Biz Buzz, May 2, 2010

Billiard table retailer Western Slope Billiards opened Friday in its new home, 2851 North Ave., in the strip mall on the southeast corner of 28 1/2 Road and North Avenue. It had been in the Campus Corner shopping center, northeast corner of 12th Street and Orchard Avenue, for the previous year-and-a-half.

P.J. Johnson, who owns the store along with his wife, Mary Jo, said the primary reasons for moving were better store visibility and a more favorable, long-term lease.

Western Slope Billiards is the exclusive distributor of Olhausen pool tables on the Western Slope, and P.J. Johnson called Olhausen “the No. 1-rated, American-made pool table.” Besides the renowned product line, he said Western Slope Billiards prides itself on the services it provides.

“We feel we have the highest quality pool-table service at reasonable prices,” he said.

Western Slope Billiards sells used tables, too, and P.J. Johnson said that has helped the business during the recession.

“The used table market has increased greatly in this economy,” he said.

Johnson said the store had a fantastic Christmas season, then experienced better sales revenue in the first quarter this year than it did in the first quarter last year.

The sports talk programming that has defined Grand Junction radio station KTMM, better known as The Team 1340-AM, is now being broadcast on KNAM 1490-AM in the Rifle, Silt and New Castle area.

MBC Grand Broadcasting owns both stations. The KNAM programming change was made several weeks ago, according to KTMM Program Director Jim Davis.

The Team 1340 had been alone on the Western Slope with its full-time-sports talk, but Davis said, “We were looking to expand our brand as far as sports programming.”

The sports talk shows on The Team 1490 include national heavyweights Jim Rome and Dan Patrick, plus the locally produced “Davis & Beetle” morning show. Davis said he and co-host Kurtis Beidleman now include more coaches and athletes from Rifle and Coal Ridge high schools on their show.

In addition to the live broadcasts of Colorado Rockies baseball, Colorado Avalanche hockey, Denver Nuggets basketball and University of Colorado football games, KNAM will broadcast Rifle High School games, plus Junior College World Series games.

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, which sets itself apart with a different system for ordering and one price for most of its sandwiches, will open Monday at 1125 Patterson Road. Customers take a red marker and a bag with the menu printed on it and mark what kind of sandwich they want, choosing the type of bread, cheese, spreads, sauces and other ingredients they want.

The national chain’s signature sandwich is the Wicked Wich, with five meats — turkey, ham, roast beef, pepperoni and bacon — and your choice of three cheeses. Which Wich also offers a few combinations it doesn’t believe you’ll find elsewhere, such as the peanut butter, honey and banana that go on the Elvis Which.

The Grand Junction franchise, owned by Robert Fowler, is the seventh Which Wich in Colorado and the first on the Western Slope. The first Which Wich opened in downtown Dallas in 2003, and the restaurant has spread to 20 states with more than 100 locations.

Denver-based Professional Case Management, which provides in-home services that allow its clients to live at home, recently moved its Grand Junction branch office to 1910 N. 12th Street, Suite G, in the Campus Corner shopping center. It had been a few blocks away in a smaller office in the 12th Street Plaza, where it opened in October, according to office Administrator Jessica Shreve.

The Grand Junction branch office’s sign says: “Helping Uranium Workers Live at Home.” And Professional Case Management’s website says it is “the nation’s premier health care provider for nuclear weapons workers and uranium miners, millers and haulers suffering from illnesses contracted in the course of their employment.”

Shreve said the Grand Junction office serves the entire Western Slope and the Moab, Utah, region. She said it has 60 clients on the Western Slope and as many as 100 nurses it can deploy to provide 24/7 care.


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