Biz Buzz, July 29, 2012

Theresa Kahl-Blee has been thinking for a couple of years about finding a larger space where Absolute Dance’s clients could dance, sing and exercise.

Locked into a lease at 2964 Interstate 70 Business Loop, she bided her time as class sizes and demand for more services grew. Once her lease expired, the owner of the five-year-old dance studio toured the former Ultimate Fitness building at 417 Monument Road. The high ceilings, coupled with the fact that the facility at one time was a movie theater, made it feel like home.

Absolute Dance staff moved into the building Monday and will host a grand opening from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15. Classes will start Aug. 27.

“It’s overwhelming. I’m pretty much tripling my space, as well as my overhead,” Kahl-Blee said, laughing. “It’s very overwhelming. But the students’ needs are there. I feel like I need to be able to provide an adequate facility.”

The business is expanding from a 5,500-square-foot space with three studios to a 15,000-square-foot space with five studios and the capability to grow to 11. That extra space will allow Absolute Dance to add voice and acting classes. Kahl-Blee expects enrollment to swell to 500 this fall and hopes it will double in the first year in the new location.

The size of the facility would allow Absolute Dance to pursue its goal of putting on smaller-scale theatrical and musical performances in-house.

“Being able to get into a (larger) theater is fairly expensive,” Kahl-Blee said. “It really takes a large production to be able to financially support those shows.”

■ A little more than a year after opening Fins Grill, owners Ron and Judy Hegge are ready to grow the restaurant’s following of diners who appreciate healthy, sustainable food.

Fins Grill has moved into the space formerly occupied by Planet Wines at 420 Main St. in downtown Grand Junction and will open “early this week,” Ron Hegge said. The location will allow the restaurant to draw from a large lunch crowd.

“Downtown is just such a great place to be,” Judy Hegge said. “A lot of traffic goes by the area on Horizon (Drive), but it’s not necessarily something people stop at unless they have a reason.”

The quick-gourmet restaurant opened at 683 Horizon Drive, Suite 112, in March of last year. But in taking over an existing building that somebody else designed, Fins Grill also took on its limitations. The setup in the old restaurant placed the kitchen far away from the seating area.

“It added the opportunity for confusion and mistakes,” Ron Hegge said.

The couple designed the new location in a way that diners can see their food being prepared, something the Hegges believe is important.

The new location also offers nearly twice the space: 2,300 square feet compared to 1,200 at the old location. That means more tables and chairs for an expanding customer base.

The ability for Fins Grill to relocate to a larger space “showed that people have a real interest in eating the healthier approach we offer.” Judy Hegge said.

Western Colorado Pediatric Associates, a division of Primary Care Partners, will open a second location in Fruita on Aug. 13.

An open house is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10.

The clinic at 455 Kokopelli Blvd. will provide pediatric services for the convenience of those living in Fruita and the west end of the Grand Valley. It will be served by physicians and staff Monday through Friday.

Patients who wish to make appointments should continue to call the main number for Western Colorado Pediatric Associates at 243-5437. The Grand Junction-based clinic is located at Fairmount Health Park, 3150 N. 12th St.

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