Biz Buzz: Dec. 5, 2013

Octopus Coffees is a new drive-through coffee shop that opened at 2678 S. Highway 50, featuring high quality northern Italian light roast beans and other high-end goodies, said owner Alexis Bauer.

“Those beans make a really caramelly, naturally sweet espresso,” said Bauer, who boasts nearly 19 years in the coffee business.

The advantages of operating a drive-through coffee business are many, Bauer said, starting with the views.

“I love looking at the (National) Monument and the (Grand) Mesa all day, every day,” she said.

Calling herself a “social engineer,” Bauer said she loves to talk up local events, concerts, art shows and fundraisers with her customers, who are starting to think of her place as a kind of community center.

“As we all know, Orchard Mesa people are very friendly. They’ve been very welcoming. I love having good exchanges with people. It’s not just business. I love doing this. I love waking people up,” she said.

■ The 30th annual Parade of Lights, sponsored by Sorter Construction and the Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District, starts at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Thousands of spectators will line Main Street to view more than 100 lighted parade entries submitted by businesses and community groups from across the Grand Valley.

Before the parade, local nonprofits will sell goodies and crafts along Main Street starting at 11 a.m. as part of the 2013 Winter Festival. There will also be entertainment starting at 12:30 p.m. by local groups Express Allstars, Defy Gravity and Absolute Dance.

There will be a ban on parking along Main Street during the Parade of Lights starting at 3 p.m. Friday.

■ Downtown restaurants 626 on Rood, Pablo’s Pizza, Bin707 Foodbar and il Bistro Italiano are ranked among the top 60 overall restaurants in Denver, according to the latest Zagat dining guide.

The guide, which lists the restaurants under the Denver heading, also displays the correct city next to each listing.

Among the distinctions for the Grand Junction eateries: 626 on Rood, 626 Rood Ave., was rated as fourth overall; Bin 707, 225 N. 5th St. made the “Best Service in Denver” list; Pablo’s Pizza, 319 Main St., made the “Best Buys in Denver” list; and, 626 on Rood, Bin 707 and il Bistro, 400 Main St., all made the “Most popular restaurants in Denver” list.

■ There’s plenty on tap at The Business Incubator, 2591 Legacy Way, starting 8:30 a.m. Friday with a live streaming presentation on crowd funding hosted by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and others.

The live event in Denver includes a panel discussion with Nikki Braziel, co-founder of Octa; Bret Fund, assistant professor at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business; Chris Hazlitt, a partner at Bryan Cave; and James Olander, founder of The Roost.

Next up is the Incubator’s 20th annual Holiday Open House, which will include food and libations, starting at 4 p.m. Dec. 12. The event will feature displays, booths and a silent auction.

Starting at 9 a.m. Dec. 17, the Incubator’s popular class, Pumping Up The Dream, Starting a Business in Western Colorado, covers all the most commonly asked questions, including how to do a trade name search, choosing the right legal structure, registering with the state, local licensing requirements, the business planning process and options for financing a business. Cost of the class is $50.

Major Mortgage’s second annual Toys for Tickets is underway collecting toys for less fortunate children in the Grand Valley. All toys collected are donated to the Mesa County branch of the Salvation Army.

Drop off new unwrapped toys at 2474 Patterson Road, No. 200 and be entered to win two four-day VIP tickets to Major Mortgage Country Jam 2014. A drawing for the tickets takes place Dec. 20. 

“The more toys you donate, the more chances you have to win,” said Bri Renzi, Major Mortgage vice president.

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