Biz Buzz: Sept. 22, 2016

Following on the heels of perhaps the most successful Winefest ever in Palisade this past weekend, another burgeoning industry involving tasty fermentation is celebrating with a festival of its own on Saturday.

Area makers of hard cider — one of the trendiest segments of the adult beverage market — are hosting the second-annual Palisade Cider Bash, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday at 695 36 Road.

The host company is Red Fox Cellars, and they’re joined as hosts of the event with Talbott’s Cider and Big B’s Hard Cider this year. All three are pioneering companies in the local hard cider biz, which is seeing a spike in demand as the specialty alcoholic beverage segment continues to grow.

There’s no cost to attend Saturday’s bash, but organizers are asking for a donation that will be split between the Farmer Veteran Coalition and the Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway.

“What’s better than a tall glass of hard cider on a fall day? Enjoying that tall glass with some delicious local food. We’ve got dinner covered with fine fare from The Back Burner, Michael Angelo’s Wood Fired Pizza, Debonair Fun Food, LLC, Colorado Q, LLC, and dessert from Gelu Italian Ice,” a Red Fox Cellars post on Facebook reads.

The first 500 people through the gate will receive commemorative glasses, into which they’ll be able to pour all that delectable sweet hard cider that will be flowing on Saturday.

■ Two Kmart stores in Colorado are among the 64 that will close by the end of the year, but the Grand Junction location isn’t one of them.

Business Insider reported this week that liquidation sales will begin today and the stores, which cover 28 states, will close before Christmas. The closures will result in the layoffs of thousands of employees.

Stores in Craig and Thornton are among those that will shutter. The Grand Junction store at 2809 North Ave. isn’t on the closure list.

This is the second round of closures for the struggling retailer this year. Sears Holdings, which owns Kmart, announced in April that 68 Kmart and 10 Sears stores would close.

■ Fruita will have a second bookstore opening next month when Christian Collage Bookstore opens at 210 E. Aspen Ave.

Linda Kurtz, who also owns Rose Hue Gallery, is opening the business in the space that was previously Valley Gate Prayer Center. She plans on keeping the prayer room in the back of the business and offering an array of religious texts as well as inspirational gifts in the store.

Kurtz is seeking local artisans to sell Christian-themed artwork, sculpture, fiber arts, and gifts. Anyone interested can contact her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and send photos of their work.

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