Biz buzz, Sept. 15,  2013

Andreya Krieves, founder and lead instructor at Vine Yoga, 216 S. Second St., used ancient yoga techniques to recover from a “terrible case” of shin splints experienced when she was training for the New York marathon. The yoga helped her get back on track, allowing her to compete in five more marathons, including New York’s the very next year.

The yoga studio she founded celebrates its grand opening Monday.

“My passion for yoga centers around the idea of creating balance in life,” Krieves said. “As a distance runner, skier, and aspiring mountain-biker, yoga is a valuable support for my sports activities.”

In addition to a weekday schedule of classes that includes a “lunchtime energizer” session for the downtown crowd, Krieves leads a free Hatha yoga class Fridays at 9 a.m. near the northeast corner of Sherwood Park, weather permitting. 

“I think yoga’s pretty good for anybody at any level – people in their 80s, people at every weight and fitness level,” Krieves said. “Even if it’s not a cardiovascular workout, the combination of stretch and strength building ... that really gentle motion and stretching does a lot just for basic posture, balance and coordination.”

■ The upgraded and completely remodeled Café Sol, 420 Main St., formerly Fins Grill, will serve soups, salads and “delicious paninis,” said founder and head chef Nick Santos, who has cooked at a variety of restaurants from Las Vegas to Nicaragua.

“We hope to become the downtown lunch spot,” Santos said.

Prices for sandwiches and salads range from $6 to $10. The restaurant, which opened Thursday, serves between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

A graduate of culinary school in Providence, R.I., Santos planned a menu that features several types of paninis, including the Mediterranean, made with prosciutto di Parma, roasted red pepper, fresh mozzarella, and calamata olives. The house salad is made with “field-to-fork” mixed greens, fresh herbs, roasted beets, spicy candied walnuts, goat cheese, apples, banana bread croutons and a house dressing.

Santos said he chose the name Café Sol because, “We felt like it was a really fresh name, fresh logo, bright colors, fresh, healthy food; because all the food comes from the sun, essentially, and from the earth, and that’s kind of why we chose it.”

Cendera Funding, 607 25 Road, Suite 200, a new mortgage company in Grand Junction that specializes in home purchases, will open its doors Oct. 10, said Jeff Welch, senior mortgage consultant.

“We do some refinancing as well,” Welch said.

Cendera will not charge origination fees for its products, which sets it apart from many other area mortgage companies, Welch said.

“No origination fee, no processing fee, no underwriting fee, so we can save clients thousands of dollars,” he said.

Grand Junction Downtown Partnership recently announced the grand prize and honorable mention winners of the downtown Grand Junction logo contest.

The grand prize winner of $250 is Darin Bliss, a freelance graphic designer who moved to downtown Grand Junction from Texas in early July.

The winner of an honorable mention is 12-year-old Kelsie Kerr. She is a seventh grader at East Middle School and is part of the challenge program.

Western Business Alliance and City of Montrose Office of Business and Tourism host the Western Colorado Hospitality Summit on Oct. 24 and 25.

“The summit will provide service professionals with the tools they need to be successful, including seminars, interactive classes and certification courses,” said Casey Corrigan, spokesman for the event.

The summit is expected to attract more than 500 service professionals to Montrose, a 2013 All-America City.

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