Biz Buzz, June 9, 2013
Admit it: Grocery shopping is about as much fun as plucking out your eyebrows.
Silas Hahn is banking his business on it.
Two months ago, he launched the first franchise in Colorado of We Shop and Deliver, a personal shopping and delivery service for Mesa County residents who can’t stand the thought of — or simply don’t have time or physically aren’t up for — pushing a cart up and down the aisles, weaving through the masses of shoppers, arm-long list in hand.
“There are a lot of people who can’t or don’t want to go to the grocery store, plain and simple,” Hahn said. “Nobody likes to do it.”
Hahn figured elderly clients would comprise much of his customer base, and sure enough, they make up a good portion of it. Turns out, there are lots of others who aren’t up for a trip to the store: new mothers, people recovering from surgery, busy families and professionals who work a lot.
The process is simple: Submit your grocery list online or over the phone and Hahn will shop for and deliver your groceries that same day or the next day. Customers have until 9 a.m. the day of delivery to change their order. The charge is 20 percent of the grocery bill, plus the cost of the goods being delivered. There is a $25 minimum delivery charge.
Besides saving people time, Hahn claims We Shop and Deliver can save money for people prone to impulse buying. The business also shops for and delivers items from pet supply and home improvement stores.
We Shop and Deliver services are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday by appointment. Order by calling 245-7467 or going online to weshopanddeliver.com.
■ The Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization is rebranding itself under a new name — Colorado Flights Alliance — in an effort to expand its outlook and engage a larger region.
“Colorado’s central Western Slope is not just an assortment of individual economies — it is a collection of communities and world-class amenities that drive a larger economy,” Colorado Flights Chief Operating Officer Matt Skinner said. “As a driver of the regional economy, it is vital that Colorado Flights take a true regional approach in sustaining and growing air service for our residents, businesses, stakeholders and guests.”
Colorado Flights strives to stimulate economic development by attracting and retaining air service at Montrose and Telluride regional airports. The agency currently partners with United, Delta, American and Allegiant airlines on non-stop winter service to Montrose from Chicago, Newark, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Oakland, in coordination with Denver-Montrose service, and supports Denver-Telluride service. Colorado Flights also works with United and American on non-stop summer service from Houston and Dallas to Montrose, in coordination with Denver-Montrose service.
Last winter, Colorado Flights partnered with Crested Butte Mountain Resort on its Allegiant flights from Phoenix and Oakland to Montrose, and those organizations are in discussions to expand that partnership to other carriers and routes. Colorado Flights and the Telluride Tourism Board also have been working with the city of Montrose on an expanded partnership, including flight support and marketing.
Skinner said Colorado Flights plans to reach out to communities and stakeholder groups to combine resources on air service, including marketing campaigns to support that service, saying it will take that kind of coordination for Colorado Flights and Western Slope communities to continue to excel against competitors.
■ Longtime local insurance firm Veale Insurance Agency moved into a new space downtown last month, leaving its smaller Orchard Avenue address for the Bray Commercial Building at 244 N. Seventh St., Suite D.
For agency owner Sid Veale, whose family has sold insurance locally for more than 30 years, the move is ultimately about growth in the company.
“This opportunity came up to be in a nicer building, and have room to where we could expand a lot easier,” Veale said. “We wanted to move downtown, and we found a nicer location that would allow us to expand our staff.”
The agency now counts three employees, but that number could grow with the new space. Veale said the agency’s motto — in terms of the types of insurance it offers — is “from farm and ranch, to oil and gas.”
“We’re happy to be part of the downtown vibe now. It’s exciting.” Veale said about the recent move.