Biz Buzz, Aug. 4, 2013

Taco Johns may soon make an encore appearance in Grand Junction thanks to Montrose franchise owner Tim Hanley, who is currently working with the city to begin construction of a new restaurant in the 1400 block of North Avenue.

Hanley submitted an application for the 2,517-square-foot Taco Johns, which will feature a drive-up window and outdoor seating.

“All I can say is they have completed the first round of review, which means they’re well on their way,” Grand Junction Senior Planner Brian Rusche said.

“So far, it’s been pretty smooth,” Hanley said of the city’s review process. “We’re firming up the architectural drawings right now.”

■ The Steve Reimer Tire Company at 215 N. 3rd Street is closed, but Big O Tires is planning to reopen the store with a full-service operation, perhaps as soon as Sept. 15, administrative assistant Nathan Peterson said.

■ Grand Junction area photographer Marc Melnic opened the doors of his new photography studio, Monument Photography, 438 Main St., at a location that once housed a Persian rug store.

“I’ve been a portrait photographer for 10 years and my dream has always been to open my own studio,” Melnic said. “With the unique blend of urban settings right outside the studio door, as well as my top quality studio backdrops, we have so many options to offer our clients.”

Monument Photography offers full-service wedding, engagement, family, newborn and senior portrait photography.

■ Muffin lovers experienced the agony of withdrawals for three days at the end of July when My Favorite Muffin, 683 Horizon Drive, temporarily shut its doors to accomplish a transfer of ownership, Mandy Carroll said.

Carroll’s parents, Steve and Kay Zillinger, transferred the store to Shane and Tammy Frazee, who reopened on Thursday.

The Frazees plan to keep the same hours of operation and offer the same products patrons have grown to expect, Carroll said.

Joe’s Scuba Shack, Western Colorado’s only scuba instructor development center, is expanding. The outfit’s new training pool, located indoors at 2575 U.S. Highway 6&50, will allow for even more scuba training operations, spokesman Joe Adams said. Expect more Discover Scuba Diving classes, SEAL team training and Bubble Maker parties, Adams said.

In 2012, Joe’s Scuba Shack issued 146 certifications, including certifications for beginners and expert instructors.

“The new pool will be a great addition to the scuba community and a wonderful tool to introduce even more residents of the Grand Valley to scuba diving,” Adams said.

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