Biz Buzz, July 10, 2011

The bright orange and yellow paint job with a sun rising from a bottom corner is catching North Avenue drivers’ eyes and generating an obvious question: What’s going in the former Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard building?

According to a window note, it will be a TacoTime restaurant. And according to http://www.tacotime.com, it’s “Coming soon!” to 2301 North Ave.

It will be the national chain’s second TacoTime in the region, joining the restaurant in Delta, 707 Main St.

The signs on the sides of Grand Junction Canyon View Car Wash Express, 1110 N. Sixth St., were installed Friday, while other finishing touches were being made to the former home of Boggsies Car Wash, east of Martin Mortuary & Crematory and south of Grand Junction High School.

Come next Friday, July 15, the new car wash will host a ribbon cutting, and Roxanne Lewis, who owns the business with her husband, Mikel, said they hope to be open for the weekend.

It will be the Lewises second “certified green” car wash in the Grand Valley, joining Redlands Canyon View Car Wash, 2258 Broadway.

Sisters Lauren Brown and Kerri Inda, and their mom, Fran Noonan, decided to display their cooking skills and creativity in a catering business, and in late May they opened Dilly Dales Delights. Their kitchen is at 330 S. Cascade Ave. in Montrose, where they create custom desserts for high-end functions, weddings and just about any party wanting a fresh, unusual look.

“We’ve been swamped and have been very, very lucky. The calls don’t seem to stop,” Brown said.

Recently Dilly Dales catered functions in Telluride and provided deserts and cakes to three weddings in one weekend.

For a wedding for a pair of cycling enthusiasts, Dilly Dales fixed up a dilapidated beach cruiser to serve as a cupcake stand at the wedding reception.

“We take pride in our display,” she said. “We do very unique displays.”

For more information or to place an order, call 970-275-5731 or visit the Dilly Dales Delights Facebook page.

Brown said Dilly Dales is looking to find a more permanent storefront in the coming months.

Some Fruita business owners are hoping cold hard cash will lure shoppers to their downtown stores. They’re offering nearly $2,000 to anyone who can solve the Cash Money Treasure Hunt, which will begin Aug. 4.

“We are trying to drive impulse and memory buying,” said Tony Cabral, owner of Aspen St. Computers, 233 E. Aspen Ave., and an organizer of the event.

He said many of the businesses, including his own, are struggling in the recession.

“We want everybody to survive in this town,” Cabral said.

He partnered with Coleen Shive, owner of the Hands and Feet Thrift Store, 225 E. Aspen Ave., Unit A, and approached other businesses about pooling money for the treasure hunt. The Fruita City Council also supported the effort by donating $200.

Riddles will be posted daily to a number of Fruita business websites, including http://www.colwst.com, from Aug. 4 to Aug. 14. Treasure hunters must solve each riddle, enter the correct area business, then hunt for the next clue, until they find the final one, which reveals where the money is located. The first person to find the money wins it all.

“First it’s a mental hunt, then it’s a physical hunt to find the money,” Cabral said.

The point is to drive foot traffic into the stores and make people look around.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Cabral said, “People are going to have to work for it.”

This caught the eye of one of our Biz Buzz writers: The window displays of interior design and furniture store Interiors Etc., 602 Main St., include a table desk and a coffee table made with wings from Vietnam War era spy planes. One has a plexiglass top, the other a glass top, for a clear view of the bright-colored, powder-coated wings. The desk is — brace yourself — $5,835; the coffee table, $3,335.


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