Biz Buzz, Feb. 26, 2012

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A sister act hopes to heal minds and bodies at 1105 Ute Ave., where Marty Amos opened Amos Counseling and Kay Patterson-Ashby opened Mesa Therapies on Feb. 6.

Amos said counseling rates in Grand Junction are beyond the means of many people, especially if it’s not covered by insurance.

“I think there’s a need for someone who can provide counseling at a more affordable rate,” she said.

Amos said she does mostly addiction counseling and has five years of experience providing it, plus three years of experience in mental-health counseling. She also can provide counseling for individuals, couples, families, conflict resolution, anger management, and more. Future plans include getting licensed as a substance-abuse center, allowing her to do group counseling.

Amos said her rate is $45 per hour, and she can charge on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. She said $80 to $100 per hour is “the going rate” in Grand Junction, “and people who aren’t insured just can’t afford that. So, I take people who aren’t insured and work with them.”

For information or to make an appointment, call 778-4360.

■ Patterson-Ashby said Mesa Therapies, which she runs with her husband, Michael Shane Ashby, provides massage therapy, nutritional and weight-loss support and pain relief.

A practitioner of holistic medicine for more than 22 years, Patterson-Ashby said she is certified or licensed in practices such as cosmetology, master herbology and auriculotherapy, among others.

She said she makes her own herbal remedies and oil blends, and Mesa Therapies also provides weight loss and nutritional support with products from herbal company It Works. She said she has products to help tone and tighten skin and get rid of cellulite.

Patterson-Ashby said Mesa Therapies’ goal is to help people with their pain, obesity and depression, adding, “We help people be aware of what their body symptoms are telling them.”

For information or to make an appointment, call 778-4361.

East West Roofing marked its recent establishment of an office at 2454 Patterson Road, No. 210, with a ribbon cutting Feb. 16.

East West Roofing is a national company, more than 60 years old, and its co-owners, Scott Burch and George Harris, live on the Western Slope: Burch in Grand Junction and Harris in Carbondale. But it’s only in the past year the company has been doing work in western Colorado.

Burch and Harris opened the Grand Junction office because they had been running things out of their own homes, the business was growing locally, and they decided to make Grand Junction the call center and billing office for all East West Roofing and Harris Roofing Systems’ offices around the country.

East West Roofing does residential and commercial jobs and has worked with local builders such as FCI Constructors and Shaw Construction.

Burch said East West Roofing is on Angie’s List, and he recommends anyone interested in researching the quality of East West’s work to visit http://www.angieslist.com.

“We like what our customers have to say about us,” Burch said.

■ Ballroom. Flamenco. Tap. Name a style of dance, and chances are Deborah Anderson has tried it and in many cases taught it.

Upon arriving in the Grand Valley on New Year’s Eve, after her husband landed a job with the Colorado State Patrol in the Fruita office, Anderson began researching the local dance scene. Her findings led her to start her part-time business, Synthesis Irish Dance, which opens Wednesday with its first class in a room Anderson is renting at Dance Works, 2893 North Ave.

Irish dance, Anderson said, is near and dear to her. For starters, she’s proud of her Irish heritage. Irish dance also is the one she delved into most while growing up in Utah, and her love for it grew during the nearly six years she lived in Northern Ireland, the birthplace of her husband and her daughter.

“In Ireland, I took private lessons from an Irish dance champion,” she added.

Synthesis Irish Dance is starting with two regular classes, and Anderson hopes to soon provide a third offering: parent-and-child classes, which she said are rare to find in any dance form.

Anderson said she likes to fuse dance types, and that’s where Synthesis applies in the business name.

For information, call Anderson at 530-218-7511, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit her website, synthesisirishdance.com.

■ True to its plans to begin construction in February, work has begun on natural and organic grocery store Sunflower Farmers Market, which is going in next to Hobby Lobby and Sonic in Rimrock Crossing Shopping Center. The 28,000-square-foot store is targeting September or October for its grand opening.

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