Biz Buzz, June 10, 2012

After working at a local veterinary clinic and grooming pets for 11 years, Emily Campbell spent the past three years at home raising two of her family’s three children. But with her husband serving as the sole source of income, she decided it was time to wade back into the workforce.

With the benefit of her grooming experience and a soft commercial real estate market, Campbell opened Wizard of Paws, a full-service pet grooming business at 719 Pitkin Ave., No. 1, on May 1.

“We’ve been talking about it for years, we’ve been saving a little bit (of money), and we just decided to try it,” she said, noting that being her own boss has the added benefit of being able to bring her kids to work with her.

Campbell said she offers everything from ear and teeth cleaning to nail trimming and painting to haircuts and bathing. And while many envision pooches being the primary beneficiaries of such maintenance and pampering, Campbell noted she accepts those of the feline persuasion, too.

“A lot of groomers don’t take care of cats,” she said.

Campbell said her services are available by appointment and that she can work anywhere from 6 a.m. to about 7 p.m., as well as on Saturday and Sunday. She can be reached at 970-367-6650.

■ You would expect to find a salon that does both hair and nails. A place that does personal grooming and also sews bridal gowns and fashions wedding headpieces? OK. Now add leadership and personal development.

That unusual combination of services is available at Cathy’s Place, which opened at the end of February at 125 N. Eighth St., No. 19.

“It’s just stuff I enjoy doing,” owner Cathy Chase said. “I love working with people. I love helping people help themselves.”

Chase’s new business has its roots — literally and figuratively — in her 25 years’ worth of experience as a hairdresser. She owned a salon in Glenwood Springs for 18 years before relocating to the Grand Valley. She said she cuts both men’s and women’s hair.

In addition, she’s the Western Slope representative for Marie-Margot Couture, a custom bridal and evening gown company.

She’s also passionate about assisting people with more than their outer appearance.

“I see a deterioration of our lifestyle in our country. So many people are wandering around aimlessly and without goals.”

Chase said she does most of her work by appointment. She can be reached at 970-618-2444.

■ For the better part of the past five years, Ginny Sullivan has endured several steep climbs on a roller coaster interspersed with a few stomach-twisting thrills. That ride has now come to an end.

Sullivan’s Grill, 229 E. Aspen Ave., closed late last month. A sign in the window says as much, and fliers for other restaurants now plaster the front of the former Fruita restaurant.

Ginny and her husband, Jesse, bought the eatery when it was known as Pancho’s Villa II in 2007. They changed the menu and renamed it Sullivan’s Grill in 2010. The restaurant nearly tanked in the wake of the recession, problems with food and staffing and Jesse’s death last year.

It received a boost after Food Network show “Restaurant: Impossible” and show host and celebrity chef Robert Irvine paid a visit last October, $10,000 in hand to give the restaurant a two-day makeover. Buzz from the show provided a brief boon, but Sullivan in January listed the business for sale, citing the desire to spend more time with her two teenage children.

Attempts to reach Sullivan for comment were unsuccessful.

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