Biz Buzz: May 11, 2017

The owners of Jitterz Coffee Hut at 644 North Ave. have been planning to expand their family-run business for several years.

This week, Josie Wright and her daughters, Kristen Marshall and Sharon Lostumbo, celebrated the grand opening of their second location, Jitterz Coffee, at 2700 South U.S. Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa.

“So far, everyone has been really nice and they’re happy that we are here,” Marshall said, adding that many customers have said they appreciate having a coffee shop on the south side of Grand Junction that has both an indoor seating area and a drive-thru.

The new location was formerly a Stop N Save convenience store that had been vacant for about two years, Marshall said.

The family purchased the building in August and began a complete renovation in December. The remodel included new paint, flooring and kitchen equipment. Exterior improvements were made to the parking lot asphalt, paint and signage.

“It has a rustic, industrial feel — but it’s still homey,” Marshall said.

The coffee shop seats 16 people and has free WiFi.

Lostumbo is the newest partner in the family business, bringing years of baking experience with her.

“She just loves baking and has always wanted to do something like this with us,” Marshall said.

Lostumbo makes fresh homemade muffins, scones and cinnamon rolls, plus offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Most of the baked goods will soon be available at the North Avenue location as well, Marshall said.

Jitterz Coffee is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

■ A special event is happening Sunday at Yoga:Vinayassa, 2500 Broadway, Unit D, in conjunction with Mother’s Day and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.

The yoga studio will participate in Project:OM, in which Manduka, an international yoga apparel retailer, is teaming up with studios across the country. OM stands for One Million, and the goal is to get one million people doing yoga this weekend across the U.S. to raise awareness of breast cancer.

The special class will be held on Sunday at 6:15 p.m. It is a donation-based class and all proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They are also raffling off a mala — which is a set of beads used to keep count while reciting a mantra — and a bracelet that will also benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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■ There’s some more good news for the business community at large in the most recent Bray report of recent residential real estate activity, which is ticking back toward the peak levels of 2008.

First, Bray reports the 2017 median home sales price is up double-digits from the same time period in 2016, jumping 11 percent to $213,500.

And, secondly, on the construction side of the real estate industry, building permits for single-family homes were up 2 percent in April 2017 over the same month last year, and are up 34 percent year to date, according to Bray.

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