Biz Buzz, April 24, 2011

The building’s signs say La Z Boy Furniture Galleries where they once heralded American Furniture Co., but the new name won’t apply at 865 North Ave. for several more weeks.

American Furniture Co. co-owner Mike Bennett said his store is aiming for a grand opening of La Z Boy Furniture Galleries in June. But renovation continues on one side of the store, and some non-La Z Boy inventory remains to be cleared out before advertising of the new furniture store can begin.

American Furniture Co. was known for its La Z Boy Comfort Center, and “La Z Boy has always been what’s driven this store,” Bennett said. So, the switch to all La Z Boy made sense, he said.

“A lot of things are going to change,” Bennett said. “We’re going to be so much better.”

While La Z Boy is known for recliners, Bennett said the company is “so much more than a recliner maker,” offering sofas, love seats, chairs that don’t recline, etc.

He also emphasized the La Z Boy name doesn’t make the store part of a chain. It remains a family-owned, local furniture store, as it has been for 60 years.

The day arrived months later than owners Shawna Devinny and Jose Gonzalez expected, but Pollo Azado opened Wednesday at 304 North Ave. in the former Fabricare Services building.

The married couple, who also own Pollo Azado in Montrose, 633 S. Townsend Ave., wanted to open by late November last year, but the permitting process took longer than anticipated.

The menu is as simple as it gets: Marinated chicken is grilled over an open flame and served in quarters, halves or whole with sides of beans, rice, a grilled green onion, a grilled jalapeno and salsa. The restaurant has seating to dine in, but the Montrose operation suggests many customers will carry out.

Gonzalez said Thursday he didn’t intend to open Wednesday, but his cooks were making chicken, the smell permeated the neighborhood, and people gravitated to the front door. So, he opened and started serving.

Patrick Mixon literally saw the light when it came to employment after the apprentice plumber was laid off in December. He now owns and runs Twylites of Colorado, selling and installing LED outdoor-lighting systems, which are low-energy, concealable and installed under the soffits of homes and businesses.

Mixon said a cousin of his in Oklahoma invented the system two years ago. Mixon did his first local installation in February, and his work serves as advertising.

“I’ve had people call me after seeing their neighbors’ houses done,” he said.

The computer-controlled system can provide white light for security, one of seven solid colors for a wall-washing effect or 17 patterns, such as flashing, chasing, waterfall or fading. Combinations of red, white and blue can be arranged for patriotic holidays, and the Christmas lights remain up and hidden year-round with Twylites.

Explaining the energy efficiency, Mixon said 100 feet of the LED lights use less energy than one, 60-watt, incandescent light bulb.

For information, call Mixon at 970-623-0773 or go online to to see homes with the systems.

Divas Boutique, 719 Pitkin Ave., No. 1, opened two weeks ago with a startup inventory of stylish name-brand women’s clothing.

Owner Estella Landeros, 26, said she plans to keep the clothing priced as low as possible in order to compete with the other designer boutiques in town. She sells jeans at $26 that normally would retail for $89.

Her supply of corsets is nearly sold out, but she still has jeans and tops by True Religion, Ed Hardy and Juicy Couture.

“I like to shop, and often people like what I’m wearing,” Landeros said of how she picks her inventory.

The new business is next to Taqueria Guadalajara, which is owned by Landeros’ mother, on the southeast corner of the Pitkin and Seventh Street intersection.

Store hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call 245-2730.


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