BizBuzz, Thursday, May 1

After eight months as lead salesman, Scott Fogarty was ready to go from sales to co-owner of Kolorado Resources, a Fruita company that sells novelties and promotional goods like engraved pens, T-shirts and coffee mugs. 

Fogarty and his wife, Jennifer, signed the paperwork to make the purchase official last week.

Kolorado Resources is a full-service advertising specialties company that works with clients across the Western Slope through its online portal,, Fogarty said. 

The new business owner said he has more than 30 years experience in the printing and packaging business.

“We are a locally owned and operated company and it is important to reflect that in our brand,” he said.

Fogarty came to Colorado from New York to rock climb and quickly decided to make Grand Junction his home. While out biking he met Jennifer, who came to Colorado more than 20 years ago on a whim and stayed for the outdoor recreation as well. 

“We both believe the Grand Valley is a testament that small business is what supports this country’s economy and we are excited to be a part of that,” Jennifer Fogarty said. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and spent the last nine years teaching middle school. 

“I’m looking forward to assuming the day-to-day responsibilities of running the business,” she said.

MAC Design Studio hosts the grand opening of A Designer’s Warehouse starting 10 a.m. today.

The new retail designer showroom features closeout accessories, lamps, artwork, rugs and accent furniture hand-selected by certified designer and showroom owner Margaret Csikos Rodriquez.

The new showroom follows on the heels of Rodriguez’ opening of MAC Design Studio, 2387 River Road, No. 103.

Rodriguez offers high-end designer artwork and accessories acquired from end-of-the-season designer sales around the country.

She kept overhead low by operating the design business out her home for the past six years, but a growing clientele made it possible to expand operations in December.

Now, she’s expanding again.

With an extensive background in interior design and construction, Rodriguez said she can transform any residential or commercial space.

She is available to consult on designing new construction, remodels, furnishings, artwork, accessories, lighting and flooring.

“I can do custom window treatments and custom bedding. I do all of that,” she said.

Rodriguez holds a certificate of interior design from The Institute of Interior Design in Las Vegas, Nev., and is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers. She has been working professionally in the interior design field for more than 20 years and has been involved in the design of several award-winning homes in western Colorado.

Go to or call (970) 201-2517 for information.

SHAPE, a salon at 525 North Ave. that offers a variety of skin care services, opened its doors a year ago, new owner Vicki Filz said.

The spa is under new ownership and has added Hope Carlton, a licensed esthetician and makeup artist, to its staff, said Filz, an advanced nurse practitioner with a degree in dermatology.

Carlton is a licensed esthetician, professional makeup artist, certified yoga instructor and style editor for GV Magazine.

“We’ve redecorated and added additional treatment rooms, expanded our selection of Jane Iredale Makeup,” Filz said. “We are also introducing a new affordable, but effective, skin care product line to the Grand Valley.” 

SHAPE is helping to raise money currently for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by taking part in its annual Lock Up event. Filz and Carlton will both be going to “jail” on June 4. 

A summer fundraiser to help local animal shelters is also planned, Filz said. 

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