Biz Buzz, Jan. 6, 2013
Paul Vogt and Margaret Taylor love helping people become healthier and giving them the skills to do it on their own.
Last month, the personal trainers opened Monument Fitness Club, 2148 Broadway, Unit B1, an automated 24-hour gymnasium tucked into a corner of the Monument Village Shopping Center.
The club is an outgrowth of Body Teez, a personal-training business Taylor started two years ago. The former competitive bodybuilder purchased equipment auctioned off following the closure of Ultimate Fitness Center in 2011. Soon the business outgrew its small space.
Vogt happened upon his business’ future home after shopping at the adjacent Safeway and meeting the landlord.
Monument Fitness is a no-frills gym, occupying just 2,400 square feet. There is no cardiocinema, pool or hot tub — just several pieces of weightlifting equipment and a few cardio machines.
“It’s built for the people who need someplace to go besides the big names,” Vogt said.
An individual membership is $25 a month, while couples can join for $40 a month. Monument Fitness offers weightraining classes for $10 a session and personal training for $40 an hour.
“It’s just fun to watch people change and recover from injuries and make them strong forever and give them skills,” Taylor said.
■ The idea of a dental practice that pitches itself as a low-cost service provider appears to be catching on in the Grand Valley.
Comfort Dental, which five years ago opened an office at 2650 North Ave., Suite 101, recently opened a second office at 2502 U.S. Highway 6&50, Suite 700, in the former Garden of Eat’n location.
The practice, owned by dentists Jeff Greene and Josh Hollingshead, is one of roughly 70 Comfort Dental offices in Colorado. Each office is a dentist-owned, independent franchise.
Greene said Comfort Dental’s Denver-based corporate office decided to open a second location in Grand Junction due to an increase in demand, noting the North Avenue office is taking in more than 250 new patients each month. He said Comfort Dental offers “bread-and-butter” dentistry — cleanings, fillings, extractions, crowns, bridges and implants. The North Avenue location also provides orthodontic services.
“Most Comfort Dental offices, you won’t see extravagant bells and whistles,” Greene said. “It’s basic services, basic equipment. You won’t find granite countertops or plasma TVs.”
That allows Comfort Dental to keep its fees low, Greene said.
The new Comfort Dental office is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
■ Judy Panozzo opened Victoria Rose Bridal, 2454 U.S. Highway 6&50, Unit 104, after her daughter got engaged but lacked the “experience” Panozzo believes brides-to-be should have: The opportunity for Mom to enjoy her daughter’s preparations, for the bride’s friends to “ooh and aah” over her.
Twenty years later, Panozzo has remodeled her business to accommodate what she sees as the latest trend in bridal shopping.
The project removed Victoria Rose’s one large stage and replaced it with three stages and viewing areas, replaced carpet with ceramic tile, created larger dressing rooms and created enough space in the middle of the business for a runway. The last change will allow the business to host fashion shows.
Panozzo said with the advent of reality shows such as TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” brides have changed the way they shop, and they now bring in larger groups of people. She said the showroom reconfiguration accommodates friends and relatives while still giving groups privacy.
Panozzo remodeled her store despite what she called a “tough” business climate. She said her landlord agreed to front much of the money for the project and will allow her to pay it back in rent. Panozzo said she recently signed a five-year lease.
“My philosophy is either go big or go home,” she said.
Victoria Rose will host an open house and fashion show Saturday to celebrate the remodel. The open house is from 1 to 3 p.m., and the fashion show is at 2 p.m.
■ People in need of help with their federal taxes will find that assistance in a new location starting next week.
The Internal Revenue Service’s Taxpayer Assistance Center, currently located at 561 25 Road, Suite B, will move to the Wayne Aspinall Federal Building at 400 Rood Ave. on Jan. 14. The relocation will take place over the weekend, so taxpayers should experience no interruption in service.
The Grand Junction center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
A list of services provided at the office can be found at http://www.irs.gov/localcontacts.