Biz Buzz, Oct. 6, 2013

■ The death in 2012 of his friend and competitor John Brink, owner of Brink’s Fine Jewelry, was a tragedy not only for the Brink family, but for everyone who knew and admired the longtime Grand Junction retailer, said John Kelly, owner of Mesa Jewelers, located near the clock tower at Mesa Mall.

Brink’s closed earlier this year and one of the jewelry makers he featured, award-winning designer Claude Thibaudeau, needed a new Grand Junction outlet for his work, Kelly said.

Out of respect for Brink and his business, Kelly never carried any of Thibaudeau’s creations until now. Years after they were first acquainted, Thibaudeau and Kelly finally decided to team up, he said. 

“Claude has created thousands of pieces and marketed many well-known exclusive collections that are recognized all over the world,” Kelly said. “Mesa Jewelers is a locally owned, high-quality jewelry store with a hand-selected inventory that now includes the unsurpassed quality and incredible attention to detail and workmanship of Claude Thibaudeau.”

■ Kannah Creek Brewing Co. hosts its 12th firkin fundraiser starting 5 p.m. Monday. A brewer will hand tap a firkin keg and 100 percent of the keg sales will go directly to Cat’s League and Assistance of the Western Slope.

CLAWS is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to preventing cruelty and ending the suffering of cats in need. The organization works to educate the community on the proper care of cats and the importance of spaying and neutering.

“We rescue, spay, neuter, and adopt out around 550 cats every year,” said Alice Cooper, a CLAWS volunteer. “We are so excited that a local brewery is so community-oriented. All of our volunteers will be there.”

■ Former United Church of Christ minister Sharyl Patterson, who holds a doctorate in cognitive therapy, wanted to continue working with people struggling with life’s difficulties after her tenure with a local church ended ,so she opened Hope Springs Counseling, 951 Main St.

“I have provided pastoral counseling as a hospital chaplain and as a local church pastor for the past 19 years and I wanted to stay in the Grand Valley,” Patterson said.

Drawing on nearly four decades of experience as an educator, counselor and pastor, Patterson said she helps individuals, couples, and small groups deal with life-stressors like relationship difficulties, career and vocational changes, caregiving and loss and grief.

■ Local Realtors are trading in their business attire for capes all in the name of fun when they hit the links Friday disguised as superheroes for Realtor Fun Day.

“It’s a four-hero team golf scramble with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. at Tiara Rado Golf Course,” spokeswoman Linda Romer Todd said.

“You might see Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and Batman teeing off and racing down the fairway in their cart-mobiles,” Todd said.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association. Call 241-0685 for more information.

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