Biz Buzz, Sept. 16, 2012

Rachel May has spent her working life in health care, whether it’s been in long-term care with older citizens or with mentally challenged and disturbed children.

Having worked the past few years on a contractual basis with Mesa Developmental Services and a few private individuals, the certified speech language pathologist determined there was a demand for her services on a broader scale.

So May has opened an office in the Doc Shore building at 327 N. Seventh St., No. 3, for her business, Communication Connection Speech Services. She’s operating out of her office at the southwest corner of Seventh Street and Grand Avenue a day and a half a week but will ramp that up to five days a week starting Oct. 1.

“I’m just seeing such a need,” May said. “I have had parents call me in distress regarding the fact that their kids need help and they have nowhere to go.”

As an example, May told the story of a woman who’s raising three grandchildren, including a 10-year-old girl who was failing school because she was unable to make an association between written letters and the sound those letters make when spoken aloud. The grandmother works in special education but wasn’t able to help her granddaughter.

After being referred to May, the girl is now reading on grade level, May said.

May can be reached at 970-812-0167 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

■ When Dave Cale went looking for a new home for Bookcliff Vision Center, he initially was loathe to consider Main Street, believing the rent to be too high and the parking to be too much of a hassle.

But after doing some research and finding downtown didn’t have the most expensive property and that there was more parking spaces for his customers than he thought, the optometrist and business owner made the move last month from 1190 Bookcliff Ave. to 362 Main St. So far, he’s happy with his decision.

“I like the downtown business climate. It gives us a whole new level of visibility,” Cale said. “We’ve kind of had to reinvent ourselves a little bit. We’re a windowfront instead of being tucked inside a professional office.”

After spending five years in a roughly 3,000-square-foot office with two other doctors, Cale and his staff now have their own 2,000-square-foot space. In addition to continuing to offer eye exams and treatments, Bookcliff Vision Center is expanding its retail services, according to Cale, selling more upscale and broader varieties of frames.

■ After running into some delays, the owners of the Western Slope’s first Del Taco will cut a ribbon to mark a ceremonial groundbreaking on the Grand Junction restaurant this week, with an eye toward opening either at the end of the year or beginning of 2013.

A 2,600-square-foot, 58-seat restaurant will go up at 2513 U.S. Highway 6&50, a parcel formerly occupied by Cottonwood Liquors. The fast-food eatery also will feature a drive-through and a children’s play area.

The four owners of Rocky Mountain Del LLC originally intended to begin construction in May and open in August or September. They now want to open somewhere between the first week of December and the first week of January, according to H.B. Mason, operating partner and general manager. Other restaurants on the Western Slope are planned, as well.

Mason said he’s looking to hire two or three shift managers. Anyone who’s interested can call him at 970-261-6068.

■ National discount clothing retailer T.J. Maxx is expected to open in the Grand Mesa Center Oct. 21, filling the space at 2464 U.S. Highway 6&50 formerly occupied by Borders.

More than 300 people filled out job applications for the 100-plus jobs available during a hiring event at the Mesa County Workforce Center last week.

T.J. Maxx has added roughly 3,500 square feet to the 20,600-square-foot anchor space vacated by Borders in April 2011.

The Countertop Shop, 721 S. Seventh St., is closing and an auction of the business’ inventory and real estate is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.

The auction will include vehicles, a forklift, equipment, cabinets and tools, as well as the roughly one-third of an acre on which the business sits.

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