Biz Buzz, May 9, 2010

Domenic Discuillo said he knows many women who get excited about going to their hair salon. He hopes his new business venture will do the same for men.

Discuillo on Saturday opened Men’s Room, what he calls the area’s only “luxurious, full-service hair salon,” at 2502 U.S. Highway 6&50, Suite 400, the former home of Studio 25 A Hair Salon.

He said he wants customers to know they’re walking into a high-end salon, but one they can afford.

“I try to price myself about three to five dollars higher than the quick-clip places,” said Discuillo, who previously ran Luxury Automotive FX in Grand Junction.

For example, he said, $23 will get a man a cut, style and express dry, plus shampoo and conditioning. And all of the stylists will wear uniforms that Discuillo calls “club wear,” the kind of sexy outfits women would wear to a hopping, big-city nightclub. And club music will be playing in the background.

“We’re going to offer an experience instead of just a service,” he said. “We want to get guys excited about getting a haircut.”

While men are the primary target, and customers must be at least 13 years old, Discuillo said Men’s Room welcomes female customers, too.

Mark and Missy Smith were doing their employees’ a favor two-and-a-half years ago when they decided to close Main Street Bagels Bakery and Cafe on Sundays.

Today, they’re doing their customers a favor by resuming Sunday hours, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the downtown location, 559 Main St.

Mark Smith said he would be in his downtown store about one Sunday a month, see lots of people come to the door, then see the disappointment in their faces when the door was locked. The demand was obvious.

Helping make the Sunday return possible is Main Street Bagels’ second store, which the Smiths opened at 964 North Ave. in October. Mark Smith said employees from both locations will staff the downtown store on Sundays. The North Avenue store will remain closed Sundays.

Main Street Bagels also recently lowered some prices, to which Mark Smith said, “We want more people through the door. We haven’t really had a drop-off (in customers), but we could use some more people midweek.”

The Smiths are offering another incentive to buy a bagel or coffee today. In honor of Mother’s Day, 10 percent of the store’s sales will be donated to Latimer House, a local safe house for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The first of three Maverik Country Stores coming to the Grand Valley opened in Fruita, 1103 E. U.S. Highway 6&50, a week ago and had its grand opening Saturday.

Maverik Inc., according to the company website, is a convenience store and gas station chain with 200 locations throughout Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

Rocky Mountain Sanitation has finished building its new, 6,000-square-foot facility on a four-and-a-half-acre lot at 721 23 Road, providing needed elbow room for its workers.

“We were all scrunched on top of each other,” Rocky Mountain Sanitation co-owner Lisa Mullen said of the waste-removal company’s home of the previous seven years, 1077 22 Road. Now, “Our employees feel a lot better. They have a lot more room to move.”

They also got closer to Fruita, and more notably, Mullen said, closer to the local Starbucks.

The new home was necessary because the company has grown at a steady clip in recent years, landing on Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing, privately-held companies in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Mullen said she and her husband, Loren, started the company in 1997, working from their home with two trucks and one other employee. Friday, Lisa Mullen said the company has more than 10,000 customers and employs 20 to 21 people, “depending on the day,” and runs 18 vehicles.

The Mullens bought the 23 Road property a year ago, and until the new building took shape, Lisa Mullen referred to it as “my million-dollar weed patch.”


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