Briefs: Biz Buzz January 18, 2009

• Dinner and a date night is heating up at the Avalon as Valentine’s Day approaches.

The sappy romance “Sleepless in Seattle” attracted 45 people on Dec. 30, “Harold and Maude” raked in 75 on Jan. 6 and “The Seven Year Itch” brought in 42 people on Jan. 13.
Moviegoers pay $5 a ticket or get in free on Tuesdays if they show a dinner receipt from a downtown restaurant the same evening.
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• Today’s Home Furniture Designs opened Jan. 2 at 437 Colorado Ave. The store carries 10 lines of furniture and has full-service design. More information: 424-5222 or

•  One of our staff-favorite barbecue places closed up shop at 3 p.m. Friday.
Several regulars streamed through the front doors of Eddie’s River City Bar-B-Q.
“We started to see business dropping off right at a year ago,” said Eddie Hughes, who co-owned the business at 759 Horizon Drive for three years. “We were getting a lot of the oil field guys coming in from the hotels, and there are still some, but there’s not as many as there used to be.
“It’s tough,” he said. “We’ve put every penny we had in this and, with the economy today, we’re just not making enough to keep the doors open.”
Several customers swore Eddie’s had the best brisket in town.
Eddie’s catering service will continue and is available for birthday parties, weddings, holidays, family reunions and more.
The catering service can be reached at 245-6120 or 970-361-7316.
“Who knows, maybe some day we’ll reopen another restaurant,” Hughes said.

•  The U.S. Small Business Administration is partnering with the governor’s office to host a forum for small businesses that have been adversely affected by the turbulent economy. The workshop provides counseling and assistance to entrepreneurs needing help with established or new businesses.
The forum is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive.
Admission is free. Information: 303-844-2607.

•  The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau board of directors toasted a 13.7 percent increase in lodging tax revenue from 2007 to 2008 with a little vino. A wine cart with Grande River and Two Rivers wines was wheeled in right at the close of a recent meeting to celebrate the occasion.

•  ULTA Salon, Cosmetic and Fragrance began hiring last Sunday with a link from its corporate site The big-box cosmetic store sports everything from salon products to cologne.

•  Three Go-Fer Conoco stores closed in Grand Junction. The word among gasoline-shop circles is that the stores that closed, two on North Avenue and one across from Sam’s Club, suffered from the competitive environment. North Avenue and Patterson Road are considered the most competitive places in Grand Junction for gas pricing.

•  Planet Wine will host its first artist reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the store at 420 Main St. Owner Mike Chariton will measure response and decide whether it will be a regular event. More information: 424-5432.

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