Biz Buzz, Feb. 9, 2014

The 57,000-square-foot space vacated by City Market at the Eastgate Shopping Center in December 2010 has a new tenant.

Signage for the new Sears Outlet, 2830 North Ave., is already up at the former grocery store.

A soft opening is scheduled for Feb. 20, said Christopher Owens, an acting district manager who came to Grand Junction from Phoenix to help oversee the project.

A local painting crew was putting the finishing touches on the walls, dozens of metal racks and shelves were staged for placement and signs boasting brand name products and steep discounts were already placed.

Sears Outlet sells new but scratched, dented and discontinued items at 20 percent to 70 percent off, Owens said.

The store plans to hire 20 or more employees, all local. Hiring is ongoing. Go to shos.com to apply, he said.

■ Accountants, especially those publicly certified, are known to be circumspect people, prudently approaching each situation with an eye toward every possible angle. No need to rush.

Ask Lisa Tonsfeldt and Dennis Morris, now partners in the CPA firm of Morris & Tonsfeldt CPAs, 397 Ridges Blvd.

Morris, who founded the firm more than 30 years ago, is now semi-retired and focused on consulting work. He took time to bring Tonsfeldt along. She worked at the firm for about two years before buying in as a partner in 2012, said Linda Snyder, business office and marketing director.

A transition year followed during which Morris introduced his new partner to all the clients to make sure they were happy and comfortable with the change. They were.

With the start of 2014, Tonsfeldt is now fully engaged in operating the firm and is gearing up for a busy 2014 tax season, Snyder said.

As a boutique accounting firm, Snyder said the accountants at Tonsfeldt & Morris are able to get to know their clients more intimately in ways accountants at larger firms cannot. That means better service, she said.

■ The third time will be a charm. Signage at a space at 950 North Ave.,  occupied twice previously by coffee and bagel shops, announces it will soon house Mountain Grind Coffee. A peek through the glass door revealed some cleaning was underway, with the hardwood bar and floors ready to receive a thorough polishing. Signage just inside the door waits to be assembled. A sign on the door says the shop is now hiring. There could be a good job there for a student at Colorado Mesa University, which shares its campus with the shop.

Local Focus Digital Media announced Wednesday it expanded the number of sites that host its advertising services in Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs and is preparing to celebrate its fifth year in business, co-owner Jim Montoya said.

Local Focus is a digital sign company that specializes in developing targeted ad campaigns by narrowing the focus and strategically placing the advertising message in front of consumers. A 20-second commercial plays at least once every 10 minutes at the locations the advertiser chooses.

Local Focus recently added new host locations, including Daylight Donuts and Lois’ Place in Grand Junction and the Community Center in Glenwood Springs.

“It’s local content for local business for local people. That’s why it’s called Local Focus,” Montoya said.

Welcome Montrose, the hospitality service that has been in Montrose for more than 34 years, is hosting the second of three Honky Tonk Boot Stomps at the Turn of the Century Saloon on Feb. 14.

The saloon is located at 117 N. Fourth St. The Boot Stomp will feature the Anders Brothers Band and an Italian dinner catered by Pine Cone Catering.

Cost is $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.valentinemontrose.eventbrite.com

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