Briefs: Biz Buzz May 03, 2009

• Bananas Fun Park is adding a 10,000-square-foot multi-use tent to its campus that should be completed by October. The 42-foot-tall tent costs about $500,000, according to park owner Chris Burns, and it will be installed by Delta-based Weather Port.
The facility will have a full kitchen and restrooms, and it will have the space to seat 400 people, Burns said. It is similar to the tent Mesa State College put up to serve as a temporary student center while its new student center is being built.
Burns said the tent, which will be up permanently, can be used for a variety of functions such as birthday parties, after-prom gatherings, dances, day-care field trips and youth-group functions.
“I think it will fit right in for what we do here,” Burns said.

• Creature Comforts Animal Hospital, 2478 Patterson Road, Suite 14, will host a pet-wellness open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Cats in carriers and dogs on leashes are welcome at the event, which will feature a demonstration of a dental cleaning on a dog. If your dog or cat is in need of a checkup, doctors will be on hand to give free exams during the event.
uE06E The Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a half-day workshop on strategic planning for area businesses from 7:30 a.m. until noon May 13 at La Quinta Inn, 570 Raptor Road, in Fruita.
Malcolm Bowen, a partner with Performance Consulting of Denver, will lead the workshop.
The event is $20 for chamber members and $35 for nonmembers, and advance registration is required. Participants can register online at fruitachamber.org, or call 858-3894.

• Mesa Mall shoppers will receive a savings pass worth $20 from
1-800-Flowers.com with at least $100 in purchases of Give Style or Give Green American Express-branded gift cards through May 10.
To get your gift cards and savings pass, visit guest services in the mall near Subway in the Cafe Court or call 242-0009.

• Wired Right Inc., 302 Grand Ave. in Paonia, has opened a second office, 11801 U.S. Highway 191 in Moab, Utah.
Owners Bart Eller, Christy Eller and Jeremy Taylor decided to expand operations after a successful first year providing installation and maintenance of audio, television, data networks, phone systems and security systems to Mesa, Montrose, Grand and Delta counties.

• All About Printers, 1048 Independent Ave., Suite A107, opened May 1 in Grand Junction.
The company sells supplies and services all brands of printers. Customers can bring their printers into the shop for same-day service, or an All About Printers associate will perform repairs at a customer’s location, usually within two days.
The shop is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and weekends by appointment. Call 241-3819 to schedule appointments.

• Joe and Donna Adams are the new owners of Adventure Sports, 2863 North Ave.
The two took over the shop Dec. 1 and will offer scuba, snorkeling and paintball gear for sale, and river tubes, canoes and kayaks for rent. The two have increased the number of scuba classes and trips, and they will have a Scuba Ranger program for children ages 8-10 this summer.
The shop hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Kathy Duncan has completed requirements to become a certified professional life coach through The Coaches Institute International. She aims to help people with weight loss, self empowerment and wellness.
Duncan spent more than 30 years as a massage therapist and personal trainer, and she was the manager of Aspen Athletic Club.
She is based in Battlement Mesa and does most of her work over the phone, 970-618-2885. The introductory session is free. She said she expects most of her clients can get back on track within a few sessions.

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