Briefs: Biz Buzz March 22, 2009

• Do you know someone who deserves to buy a refurbished Crown Victoria for a dollar?
Integrity Auto Repair, with the help of NAPA Auto Parts, Advanced Collision Center, Eagle Xpress Auto Service Center, AA Alignment & Brakes and Bryan Cross of American National Insurance have reconditioned a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria with 61,000 miles that looks, and runs, like new.
“It’s going to be a sweet car,” said Blake Brueggeman, owner of Integrity Auto Repair.
The ideal “A Hand Up” recipient is a hard working Grand Valley resident who plays by the rules and could use a break.
“Probably someone a little too proud to ask for help,” Brueggeman said. “(We) really want to help out someone who has been busting their behind.”
Letters of nomination should be sent to “A Hand Up,” Integrity Auto Repair, 2892 Interstate 70 Business Loop. They must be postmarked by April 10 and include the phone number, address and name of both the nominator and nominee, a detailed letter on why the nominee is worthy and the nominee’s place of employment for verification purposes.

•  Stoney Mesa Winery has rearranged its operations to allow the company to increase its wine production by 5,000 cases.
“It will allow us to double our production,” said Ron Neal, president of Stoney Mesa Winery and Ptarmigan Vineyards. “We run out of wine almost every year.”
A tasting room and warehouse have been opened at Ptarmigan Vineyards, 221 31 3/10 Road on Orchard Mesa. Tasting room hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.
As a result, an additional 2,000 square feet will be freed up at the company’s Cedaredge facility for increased production.
All the company’s wine production will take place at 16199 Happy Hallow Road in Cedaredge. The tasting room there is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

•  Telluride Ski Resort has announced it will keep the Coonskin and Plunge lifts open an additional week after the scheduled April 5 closing date.
All of the terrain under these lifts will be open; the rest of the resort’s permit area will be closed. Lifts will run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adult ticket prices for the week will be reduced to $50. Children and senior tickets will be $25. Season ticket holders and employees of any resort in North America will be offered $25 tickets. Telluride season passes will be valid through April 12.

• Colorado Cabinetry and Interiors, 743 1325 Road in Delta, received the 2009 Small Business of the Year and the overall Business of the Year awards from the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce.
Owners Kevin and Donna Justin opened the shop 2 1/2 years ago. The company does cabinet, counter top and floor work across the Western Slope.
Donna Justin applied for the small business award, for businesses with less than six employees, by answering five questions about the business. The response highlighted the company’s work with students in the community, such as helping them with supplies for school projects and donating money for band uniforms.

•  Rocky Toppers & Rhino Linings, 529 Pitkin Ave., is now a LEER retailer.
Owner Steve Regan said LEER asked him to distribute and service its truck tops, camper shells and bed covers after another shop in the Grand Valley that offered LEER closed. Regan said his company has stocked the products for about one month.
“The brand has been in the valley a long time, and they are trying to continue that,” Regan said. He added it is beneficial to customers who already own LEER products and need adjustments or parts.
Rocky Toppers & Rhino Linings opened in Grand Junction eight years ago and offers a full range of truck parts and accessories such as toppers, liners and boxes.

•  Garfield County KSNO-FM listeners need to retune their radios to 103.9 FM. An FM booster in Glenwood Springs will rebroadcast the main KSNO signal that serves Aspen and Snowmass Village. KSNO-FM will stay on 94.9 FM in Carbondale/Rifle and 103.5 FM in Basalt.

•  The Sonic Drive-In at 2523 U.S. Highway 6&50, next to Lowe’s and Chick-fil-A in Rimrock Marketplace, should open this week, according to owner Dean Sigler.


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