Biz Buzz, July 8, 2012
David and Teresa Roof were looking for someone who would refinish the wood floors of their Grand Junction home without the expense and mess of sanding. They ended up doing the work themselves — and starting a business in the process.
The Roofs last month opened a franchise of floor refinishing company Mr. Sandless Inc., giving residents who want to spruce up their wood flooring — or most anything else made of wood — an option the couple claims is cheaper and cleaner.
Both Western Slope natives, the Roofs had wanted to refinish their floors for a few years. But they were unable to find anyone in the Grand Valley who could do the work without sanding, a process Teresa said would have required them to move out of their home for several days due to toxic fumes and left a layer of dust to clean up. So Teresa began researching alternatives on the Internet and came across Mr. Sandless. They came away impressed enough that having an employee do the work for them wasn’t enough.
“We want to do this because we can’t find that here,” Teresa said.
Ditching their pursuit of another franchise opportunity, they flew to Philadelphia for a few weeks this spring for training in order to start a local branch of Mr. Sandless.
Teresa said the company uses a high-speed machine with a wet, non-toxic solution to prepare wood floors, then applies multiple coats of finish to seal the floor.
“You can be on the floor a half-hour after we leave,” she said.
Refinishing a standard 200-square-foot wood floor costs around $440, about half the price of sanding, she said.
In addition to floors, the Roofs refinish wood doors, cabinets, church pews and most anything else made of wood. They also service other types of floors, including tile and concrete.
The Roofs currently work out of their home, but Teresa said they hope to expand at some point and add employees and operate out of a storefront. For now, they can be reached at 639-2147.
■ Two certified nurse midwives at Mesa Midwives, 2525 N. Eighth St., Unit 108, have added evening and weekend clinic hours in an effort to reach more working families.
Ruth Ann Price and Tiffini Young are now each available one night a week until 7 p.m., rather than 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
“We wanted to give working people some options,” Price said. “We wanted to be more available to families.”
Price has been a midwife since 1984, while Young worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 15 years before joining Mesa Midwives in January.
Price said Mesa Midwives helps deliver 400 to 450 babies each year, which is roughly a quarter of all babies delivered at St. Mary’s Hospital.
■ Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County has enabled 42 families to help build and move into homes of their own over the last 20 years.
Now the store that helps fund Habitat’s activities is moving into a new home of its own.
The Habitat Restore in August will move from its current 8,000-square-foot location at 309 N. Fourth St. to a new 15,000-square-foot location at 1601 N. Townsend Ave. The target date for the move is Aug. 24.
Habitat officials said donations will be needed to help fill the new, larger space and encouraged customers to stop by within the next six weeks to buy items offered at clearance prices at the current location.
“This move has been in the works for more than a year,” said Laura Jordan, manager of the Habitat Restore. “It will give us twice as much space, and we will have a true receiving area.”