Biz buzz, July 28, 2013

A Grand Junction man who works most of his time in the natural gas fields near Rangely has opened a bright, yellow Mexican food truck with his wife in hopes of someday being able to work closer to his family.

Adam and Shannon Padilla launched Phatty’s Burritos two months ago using tried-and-true recipes passed down to them by Ben Lobato, Adam Padilla’s late grandfather.

“This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, since I was about 16,” Adam Padilla said.

Whole pinto beans, red and green chili, carne asada and many other ingredients prepared by his wife and other family members figure prominently in the business’s signature Phatty Burrito, which is big enough to feed two people, he said.

Though the tortillas he uses are not made by family, they are purchased locally from a Grand Junction vendor.

“We believe in doing everything local. You’ve got to represent where you’re from,” Padilla said.

Padilla thanked members of his church, Canyon View Vineyard Church, 736 24 1/2 Road, for their support.

Phatty’s Burritos is located at 123 Ute Ave. on the lot of GJ Auto Sales. Phatty’s is open 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed on Sunday and Monday.

■  Mesa Mall is making room for a large, new retailer that wants to open on or before Black Friday, Nov. 29, Mesa Mall Marketing Director Chelsi Reimer said.

North Carolina-based Shoe Show Inc., owner of more than 1,100 retail stores in 38 states, plans to open a new location at Mesa Mall to be called The Shoe Dept. Encore.

The store will house an inventory of 15,000 pairs of shoes and take up space normally occupied by seven retailers, Reimer said.

To be situated across the hall from and parallel to Sports Authority, The Shoe Dept. can’t go in until a GNC store currently occupying one of the seven retail spaces moves to a new location within the mall, she said.

A play area for children, which used to be located in the hallway, was moved to the food court to make room for the new shoe store. The resituated play area opened Saturday, Reimer said.

■  A new, upscale nail salon staffed by eight experienced manicurists wants prospective customers to know all of its technicians speak fluent English.

Laura Nguyen, owner of Signature Nails, 2502 U.S. 6&50, suite 500, said she has worked 11 years in the business and all her employees have at least five years experience.

Most of the staff at Signature previously worked at Nail Focus in Mesa Mall, Nguyen said.

“We have eight chairs and nine stations,” she said. “We like to do big parties, wedding parties.”

Any bride who brings four members of her wedding party to Signature Nails for manicures gets her nails done for free, Nguyen said.

A back to school special is also being offered until Sept. 1, she said.

■  Dance Works and Dancer’s Edge Boutique, 2586 Patterson Road, will host an open house Aug. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will tour the studio, meet dance, voice, acting, tumbling and self-defense instructors, enjoy free performances, hear the names of scholarship winners and maybe even win a trip the light fantastic during a free class. Call 243-5954 for information.

■  A prominent Western Slope accounting firm announced promotions for seven of its employees who work at offices in Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction and Montrose.

Dalby, Wendland & Company, a leader in public accounting and business consulting for more than 65 years, promoted five women and two men as part of its annual performance reviews, Dalby spokeswoman Sonya Foster said.

“All of these professionals represent our core values of trust, respect and responsibility. They won promotions because they apply these values in their client, employee and community relationships,” Foster said.

Nathan A. Fyock, Sabrina J. Hoyt and Lisa Thon-Kollar, CPAs, were all promoted to manager.

Jennifer M. Street, a CPA, was promoted to accounting supervisor.

Jeff M. Wilson, a CPA, was promoted to senior accountant. Brittany A. Dreher and Christina R. Still were also promoted to senior accountant. 

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