Briefs: Biz Buzz November 02, 2008

Word is the political junkies in town head to the courthouse to watch Election Day coverage, aside from their respective party headquarters. Where can the rest of us go Tuesday night if we yearn for a setting other than home to monitor election updates?

A few calls to area businesses to see if they plan to tune in election coverage Tuesday turned up takers including Grand Junction’s Blue Moon Bar & Grille, Palisade’s Livery Saloon and Palisade Brewery.

Have a business planning to invite the public for the occasion? Give me a buzz or send me an e-mail by Monday afternoon.

•  Bear Rock Cafe, 2478 U.S. Highway 6&50, has closed its doors. Signs on the door and windows say “closed” and “out of business.” A hand-written sign addressed to employees offered an apology for having to close so suddenly and indicated the move was made because of the difficult economic times. It also said employees would receive their final paychecks in the mail.
According to, Bear Rock franchises can be found in eight states, including four cities in Colorado: Grand Junction; Fort Collins; Littleton; and Longmont. The Longmont Times-Call reported Aug. 21 that Longmont’s Bear Rock Cafe had closed permanently, while the restaurant in Fort Collins had closed but was under consideration for reopening.

•  Grand Junction’s Kannah Creek Brewing Co., 1960 N. 12th St., left Denver with its first Great American Beer Festival award earlier this month. Its World Cup gold-medal-winning Standing Wave Pale Ale earned a bronze medal in Denver in the “extra special bitter or strong bitter” category.
A visit to the brewery to try the new brew soon after the World Cup win last spring resulted in an empty glass because the restaurant was all out of the brew after the Friday happy hour. Can we try one this time? “We just put a new batch on today,” said Bernadette Jeffreyes, one of six owners of Kannah Creek.
Another Western Slope brewery, Durango Brewing Co., won gold in the “other strong beer” category with Derail Ale and the “Bohemian-style pilsner” category for its Pleasantville Pils.

•  Grand Junction-headquartered CPA firm Dalby, Wendland & Co. is celebrating its 60-year anniversary Friday.

•  Shopping-dining plans: The new ETA for the expanded Victoria’s Secret in Mesa Mall is Nov. 13. The targeted opening date for Smuggler’s Pub in the old Krispy Kreme building outside the mall is Nov. 21.

• Both Wal-Mart stores, 2881 North Ave. and 2545 Rimrock Ave., have opened official Money Centers, where customers can cash checks, get money orders, send moneygrams and pay bills. Look for them near the service desks.

•˜  Two area journalists are forming a joint venture by opening a new public relations firm. Former Daily Sentinel Montrose bureau reporter Beverly Corbell and Montrose journalist Caitlin Switzer have joined to open Corbell-Switzer Public Relations. The agency says it will offer professional writing for corporate, government and nonprofit communications. It will prepare types of corporate communications such as news releases, newsletters, speeches, brochures, advertising copy, policies and procedures, and technical writing. More information: 970-410-0117.

•  Three weeks ago in this column, we put out a call to help name the newest coffee shop in the Redlands. It will be called The Allegro Cafe, and has been named by Don and Linda Gregory.

•  Alpine Home, Health & Hospice, 602 Jackson St. in Clifton, is now owned by Texas-based Voyager HospiceCare and is looking for volunteers. Those interested can clear their calendar for Nov. 15. Registration required: 257-1275.

•  Safety on the road: During November, AARP members are invited to an AARP Driver Safety Class at half the cost, or $5, and Coloradans age 55 and older can receive a discount on their car insurance. More information: 243-2531.


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