Briefs: Biz Buzz December 21, 2008

Christmas Biz Buzz rings true

This week, I thought I’d try my hand at songwriting. More specifically, an abridged Christmas carol rewrite for the business person.

For those of you still at your desks for at least a couple of more days, like me, this is for you:

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true boss sent to me ...

Twelve phones a-ringing,

Eleven leads a-brewing,

Ten story rewrites,

Nine Biz Buzz compliments,

Eight assignments sitting,

Seven writers writing,

Six lists a-starting,

Five-hundred e-mails!

Four business meetings,

Three chamber after-hours,

Two weekday trainings,

And a candy cane in an Enstrom’s latté!

•  Need new wool to ski or snowboard in? Fruita’s Hot Tomato Cafe & Pizzeria has spiffy logo socks at the restaurant at 201 E. Aspen Ave.

•  A new toy store has come to Fruita: Doohickeys & Dinosaurs is at 127 E. Aspen St. (Get a coupon at Hot Tomato.)

•  Banks were the prime hosts of the Christmas chamber after-hours events for Palisade and Fruita this week, as has become a holiday tradition. Palisades National Bank hosted the Palisade biz community while Bank of the West hosted Fruita networkers.

•  Quiznos could cease to exist in Grand Junction if a buyer for its Patterson Road location doesn’t step forward by May. My sources say the store, which makes good money, is up for sale because of an owner dealing with health issues. If it doesn’t have a buyer by May, it will close.

• Secret sources say that the fight for Vail Resorts to buy The Canyons Resort in Utah, which included some legal issues, has fallen through.

•  Grand Valley Housing Initiatives is offering free home-buyer counseling to people of all ages, with budgeting, foreclosure prevention, credit and first time home-buyer education. They will also counsel seniors on reverse mortgages. More information: 263-7327.

•  Getting out of town for New Year’s? Snowmass Silvertree Properties is having its party, including dinner buffet, live music, dancing and champagne toast, for $150 per person. Information: 923-8220.

•  One caller said, “A new high-end restaurant in Grand Junction? Hallelujah!” And several commenced to drive down Eighth Street in confusion. That claim to fame actually goes to Palisade. The owner of the Packing Shed has opened Century House adjacent to his other restaurant and it is located at 349 W. Eighth St. in Palisade. The two restaurants are as different as night and day; Packing Shed is a diner, and Century House is the fancier of the two. More information: 778-7433.

• Las 2 Margaritas Grill opened Dec. 10 at 2516 Broadway. Among its wide array of Mexican food, I’m told, it serves up stellar vegetarian Mexican food dishes. Owners and brothers Alberto and Alfonso Garcia, and Jose Pelayo, all from Washington, where they previously owned restaurants, bring “flavors this area has not seen before,” one reader raved to me. Information: 971-227-2905.

•  Conchita’s Authentic Mexican Dining moved recently to a larger space at 625 Road 24 1/2, behind the Fisher’s Liquor Barn. One reader raves about its made-from-scratch authenticity. Information: 248-9864.

•  Interest rates hit 4.75 percent Monday on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, said Ken Richards, of Prospect Mortgage. It’s the lowest rate this year, not counting discount points, Richards said.

•  Seen: the marquee at Carl’s Jr., 2842 North Ave.: “Recession burgers: four for $6.”

•  Heard at Crossroads Fitness: “My discipline is disintegrating into chocolate-covered cherries.”

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