Biz Buzz, Nov 24, 2013

Culinary Corner, 455 Main St., opens its doors for an open house today, its first in 32 years of existence, said Beth Zanski, co-owner of the venerable vendor of kitchen gadgets and more than 50 varieties of coffee beans.

“We carried coffee beans before coffee beans were the in thing,” Zanski said.

Today from noon to 4 p.m., Zanski will serve refreshments from local food companies and give away door prizes at its downtown location, the store’s base of operations since moving from Mesa Mall in 2011.

A Bloody Mary mix and tasty dips made and packaged in Grand Junction, syrup made in Hotchkiss and olive oil from Lakewood will be among the local foods served up for visitors.

Other items available at the store include fruit bowls handcrafted by a local ceramicist, artful aprons and zesty sauces and seasonings.

“Anything we can do to help each other is great,” Zanski said. “Once you start looking for local people, it’s amazing how many local talented people there are.”

■ That didn’t take long. No sooner did Barry Newman of Len’s Rent All, 1162 Gunnison Ave., auction off the last of his inventory on Nov. 16 than a deal to buy the three lots on which the 52-year-old rental shop sits was closed.

Ben Hill of Hill & Homes, 1204 N. Seventh St., announced he helped broker the sale of the lots to MJ Thomas Photography, 721 N, 12th St., for the astounding price of $287,000. Though three lots situated on the busy corner of 12th Street and Gunnison Avenue might seem to command a higher price, the location was once occupied by a gas station, raising environmental concerns, but more importantly, they are not zoned for retailing, Hill said.

Because MJ Thomas plans to expand its administrative offices into the space, there was no conflict with zoning rules, Hill said.

“Yeah, it’s kind of cool. It just made sense,” said John Mueller, owner of MJ Thomas, a company that shoots, manufactures, packages and ships photos for more than 300 schools and sports leagues across four states.

Len’s Rent All will make the perfect place to move the company’s administrative offices since it is located just across the alleyway from the MJ Thomas’ studio, lab, and corporate headquarters.

With more than 100,000 customers in Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico, MJ Thomas needs to expand its lab operations to keep up with business.

“We just keep growing exponentially,” Mueller said.

Rose Public Relations, a public relations firm serving Colorado’s architecture, construction and manufacturing industries, just settled in Montrose. Sue Rose, the firm’s principal, has operated Rose Public Relations for 13 years and is offering Western Slope businesses help with their communications needs.

“I’m thrilled to be on the Western Slope,” Rose said in a news release. “Rose PR has served the Denver, Chicago and Boston markets over the last 13 years. Now we are positioned to expand our reach across the Western Slope and continue to serve clients in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Chicago.”

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