Briefs: Biz Buzz December 07, 2008

Thursday’s announcement that the Rocky Mountain News is up for sale hits home with me.

One of my defining moments was the day I waited nervously in the lobby of the newspaper’s former building at 100 Gene Amole Way to be interviewed for an internship and scholarship by then-Features Editor Mike Pearson and former Editor Jay Ambrose. The lobby resembled the one in the building in the 1980s movie “Die Hard,” and a lavish Christmas tree towered near the security desk. Whenever I see a tree like it, which isn’t often, it reminds me of when Ambrose and Pearson recognized the writer in me, and what a compliment it was.

If it hadn’t been for that internship, I might not have had what so far is an eight-year career in journalism at several papers, in beautiful places, meeting beautiful people.

All papers are always in competition. At the end of the day, we want each other to survive. My hope is Scripps Howard hasn’t dealt the paper a losing hand by giving it until mid-January to get an offer in a market where many papers have been on the market for months.

A reporter friend of mine whose newspaper is up for sale said a potential buyer there is a pool of investors including a local former senator and a former news executive. “That’s what it’s going to take ... an investment at the local level,” she said.

•  Check your receipts. My avid shopping friend Marissa had this to report to me about her Christmas present prowl. She arrived at one of the large chain stores in the Denver area in the first hours of Black Friday and got to the checkout counter with its long and tired line. The cashier rang her items up at $109. My banker friend knows the sales down to the dime. “I’ve got time,” she told the cashier, before going over all of the ads with him to show him the prices they actually should be. Her final bill? $63.

•  Food and libations: The Business Incubator Center is hosting a holiday open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 2591 B 3/4 Road. There will be tenant displays and a silent auction. For information, call 243-5242.

•  Mesa Creek Wine and Spirits opens Dec. 11 at 11011-C Colorado Highway 65 in Mesa.

•  Smashburger, a Denver-based fast—food/casual dining restaurant, announced this week it has plans to open three Western Slope markets: Rifle, Steamboat Springs and Durango.

•  The ETA on the new drive-up banking at Home Loan State Bank is Feb. 1.

•  Main Street Bagels, 557 Main St., is looking to sublease part of its building. For more information, call 241-9484.

•  The second edition of the Beer Drinkers’s Guide to Colorado map is out, this time with $30 of coupons for free beer and food in cities including Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Aurora. Look for it by early 2009 in local liquor stores and breweries, or find it at

•  The new Gold’s Gym in Clifton opens for basic weights and cardio workouts Monday at 3229 Interstate 70 Business Loop. For information on pre-grand-opening rates, call 523-4500.


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