Biz Buzz, Dec. 6, 2009

Hooters opens Monday at 2880 North Ave. The restaurant offers chicken wings, seafood, salads, sandwiches, burgers, appetizers and desserts, plus waitresses in skimpy white and orange outfits.

Grand Junction will be the seventh Colorado city to open a Hooters and the first city on the Western Slope to have one.

Pollux Clothing Company, 321 Main St., opened a Pollux outlet store Nov. 27 at 431 E. Main St. in Montrose. The store solely sells accessories, all priced at $25 or less.

Pollux Owner Ivy Parnasius said she opened the store in part to accommodate shoppers’ needs for low-cost items in a down economy. Pollux also has a clothing store at 433 E. Main St. in Montrose.

Home Furnishings Business magazine featured Interiors etc., 602 Main St., in its annual Look Book this November. The Look Book showcases home-furnishing retailers in the United States that have been successful in 2009.

New business EnergyWise Companies, 786 Valley Court, Unit B, consults builders and homeowners about how to make homes more energy efficient with new air-sealing techniques, building materials, heating and cooling systems, insulation, lighting, and programmable thermostats. The company advises clients about loans for home improvements, mortgage reductions and rebates, and it helps customers earn Energy Star accreditation.

For more information, call 242-9473 or visit http://www.energywisecompanies.com. The company serves clients from Rangely to Telluride.

Fairplay Electric Cars, 743 Horizon Court, added five local employees and hired 18 employees at its assembly plant in Long Beach, Calif. The electric-car production and sales company attributed its ability to hire more workers to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which included a tax credit for people who buy qualified plug-in, electric-drive-motor vehicles. The credit helped boost sales, Fairplay President Keith Andrews said.

The Blue Pig Gallery, 119 W. Third St. in Palisade, will host the annual Soup Challenge from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. People can taste soups made by Grand Valley chefs for $2 and help judge the contest.

The gallery will participate in the first Palisade Art and Chocolate Walk downtown. From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, people can stroll between the Blue Pig, Twisted Brick Studios, Tim Wedel’s studio and Mumzel’s Art & Antiques and view or buy art while sampling chocolate. The Palisade Cafe & Bar, 113 W. Third St., Slice O’ Life Bakery, 105 W. Third St., and the Red Rose Cafe, 235 Main St., will highlight chocolate items on their menus Friday.

Safeway grocery stores are launching a long-term Everyday Low Price campaign in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska and South Dakota. The campaign includes redesigned yellow shelf tags displaying old and new prices of items. Safeway also will promote the pricing in print, television, radio, online and outdoor advertisements.

Mesa Mall, 2424 Highway 6&50, will host the annual Shop with a Cop event Wednesday. Thirteen disadvantaged youths will pair up with Grand Junction police officers and shop in the mall.

Montrose Regional Airport will switch to all-jet passenger service beginning Monday, it said in a news release. It also announced it is on pace to break its record for boardings in a year. It had 81,493 boardings during the first 10 months this year. The record is 92,583, set in 2007.

The airport will host a ski season kickoff party at the terminal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 19, when the airport’s winter airlines and jet service return for the ski season. According to the news release, the returning flights include American, Continental and Delta with nonstop service to Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Newark and Los Angeles. The airport also has year-round service to Denver on United.

The public is invited to attend the party, which will feature refreshments and entertainment, including live music by Paul Nystrom and Sharon Clark.

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