Biz Buzz, March 24, 2013
Susan Hamon became the owner of Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub, 2148 Broadway, last May, but a few years before that, the 27-year employee of Garfield’s developed an interest in opening a restaurant on Grand Junction’s Main Street.
An opportunity presented itself when Dolce Vita closed at the end of December after operating at 336 Main St. for 18 years.
So Hamon opened Loree’s Seafood and Steakhouse last week and is planning a grand opening in the first week of April after the establishment obtains its liquor license.
“She’s always wanted to open one down on Main Street,” said Hamon’s daughter, Laurie. “Customers for years have told us we should be located downtown.”
Loree’s menu is in the same vein as Garfield’s, with a focus on fresh fish, seafood and steaks. But the menu varies a bit.
For starters, Loree’s offers a 20-minute lunch — the diner’s choice of a French dip sandwich, Philly cheese steak, spicy fish tacos or a lobster salad sandwich, guaranteed to be delivered to their table within 20 minutes.
There are also create-your-own hamburgers, sandwiches, pasta, salad and soup for lunch, while dinner features fish specials, steak, chicken, crab and lobster. Breakfast is available on the weekend.
Laurie Hamon said her mother got the idea after visiting a sandwich shop in Greeley. Susan Hamon liked the menu and thought downtown Grand Junction could use a place where customers can grab a good sandwich. Loree, the restaurant’s name, has been in the family for four generations.
Loree’s is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant will stay open later if customers are coming in, Laurie Hamon said.
Once Loree’s begins serving alcohol, it may keep an upscale bar open later at night, she said.
■ Businesses needing assistance with supervisor training, employee time and stress management, employee substance abuse problems or a host of other workplace issues can take advantage of free services offered through a state agency that recently expanded to the Western Slope.
Workplace Prevention Services, which is funded by grants through the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, aims to help businesses expand productivity through a variety of programs. Services include policy development and consultation, supervisor training, management consultation, drug-testing resources and communication training.
Kara Kyle, workplace prevention coordinator, said Workplace Prevention Services started about 10 years ago and offered services on the Western Slope on a limited basis through organizations such as the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and the Business Incubator Center. Service demand led to the group opening an office in Grand Junction in January.
“There was just that need over here,” Kyle said.
Workplace Prevention Services is located in the Bank of Colorado building at 200 Grand Ave., Suite 270, and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s looking for a couple of businesses for which it can provide short-term problem-resolution and counseling services.
■ Dave and Jeanne Sheriff started Healthstyles Exercise Equipment 20 years ago this month, eventually expanding the retailer’s presence across the state with stores in seven locations.
But the recession and customers’ taste for shopping shifting away from bricks-and-mortar toward web-based showrooms have had an impact in recent years.
So the Sheriffs will close their store at 2412 F Road on March 31. They hope to retain a market presence on the Western Slope while eliminating the utility, insurance and other costs associated with a storefront.
Dave Sheriff noted the manner in which consumers shop today is markedly different than it was just a few years ago. Shoppers research online, and if they’re not buying there, they’re coming into a store armed with information on a tablet or smartphone. He said Healthstyles’ website is its top marketing tool. The business must pay attention to those trends.
“I feel that the company that doesn’t adapt and doesn’t change isn’t going to be around,” Sheriff said. “I know specialty exercise equipment dealers that are no longer here because they didn’t adapt.”
He said Healthstyles remains committed to serving western Colorado. Its corporate office and distribution center is in Glenwood Springs, it will continue to attend area trade shows and the company is retaining the Grand Junction store manager to serve customers stretching from Durango to Moab to Parachute.
“We certainly don’t want to lose that awareness and momentum,” Sheriff said. “I’m sure we will to a degree, but the challenge and goal is to keep the lights burning in those relationships.
The Grand Junction store is holding a sale before it closes next weekend. For more information, call 248-3654 or log onto http://www.healthstylesexercise.com.