BizBuzz, May 18, 2017

After almost two years of work, the Zesty Moose Marketplace‘s building is ready to open over Memorial Day weekend.

Diana and Brian Tap bought the historic building at 449 Colorado Ave. in May 2015 and started remodeling the place that The Shoe Man had been in since 1975.

Now it will be the home of the gourmet spice company that the Taps started in a commercial kitchen they built at their house a decade ago.

The couple is a fixture at farmers’ markets around the region, and now they have a permanent location, complete with a commercial kitchen where visitors can see them making the famous spice blends, rubs and sauces.

Last year was a record year for the company, which Diana attributes to not only the popularity of their products but also an interest from home cooks and chefs to control the quality of their meals without sacrificing flavor, while avoiding unnecessary fillers or preservatives.

“People are getting more concerned about what’s going into their food and since we started this in October 2007, that’s kind of what we’ve been about,” she said. “It is possible to get flavor without all the junk in it.”

Zesty Moose Marketplace will also carry regional items for sale that adhere to the same philosophy, she said, including gourmet mustard, honey and estate olive oils.

The business will host daily giveaways and a special Sample Saturday where visitors can taste what they have to offer. For more information, visit thezestymoose.com.

Some needed uniformity in the way tickets are sold at two of Grand Junction’s leading venues — the Avalon Theatre and Two Rivers Convention Center — is in the works due to a new partnership between venue manager Pinnacle Venue Services and Monumental Events.

“We recognized them to be the best strategic partner to handle our current and future ticketing needs for our events,” said Maria Rainsdon, general manager of Two Rivers and the Avalon, in a release announcing the news.

According to Pinnacle, the venues previously did not have a designated in-house ticketing platform that they could offer promoters, show organizers or guests. Once the new ticketing platform is up and running, tickets for events will be available for sale online, at a self-service kiosk at Two Rivers, at the Avalon’s box office during regular business hours, or by phone at 800-626-TIXS.

Monumental Events says they specialize in marketing ticket sales, and is locally owned by Landon and Jackie Balding. They provide ticketing and marketing services to high-profile community events like the Alpine Bank JUCO World Series, the Mesa County Fair, and the Grand Junction Air Show.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to further invest in the place we call home,” Landon Balding, director of operations at Monumental Events, is quoted as saying in an announcement of the partnership.

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