Biz Buzz, Oct. 16, 2016

A father-son allergist team has started a new business selling baby food with the goal of preventing children from developing nut allergies.

Drs. William and David Scott, who practice at the Allergy and Asthma Center of Western Colorado, have launched their own brand of baby food called First Nuts, which contains organic nuts and applesauce. The product will be introduced to the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting today, and the purpose of the baby food is to give parents an easy way to introduce a small amount of nuts at an early age.

Although doctors previously recommended avoiding nuts until age 3, new guidelines based on research advise parents to introduce nuts to children as young as 4 months if they’re at risk for developing the allergy.

First Nuts and First Peanuts are available online at firstnuts.com, and samples are available at the Scotts’ office at 1120 Wellington Ave., Suite 204.

■ Monday will be a big day at Denny’s, 710 Horizon Drive, when the newly updated interior design will be put on public display during the diner’s grand re-opening.

The Grand Junction version of the diner will make it unique among the more than 1,700 Denny’s restaurants worldwide. The new updates include an exclusive regionally inspired mural, in addition to updated booths, chairs and tables, according to a news release.

Modern wall accents, hardwood floor tiles, and a fresh coat of paint are among the improvements as well, Denny’s officials said.

The celebration includes discounts as well — starting at 8 a.m. Monday, diners can get a Denny’s Original Slam breakfast for just $2.99, among other meal deals all day.

■ Shipper FedEx Ground announced its annual District Entrepreneurs of the Year awards last week, and there are two winners from the Grand Junction area.

Timothy Silkey, owner of Silk Rose Inc., and Troy Chism, owner of Chism Transportation Inc., both received a FedEx Ground District Entrepreneur of the Year award, according to the company. Recipients of the award are recognized for superior safety performance as well as customer service.

The two businesses contract with FedEx Ground for pickup and delivery services in the Grand Junction area.

■ The Bray Residential Real Estate Report is always an interesting read, if for nothing else than getting a great glimpse at how the real estate market is progressing through this point of the year.

So far through September, Bray reports that year-to-date transactions are up 10 percent over last year. Also, the median sales price year to date is $200,000 — up 5 percent from same period one year ago.

That’s still way off the peak period of January to July 2008, when the median sales price was some 11 percent higher.

Another potential bright spot: Building permits are up over last September, and up 8 percent year to date. 

■ Apparently there are people out there who want to see gigantic versions of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton yell at one another, as evidenced by the turnout at Regal Cinemas showings nationwide for the recent second debate, according to the theater chain.

The local Regal Canyon View Stadium 14, 648 Market St., will be one of hundreds of Regal theaters on Wednesday showing — for free — the third and final debate between the two candidates on the big screen, live starting at 7 p.m. local time.

Regal says guests who attend the free showings will receive one small soda with any popcorn purchase, so there’s that, too.

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