Briefs: Biz Buzz January 11, 2009
• A business that operated out of the spotlight for at least 22 years has closed, and the medical community is feeling it.
“It has caused a total uproar in the medical community,” says one former client who already misses the owners who started Jan’s Road Running service, which closed Dec. 19 because the owners want to retire.
“She circulated amongst all the offices and hospitals around town and took stuff back and forth, reports and X-rays,” the client said. “She did lots of things for lots of offices. They would stock snacks and soft drinks, and do shopping for them. She did their bank deposits. She had total access to all offices, even when they were not open. She was totally reliable and trustworthy.”
Word has it the couple who ran the service never took a day off in all of their 22 years of service.
Most of the medical offices in town have appointed their own people to run the errands that Jan’s used to handle. The owners declined to comment for an article, saying they always shied away from attention.
Jan’s Road Running service, which opened during the oil-shale bust of the 1980s, thrived as one of the most trusted businesses in the medical community, according to the client.
• Speedy’s fast-food restaurant expanded to occupy 309 W. Eighth St. in Palisade in November, taking over space vacated by the Pink Sink hair salon when it relocated. It’s a fast-food establishment selling burgers and burritos: “good fast food, made in a healthy way,” one staff member says. More information: 464-4799.
• Purrfect Creations Floral & Gifts opened recently at 109 W. Third St. in Palisade. More information: 464-4847.
• Family of the much-missed late proprietor of Tucan Coffee was in the old shop during Palisade’s Christmas Market. They said they want to sell the shop to someone who has plans to reopen the doors as a coffee shop.
• Blue Spruce Motel opens its doors in Meeker on Monday. The motel at 488 Market St. has 43 rooms and will join three other motels and one historic hotel in lodging the town’s guests. The motel sports a hot tub, meeting room and exercise room. Co-owner Harry Watt’s family operated a grocery store on the site for 50 years. Watt’s Ranch Market is now at 271 E. Market St. More information on the motel: 970-878-0777.
• Powderhorn Ski Resort moved its new Trader’s Cafe upstairs to the second level and out of the ski rental shop once the ski season hit.
• Bank goes green: Alpine Bank locations have offset 10 percent of electricity usage by purchasing “green” power from utility providers through the Colorado Carbon Fund. The bank’s 37 locations will boast green power generated by renewable sources of electricity, including wind, solar and hydropower, officials said.
All the new banks and renovations within Alpine Bank will meet Leader in Energy and Environmental Design criteria for resource-efficient design, construction, technologies and materials. Alpine Bank in south Rifle already has attained LEED certification, and the new Alpine Bank in Ridgway and a renovated branch in Telluride await the same.