Biz Buzz, Dec. 15, 2013

Beth Ann Marrero came home to Grand Junction after 30 years in the big city, running for her life after October’s Hurricane Irene dropped a tree on her cottage in Bronxville, N.Y.

It was a tough decision to leave behind 600 regular clients at her popular skin care boutique in affluent Westchester County, New York, but Marrero decided she wanted to start a new life closer to her parents.

She launched a new business, Bam’s Beauty, 749 Rood Ave., to go with her new life, but soon realized serving clients in Grand Junction “is a whole different ballgame” than what she grew accustomed to back East.

To start with, “manscaping” appears to be less of a priority for the local guys, but not for their girlfriends and wives.

With the help of local women, Marrero is trying mighty hard to educate the guys about the negative impression hair sprouting from noses, ears and eyebrows gives, especially when it grows long enough to be braided together or tied in a bow.

Marrero brought to Grand Junction all of the facials and other derma treatments she perfected after training with some of the best technicians in New York. As part of the treatments, she uses the Gentle Vitamin Cleanser, Vital Hydrant Toner, Green Tea Antioxidant Serum and Mango Butter Protection Cream, all skin care products she formulated herself and sells online.

Better yet, her facials and treatments take years off at discount prices — more than $100 off what clients paid in Westchester County, in some cases, she said. 

Les Perich used to collect back taxes from people who tried to cheat the federal government, a dangerous job sometimes, particularly when many of the cases he worked on involved criminals willing to take revenge on the IRS field officer.

After 32 years on the job, most of it on the Western Slope, Perich decided to switch sides and in October, launched RPM Tax Resolution, P.O. Box 1676, Grand Junction 81502.

“My business specializes in helping both individuals and businesses that have outstanding tax liabilities with the IRS and other state taxing agencies,” Perich said. “This company was started to assist people in working with the IRS and state agencies to resolve their tax liability issues by setting up installment agreements, submitting offers in compromise, requesting hardship status and resolving levy and lien issues.” 

The business name, RPM Tax Resolution, LLC, comes from the names Routledge, Perich, and Morton. The R stands for Routledge, a pseudonym Perich used during the last 10 years to avoid retribution by those from whom he collected back taxes. The P is for Perich and the M is for Morton, his wife’s last name, though Perich himself is the sole owner and manager of the company.

The easy-to-remember name might also stand for “resolutions per minute,” which is the work Perich specializes in. He does not prepare taxes.

“I’m small. It’s just me. I know the ins and outs of field collection for the IRS. I’m representing people who have tax problems but may be overwhelmed by the idea of contacting the IRS. I help them resolve their collection issues,” he said.

Call (970) 243-4307 for more information.

General Shale, 2122 Highway 6&50, recently moved from its former location at 711 15th St. to add yard space, gain more visibility and provide easier access to its customers, said Jay Taysom, General Shale’s district sales manager.

General Shale is open to the public, but the majority of its products — brick, block and stone for exterior and interior applications — is consumed by builders and masons, Taysom said.

The company serves the western side of Colorado as a satellite operation of its Denver plant, where all of its brick is made.

“It’s all homegrown, even though our corporate base is in Tennessee. We are part of the largest brick manufacturer in the U.S.,” he said.

On a statewide basis, the company sells in excess of 1 million bricks a week, but has capacity to manufacture 2 million bricks a week. The lower number is due to the current home building climate, but Taysom said he sees signs the industry is making a comeback.

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