Biz Buzz, Oct. 7, 2012

Liz Wingerter said her husband consistently hears from people who know exactly what they want in a tattoo, only to hear the tattoo artist say he or she can’t do it or try to modify the image the customer brings into the shop.

“His whole thing is if that’s what you want, that’s what you’re going to get,” Wingerter said of her husband, Brian.

With that will-do attitude, the Wingerters last week opened Wicked Ink, 1225 N. 23rd St., Suite 106.

Brian Wingerter handles the tattoo gun, while Liz manages the financial aspects of the business while also working as a counselor at a local boys’ group home.

Liz Wingerter said her husband has dabbled in art most of his life. He drew and fashioned sculptures, then became interested in body art about three years ago. He performed an apprenticeship under another tattoo artist before deciding to launch his own business. As it turned out, the space now occupied by Wicked Ink was previous occupied by another tattoo parlor.

The parlor’s name derives from Brian Wingerter’s interest in horror movies.

“He loves things that are out of the norm,” Liz said. “Something that teeters on the edge of what society deems acceptable.”

Wicked Ink charges a standard, flat rate of $75 for a tattoo. Prices go up depending upon size and detail. The shop is hosting a drawing until Monday for a free tattoo.

Wicked Ink is open from noon to 
5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    ■ Needing more space as the number of people taking advantage of in-home rather than out-of-home care increases, Nightingale’s Care moved last month from 660 Rood Ave., Suite 101, to 2352 N. Seventh St., Suite C.

Owner Janet Walker relocated the business from a 600-square-foot office to a 1,283-square-foot facility on the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Wellington Avenue, across from St. Mary’s Hospital.

The additional elbow room created meeting and training space, a small reception area and more parking. It also gave Walker a first: her own office.

Nightingale’s, which opened in 2005, offers customized, nonmedical, in-home care ranging from housekeeping and medication reminders to meal preparation and transportation. Walker said the business has grown in recent years as more people choose to try to find ways to keep themselves or their relatives in their own home rather than seeking assisted living or a nursing home.

“There’s finally that shift in thinking that people don’t automatically assume long-term assisted living,” she said.

Mesa Funeral Service has relocated from 832 S. Seventh St. to 2825 North Ave., giving itself more visibility and more space to hold services.

“We wanted to be in a place the community would recognize a little more,” owner Rhonda Nelson said. “A lot of people didn’t know where we were at.”

The move into the former home of Connection Church in Solarus Square has nearly tripled the mortuary’s footprint — from 2,400 square feet to 7,000 square feet.

Previously, Mesa Funeral Service could host services for about 70 people and had limited parking. Now it can accommodate up to 300 people, and there is parking on all sides of the building, Nelson said.

The funeral home, which opened in 2008, has maintained its prices despite increasing its overhead, she said.

“We want families to know that they can still have a very nice service without paying expensive prices,” she said.

La Belle Amie Day Spa and Salon, 344 Main St., has closed, and five stylists who worked at the downtown Grand Junction business have transferred to a new salon.

Cassie Burton, Jacquie Gunderson, Valorie Hoppe, Stephanie Kemps and Lani Wallace now work at Bliss Day Spa and Salon, 2515 Foresight Circle. The salon offers a full range of hair care services as well as acrylic and gel nails, body treatments, facials, manicures, massages and pedicures.

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