BizBuzz, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Grand Junction’s Tractor Supply store is on the hunt for farmers, crafters and artisans to sell homemade or homegrown products at its Oct. 7 farmers market.

Those interested in homemade crafts, candles, baked goods, art and gardening are encouraged to register at or visit the Grand Junction store at 2449 U.S. Highway 6&50.

Participants will have a chance to showcase and sell goods in tented areas near the storefront. There is no charge for selling items.

“The Farmers Market will be a celebration of the talent and expertise in our community,” Phil Reiter, vice president of national and local store marketing at Tractor Supply, said in a statement. “Whether it’s a side business or a hobby, our customers take pride in what they build, create and grow, and we want to help them share their talents with the community. At Tractor Supply, service means more than helping customers save time and money, it means serving our community and supporting our customers’ passions.”

Baker’s Boutique is gearing up for a grand-opening celebration Sept. 28 at its new location at 726 24 Road.

The business had a soft reopening in March after moving out of its old location at 2478 Patterson Road in late December.

Courtney Barella, who operates the front of the store, said the new shop is a bigger space in a better location that is more accessible. The boutique has also added ice cream, an espresso bar, scones, cookies and pies. There is also a bigger case for cupcakes that now offers six daily flavors.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. and there will be a drawing afterward where guests can win a free four-pack of cupcakes every month for a year. There will also be free cookie and cupcake samples.

Beth Benjamin is the new owner of Palisade Pharmacy, 707 Elberta Ave., after buying the company from the retiring Walter Jorgensen.

“Walt was kind enough to include me and let me take over his business of 42 years,” said Benjamin, who took over operations on Sept. 1.

The store has 15 employees and is open 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday.

Benjamin, who has worked at the pharmacy for nine years, said she hopes to continue to provide great service to customers and stressed the need for independent pharmacies.

“We want to continue the same services we’ve been offering,” she said. “People shouldn’t notice any changes in services.”

A Taste of Heaven is preparing for a large sale of most of its goods and will be downsizing the business to focus on catering after a hiatus.

Owner Georgia Lujan said the sale will from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 14-16 at her location at 2817 North Ave. She will shut her doors the following day.

“I’m going back to catering. I’ll be renting a commissary and downsizing,” Lujan said. I don’t want to do the venue any more.”

Lujan said she might keep selling balloons, but will shutter everything else aside from catering and do some traveling before reopening.

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