Biz Buzz: Jan. 19, 2014

■ A big move is just a couple weeks away for a popular RV dealer with a “fantastic customer base,” said Janina Fiedler, office manager for Humphrey RV, 800 U.S. Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa.

“We’ve run out of room,” she said.

Since Brad Humphrey opened the business a little more than a decade ago, new and returning customers have pushed him to offer more RV models and expand his parts showroom, Fiedler said.

Growth of the business necessitated the move to a bigger space one mile down the road at 2749 U.S. Highway 50, she said.

The business plans to make the move in February.

“Brad started the business with customer service in mind,” she said. “He runs the place right, treating people the right way, and that means everybody from his customers to his employees.

“It’s a great place to work. It’s friendly and fun and that translates all the way around,” Fiedler said. 

Clifton Liquors, 3255 F Road, filed paperwork to renew its liquor license with the state last year, but officials apparently misplaced the renewal application and store owners failed to follow up, said owner James Vezakis.

“We didn’t get our license processed in time,” Vezakis said. “We’ve got to petition again and go in front of the (Mesa County Commissioners).”

A hearing on Vezakis’ liquor license application is scheduled to be heard by the commissioners at 9 a.m. Jan. 27. The meeting takes place at the old county courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., he said.

Patrons who live within one mile of the store can sign a petition in support of the license by dropping by the store, Vezakis said.

Otherwise, people should attend the county commissioners’ meeting on Jan. 27 and show their support, he said.

Vezakis said he was confident in the outcome.

“We will be re-opening on the 27th,” he said.

Rockslide Brew Pub celebrates 20 years in business this month with a special brew. Platinum Blonde Ale created by brewmaster Zorba Proteau is a light, lively beer that is thirst-quenching and flavorful, not bitter, with a 4.9 percent alcohol content. 

“There will be more specials all year for the celebration,” said Sean Howard, assistant manager. “Can you believe it’s been 20 years for Grand Junction’s original brew pub?”

Since opening, the pub has remodeled three times.

“Our focus now is on food and drink — freshness and quality,” Howard said. “We always upgrade our menu and keep up with trends. We strive to hire and keep the best staff.”

“We have tried to make a nice safe place for people to come late at night,” he said.

Bret Brouse, a Rockslide mug club member since 2001, said he has seen many positive improvements since the place opened, but that the value has always been there.

“As far as the mug club, to me, it’s just gotten better,” Brouse said. “We always get a happy hour price on drinks, coupons for free drinks and half price meals every Wednesday. 

“I’m one of the regulars. I’m probably there too often, but the location is great and they always seem to have good food, good drinks and good atmosphere,” he said.

■ Everyone with a Colorado property or property/casualty insurance license must complete a statutorily mandated three hours of training prior to their next license renewal.

Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado scheduled two classes in January that Montrose license holders can attend to meet the requirement.

The classes take place from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 27 at The Grotto, 72 South Grand Ave., Montrose. Got to http://www.iiaba.net to register.

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