Biz Buzz: Sept. 21, 2017

Mesa County Libraries have partnered with local businesses in September and October to launch a promotional partnership to offer discounts on goods and services.

The partnership, called “Library Deals,” allows cardholders to show their card at participating businesses and save money. For a list of businesses participating in the program, visit or look for a “Library Deals” decal on display at the business.

For businesses, the program gives them a relationship with approximately 75,000 residents who have a library card. The businesses decide what deals they want to offer and don’t pay to participate. Businesses can apply to participate at the Mesa County Libraries website.

Residents wishing to get a library card can apply at any Mesa County Libraries location or online. There is no charge for a library card.

■ Downtown Grand Junction is getting a new skate shop this weekend, as Mutual Friends is set to open Saturday.

The shop, at 429 Colorado Ave., will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day and have a celebration from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. that includes a raffle, food catered by Taco Party and music.

Owner Josh Castaneda will be the lone employee to start and the shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The shop will have skateboards and street wear and will soon have snowboards, and Castaneda said it will have a strong “West Coast vibe.”

“I’ve grown up skating here since I was 6,” Castaneda said. “With the internet nowadays, you see so much stuff, and you see so much traveling, you wish you’d see here. I wanted to bring something new to Grand Junction rather than the same stuff we’re used to.”

He will also be able to fix and tune skateboards and wax snowboards at the shop.

Castaneda said the skating community is a close-knit group in the Grand Valley and everyone knows each other, which he said inspired the name.

■ There’s a new place to buy previously used items after Let’s Make a Deal: Buy-Sell-Trade opened its doors on North Avenue on Sept. 13.

The store, 303 North Ave., sells vintage household items that were carefully picked and in great condition. The shop is in an old 1930s house and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Owner Cameron Dodd runs the store with the help of his mother, Rita London, and will also buy items from people looking part with their stuff. Interesting trades are also considered.

Deals can be had, as the name suggests, as the store will bargain with people on sale prices and when buying something from a customer.

Call 644-5656 for more information.

Ponderosa Paws recently brought its grooming business from the Front Range to the Grand Valley, and opened this month to serve Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade.

Owners David and Kathleen Gissing relocated from Conifer to the Grand Valley in August for a gentler climate and friendlier environment, Kathleen Gissing said. 

“We like the sense of a small community. It feels more personal and intimate,” she said.

Ponderosa Paws is a mobile grooming service for dogs where the Gissings come to the customer and utilize their van to groom pets. Gissing said the service has particularly appealed to seniors who may not be able to drive to a place to get their dog groomed and to owners who have dogs who are skittish about going to a new place or riding in a car.

To make an appointment, call 720-232-2261 or visit

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