Biz Buzz: Nov. 24, 2016

Small Business Saturday started six years ago as a way to make sure shoppers didn’t forget about small, locally owned brick-and-mortar stores after they flocked to the big box outlets on Black Friday and before they sought out the online deals on Cyber Monday.

This year, there is no shortage of opportunities to patronize and take advantage of deals being offered by Grand Valley-based businesses.

A number of downtown Grand Junction businesses are offering giveaways and deals on Saturday. You can find a partial list on Facebook by searching “Black Friday/Small Business Saturday.”

Several businesses in downtown Fruita are hosting open houses with drawings for prizes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Baker’s Boutique, 2478 Patterson Road, Suite 18, is having a liquidation sale in anticipation of its new incarnation.

The business will close on Dec. 23 and reopen after the first of the year at its new location, 726 24 Road, otherwise known as the house in Canyon View Park.

Owner Callie Ash bought the property three years ago and is making the transition to have Baker’s Boutique offer sweets and coffee at the new location. The retail part of the business, which sold baking supplies, will not be a part of the new shop, which is why all retail items are 20 percent off starting Monday.

Ash is installing a commercial kitchen at the new location, including an espresso machine for coffee drinks, and plans on having seating areas for people to enjoy their treats.

The seating areas are something she missed at the store’s location in the strip mall, because most of her customers bought gourmet cupcakes they wanted to eat.

“It would be sad because you’d see people sitting outside my shop on the curb eating their cupcakes,” she said, adding that she’s planning on adding patio seating at the new location for people to enjoy her 150 different flavors of cupcakes.

Ash is also planning on including special treats for dogs — pupcakes — for furry friends who are enjoying the park with their humans.

■ Longtime winery Carlson Vineyards sold to new owners in 2015, but the traditional Holiday Open House at Carlson continues on — with free tastings, appetizer recipes, good deals on wine for the holidays, and convenient wine shipping, according to owner Garrett Portra. It’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving at 461 35 Road in Palisade.

Taste and find favorites among red wines, white wines, blends and fruit wines, from dry to sweet, along with popular holiday drinks like Cherry ‘n Chocolate, Cherry Lemonade, and Hot Peach Cobbler in a Mug.

After all, what could be better in the days following Thanksgiving than more wine and more sweets? Call 464-5554 or go to carlsonvineyards.com for specifics.

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