Biz Buzz, Feb. 2, 2014

Steadfast Steeds is the recipient of Kannah Creek Brewing Co.‘s next firkin fundraiser on Monday. Kannah Creek brewers will hand-tap a firkin keg at 5 p.m. with 100 percent of the sales plus cash donations going directly to Steadfast Steeds.

There are about 49,000 American mustangs in holding pens across the U.S., costing taxpayers $43 million annually, according to a Kannah Creek news release. Just one facility in Canon City holds 3,000 wild mustangs. 

“The mustangs at the holding facilities are without their freedom, families, or natural way of life,” said Tracy Scott, Steadfast president. “The holding facilities are dismal and depressing places for wild mustangs.”

In 2012, Scott, along with her husband, opened Steadfast Steeds mustang sanctuary on Glade Park. The sanctuary provides education and awareness programs, public interactions with socialized mustangs, and workshops and retreats. Also, starting this year, people can adopt a horse or burro from the sanctuary.

The style of beer for the firkin event is a Cinnamon Scottish. It will be dark copper in color with a spicy cinnamon nose and malty finish. Firkin beers are cask-conditioned, mildly carbonated and served around 55 degrees.

Past firkin fundraisers have raised between $200 and $900. March’s firkin recipient is Diabetes Counts and April’s is Challenger Baseball.

■ The first thing people should know about Shabby Chic Boutique is that it is not a used-clothing store for women. It is so much more than that.

The one-stop shopping experience hosted a grand opening Saturday at its new location, 2575 U.S. Highway 6&50, situated between Gold’s Gym and Bassett Furniture.

“It’s wonderful and so much cozier and homier,” said Connie Ferguson, a co-owner.

Ferguson and 45 other entrepreneurs hatched a plan for the shop after a monthlong craft show evolved into a permanent fixture as a result of strong popular demand.

Shabby Chic is not a traditional cooperative venture because each entrepreneur takes home only so much money as each makes every month. The store makes it possible for people otherwise unable to do so open their own store, Ferguson said.

“Our motto here at the store is, ‘Alone we can do so little. Together, we can do so much,’” she said, quoting Helen Keller.

A full-service photography studio with Old West options, an attic full of high quality antiques, specialty paints, custom bedding, custom embroidery, new and used apparel, woodwork, and numerous other goods and services make Shabby Chic a true one-stop shop, especially if supporting local business is a priority.

“While government is trying to reach across the aisle, we’re reaching across the street,” she said. “We’re building community from the inside out, not the outside in.”

An open house featuring jewelry by eight artists takes place at Shabby Chic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday. Demonstrations of bended wire, wire wrapping, Kumihimo braiding, bead stringing, fiber necklaces and the benefits of magnetic jewelry will be given. 

Refreshments and door prizes will be provided along with free gift wrapping.

Shabby Chic is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (970) 314-7278 for more information.

Del Taco, where menu items are made to order with fresh ingredients, celebrates the grand opening of its second restaurant in Grand Junction by donating food to two local homeless shelters.

The new store, located at 2878 North Ave., will deliver more than $7,500 worth of food to The House, which provides shelter, food and care for local homeless teens, and also HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, a homeless shelter.

A ribbon cutting officially celebrates the store at 5 p.m. Tuesday, with a grand opening to the public at midnight.

Call 812-5700 for more information.

■ After four years, Turn the Page Used Bookstore, 119 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, closes its doors March 22. 

“A rough economy and more people using their electronic readers is my reason for closing this chapter in my career as a business owner,” said owner Carla Griffin. “Even though I am closing my doors, I will still be around town. I have started making custom doggie beds, and other dog-related items,” she said.

Look for Creature Comfort Doggie Beds by Carla on Facebook.

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