. 6. Keating hopes to open shortly after the license is approved.

The building previously housed a Hooters restaurant and most recently the Sports Vortex. Keating said he was attracted to the location because it is next to the very successful Texas Roadhouse and across from Walmart.

Keating has a partner in Colorado Springs who has been running a BBQ food truck that he said is popular, and he notes that the name “Barney’s” comes from when Keating was a kid at the county fair. He had signed up for the greased pig contest and when it was his turn, the organizer called out “Barney.”

The restaurant will have about 20 people on staff and Keating said any people interested in applying can stop by the restaurant in mid-August to apply with head chef Marcella Blandino, who will lead the restaurant.

CAD Blu, a 3-D printer reseller based in New York, has a new Grand Junction office at 562 W. Crete Circle.

Chief technology officer and Colorado general manager Bruce Strong said the company moved last week after being based out of the Business Incubator.

Strong also owns Black Diamond, which does legacy repair work on older 3-D printers, and had started another business at the incubator that was later bought by CAD Blu. He was based at the Business Incubator for nearly 11 years. Black Diamond is also now based out of the Crete Circle location.

There are six CAD Blu employees at the new site and the company is hiring one new person.

CAD Blu owns the building and Strong said they are committed to being in Grand Junction for the long haul.

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