Briefs: Biz Buzz May 10, 2009

• Evan’s Downtown Deli is open and serving wraps, paninis, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, ice cream and coffee at the northwest corner of Sixth and Main streets.
“We are building ourselves to be a traditional old-school-style deli,” owner Evan Williamson said. The shop will have a grand opening June 8 during the first week of the downtown Farmers Market.
This is the first restaurant Williamson has opened, but he said he has worked at corporate restaurants for years and looks forward to owning his own restaurant and having the freedom to make changes to improve the shop.
The spot was previously occupied by the Wrap Cafe.

•  Western Slope Billiards has moved to a new location, 1910 N. 12th St., and is celebrating with a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The old location on Sixth Street was about 800 square feet. The new location is approximately twice that size and makes room for more tables and accessories. The shop carries pool tables from manufactures such as Olhausen and Legacy in addition to shuffleboard tables, foosball tables, darts and air hockey tables. Services such as disassembly, installation and pool table resurfacing are offered by the shop.
Pool and game tables will be 10 percent off during the grand opening, and customers can sign up to win one of three $50 gift certificates during the week.

• After a $1 million face-lift, the Holiday Inn, 755 Horizon Drive, has changed its name to Clarion Inn.
Renovations include a new lobby, full service business center, gift shop and renovated rooms. The motel is now 100 percent smoke-free and remains pet-friendly.
Call 243-6790 for reservations.

• Signs are up for a new Denver-based, fast-casual, hamburger chain, Smashburger, which will open in mid-June next to the Subway at 115 W. Grand Ave.

• Quik Carry Courier is a new business in Grand Junction whose aim is to aid businesses in town with daily, weekly or occasional deliveries to the bank and post office.
The company charges $80 a month for banking runs done five days a week. Services such as taking mail to the post office are extra, as is service for companies in Palisade and Fruita. For information or to set up service, contact Julie Huisjen at 250-2255.

• JG Management Systems, 2591 B 3/4 Road, has been named a Colorado Company to Watch. The award recognizes thriving, second-stage companies. JG Management Systems is a technical consulting firm that aids the federal government.
Anticipated growth and community outreach activities helped the company stand out, owner Jerome Gonzales said.
Fifty companies received the award statewide. JG Management Systems was the only company from Mesa County recognized.

• The Montrose Chamber of Commerce will host its first women’s professional group May 20. The group will meet quarterly to give female business owners time to network and promote their businesses.
The kickoff event will feature two guest speakers: fitness and lifestyle speaker Amy Milyard of CrossFit Agoge and motivational speaker Sue Hansen. The event will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Walchle Building, 443 E. Main St., Professional women and their guests are invited. Registration is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

• Jimmy John’s, 2502 U.S. Highway 6&50, will have its grand opening from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. To celebrate, it will sell sandwiches for 95 cents, with a limit of one per customer.

• America’s Mattress franchisee Patrick Unverferth plans to open a shop
May 21 in the Rimrock Marketplace between Wal-Mart and Lowe’s. The location will be a 7,500-square-foot outlet store, with a regular showroom and a 3,000-square-foot clearance center, where prices will be reduced 25 percent to 50 percent, according to Unverferth.
The location will house the distribution and warehouse center for western Colorado, he said. This will be Unverferth’s third Grand Junction location. The others are at 912 North Ave. and 2472 F Road, Unit 1. 


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