Biz buzz, July 7, 2013

Being an elementary school teacher meant Ivy Howey wasn’t spending nearly as much time with her baby daughter as she would have liked.

So when her husband recently landed a good job, she decided the time was right to put down the pencil, pick up a spatula and launch Yum Wholesome Bakery.

The idea to start her own business grew not only out of a desire to be home with her daughter more, but to provide a venue for potential customers like her aunt, who is gluten intolerant.

All of Yum’s products are gluten-free. Howey said she uses as many local ingredients as possible and organic ingredients when feasible, and she doesn’t use any genetically modified organisms. Packaging is made from 100 percent recycled materials or is biodegradable or compostable.

“I just want people to be able to enjoy their food and not worry if it’s bad for them, and I want them to know that gluten-free doesn’t have to be taste-free,” Howey said.

Howey said she’s always loved to bake. Before she obtained her license to teach, she earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture with an emphasis in food crops.

Yum offers French bread — made mainly with rice flour — with fresh herbs, peanut butter cookies with an organic maple spread and chocolate cupcakes made with black beans. Howey also can make cakes and is working on muffins and vanilla cupcakes. She said her muffins contain a gluten-free blend of flour and her cupcakes and cookies contain no flour ingredients at all.

Howey sells her baked goods at the Downtown Farmers Market in Grand Junction. She posts on Facebook — search for Yum Wholesome Bakery — the dates she’s at the market. She also takes special orders and hopes to sell her product out of local coffee shops.

Yum currently is based out of Howey’s home kitchen, but she plans to move into a commercial kitchen at the Grand Junction Business Incubator Center this fall.

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■ Grand Valley radio listeners soon will have a new station to tune into.

Battlement Mesa-based KSUN 103.9 FM has acquired KDBN 101.1 FM from Townsquare Media and will begin broadcasting on that frequency in a matter of days, officials announced in a news release last week.

KSUN Community Radio started broadcasting on 101.1 FM in 2002 but switched to 103.9 FM in 2007 because of FCC regulations and other factors. The station featured a variety of music and general interest programs but, broadcasting at just 100 watts, was able to reach only Battlement Mesa and Parachute residents.

The purchase means the station, which will operate under the KDBN call letters as Energy 101.1 FM, will broadcast at up to 3,000 watts, boosting its market reach. Officials said the station will follow a classic rock format, which will be complemented by some of the local programming and public interest programs featured on 103.9 FM. The new station also will be a commercial station accepting advertising.

KSUN Community Radio will continue to be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, providing programming based upon input from members and the communities the station serves.

■ Officials with Moody Insurance Agency were looking to leave the office space they’d occupied in Grand Junction for roughly 30 years. They found a space they think will ensure they’ll stick around for many years to come.

Moody and its roughly 20 employees moved in May from 604 25 Road to the Shaw Construction building at 760 Horizon Drive, Suite 302. The insurance company now finds itself sharing space with Shaw, engineering firm Olsson Associates and energy companies Occidental Oil & Gas Corp. and Chevron, among others.

“We just found an opportunity to move in here with businesses that closely resemble our style of business,” said Greg Stephens, Moody’s director of insurance operations, noting Moody does a lot of business with those types of companies.

Moody has been in the Grand Valley for more than 100 years, starting downtown as the Garms Insurance Agency.

“We want to continue to evolve and grow and not become stagnant,” Stephens said. “We feel like this move is part of that.”

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