Briefs: Biz Buzz July 05, 2009

• Stackers Sandwich Shop will open Monday in the former Quiznos Sub location at 1125 Patterson Road.
The shop will sell sandwiches, salads and soups.
“It’s a local thing, but we hope to make it a chain,” said Stackers employee Cody Pumphrey.

• Angelo’s Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, 2490 F Road, Suite 1, changed ownership June 19. New owners Lynn and Lorena Thompson have expanded the studio’s inventory 10-fold, according to Lynn Thompson. The studio will host a ribbon cutting July 24.
In addition to stocking more of the ready-to-paint items the studio had before the ownership change, the Thompsons have added new items such as tea pots, vases, picture frames, figures, and salt and pepper shakers. Angelo’s is also introducing a new option, glass fusing. The process takes 6- to 12-inch squares of glass and fuses them to other pieces of glass that customers cut into a shape of their choice.
Lynn Thompson said the changes won’t eliminate any activities at Angelo’s. Instead, they’ll elaborate on a good idea.
“We just tried to take a good thing and expand it,” he said.
Calendars with near-daily activities and summer camps for kids are available online at http://www.gjangelos.com.

• Dos Rios Elementary School, 265 Linden Ave., placed third in the Colorado region this year for schools collecting plastic bags to be recycled through Wal-Mart’s Kids Recycling Challenge. Wal-Mart donated $5 for every 50 gallons of plastic bags a school collected.
Dos Rios students collected 18,250 gallons of plastic bags, raising $1,825. The top three schools in each region got to add $1,000 to their fundraising total. Dos Rios plans to spend the money in part on a college scholarship program for Dos Rios/Columbus students who graduate from District 51 high schools.
Local schools Pomona Elementary and Wingate Elementary came in fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the Colorado region.

• Pinnacol Assurance was named one of the 50 best employers to work for in America this week by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Great Place to Work Institute Inc. Pinnacol, which has an office in Grand Junction at 751 Horizon Court, Suite 109, also placed in a list of the top 25 medium-sized employers.

• AARP offers driving safety refresher courses periodically. Participants can brush up on driving safety and qualify for auto insurance discounts.
Each class is eight hours long and broken into two halves. Two classes will be held this July in Grand Junction. The first session is 9 a.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Commons, 625 27 1/2 Road. The second is 9 a.m. July 15 and 16 at The Fountains, 3203 N. 15th St.
To register for classes, call 243-2531 or take the class online at http://www.aarp.org/drive. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.

• American National Bank has been named a Blue Ribbon Bank for the third year in a row by VERIBANC Inc., an independent bank-rating firm. The Blue Ribbon rating is the highest rank offered by the independent firm, which uses an eight-level rating system based on information from the Federal Reserve. American National Bank has six locations in the Grand Valley.

• International Association of Business Communicators’ Colorado branch has awarded Bronze Quill awards to numerous companies that operate throughout the state, including some on the Western Slope. The awards honor excellence in the communications industry. The 14 winners include communications projects such as publications for Xcel Energy, an annual report for Pinnacol Assurance and energy education expo material for EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.


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