BizBuzz, Aug. 31, 2017
Sometimes a name says everything. Other times, not so much.
Believe it or not, the Palisade Pot Pedaler is not the town’s newest marijuana dispensary, but rather a place to refurbish old cast iron skillets, grills and waffle makers from 1960 and earlier. Owner Dave Fisher is fully aware of many people’s first thoughts on the name, however.
“That was a deliberate hook. It’s new times in Palisade,” Fisher said, referencing the town’s recent legalization of recreational marijuana dispensaries. “I didn’t really have a problem with that. It’s an attention grabber.”
Fisher doesn’t have a storefront in Palisade, but has sold redone cast iron kitchen products on websites such as eBay and has a booth at A Robin’s Nest, 602 Main St., in Grand Junction.
He also takes products for refurbishment and said the best way to reach him is on Facebook by searching “Palisade Pot Pedaler - and pans.”
Fisher said he started this side business about a year and a half ago after he had inherited some old pots and pans from his grandmother. He wanted to cook with them but they were not in good condition, so he started looking into how to refurbish the cast iron kitchen ware.
It developed into a hobby and then a business. Now when he travels, he’s always looking for vintage North American cast iron products.
“I’m shopping all around. Anytime I go out of town I will hit antique stores. I’m sweeping the area and looking for specific-era pieces,” he said.
Fisher said the older the product, the better it is, and he takes a lot of pride in his work, believing he is doing his part to honor the history of miners, metal workers and cooks from many years ago by keeping their products alive.
“I’m super passionate about it. The important thing is to keep this cookware in use and not languishing,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for that.”
■ Grand Junction has a new provider for mental health and counseling services after Credence Allied Psych Services opened in July at 3154 Lakeside Drive, Suite 103.
The new practice was started by therapists Kara Kyle, Elizabeth Aubert and Marci Carron, who branched out after working together at Mind Springs Health. They were also involved in schools in helping deal with suicidal students.
“We just have a very similar goals in mind in treating mental health needs in the community,” Kyle said.
The practice provides individual, couples and family therapy and the therapists specialize in several forms of treatment, including play therapy and Christian counseling.
The business accepts several insurance providers and private pay. For more information, visit CredenceAlliedPsychServices.com or call 462-9205.
■ The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St., will start offering a Sunday brunch menu from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. starting Sept. 3.
In addition, the restaurant will offer a free breakfast buffet for children age 10 and younger on those days.
The brunch menu will include a farmer’s benedict, chorizo burrito, chicken fried steak and eggs and much more. For more information, visit alehousegj.com.