Biz Buzz, Nov. 22, 2009

The Montrose Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has decided to move the chamber in “a different direction,” according to Board President Rick Anderson. That direction meant the end of Terri Leben’s service as executive director of the chamber on Monday. The board has launched a nationwide search for a new director.

“We’re just trying to refocus and go where we’re trying to go,” Anderson said.

Leben worked for the chamber for more than a year. Leben said Friday that her exit from the chamber came as a surprise. She said she wanted the chamber to help businesses and encourage networking. Board members, she said, “just wanted to have parades.”

Bear Necessities/Gifts for Home & Garden opened Saturday at 58260 Colorado Highway 330 in Collbran. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Angie Taylor and Pat Stoll opened the store to offer holiday and year-round gifts, most for less than $25, to residents in Collbran, Mesa and Molina.

Miss Marie, 637 Main St., is closing. The store will have a 20 percent to 70 percent off sale on shoes, bags and accessories.

The Hampton Inn, 205 Main St., and Hawthorn Suites, 225 Main St., will host a canned-food drive through the end of the month. Anyone that wants to participate can bring nonperishable food items to the front desk at either hotel.

Carlson Vineyards, 461 35 Road, is hosting its 18th annual open house Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Attendees can sample a variety of Carlson’s holiday wines from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and enter a drawing to win a one-night stay at Palisade’s Wine Country Inn. Visit http://www.carlsonvineyards.com for a map to the winery. Carlson will offer 10 percent off all wine and a 15 percent discount on cases of one or several types of wine.

The Montrose Chamber of Commerce Women’s Professional Group will host a quarterly networking event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Dec. 2 at the Cazwellas Restaurant, 320 E. Main St. in Montrose. Space is limited, so those who plan to attend are asked to register early by calling the chamber at 249-5000 or e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The cost is $20 for members and $25 for future members and guests. Everyone is asked to bring enough business cards to share and a wrapped ornament to exchange.

Certified Massage Therapist Terri Syperreck is celebrating her first anniversary operating at 2470 Patterson Road with special pricing on massage gift certificates. She is offering a gift to anyone who signs up for a monthly educational newsletter at GrandJunctionMassageTherapy.com.

Chris Skalsky, owner of home-based Sharpen Up in Clifton, recently attended the National Shear Sharpeners Seminar in Las Vegas, where he bent, straightened, repaired and sharpened salon shears in timed competitions. Skalsky sharpens and sells salon shears and other products.

Master’s Tools of Ridgway has introduced the Golden Mean Finder, a tool that helps artists, sculptors, architects and students create a balanced image (for example, making sure a nose is in proportion to eyes on a face). The three-pronged tool can be purchased at http://www.goldenmean finder.com.

Health insurance provider Humana Inc. will offer its local Humana Choice Preferred Provider Organization plan in Mesa, Montrose and Delta counties beginning in 2010. People pick a health care provider either within or outside the Humana network, although selecting an out-of-network doctor can mean reduced benefits. The plan is available to people who qualify for Medicare.

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