Biz Buzz, Nov. 25, 2012

Their homes were much closer to other pet supplies stores, but that wasn’t stopping people who reside in places like Montrose, Ridgway and Telluride from shopping at Chow Down Pet Supplies, 2518 Broadway, in Grand Junction.

Those pet owners don’t have to drive so far anymore.

Chow Down on Nov. 12 opened a second Western Slope location at 202 Main St. in Montrose, capitalizing on what owners believe is a need in that community.

“We always kind of liked the idea of coming to Montrose. It’s got a nice, small-town feel,” said Krista Bush, who owns the store along with her husband, Tim. Tim’s brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Kristi Bush, own the Grand Junction store. Chow Down also has locations in Evergreen and Fairplay.

The Chow Down locations in Grand Junction and Montrose offer the same services and products: high-quality pet food, toys, treats, grooming services and a self-serve dog wash. The Montrose location, however, is housed in a 5,000-square-foot building — double the Grand Junction retail space — which could allow it to offer things like indoor training, agility and dog massage, Krista Bush said.

The Bushes were able to expand Chow Down on the Western Slope thanks to a following of customers that has grown significantly since the Grand Junction store opened three years ago.

“We’ve got amazing customers and people have been really, really loyal to us,” Krista Bush said.

Chow Down in Montrose is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

■ Jennifer Schaffer’s recently opened, home-based pet grooming service allowed her to meet artists and crafters who share her passion for dogs and cats.

She decided to turn that passion into a new business.

Oh My Dog, located at 2500 North Ave., next to Wienerschnitzel, is a consignment boutique featuring arts and crafts for pets and the human companions who cherish them. The merchandise ranges from dog beds, dog art and dog sculptures to aprons, jewelry and baby clothes. Schaffer said 95 percent of everything she carries is handmade by Grand Valley residents. She has about 20 different artists featuring their wares in her store, and she’s looking for more.

“There is a lot of stuff that can be custom-made,” she said. “It appeals to people who treat dogs like they’re their kids.”

Schaffer opened her grooming business, Best Paw Forward, in her home earlier this year but decided to incorporate it into the boutique, giving it a more central location in the process.

Oh My Dog is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

■ Grand Junction country bar Whiskey River, 490 28 1/4 Road, closed its doors last week after eight years in business.

Owners Rusty and Theresa Boyd couldn’t be reached for comment on Friday — the business’ phone number is disconnected and its website has been taken down — but Theresa Boyd posted a message on Whiskey River’s Facebook account Monday.

“It’s over. No more blood, sweat, tears, sleepless nights, worrying about staff, patrons and business,” she wrote. “I should be relieved, the last 8 years have seen more than its share of ups and downs. We rode the wave on top of the world and we have fought back and back again. We have tried to be good members of the community, we have tried to take the high road when it meant we would lose. It’s over now. I should be happy but I am crying my eyes out. To my amazing staff, you have held on and gone without. You have never quit on us. You are incredible human beings and any employer would be blessed to have you. I will always love you and keep you in my heart. To our loyal patrons ... Thank you. We hope your memories of us are always a bright spot in your stories. Good bye to all of you. It’s over now. What comes next? I bet it is wonderful.”

Alfred Eames Cellars in Paonia will be hosting its fifth annual Barrel Tasting and Holiday Open House on from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2.

The winery will offer bottle tastings of its line of wines and barrel tastings of the 2012 vintage, along with hors d’oeuvres, live music and an appearance by the Madrigal Choir.

The event is free and open to the public. Alfred Eames Cellars is located at the Puesta del Sol Vineyards, 11931 4050 Road, three miles south of Paonia. Directions and information: http://www.alfredemaescellars.com or call 527-3269.

Also, The Living Farm will be holding its Christmas Bazaar Nov. 26 through Dec. 24 at The Living Farm Café, 120 Grand Ave. in Paonia. Information: 527-3779, http://www.thelivingfarmcafe.com.

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