Biz buzz, Nov. 4, 2012
Penny Hopkins may have thought her days of dog grooming were over when health problems contributed to her decision to close her business at the northwest corner of 30 and F roads, The Finishing Touch Dog Grooming, in the 1990s, making way for what is now Rite Aid.
But a divorce and a tough economy left her in need some cash. So she tapped back into what she did for 31 years.
Two weeks ago, Hopkins opened The Quiet Touch Dog Grooming, an in-home service specializing in small dogs.
“I’m not looking to make a lot of money,” she said. “I just want to pad my income a little bit and do something I think I’m good at.”
Hopkins runs the business out of her home at 3119 Castle Court in Pear Park. She remodeled her oversized, two-car garage, installing a side door and a storm door on the back door to allow in natural light. The garage is heated and air-conditioned.
She said she accepts only small dogs due to a previous back injury. She encourages dog owners to stay and watch their pet get groomed so they can ask questions or explain exactly how they want Fido trimmed. Dogs whose owners can’t stay receive snacks, play time and safe, outdoor visits, she said.
Clients also have the option of learning to groom their own dog through instruction given by Hopkins.
A full grooming costs around $25. Hopkins said she offers a 20 percent discount to first-time clients, a 15 percent discount to seniors and a discount to regular customers.
The Quiet Touch is open from
■ Denim, a women’s apparel boutique, opened in early October at 1059 North Ave., Unit 2.
Husband and wife owners Danny and Kim Lee offer a large selection of jeans, boots, jackets, imported Pashmina scarves, jewelry, belts and perfumes.
Denim is opening 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.
■ The fact that Express Employment Professionals’ move last month from 1119 N. First St., Unit G, to Unit J constitutes a matter of just a few steps belies the greater significance of the relocation.
The five-year-old Grand Junction staffing agency that provides temporary job placement, human resources services and consulting is growing, as local employers continue their slow emergence from the recession and add jobs.
The size of the building has increased from 1,200 to 1,700 square feet and the business has gained street visibility. In addition, owner Nina Anderson and her four employees now have five offices with doors and a conference room rather than just one office with a door, making their workspace more conducive to confidential associate and client interviews.
Anderson said the number of positions being created and filled in the office services sector of the business has doubled in the last year. Employers are hiring more administrative assistants, receptionists, office managers, salespeople and the like, Anderson said.
That is prompting Express Employment Professionals to add to its own staff. Anderson said she will hire an additional employee early next year.
■ Confronted with rising rent and utility costs at her downtown business location, Academy of Yoga owner Monica Cullinane decided to trade off downtown visibility for a more affordable place with more parking.
The yoga studio, which opened in 2001 and Cullinane bought in 2003, moved last week from 102 S. Fifth St. to 1048 Independent Ave., Suite 207, just to the east of Sam’s Club and Golden Corral.
“We were in a place where expenses were going up and income was coming down,” Cullinane said. “We were not in a good equation.”
So far, she’s happy with the change. Although the size of the studio has shrunk from 2,000 to 1,200 square feet, Cullinane believes it’s an advantage to be in building that has four separate rooms for office space, classes, equipment and health coaching rather than in one large room with no dividers.
“We are very happy with the new location,” she said. “There’s a very nice feng shui flow inside the studio.”
Academy of Yoga is offering one free week of yoga to new clients.