Biz buzz, Jan. 12, 2014

■ A young Grand Junction business with a global reach is expanding, said Belinda Knisley, office manager for American Sealants.

The company specializes in the supply, installation, waterproofing, maintenance and repair of large acrylic and glass windows in aquariums, zoos, museums, pools, fountains, and private residences.

Now, with its new, larger space at 2483 Riverside Parkway, American Sealants is ready to grow even more.

The company has performed services for Napura in Japan and for Claxa in Italy, Knisley said.

Co-owner Jerry Smith spent 15 years working for Reynolds Polymer in Grand Junction as its installation supervisor and then eventually went out into business with his wife, Heather Smith.

“Because of his integrity and reputation ... literally before they opened their doors, they had contracts. The company just jumped up and ran,” Knisley said.

Le Rouge French Restaurant & Piano Bar, 317 Main St., has a brand new look that’s attracting a lot of buzz, said Gayle Hunger, manager.

“The dining room hasn’t been remodeled in about seven years,” Hunger said. “This is the first phase of work that’s going to be done on the space throughout the year.”

Heavy curtains that once obscured the view of the performance area from the dining room are down, replaced by a floor-to-ceiling glass partition framed in steel.

“It’s got a real fresh, modern look,” Hunger said. “It’s real sexy looking. The visual is amazing.”

■ The Pro Bono Project of Mesa County hosts several free clinics in coming weeks:

From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21, a clinic to help low-income Mesa County residents prepare for final orders hearings in family law cases, including divorce and custody. Attorney Trudee Andersen Gurley will teach.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 23, a clinic for people seeking to obtain a guardianship over another adult without the assistance of an attorney. Lorri Stone, Mesa County protective proceedings monitor and probate registrar and Attorney Drew Moore will teach.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13, a clinic to provide assistance with completing the paperwork for a divorce action. Attorney Drew Moore will teach. There is a $25 charge or seven hours of community service to be completed before the family law clinic.

Most clinics take place at 619 Main Street. Registration is required. Call (970) 424-5748 for more information.

Christy Hovland, an artisan chocolatier at Cherry Street Chocolates, is teaching candy-making classes at the Baker’s Boutique kitchen, 2478 Patterson Road, Suite 19. Each class lasts approximately two hours and costs $45. Call (970) 234-2060 for more information. 

■ Registration is still open for the 2014 Club 20 Denver Legislative Trip on Jan. 30 and 31 in Denver, Club 20 chairman Steve Reynolds said in a news release.

On the evening of Jan. 30, Club 20 hosts a networking event at the Governor’s Mansion in conjunction with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for members, state officials and other invited dignitaries. 

Agenda highlights include:

A Future Without Fracking in Colorado: Paul Enockson, Tim Wigley and Tisha Schuller.

Colorado Heath Care News: Patty Fontneau.

What’s Next for Education in Colorado: Scott Laband and Luke Ragland.

Colorado’s Financial Future: Charlie Brown and Phyllis Resnick.

Call 970-242-3264 for information.

Housing Resources of Western Colorado has a new office space for Weatherization Services in Montrose. The new location, 242 W. Main in Montrose, is more centrally located, has better accessibility for clients and provides for a more private and low-key atmosphere for those needing assistance, according to a news release. 

Since 1999, the office has been providing weatherization services to Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

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