Biz buzz, Dec. 23, 2012

LJ Lewis owned a carpet cleaning business in the Grand Valley before deciding to pursue another career because, as he put it, cleaning carpets “sucks.”

A certified personal trainer since 2005, Lewis had been considering opening a CrossFit gymnasium for a few months. With three such facilities already in Grand Junction, the Grand Junction resident turned his focus to Fruita and, in October, opened The Iron Dojo and CrossFit Fruita at 219 E. Aspen Ave., Unit B.

CrossFit is an exercise program that consists of high-intensity, functional movement that consists of a mixture of power lifting, Olympic lifting, gymnastics and endurance activities. Lewis described it as “minimalist,” using free weights and rings and few machines.

“It’s an exercise methodology that’s specifically supposed to prepare us for challenges in everyday, real life,” Lewis said. “It’s the best workouts for police officers, firefighters, military. They have to use their bodies to perform. It’s very different than traditional body building.”

CrossFit Fruita joins the Fruita Health Club and the Fruita Community Center to make three workout facilities in the city. Lewis, though, believes there is room for all of them, saying each one fills a niche.

“I have a good relationship with the Fruita Health Club,” he said. “We offer very different things.”

Memberships range from $99 to $199 a month. Classes are offered at 9 a.m., noon, 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Otherwise, the gym is open by appointment only by calling 812-8888. The entrance to the facility is off the alley on the north side of the building.

■ After a six-year absence, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company has opened an office in Grand Junction.

The company, which offers products such as life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities and investments, opened an office in November in the Foresight Executive Suites building at 2501 Blichmann Ave., Suite 115.

“People are looking more so than ever for consistency and a solid foundation to help them make their financial decisions,” said Northwestern financial representative Justin Kawcak, who last year was the student body president at Colorado Mesa University and is a native of Craig.

Kawcak said he is looking to hire employees. Those interested in applying can reach him at 970-639-9220.

Northwestern Mutual is open by appointment only Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays “occasionally,” Kawcak said.

Bank of America Home Loans has moved twice in Grand Junction this year, and it’s not done yet.

The mortgage division of Bank of America relocated in March from 2504 U.S. Highway 6&50, Unit 200, to a smaller space downtown at 136 N, Seventh St. at the southeast corner of Seventh and Rood Avenue. But when the building sold last month, Bank of America Home Loans and its four employees packed up again.

It now resides in the Concord Plaza at 518 28 Road, Unit A107. But that’s only until new home is ready in February in the historic Reed Building downtown at 362 Main St., mortgage loan officer Kim Genevay said.

“We wanted it for visibility, but also, that’s the financial district,” Genevay said of reason for returning to the downtown area.

The upcoming move downtown also coincides with a partnership with Senergy Builders and Metro Brokers to promote the opening of the River Trail subdivision at 3141 D Road. The new location will be an expanded Bank of America Home Loans office and an exclusive information site for the River Trail subdivision and Senergy Builders.

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