Biz Buzz, Sept. 8, 2013

■ After the sale of its 54,000-square-foot retail building earlier this year, Tony and Duke Taylor of Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods took a brief hiatus before deciding to re-open their Fruita location, which closed in 2010.

“We downsized a little bit,” said Tony Taylor, vice president of the company. “The new store is only 4,000 square feet.”

“My brother Duke and I, we weren’t ready to get out of the Grand Valley. We felt that this Fruita location would be fun. We’ll have our ski and snowboard rentals, our ski repair, and we’ll do it all out of this location,” Taylor said.

Along with the reduced floor space, the new Gene Taylor’s, at Kokopelli Center, 456 Kokopelli Blvd., is selling the same brand-name items it has for the past 
50 years but at smaller prices.

The store will operate as an outlet store going forward, with sales on close-out and discontinued brand-name goods at 30 percent to 70 percent off.

“We’ve had a great reception from the people of Fruita — just tremendous,” Taylor said.

He urged longtime customers to make the 10-minute drive west on Interstate 70 to visit the new outlet.

“It’s a fun little store,” Taylor said. 

Regis Salon closed the doors of its Mesa Mall location in June and recently reopened under a new name, Ascent Salon and Spa, at 241 Grand Ave., next to Rem’s and Lois’ Place, spokeswoman Amanda Ornong announced.

“The stylists you love will also be offering some new services including manicure, pedicure, facials and more,” Ornong said.

The History Press, based in Charleston, S.C., recently purchased the rights to publish “The History of City Market: The Brothers Four and the Back Slope Empire” authored by Tony Prinster, the last Prinster to serve as president of the company.

To complete the book, Prinster worked with local writer, Kate Thorne, “who has an uncanny ability to discover and reveal the colorful personalities of historical characters,” said Grand Valley magazine publisher Krystyn Hartman.

The book begins with an 18-year-old penniless European immigrant named Josef Prinster, who left South Tyrol, Italy, to work in the slaughterhouses of Ohio.

Prinster started a small butcher shop in Colorado that grew to become part of the largest supermarket chain in the U.S.

The book is scheduled for publication in October to coincide with the Legends of the Grand Valley Prinster Brothers bronze sculpture unveiling in downtown Grand Junction on Oct. 18.

■ Montrose County commissioners announced they are seeking a second fixed-base operation service provider at Montrose Regional Airport in response to Montrose business owners who requested the action.

“Recruiting a second fixed-base operation service provider at the Montrose Regional Airport will fulfill the intent of the taxpayers of Montrose County to maximize the airport as an economic driver providing general aviation service for recreation tourism. Free enterprise is alive and well in Montrose County,” Commissioner Ron Henderson said in a news release.

Service providers have until Sept. 18 to notify the county of their interest. A final selection will be made in October. Call 970- 249-3433 for information.

Demeris York, president of the Delta Altrusa Club, honored Amanda Twamley for her dedication to Altrusa International. Twamley retired as International ASTRA chair, a post she has held since 2011.

Altrusa is an international nonprofit organization that strives to make local communities better through leadership, partnership and service, said Altrusa spokeswoman Lucinda Stanley.

■ Paonia-based community radio station KVNF announced the appointment of a new general manager, Rick Watts, of Iowa. He replaces Sally Kane, who managed the station for a decade.

Watts worked in commercial radio on air and in production as well as in sales and as a consultant. Watts grew up in Salida and Buena Vista.

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