Biz Buzz, July 17, 2011

First, Mick and Kirsten Jansma built a custom backyard play system — swing set, slide, monkey bars, etc. — for their kids. And their neighbor saw it and asked the Jansmas to build one for them. Then a fellow churchgoer inquired about having one built, and ...

It became a side business, Playtime Adventures, which they ran out of their Fruita home for several years until they decided to take the plunge and make it a full-time venture. So, they found a storefront at 535 Pitkin Ave., where they opened June 21.

Business was picking up, and people were telling them, “This is so cool,” Kirsten said.

“We didn’t go searching for it,” she added. “It found us.”

Mick’s background in construction and Kirsten’s background in design — she paints all of the disk swings, for example — blend well for creating custom playground systems, residential and commercial, or adding on to existing systems. They also do maintenance on existing sets and provide free consultations and estimates.

“Our sets are a little heftier than the ones you can buy in box stores,” Kirsten said, and they can physically show you displays to prove it, or you can get a sense of their sturdiness on the store’s website,

Two of the most common requests other than the sets themselves are for rope ladders and rock walls.

“Kids love to climb,” Kirsten said.

For information, call Playtime Adventures at 970-314-2947.

Dan Shinskey doesn’t like to empty his boots of rocks and dirt after using his weed trimmer to manicure his lawn.

“I tried to wear long pants and cowboy boots, but there was still always stuff in there,” Shinskey said last week while standing outside Orchard Mesa True Value Hardware, 2686 U.S. Highway 50.

Shinskey is test-marketing his invention, CalfWraps, which are designed to keep debris from getting into shoes and protect the shins from ricocheting materials while weed trimming. The product costs $19.99 and is available at local True Value locations only.

The 30 initial test products were sewn by seamstresses at Hi Fashion Fabrics, 2586 Patterson Road.

Shinskey said he is seeking suppliers and manufacturers for CalfWraps. For information, call 255-7685 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Jim and Paula Hawkins may have to rethink their hours at Gelato Junction Cafe, formerly The Coffee Studio, which they bought in mid-June, closed for several weeks and reopened Monday at 2913 F Road, No. 103.

They set business hours at 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the summer and will lengthen them for fall and winter. However, Friday afternoon Paula answered the phone at Gelato Junction Cafe at 4:25 p.m. and said she still was serving customers. On a hot, sunny day, people kept coming in for gelato, which is Italian ice cream. Paula wasn’t complaining, and she acknowledged a later closing time might be in order.

Besides gelato, Gelato Junction Cafe serves the Colorado Legacy coffee drinks, hot and cold, that The Coffee Studio offered.

The Hawkinses also own Gelato Junction, 449 Main St.

After nearly two years of listing a commercial property with a real estate agency without finding a buyer, Anthony Brown is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can sell his property at 316 U.S. Highway 6&50.

“It’s basically what an agent would get, so I thought I’d just try to market it this way,” said Brown, who can be reached at 250-6077 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). “It’s actually motivating quite a few people. I’m getting a lot of calls.”

He’s asking for $355,000 for the 2,400-square-foot building, which has four units and currently has three renters: Fruita Copy, Spatafora Chiropractic and Canine Design.

Women’s clothing store Maurices had its grand reopening Friday in its remodeled and expanded location inside Mesa Mall, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50. Maurices gained 1,275 square feet of retail space, and among the additional offerings will be a line of tall and plus sizes.


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