Briefs: Biz Buzz Column September 21, 2008

Familiar faces from businesses including Home Style Bakery and Graystone Winery were seen in the lines and on buses to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s appearance last week.

Ann Barrett, who owns Meadowlark Garden nursery, said all of her Democratic workers were at the event.

“One of our employees is a Republican, and she’s baby-sitting the store while we go. That’s bipartisanship,” said Barrett, who said the turnout was larger than she had expected. “I’ve been waiting for this all my life. If you were a Democrat in this county, you were a closet Democrat. I’ve never seen so many Democrats in one place. It’s like the ’60s.”

•  Inc. magazine ranked Grand Junction’s Rocky Mountain Sanitation among the fastest growing companies in the Inc. 5,000 list. The list annually ranks privately held businesses throughout the United States. The company has grown 55 percent in the last three years, added more drivers and trucks and moved to a new building, officials say.

•  Grand Valley Magazine, which writes about the area’s life, landscape and people, has its launch party from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St. For more information, call 241-3310.

•  Shoes, shoes and more shoes: The multimillion-dollar Shoe Carnival is now open in the 2400 block of F Road.

•  Mortgage relief: Local mortgage manager Ken Richards of Prospect Mortgage has this to say: “The House passed H.R. 6694. This bill would reinstate FHA seller down-payment-assistance programs with certain credit scores. While the bill has not passed the Senate yet, if it is approved, it could really help first-time buyers help us get out of this real estate slump.”

•  Pizza watch: Pablo’s Pizza introduced a new menu that includes two new pizzas. For the downtown Grand Junction location, the new one is Judeicious, with roasted portabella mushrooms, tomatoes and homemade basil pesto, among other toppings. For Fruita, the newbie is named What the Cluck and has marinated chicken and artichokes.

•  The Auction Team Founder Steven Hunt joined members of National Auctioneers Association in Washington, D.C., for the annual Auction Action on Capitol Hill Day. The event is to educate Congress about the industry and issues in it.
“There is a better solution available for homeowners and America’s taxpayers when selling federally insured homes at foreclosure auctions, and I am excited to be part of the discussion and potential solution,” Hunt said.

•  Midweek break: Moulin Rouge Restaurant & Piano Bar had a packed patio Wednesday for its second ladies night.

•  Flying Allegiant? The airline released its new in-flight publication “Sunseeker: Allegiant’s Guide to the Best Places Under the Sun” for Vegas-bound flights, featuring destination-focused content including hotels, shows, attractions and theme parks.

•  Mystery and dancing: Grand Junction Rotary Club is having its Masquerade 2008 at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25, and entertainment includes a costume ball, silent auction, magic, juggling and live music at Two Rivers Convention Center. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information, call 242-0555.

•  Heard from parking fee collector Grand Junction Regional Airport: “Wouldn’t you like this to be your job? Where all you had to do was move this cone over here?”

•  Seen on Bank of Colorado’s marquee: “Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.”


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