Biz Buzz: Oct. 13, 2016

A woman with a history of running businesses in the Grand Valley has put the finishing touches on her latest venture, the Wishes and Dreams Gifts and Candy Shop, at 2490 Patterson Road, Unit 3.

Owner Anna Sage said the sign for her new shop finally went up last week, and the specialty store had been open for about a week before that.

The store, full of unique items, offers bulk candy, soup and dip mixes, local jellies and honeys, packaged flavored coffee, choke cherry items from Durango, along with lots of other gift items.

“Since Hallmark went out of business, there’s really not much as far as gift stores here in town,” Sage said. “I try to have something unique, pretty much for everybody.”

The store also carries T-shirts, wind chimes, wall art, and items from altruistic specialty company Peace Frogs.

Sage, 73, said her latest venture is a result of “needing to get something going in my life” since the passing of her husband in May.

“That’s why I did it — just to have something to do,” she said.

This is actually the second incarnation of the store. Sage said she operated for a few months in Clifton, but had to hire a lawyer to get out of her lease there.

She’s the former proprietor of a gift shop on Main Street some 30 years ago, Sage said. She also operated a gift emporium on 30 Road for a time, and also owned a gift store in Michigan, in addition to owning two restaurants in the area over the years.

As to the selection in the current gift store, Sage said there’s a lot of trial and error involved, but most of her offerings are the result of hunts for items online.

“I’m not a TV person, so I get on the computer and I Google search. That’s how I have found most of my companies,” Sage said.

■ Two former employees at a nail salon in the Cottonwood Mall, 2493 U.S. Highway 6&50, took the recent opportunity to own their own business when the former owner of the salon left the area.

Jill Unruh and Anna Jones now own the nail salon in Suite 12 of the mall, and re-named the place the Sublime Nail Studio. They — along with a third person working at the salon, Tami Smolinski — have an “amazingly clean” salon to work on fingers and toes, Unruh said.

“(The business) was being sold and we needed a place to work,” she said. “And we didn’t have to move, so that was the best part.”

A specialty at the shop, Unruh said, is doing nail art — a trendy part of their business that has clients coming in with lots of unique design ideas.

“Pinterest is our friend now. People come in with their phones open” to show nail techs what they’re looking for, Unruh said.

Sublime has been open since Aug. 1, and business has been good thus far, according to Unruh. “We’re always busy in here,” she said.

While they can take walk-in customers when there’s availability, most people make appointments and calling ahead is encouraged.

Their phone number to make an appointment is 985-4224, and the salon is open Monday through Saturday. Find the nail studio on Facebook as well.

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