Biz Buzz, April 25, 2010

Saturday marked the first of what will be weekly, weekend swap meets through Labor Day weekend in the parking lot of Freeway Bowl, 1900 E. Main St.

Freeway Bowl owner Tony Azzam said the swap meet is an attempt to drum up business during a time of year when bowling slows down. He has the land to accommodate the meet, and maybe the people who stop by will step inside the bowling alley to cool off, get a drink and even bowl a few frames, Azzam said.

As of Thursday he had six paid vendors lined up for the first swap meet, plus hopes of a few more showing up the day of the event. Azzam said he can handle as many as 16 vendors currently, and if the event becomes popular enough, he will expand as needed and host it on Sundays in addition to Saturdays.

Items brought in by the first group of vendors, Azzam said, include antiques, saddles, dolls, candles and items imported from China.

If anyone is interested in being a vendor, Azzam said, “We’re looking for people who have nice quality stuff.” Or, if people have items they’d like to sell but don’t won’t to host a garage sale, they could set up at the swap meet, he said.

For more information, call Azzam at 275-1667.

He hopes to reap when you can’t sew. Brian Davis has opened Keep On Sewing, a sewing-machine repair shop based in his Orchard Mesa home at 2719 Sierra Vista Road.

Opening his business has nothing to do with the recession leading people to save money by sewing new clothes or patching their old duds.

Rather, Davis said, “It’s quilting. Quilting is huge. It’s such a big, big hobby in this area.”

And many a quilter uses a sewing machine. Daily Sentinel quilting columnist Sherida Warner off the top of her head rattled off the Grand Valley has at least two quilting organizations with more than 100 members, another has at least 70, and there are numerous smaller groups. And that, she said, doesn’t count all of the quilters who are part of church groups that sew for charity.

While his business background has been in sales, Davis said he ran a handyman business in the past and has the technical skills for working on mechanical things, sewing machines included. He took classes to become a certified sewing machine technician, and he promises “service for all makes of sewing machines, embroidery machines, long arms, blind hemmers and sergers.”

For details about Keep On Sewing’s services, products and rates, visit or call Davis at 260-4441.

All Sound Designs and Oak Tree Furniture in the Mesa Village Shopping Center, 2412 F Road, are now open seven days a week.

When owners Eric and Sara Landis bought Oak Tree Furniture two years ago — they moved All Sound Designs next door to it last year — the furniture store was closed Sundays and Mondays. They immediately opened Oak Tree on Mondays, and both stores were closed on Sundays. About four weeks ago, they opened both on Sundays.

Eric Landis said more business has been filtering into the stores since a Subway restaurant opened in the shopping center in late February.

“Subway has made a big difference, especially for the furniture store,” he said.

The decision to open on Sundays was easy, he said, adding, “People are out and about on Sundays. People tend to be high-quality shoppers on Sundays. The only hard part about it is staffing.”

In addition to the boost in business he is seeing from Subway’s presence, Eric Landis added, “Business is definitely picking up as a generic whole. More people are coming in willing to spend than we’ve seen in a year.”

Mesa Vista Assisted Living Residence recently was named the business of the year by the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

Mesa Vista is a nonprofit, licensed, assisted-care facility in Battlement Mesa and is home to 45 seniors and older adults with disabilities. It has been providing care and services for more than 10 years.


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