Biz Buzz, Nov. 27, 2016

The future of surface preparation is here in western Colorado, and it’s a service that can come to customers’ boats, cars, and homes to remove everything from rust to graffiti.

Richard and Dasha Bills started Western Colorado Mobile Dustless Blasting, a mobile paint stripping and cleaning business, this fall after taking the Leading Edge class at The Business Incubator Center.

The couple decided to open the business after Richard was laid off from jobs twice in the past eight years — first from General Motors and then from Halliburton just over a year ago. The Bills family decided to fill a niche in the area with the mobile business, which features a blaster that uses material including recycled crushed glass and water to strip surfaces of paint, grime and other substances.

“Regular sandblasting creates a dust cloud that covers everything,” Richard Bills said. “But this just looks like you’re pressure-washing.”

The abrasives can be used to prepare surfaces in commercial, industrial and residential applications. No project is too big or too small, Bills said.

This new technology can strip an antique dresser in less than 30 minutes for refinishing, and you don’t even have to remove the hardware, he said. It can make a log cabin’s exterior or a driveway look brand-new, and it’s useful for metal projects like lawn furniture as well.

Visit or the company’s Facebook page for more information, or call 644-1188 for a free quote.

■ Whether you’re looking for a photo booth rental, a piñata or the supplies for a pirate-themed party (including singing pirates), the “plus” part of Balloons Plus by Katz includes more variety than most people would realize.

Balloons Plus by Katz opened in August, in half of the store occupied by Adams Vacuum and Sewing Center in the old Blockbuster Video store at 2695 Patterson Road, Unit 14.

Owners Steve and Sherri Katz decided to venture into the party supply business to liven up the store and also to fill an unoccupied niche in the valley.

“There isn’t really a party store per se in Grand Junction,” said Sherri Katz. “We decided, let’s put in some fun, and so we did.”

The couple hired Elayne Lyon to manage the store. She is skilled in balloon sculptures and used to work at the now-closed Partyland store.

“You name it, she can make it,” Steve Katz said.

Balloons Plus offers delivery of balloon orders, as well as stuffed balloons, sculptures, and balloons for release. Lyon said she’s done everything from stuffing diamond necklaces in balloons for anniversaries to stuffing car keys in balloons for Sweet Sixteen parties.

The store also rents photo booths by the hour and offers party set-up and take down services.

For more information, visit balloons- or call 628-1025.

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