Biz Buzz, March 10, 2013

After 40 years of making a name for itself on the Western Slope, Alpine Bank is expanding its reach to the Front Range.

The $2.4 billion bank expects to open its first location east of the Continental Divide in the lower downtown area of Denver sometime in the third quarter of this year.

Norm Franke, who helped open the first Alpine Bank location in Mesa County in 1991, takes over as regional president of the new Front Range division. Clay Tufly, president of the Alpine Bank location in downtown Grand Junction for eight years, will succeed Franke as Mesa County regional president.

Tufly has worked for Alpine Bank for 23 years and managed many locations during that time. The Grand Junction native holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from what is now Colorado Mesa University.

Headquartered in Glenwood Springs, Alpine Bank opened its first location in Carbondale in 1973. The bank now operates 36 locations in western Colorado and employes 500 people in serving more than 130,000 customers.

Bill Shumate feels blessed, believing he’s been able to do everything he’s wanted to thus far in life.

The next chapter has led him to open Alpha Sports and Nutrition, 2490 Patterson Road, Suite 7, a combined fitness training studio and supplements retailer. The business held a grand opening Saturday and is offering grand opening deals through the end of March.

Shumate worked for the last four years at Gold’s Gym, including the last year as the athletic director at the Clifton location. He decided to branch out on his own in November, initially seeking to purchase a supplement store franchise. When that didn’t work out, he found a storefront on Patterson Road and built a business from the ground up.

“We all come to a place in our lives where you think to yourself, ‘What else can I do?’ ” he said.

The 2,500-square-foot space he operates out of is divided into 1,000 square feet for a supplement store and 1,500 square feet for a training studio. Shumate claims his supplement prices are as low as Internet prices.

“We will do much better (on pricing) than supplement retail stores in town,” he said.

The studio side of the business is a “functional training center,” with a focus on open space that allows for a variety of cross-training exercises rather than a room full of equipment. Shumate said he sees two to four clients a day for whom he designs nutrition and workout programs. He said his clients range from those seeking therapy and rehab for physical disorders, to those wanting to manage their weight, to athletes training for a specific sport.

For $40 a session, Shumate said he offers a customized nutrition plan, a calendar of cardiovascular exercises for clients to perform on their own and an hour of training with him.

Shumate said business has been a bit slow thus far as he’s sought to get his name out there.

“Like any business, you start with some humble beginnings,” he said. “But with that, the store has paid our bills so far.”

Alpha Sports and Nutrition is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Training is offered by appointment only.

■ A Redlands coffee shop is operating under new management — and a new name.

Monument Village Coffee Shop owner Carol Christiansen recently turned over the day-to-day operations of the business at 2148 Broadway, Suite A2, to Myndi Baker and her aunt, Robyn. The two women working at another property Christiansen owns in town when she asked them if they’d be interested in managing the coffee shop formerly known as Wild Flour Coffee Shop, Myndi Baker said.

The shop has expanded its breakfast and lunch menus, adding breakfast burritos and sandwiches and made-to-order eggs in the morning and green chile and a different daily soup for the lunch-time crowd, Baker said. The shop, for the first time, has a website and a Facebook page.

Monument Village Coffee Shop is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Baker said the shop will open on Mondays later this spring.

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