Biz Buzz, April 10, 2011
Want a hand, as in applause?
Then head to Real Deals on Home Decor, 2463 U.S. Highway 6&50, near Office Depot, on Thursday or Saturday, the days it and the location’s second-floor boutiques are open. That is, if you can find the access off U.S. 6&50 to the frontage road to get there.
A Daily Sentinel reporter failed to find an access through the ongoing road construction Thursday, and Real Deals on Home Decor owner Carla Kohls said that’s no surprise. She said the access point changes three or four times some days.
“We’ll give anyone a standing ovation who comes in the door because they got through the construction,” Kohls said, keeping a sense of humor.
Not so funny, she said, is: “This construction is killing me.”
Lindsey “Buster” Jackson has repaired automobile dents in the Grand Valley for nearly 20 years. A former co-owner of Dent Busters, Jackson now runs Dent Repair Specialists.
“It’s still me, only I need to build the name recognition again,” Jackson said, explaining he sold Dent Busters and moved out of the area, then returned to the Grand Valley.
Dent Repair Specialists, 931 N. First St., specializes in paintless dent repair of minor fender-benders, hail or other causes. Most repairs can be completed while a customer waits.
Jackson also wanted to expand his auto services, and he said his research determined the valley needs his second business, Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists, which opened in February.
The national chain is the world’s largest wheel-repair specialist, with 150 franchises across the U.S. and 450 mobile-repair units on the road, Jackson said. The mobile units are “like little traveling body shops” and save customers towing fees, he said.
“The average repair is $125 to $150, which is a lot cheaper (than buying replacements),” Jackson said.
Both businesses are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend work is appointment only.
Berkley’s Upper Cuts, 1133 Patterson Road, No. 4, next to Blockbuster, celebrated its grand opening April 5.
It is the first business for salon owner Michelle Berkley, and she employs three stylists with a combined 100 years of experience.
Berkley said her prices will be moderate to support the college crowd, offering women’s cuts for $15 and men’s cuts for $10. To make an appointment, call 243-4310.
Seeking the freedom of self-employment and the appeal of an old-fashioned barbershop for men only, Lucas Martinez last week opened Fellas Barbershop, 304 North Ave., Suite 3, in the former Fabricare Services building.
Martinez has eight years of experience and attended the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver. He recently moved from the metro area to be closer to family in Grand Junction.
Fellas is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 812-7550 for an appointment.
Susan Lettman, owner of Klik Clothing Co. in Fruita and Grand Junction, expanded her 912 North Ave. Klik to include consignments of brand-name clothing. Hence, Brand Junction, adjacent to Klik, opened last month.
Brand Junction’s inventory of gently-used clothing for men and women includes such names as Hollister, New Religion, Silver and Lucky.
“I’m pretty picky about what I take,” Lettman said.
Prices in the consignment store are up to 75 percent less than suggested retail price, she said, adding, “I’m just making it affordable for everybody.”
Sellers earn 50 percent of the consignment price.
Brand Junction is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday. For consignment information, call 424-5494.
Borders, 2464 U.S. 6&50, No. 132, in Grand Mesa Center, will close “before the end of the month,” according to a representative at Borders’ corporate headquarters in Michigan. The Grand Junction store learned in mid-February it would be one of about 200 Borders nationwide to close.