Biz Buzz: May 4, 2014

Several longtime Grand Junction home mortgage loan originators last month left the firm where they worked to take advantage of an entrepreneurial opportunity offered by a mortgage company based in Utah.

Academy Mortgage Corp. opened its Grand Junction branch at 1114 N. First St. after hiring several well-known mortgage originators with decades of local experience.

Merica Street and Mary Jane Douma, each born and raised in the Grand Valley and each with more than 20 years of experience in the business, serve as branch managers and loan originators for the new firm.

Spencer Marsh, a loan originator with more than 15 years experience and Kim Short, a loan originator with more than 20 years experience who just returned to the business after a two-year hiatus, round out the key staff.

“We handle home mortgages exclusively. We are located in Sherwood Plaza next to Old Chicago,” Douma said.

Call 208-1301 for more information.

Mesa Mall is inviting moms to sit back, relax and enjoy an evening that focuses on style for Mother’s Day, mall owner Simon Property Group announced last week. 

Sponsor Diet Coke will offer moms a free surprise and treat them to a night out of fun and fashionable shopping from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Simon Group said.

Moms and their friends will be able to experience style consultations, beauty services, refreshments and drinks, plus special event giveaways from Harlequin books and many retailers.

  ■ A DJ will be spinning music to set the scene for the night.

  ■ Nine Mesa Mall retailers will be performing various makeovers, demonstrations and fashion shows throughout the evening on stage in Clock Court.

  ■ There will be a wine lounge courtesy of Garfield Estates Winery.

  ■ There will be delightful bites to sample from various Mesa Mall restaurants.

  ■ Thirteen fun and exciting vendors from outside Mesa Mall will have “mom-centric” offerings to sample and purchase.

  ■ A $50 to $100 prize drawing will be offered at most booths.

The first 200 ladies in Clock Court at the Mesa Mall will receive a swag bag full of fun treats.

“Many moms are long overdue for — and certainly deserve — a break to celebrate themselves and all they do,” said Chelsi Reimer, director of marketing at Mesa Mall.

The mall’s events are free and open to women of all ages. For more information, visit

Powderhorn Mountain Resort will open for the summer season for the first time in recent history, with the Powderhorn Mud Dash on June 28.

The Mud Dash is a four-mile obstacle race and run throughout the resort. The race will be followed by the first series of Mountain Man Movie Nights, free to all families.

“We have a very strong and diverse lineup of activities for people to choose from,” said Mike Mathisen, food and beverage manager at Powderhorn. “We always have really nice weather here in the summer. It gives all the Western Slope residents an excuse to come up, enjoy the resort and get out of the heat.”

■ After 21 years in the coffee business, Karen Mahoney and her husband, Mike, decided it was time to try it on their own.

After years of sitting at events, soccer games and concerts, they realized there was a need for coffee at the local parks and venues, Mike Mahoney said.

“Our goal was to be able to serve coffee where the people are versus having to always make a coffee run.”

Sip mobile coffee was just an idea at the end of last year, and with three events already under their belt since April 26, their mobile coffee trailer is taking off.

“All of our products are locally sourced from Colorado companies including our fresh roasted coffee,” Karen Mahoney said. “We buy our recycled paper products, fresh juices, fruit snacks, protein bars and delicious teas in Colorado. We want to keep business here in our state and be able to represent our local businesses.”

Response to the mobile coffee business has been positive.

Events are planned out through September on the company’s website, The company can also be found on Facebook. “Look for us out and about, pick up a loyalty card, maybe a T-shirt, and don’t forget to grab a sip,” Mike Mahoney said.

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