Briefs: Biz Buzz April 26, 2009

Two new businesses, a tattoo parlor and a massage parlor, have opened in Patterson Square Village, 2478 Patterson Road, Unit 17.

• Tim Trujillo is owner of Native American Ink, which opened approximately three weeks ago. During the day he works a full-time job, and then opens the parlor from 5:30 to
11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and by appointment Sunday.
He said the hours are perfect for people working day jobs because most tattoo shops close early.
“From my background, I’m kind of a success story, incarcerated for over a decade,” he said, adding that he earned a GED but has not received any college instruction. “Here I am, a business owner, doing something that I love to do that I’m really good at.”
Trujillo calls himself a “joint artist” because he picked up his inking skills when he was in prison. He said his prices are low and he is willing to do work over existing tattoos.
Trujillo said he is a full-blooded American Indian, which inspired the name of his parlor.
Unique tattoos he offers include medical tattoos, or “alert bracelets.” These can be helpful for people with severe allergies or for Alzheimer’s disease patients, he said.

• The massage parlor, TNT Massage, is run by Amber Tunget, who is a licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist. It has been open for two months.
She earned her degree from Utah College of Massage Therapy, and she can do a variety of types of massage, including the Rolfing technique, which is a “very, very, very deep tissue massage,” she said.
Her walk-in hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. She takes appointments in the evenings Monday through Friday and on the weekends. She is offering a special package of six massages for $190. The normal price is $50 a massage.

•  Allegiant Travel Co., the parent company of Allegiant Air, which flies from the Grand Junction Regional Airport to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and Los Angeles International Airport, reported strong first-quarter revenue.
Maurice J. Gallagher Jr., CEO and president of Allegiant Travel Co., said it posed a record operating profit during the first quarter of 31.3 percent, nearly triple the first-quarter operating margin in 2008 of 10.8 percent. The low-cost carrier’s expenses were down substantially, driven by a nearly 50 percent drop in the per-gallon cost of fuel, according to a company news release.

• Wine Country Inn has named Connie J. Luppes general manager, effective May 4. Luppes has 17 years of experience in the resort industry and has worked for various establishments in the Steamboat Springs area. She has worked for a property-management firm there.
Greg Tally, a co-owner of the inn, said Luppes was chosen for the position because of her passion and experience.

•  Coldwell Banker Home Owners Realty and ERA Murphy and Associates Realty have merged and will operate under the name Coldwell Banker Home Owners Realty. The companies share a parent company, Realogy.

• The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce will have Business After hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Action Publishing Inc., 2415 Blue Heron Road.
A new chamber program, A.S.K. (Ask, Seek, Know) Afternoons, will have its first sessions before Business After Hours. Chamber members are encouraged to sign up for 15-minute, one-on-one sessions from 2 to 5 p.m. The sessions are designed to help owners and managers learn to run their businesses more efficiently and effectively. Questions will be answered by representatives from Ryan Whitney and Associates, Edward Jones Investments, Rider & Quesenberry and Express Employment.
To contact the Grand Junction Chamber, call 242-3214.


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