Biz Buzz, Feb. 23, 2014

The newest independent stylist for an online clothing brand could be bringing a trunk show to your neighborhood soon.

Jessie Johnson of Fruita was recently appointed to represent Ruby Ribbon, an online clothing line that pioneered combining form-creating shapewear with standard apparel.

The Wall Street Journal described Ruby Ribbon clothing as blending “Lululemon style with Spanx support.”

“It’s made to fit your body, not a mannequin’s,” Johnson said. “Each piece in the collection is designed to smooth, hug, shape and slim a woman’s body.”

Though Ruby Ribbon is relatively new, it is growing fast. It has already received $11.5 million in funding from some of the same investors who support Jamba Juice and Starbucks.

“Ruby Ribbon is poised to make a splash in the women’s shapewear industry, which is already at $100 billion annually,” Johnson said.

Call 970-985-2863 for information.

Avalanche Heating & Cooling, 2350 G Road, No. 108, recently earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.

“We’re thrilled and honored to have earned the Angie’s List 2013 Super Service Award in two major categories: heating and air conditioning,” said Matthew Peiffer, service manager at Avalanche.

“This is a testament to the quality service, products and employees that Avalanche strives for on a daily basis,” said James Ostrander, installation manager at Avalanche. “It’s our people who made this possible.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners must meet strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Avalanche Heating & Cooling, founded in 2007, is licensed & insured and offers 24-hour, seven-day emergency service. Avalanche specializes in residential comfort systems. The company can be reached at or call 970-234-9555.

Kannah Creek Brewing Co. just released the inaugural bottling of its Crossed Irons Irish Ale. 

A portion of the Crossed Irons bottle sales will go directly to the Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund — Colorado Chapter (Terry Fund).

The Terry Fund uses donations to help firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty. It helps a firefighter family member who is sick or has an ambition to get a college education, or it might might provide resources for a smaller volunteer department with no money for training or equipment. 

“Without generous donations from friends of the fund like Kannah Creek Brewing Co., we would be unable to fulfill our mission,” said board member Doug Lee.

Kannah Creek’s interest in helping Colorado firefighters began in 2008 when a local firefighter, a regular at the brewpub, was diagnosed with leukemia. 

The owners changed the name of a seasonal offering known as Monument Red to Crossed Irons Irish Ale. A portion of the Crossed Irons draft sales were then donated to the firefighter and his family to help cover medical expenses. 

“We saw a chance to help someone in the community who had an impact on a lot of people in the Grand Valley,” co-owner Eric Ross said. “It just seemed like the right thing to do.”

The Crossed Irons is a traditional red ale with medium malt body and light hop bitterness. It has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 5.2 percent and an international bittering unit (IBU) of 30.  Crossed Irons refers to firemen hand tools; the flathead ax and halligan bar. 

This craft beer is available in 6-packs and 12-packs throughout the state of Colorado.

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