Briefs: Biz Buzz Aug. 09, 2009

• The Salvation Army has found a rental location for its Delta thrift store, which recently was destroyed by fire.

Capt. Dan Wilson said he can not disclose the location because a contract has not been signed, but he believes the thrift store will be able to rent the space for a couple years, then look at buying a storefront.

“It’s possible we could open the store as early as next month,” Wilson said.

Monetary donations can be sent to The Salvation Army Service Extension, P.O. Box 326, Delta 81416 or Salvation Army Western Slope Headquarters, 1235 N. Fourth St., Grand Junction 81501.

Delta thrift store employees have been working at the Montrose store since the fire, which destroyed the Delta store at 175 E. First St. The Montrose and Grand Junction Salvation Army stores are accepting clothing and other donations for Delta until the Delta store opens.

A temporary Salvation Army service extension office has opened at the Presbyterian Church, 135 E. Fourth St. in Delta. The office is open at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

• Grand Valley Power plans to offer the Co-op Connections card beginning this fall. The card will be sent to all Grand Valley Power members and can be used to receive discounts at participating businesses. Local participating businesses and their discount offers have yet to be announced, but the card can be used at some businesses that operate across the nation, such as Days Inn and Samsonite. The card also offers discounts at pharmacies.

• InvisibleSHIELD by Zagg has opened at a cart in Mesa Mall. The business sells a thin, transparent film that covers cell phones, iPods, laptop computers, cameras, watches and other devices and protects them from scratches.

• Grand Junction Avon sales representative Elaine Mackley received a 2009 scholarship from the Avon Foundation for Women. Mackley and 82 other scholarship recipients can use the money to earn two- or four-year degrees. Recipients are chosen each year based on their work experience, goals, personal and family circumstances, leadership skills and past academic performance. Scholarships for each of the 83 Avon representatives range from $1,500 to $2,500 and are intended for use during the 2009-10 school year.

• The annual J.D. Power and Associates 2009 home buyer and seller customer-satisfaction survey ranked Keller Williams No. 1, followed by Coldwell Banker, RE/MAX, Century 21 and Prudential, as the top five companies for satisfied home buyers. Home sellers were most satisfied with Coldwell Banker, followed by Keller Williams, RE/MAX, Century 21 and Prudential.

• The Bridges Golf & Country Club in Montrose has selected Donn Wagner to be its executive chef. Wagner owned the Cazwellas restaurant in Telluride’s Mountain Village and moved the award-winning restaurant to Montrose in 2002.
“We are confident that through his diverse culinary background and restaurateur experiences, he will continue to build upon the foundation we have for consistent and high-quality food offerings in an upscale, casual golf club setting that is unique to the area,” club General Manager Ryan Wilson said.

• Dr. Julie Amick has joined Animal Medical Clinic, 504 Fruitvale Court. Amick most recently worked at a rural-animal clinic in Craig.

• Aircraft engine supplier Western Skyways of Montrose received 200 complimentary lobsters from an appreciative client in Maine.

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