Biz Buzz, Nov. 3, 2013

■ An old farmhouse next to Canyon View Park, 945 24 Road, could become the new home of Baker’s Boutique, currently located at 2478 Patterson Road, Suite 19.

Co-owner Callie Ash said she already bought the house and is working with city planners to make it possible for her to operate her bakery and baking supplies shop in a residential area. If successful, the move would allow her to halve the cost of housing her business starting in March.

Bakers by experience and training, Ash and co-owner Mande Gabelson decided to try retailing their cupcake creations and launched Baker’s Boutique in August. The response, they say, has been spectacular.

The shop sells out its delicious, colorful, cupcake sculptures every day, sometimes before noon.  With Community Hospital’s plan to build a medical complex around the corner from the park, Ash speculated a whole new market could soon open up for her baked goods.

Roger Rawlings, owner of Common Sense Investing, has relocated his base of operations from Orchard Mesa to Palisade.

Rawlings began his career in 1967 and is in his 48th year in the financial industry. He and his family relocated to the Grand Valley from Colorado Springs in 2004. Rawlings served as a member of the Mesa County Fair board for five years, three as president. He still serves on the board’s wine tasting committee. 

“I wouldn’t know the difference between a bottle of Thunderbird and a $100 bottle of French wine,” Rawlings said. “But I do know something about long-term equity investing.”

“You don’t buy stocks. You buy companies. You need to know the company,” he said. 

Rawlings specializes in corporate, small business and individual retirement plans. He is also licensed in variable products and life insurance.

Bryan E. Hill, owner of Perfectly Staged, is now serving the Grand Junction area as an accredited staging professional. Hill completed the Accredited Staging Professional Course provided by, where he received hands-on instruction and was required to demonstrate the techniques he learned by staging a home listed on the market. 

“The way you live in your home and the way you market and sell a house are two different things,” Hill said. “Staging involves detailing, de-personalizing, and de-cluttering your house so it appeals to the most buyers. Since buyers won’t buy what they can’t see, showing them what they could do with a room is very important.”

The goal is to help buyers mentally move in to each room so the house can sell. The home should be inviting from the moment they drive up to the moment they leave. Staged homes sell quicker and for more money, and the investment is less than the first price reduction, he said.

■ Some of Grand Junction’s most cherished Christmas traditions start Nov. 15, with the lighting of the Wells Fargo Christmas Tree, marking the official start to the holiday season downtown. Santa arrives shortly after 5 p.m. to light the tree and greet children. Merchants are expected to have Christmas lights up and many may stay open to welcome people who stay after to admire the displays.

The 30th Annual Parade of Lights takes place Dec. 7. Non-profit organizations will sell holiday goodies from 11 a.m. until the parade starts at 5 p.m. Beware: City Council unanimously voted to ban parking on Main Street between Third and Seventh streets during the parade. Violators will be towed to the lot on Seventh Street and Ute Avenue. There will be no cost to recover a towed vehicle.

The 18th Annual Spirit of Christmas Walk will be between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 13. More than 300 entertainers are expected to rove the street and perform inside many of downtown’s shops, including musicians, fire dancers, barbershop quartets, choirs, jazz bands, clowns, poets, hula dancers, and theater and dance groups. Santa and free horse-drawn carriage rides will also be available. Businesses will stay open until 9 p.m. and many are expected to serve complimentary hot drinks and treats. For more information, call (970) 241-2740.

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