Biz Buzz, May 27, 2012

Business expansion is rare in the aftermath of the recession.

But Rondo Buecheler and Scott Winans couldn’t pass up the benefits of a buyer’s market and historically low interest rates. So the co-owners of Rapid Creek Cycles in Palisade took the plunge last fall, buying the Red Rose Cafe’s banquet room and moving the 5-year-old business from 317 S. Main St. a few doors down to 237 S. Main.

After closing for the winter, the men reopened the business in March at a new location that gives them more operating space and puts them directly across the street from the town plaza, a popular gathering place.

“Any event that happens in Palisade is in our front yard,” Buecheler said.

Previously squeezed into an 800-square-foot rental, Buecheler and Winans now own a 1,500-square-foot main floor and an 800-square foot basement that has enabled them to add a second bicycle bay. There’s also more storage space and men’s and women’s bathrooms.

The business also has added services beyond those its name implies. Two years ago, Rapid Creek Cycles began selling and renting paddle boards. It has since doubled the amount of boards and now offers lessons. Buecheler said a low water year for the Colorado River makes it an especially good time to learn how to paddleboard.

Rapid Creek Cycles is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Certified Home Improvement owner Gary Thiret already had his eye on Grand Junction when he was looking for a place to open an office for Renewal By Andersen, a replacement window and door company. He liked what he saw: a local economy that didn’t scare him off, friendly people and room in the marketplace for remodeling work.

The positive response Thiret received while participating in a home improvement show here in April confirmed his confidence in opening a satellite office in Grand Junction, according to Joe Turner, marketing director for Certified Home Improvement.

So Renewal By Andersen opened May 12 at 565 25 Road, between Grand Valley Bank and Superior Body Shop.

Turner said Renewal By Andersen offers start-to-finish window and door replacement work. The local office currently is staffed by one installer, with a sales representative driving to Grand Junction from Dillon as needed. Turner said the company will soon hire a locally based sales representative and is “definitely planning for growth” in the next few years.

The Grand Junction office joins satellite offices in Boulder and Casper, Wyo. Renewal By Andersen’s main office is in Fort Collins.

Renewal by Andersen is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Appointments are encouraged.

■ For 30 years, Samuel Hudson has been one of the few constants at the Horizon Drive hotel that has sported an assortment of names — it’s now the DoubleTree by Hilton. During that time, he’s made a living waxing, buffing, polishing and otherwise making look spiffy an assortment of dress shoes. He set up a second shoeshining station in the basement of the Alpine Bank building, 225 N. Fifth St., three years ago, running back and forth between the locations each day.

But in recent years, Hudson has noticed many of the Horizon Drive hotel customers are oil field workers, meaning they’re far more likely to be sporting Red Wing work boots than wingtip shoes.

“These guys don’t need shines,” he said.

So Hudson decided earlier this month to consolidate his business, Sammy’s Shoeshine Service. He now works full time in the Alpine Bank basement, just outside the entrance to Crossroads Fitness Center.

“It wasn’t working out,” Hudson said of the Hilton location. “I wasn’t making the kind of money I needed for the time I was investing.”

Aside from being centrally located, the downtown site has a built-in business clientele, he noted.

Sammy’s Shoeshine Service is open Monday through Friday from 7 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

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