Biz Buzz, Sept. 14, 2017

The Grand Junction Guy is a go-to shop for a custom ring made out of just about anything.

But not everything.

Owner Caleb Martin can make rings out of metals and woods. He can weave in different gems such as turquoise. He’s made rings out of antlers and even dinosaur bones, but he did once have to turn away one odd request.

Wolf hair, Martin said, was one of the stranger requests for a ring, and one he couldn’t accomplish mainly because he had no access to any. 

“I couldn’t do it,” he said.

But as for most other ring needs, Martin and colleague Eric Rinaldo have the Grand Junction Guy shop, where patrons can visit and pick out rings for any occasion. The pair recently opened a retail shop at 565 25 Road, Suite 103, after selling exclusively online. Each ring is custom-made after the order is placed.  Martin specializes in alternative materials and doesn’t usually deal with diamond rings.

Martin said he started out making furniture on Etsy and later added rings to his repertoire. The rings sold better and he decided to focus on that portion and was finally able to open a retail store.

The store is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and orders can be placed online at grandjunctionguy.com.

The Locker Room, 404 Jurassic Ave., Fruita, has been open for a week and is prepping for a grand opening to go along with the Fruita Fall Festival Sept. 22-24.

The store will host a radio remote and have sales on goods and apparel along with some games and prizes from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 23.

The Locker Room has a little bit of everything, including Colorado souvenirs, Fruita Monument High School apparel, sporting goods, custom screen prints, promotional products and embroidery.

The shop is owned by Fruita Monument girls basketball coach Michael Wells, who had been in the custom screen printing and embroidery business for the past six or seven years and finally found a space he wanted in Fruita to open up a more expansive shop.

Wells has a client base of sports teams he sells to directly, but hopes to build off that with new customers from the community.

“As a coach, people always ask about getting Fruita shirts or souvenirs. Now I know where to tell them (to go) because I’ve got the spot,” Wells said.

Wells had coached collegiately for about 15 years — including at Colorado Mesa University — before stepping aside to watch his daughter play high school sports. He is entering his fifth season as girls basketball coach at Fruita Monument.

The Lower Valley Pumpkin Patch will open Sept. 30 through Halloween in Fruita. Part owner Jen Landini said the patch will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily near the intersection of 19 and O roads, but won’t have attractions or entrance fees.

Landini said the focus will be on having a family-friendly environment with affordable pumpkins.

Landini’s husband, Joe, is a farmer and is growing pumpkins of different varieties and sizes. The couple is working with Brett and Kim Constable, who ran a pumpkin patch in Fruita several years ago.

Landini said there are plenty of pumpkins and if someone drops by after hours, there may be a cash box that people can pay into and take a pumpkin.

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