Biz Buzz: Jan. 26, 2014

After 30 years, Wildflower Floral, 3657 G 7/10 Road, is blooming again following a mother and child reunion that breathed life back into the business, said owner Pat Sommers.

Sommers’ daughter, Charlotte Meiners, returned to the business after a long absence. Together, the florists are offering new services, like long-range deliveries and a business birthday club. 

Traditional deliveries to Grand Junction locations will continue, but now people who live in Mesa, De Beque, Parachute and Whitewater can order and receive beautiful bouquets from the shop, Sommers said.

“Those folks have no access to floral delivery. That’s one reason we decided to do it,” she said.

Another new service is the business birthday club, which allows business owners who want to recognize employees with a flowery gift to simply give Wildflower every employee’s birth date and preference and Sommers will take care of all the gifts from there on out.

Sommers received treatment for breast cancer the same year her daughter was treated for Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of blood cancer. They both survived their diseases. Now, 10 years later, the duo shows their gratitude by the services they provide.

“We’re a fresh flower shop. We really try to give people an extra. We’re really picky about what we send out. It’s never old,” she said. “We know how precious life is so we like to have everything as perfect as possible.”

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Wildflower provides all types of flower arrangements, “roses as well as all kinds of general arrangements, sympathies, birthdays, the whole gamut,” Sommers said.

Liberty Tax offices expanded, moved and opened new locations since last tax season, according to a news release.

Kim and Robert Evans, owners of the 216 North Ave. office, expanded by acquiring the office at 3210 Interstate 70 Business Loop in Clifton.

Owners Ed and Audrey Ullrey moved their office to a new location — from 2502 U.S. Highway 6&50 to 163 N. Park Square in Fruita.

Ron and Violet Church now own two offices, their original office at 2692 U.S. Highway 50 and a new location in the Rimrock Walmart.

Owner Mike Moseman opened a new location at 2648 Patterson Road.

Essentials in Learning is a new business in Mesa County focusing on academic coaching, academic tutoring, and family advocacy in schools.

Its three founders — Anne Breckenridge, Alice Dunick and Shari VanderVelde — are all educators who have worked in School District 50 as classroom teachers, developers, and literacy specialists since 1980.

Over the last several years, Breckenridge, Dunick, and VanderVelde noticed a lack of services in the Grand Valley for students who are experiencing difficulty in school, particularly students with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.

The mission of Essentials in Learning is to help students in grades K–12 achieve school success and work to their full potential.  “One area we specialize in is working with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and other learning disorders,” Breckenridge said. “These children typically have trouble learning due to problems with what are called executive skills, like attention to task, sustaining focus, planning and prioritization, time management, working memory, and organization.”

The trio also specializes in individualized tutoring for students who are experiencing lags in specific school subjects like reading, writing, composition, or math.

The new business offers family advocacy services by providing support for special education meetings, 504 meetings, and other school-related matters. Coach-consultants meet with parents prior to scheduled school meetings, then attend meetings and serve as family advocates, assisting parents in obtaining the best possible services to meet the needs of their children as they navigate a maze of available options.

Call 210-9271 for more information. 

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