Biz Buzz, May 15, 2011

After 15 years of working in the oil and gas industry, Michael Horelka asked God to help him find a way out.

He found his answer on a T-shirt. And now he sells them.

In mid-April, he opened Victory Train: Christian Apparel with a Twist, stocking shirts and hats with Christian slogans such as “God Gets Er Done,” mostly by name-brand Christian clothing designer Not of This World. The stylish and edgy clothes are aimed at the teen-Christian market.

The twist? The store also sells body jewelry because Christian kids still want to look cool, Horelka said.

“If a teenager is fired up for Christ, then he should show it,” he said.

Horelka hopes to have other clothing lines available soon, such as Christian Goth, Pierced and Edify.

“It’s only been a few weeks, and I already am growing out of this place,” Horelka said of the store at 3279 F Road in Clifton.

Horelka said he plans to give part of the store’s proceeds to local youth-group and youth-oriented activities on a regular basis.

The store is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. For information, call 314-4762.

The building west of the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive, is about to become its own hotel.

The 49-room building will be removed from the Clarion’s registry and serve as a stand-alone Econo Lodge as soon as June 1, according to Clarion Inn General Manager Lynne Sorlye. New signs for the hotel will arrive around May 23, she said.

The Clarion still will operate in its main building, which has 239 hotel rooms, outdoor and indoor pools, fitness facilities and an airport shuttle.

Sorlye said both hotels will keep the same owner, a hotel investor who lives in Springfield, Mo. She said the owner brought in Econo Lodge to offer rooms to no-frills guests looking for rooms that cost less but have fewer on-site amenities, such as a pool.

When Montrose quilter Lori Zentmeyer, and others in the area like her, wanted fabric for a new project or needles and thread for their sewing machines, they drove to Hotchkiss, Durango or Grand Junction for supplies. The city of Montrose has been without a quilt shop for several years.

But that no longer is the case, since she opened LadyBugz Quilt Co., 302 W. Main St. in Montrose, on April 26. The 1,800-square-foot shop is in a small house, with each of its rooms decorated by theme.

Zentmeyer put vintage appliances in the kitchen, stacking bolts of 1930s reproduction fabric in the tub of a wringer washing machine. In one bedroom, a bassinet overflows with baby and juvenile prints.

“I wanted customers to find a cozy, homey feeling here,” she said.

Her goal is to carry items that appeal to all types of quilters. She stocks contemporary batiks, Asian fabrics and traditional country styles such as Thimbleberries and Kansas Troubles.

This weekend, Zentmeyer is at International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, searching for the latest ideas and patterns.

She plans to offer classes starting in June, including some for children, as Zentmeyer wants to pass her passion for quilting to the next generation.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call 970-249-1600.

Seeds of Revolution opened its retail store next to APEX Tattoo, 650 Main St., No. 3,  April 29 with a grand “mysterious” reception.

“We just kind of left it a mystery of what we were going to have,” store associate Jeremiah Campbell said.

What they have is clothing by Sullen, Fatal and Riot Gear, designers known for carrying their tattoo artistry into T-shirt designs. Owner David Litsheim also stocks his own tattoo-to-shirt designs called Unincorporated.

“He just wants to support local artists and national bands and offer things at affordable prices,” Campbell said, adding new product and shirt designs are arriving every week.

The store is open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Saturday. For information, call 261-0623 or go online to http://www.facebook.com/SeedsofRevolution.

Engineering consulting firm Terracon, headquartered in Olathe, Kan., acquired Geotechnical Engineering Group, earlier this year. GEG has locations in Grand Junction, 2308 Interstate Ave., and Montrose, 3000 Aerotech Place, Suite B.

Terracon purchased GEG from John Withers, who remained with the company as office manager, according to Terracon Senior Marketing Specialist Mary Young.

Geotechnical Engineering Group’s name will remain, as will its employees, Young said. Employee numbers change seasonally, ranging from 12 to 25 in GEG’s two offices. The Grand Junction location will be Terracon’s main Western Slope office, Young said.


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