BizBuzz, July 3

Area wine makers received a bit of a boost when TravelAdvisor travel advocate Wendy Perrin told NBC “Today Show” viewers Wednesday about vineyards “west of the Colorado Rockies” that will please parents, but offers attractions the whole family can enjoy.

Describing Colorado’s wine country as “only two hours from Aspen,” Perrin said the many varieties of local fruit produce delicious drinks, but more importantly for families vacationing in the area, the area offers plenty of fun, outdoor activities for the children to enjoy while mom and dad sip the grape.

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce recognized several business recently for investments in the Grand Valley economy, either in terms of new hires, new capital construction or both. They included:

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores invested $7.5 million to construct its new rest stop off Interstate 70 and hired 60 employees, spokesman Michael Spencer announced.

Humphrey RV & Trailer invested $2 million to move its business location down the highway and hired five new employees.

Dr. John Poovey of Poovey Dental Group invested $450,000 in new offices.

Evan Gill of Sears Outlet announced the store invested $100,000 to upgrade and hired 25 new employees.

Tanfastic hired six new employees and invested $65,000.

■ Two high school students from Grand Junction are taking part in a two-week internship program put on by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable, according to an official with Lockheed Martin Space Systems.

The program is one of the results of last summer’s trip by the roundtable to the Western Slope to promote aerospace and seek potential suppliers, said Joe Rice, a government relations officer for Lockheed.

“Last year at meetings in Durango and Grand Junction, we were asked by teachers, parents, and students if there was anything we could do to help students from the Western Slope get experience with aerospace companies,” Rice said. 

Students on the Front Range have access to many more programs than do students from the Western Slope, he said. 

“As a result we created this program and did a pilot this year. It is going well and we intend to expand the program next summer,” Rice said.

A total of 12 students are participating this year, including two from Grand Junction and four from Durango, he said. 

Will Ness, 15, a sophomore at Palisade High School, and Carl Stoye, a high school senior from Grand Junction, were selected to take part, Rice said.

Stoye was also a member of the Grand Junction robotics team that recently competed in Utah.

The free program consists of daily activities at various aerospace companies and organizations in the Denver metro area and some in Boulder and Colorado Springs, Rice said.

Bin 707 Foodbar, 225 N 5th St., announced Wednesday it launched a new website featuring a blog and describes the new menu.

The website was designed by local marketing company Synergy Marketing Consultants and features images by local photographer Cat Mayer

“We felt it was time to freshen up our look online. With so many people connecting and finding us via online and social media we knew we had to have a design that fit the eclectic feel of the restaurant also,” said Josh Niernberg, executive chef and owner. “Our fans and guests are always connecting, sharing and commenting with us online and we wanted to give them something beautiful.” 

The design features a photo feed from Instagram that allows guests to take photos and share them on the website for all visitors to see. 

The blog is written by staff and features items about menu selections, drinks and who’s who at the eatery.

“The connection between the look of the restaurant, taste of the food and functionality of our website has to be seamless,” Niernberg said.

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