Biz buzz, Jan. 5, 2014

■ It was the kind of snap decision, made from the gut, that proves natural instincts can be a good guide to success.

When Lady Di, the venerable Grand Junction hair salon on Patterson Road, closed down after 20 years in business, scores of customers were left without a place to go. Jennifer Hall, who worked at Lady Di for 15 of those 20 years, went looking for a new job but had not decided on a suitable situation when she was approached to open a new salon in the same location.

That’s when Salon PazzoBello, which means “crazy beautiful,” was born.

“I had to make a quick decision,” Hall said. “The space came open because they had closed their business and the stylists who were there, including me, had to make a choice.”

Encouraged by other business owners in the strip mall on the corner of Patterson Road and Seventh Street, Hall decided to take the plunge and open her own shop.

Hall has been self-employed for many years and has managed a couple of different salons before, but actual ownership, “This is new territory for sure,” Hall said.

“It’s very stressful but we’re doing pretty good,” she said.

Opening a business during the winter off-season was a challenge, but so far, clients are returning in droves.

“They had nowhere to go. I didn’t know what to tell them or what to do and I was like, oh gosh, I can’t just leave these people out flapping in the wind.”

Hall said a personable staff and comfortable surroundings make Salon PazzoBello, 2648 Patterson Road, a great place to go to be pampered.

Kannah Creek Brewing Co.‘s monthly firkin fundraiser starts 5 p.m. Monday when a firkin keg will be tapped. All sales proceeds from the keg plus any donations will go directly to HomewardBound of the Grand Valley.

A Ruby Red Blonde — cask-conditioned and served at approximately 55 degrees with lower-level carbonation — will be served. The firkin beer will be available only the night of the tapping. Pints will be sold for $4.

HomewardBound’s mission is to provide a safe and healthy first step for homeless adults and families on their pathway home. HomewardBound is the largest homeless shelter on the Western Slope. It provided more than 47,000 nights of shelter and 100,000 meals in 2013.

Also, Kannah Creek’s Edgewater Brewery will host a fundraiser for the Riverfront Trails Project from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 through Jan. 16, with $2 bottle beer specials. The Riverfront Project will receive $1 for every bottle of Lands End Amber or Standing Wave Pale Ale sold during the three-day event.

The Riverfront Commission and Foundation have benefitted from great community support and continue to work toward the vision of a trail from the Garfield/Mesa County line to the Utah state line. To date, there are more than 20 miles of public multiuse trails linking more than 300 acres of park areas.

■ Business is booming at G.J.Gardner Homes Design Center, 561 25 Road. The builder opened its new center in August, but has more than doubled staff since then.

Owner Lawrence Balerio started with Mark Shaw and Stephanie Heald as new home consultants, but due to strong demand, added Stephen and Donna Fullerton, Glen Whaley and Michele Vargo to the team.

Their mission is to walk each prospective home buyer through a discovery process to determine the appropriate floor plan, location, features and budget for a new home, Balerio said.

“The Design Center features many of the available products and finishes, including a completed kitchen, which helps the home buyer get a true idea of the fixtures and finishes for their new home,” he said.

With more than 120 floor plans available locally, the consultants can customize any plan to the client’s specific needs.

With on-site draftsmen and estimators, G.J.Gardner regularly produces complete proposals in 48 hours or less. They also work closely with area Realtors to identify suitable residential lots and acreage for construction and development potential.

Call 245-7542 for more information. 

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