Biz buzz, Jan. 27, 2013

Two downtown Grand Junction restaurants are closed for remodeling but are expected to reopen in the coming days.

Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., Suite 103, will reopen Monday, according to signs posted in its windows. A notice also pointed in the pub’s window indicates it had its liquor license suspended by the Local Licensing Authority for violation of state liquor laws. Further details weren’t immediately known.

Meanwhile, Junct’n Square Pizza, 119 N. Seventh St., should reopen Feb. 4. The restaurant has been closed since Jan. 20.

The owners of both restaurants couldn’t be reached for comment last week.

■ Two years ago, Felicia Draughon squeezed two salon chairs and a shampoo bowl into a glorified closet — 213 square feet at 2768 Compass Drive, Suite 108. Roots Salon turned a small profit in her first year, something of a rarity for small businesses. As her client base grew, so did Draughon’s need for more room.

With a desire to be downtown, she and her two stylists last month relocated the organic salon into a 550-square-foot space at 755 Rood Ave.

Roots currently offers hair care services and products. Draughon said the additional space will allow her to offer more retail products, and she eventually wants to add skin care products.

“I keep really high standards,” Draughon said of her services and products, which she said are free of artificial chemicals and fragrances. “I consider myself the Vitamin Cottage of hairdressers. You know when you walk in here that I’ve already done my research.”

Paul Bird moved to the Grand Valley in 1979 and worked for Farmers Insurance Group for more than 30 years. He recently retired from the national insurance firm, took one day off, then started a new independent agency the next day.

Now, through a host of insurance companies, Paul Bird Insurance Agency Inc., 607 28 1/4 Road, offers personal lines of insurance including, automobile, homeowners, boats and all-terrain vehicles and commercial insurance such as liability and workers’ compensation.

Bird said he uses a software program in which he enters clients’ information and distributes it to roughly 10 companies to get quotes. The rates, he said, are more competitive than what he was able to offer previously.

“If you see your insurance company advertising a lot on TV, you’re probably not getting the best rates,” Bird said. “They have to pay for that advertising somehow.”

Bird said business has grown since he started the company but has really taken off since a noncompete clause with Farmers Insurance expired.

“I still have a lot of friends and relationships I built with Farmers through those years,” Bird said. “There were just changes where I needed to be more independent. I needed to offer clients a choice. When I was with Framers, I had a choice of one. It’s hard to make everybody fit into one package.”

The insurance agency is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment at 683-5479.

Welcome Montrose, a hospitality services that informs residents who are new to the Montrose area about businesses and services in the region, is under new ownership.

Terri Leben purchased the business at the beginning of January from Riyanon Keep.

Welcome Montrose has been around for more than 30 years. It generates revenue from businesses who pay for the agency to advertise their services and products to newcomers.

Leben, who along with her husband, Bruce, moved to Montrose four years ago, said she felt like the business was a good fit for her. She worked in banking for 27 years.

“I love meeting new people. I love connecting people with services,” said Leben, who as a member of the Montrose Association of Realtors has access to a multiple listing service and often locates new residents that way.

Welcome Montrose currently has about 45 advertisers, but Leben said she doesn’t plan to significantly expand that list.

“I think that’s overwhelming,” she said. “I want to make sure I’ve had experience with businesses before I take them on.”

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