Briefs: Biz Buzz April 12, 2009

• A new mobile business for auto glass repair can be spotted around the Western Slope.
Tim Wilson opened Tim’s Auto Glass three months ago. It was a natural transition for him because he’s done auto body work for more than 15 years, he said.
He is based in Grand Junction, but his service area extends from Vail to Telluride. He does a variety of work for individuals, the Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Wilson had been commuting to Glenwood Springs to work at an auto body shop, and the glass work was a side business.
“It eventually got to a point where I was doing more volume and earning more money than by going up there,” Wilson said.
When he is in town and needs space to work on larger projects, he uses Cooley’s Full
Service Auto Body Shop, 2463 Highway 6&50, Unit E. To contact Tim’s Auto Glass, call 417-6619. Cooley’s can be reached at 255-0535.

• The Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce and Fruita business owners will host the first of three block parties from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday between Peach and Mulberry streets. Businesses will have extended hours. Local blues and classic rock band Flat Top Reed will perform. The Fruita Rotary Club will provide a beer garden.
The next two block parties will be May 23 and June 6. Visitors are asked to bring lawn chairs and leave pets at home.

• Consumers in the hunt for a specialty grill can find Traegar Wood Pellet grills at Backyard Outfitters, 3098 Interstate 70 Business Loop. Mike Nevins, president of the company, said Backyard Outfitters acquired the Traegar Wood Pellet Grill dealership after another dealer went out of business last year.
Backyard Outfitters will carry the pellet grills in addition to Big Green Egg charcoal grills, gas grills, smokers and fryers.
Customers who want to improve their grilling skills can attend classes in the showroom at the new GrillMaster Outdoor Cooking School. There are three or four classes a week, Nevins said. Class schedule and sign-up can be found at http://www.grillmasterschool.
com.

• Chris Brown, owner of Brown Cycles, received the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award from Mesa State College during the college’s annual Entrepreneurship Day.
Heidi Hoffman Ham, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, said Brown deserved the honor for his contributions to the community, such as downtown bike events, installing bike racks around the city and his involvement in the civic planning process.

•  Solar Sales relocated from Denver to Grand Junction on Feb. 1 and opened an office at 2754 Compass Drive. The company specializes in custom illumination of residential and commercial real estate signs, as well as lighting for sheds, carports and small garages.

•  Local companies are donating a portion of their proceeds to Roice Hurst Humane Society when customers mention Dog-N-Jog, which will be from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens.
Car Tech Automotive and Diagnostics, 1853-B Interstate 70 Business Loop, will donate 10 percent of proceeds from all work performed April 18 through July. For an appointment call 255-8324.
Terri Syperreck, a certified massage therapist with Healthy Habits Massage, 2470 Patterson Road, No. 6, will donate 10 percent of her proceeds from massage therapy and bodywork services between April 18 and May 15. Appointments are necessary. Call 201-2990.

•  Alpine Banks of Colorado was honored for its loyalty Visa check card program at the 2009 National Community Bank Service Awards program of the Independent Community Bankers of America. Alpine donates 10 cents from every loyalty card purchase to nonprofit organizations and community projects. Grand Junction High School received more than $8,400 from Alpine Bank in December from the program. The money will go to the purchase of calculators and language arts books and will aid the new recycling program.

• American Eagle, which flies direct from the Grand Junction Regional Airport to the Dallas/ Fort Worth airport, has bumped its daily flights from two to three for the summer months.

•  Big J Jewelry & Loan, 136 South Seventh Street, is celebrating its 20th anniversary Saturday with a party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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