Briefs: Biz Buzz October 12, 2008

Until the past month, a lot of us lived in daily ignorance of the Dow. And wasn’t it bliss?

That was for Wall Street. That was for the people on the trading floor.

That was as pesky as checking the monthly bank statements in the mail. That was far away.

These days remind us, at the very least, what a finance professor of mine once said about the importance of minding financial health as regularly as one minds physical health to be truly healthy. To check it not one day a month, but at least four times a week.

Few things have ever been as in our face or on our minds as the state of the economy.

History makes it clear financial crises are nothing new for our nation, but one thing is different this time:
Wall Street is closer than ever with all of our new gadgets.

“You see news instantly today,” said Dave Fishell, a local history buff.

It comes over tickers, over the Internet, via fancy phones. 

“You have an iPod?” asks Pat Gormley, a longtime businessman in Grand Junction.

We won’t go there.

•  Ode to Wall Street: Pablo’s Pizza confirmed that Wall Street hit Main Street with a weekly special pizza last week by the name of Wall Street Woes. Investors drowned their sorrows with white sauce, mozzarella, spinach, pesto, garlic and feta.

•  Apples to peaches: Z’s Orchard in Palisade might have closed up its last farmers market in Palisade for the season, but as long as it has peaches and apples, it will have its own farmers market from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Teller Arms Shopping Center, 2401 North Ave., throughout the rest of the month. More information: 434-6267.

•  A Big Apple visit: The New York Times made big mention of Palisade last Sunday in an article headlined “Biking Colorado’s Wine Country.” And one of the men who made it happen, Leif Johnson of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, couldn’t get a copy of the newspaper anywhere in town.
“I couldn’t find it at Borders, at Barnes & Noble. I went to the DoubleTree. I went to the airport. Everybody was sold out,” Johnson said.
When a Palisade Chamber of Commerce member happened in with a copy, Johnson saw the real thing: the front page travel section about bicycling Colorado wine country.
“Participating bed and breakfasts have been getting calls from all across the nation as a result of this,” he said.
You can find the New York Times article online at

•  Western Colorado Contractors Association, representing more than 525 members involved in construction, is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

•  The Pink Sink Salon has moved to 3544 G Road, still in Palisade, close to Garfield Estates Winery. More information: 464-9220.

•  Decadence Cheesecakes of Grand Junction was one of three companies to receive recognition at the Spirit of Innovation Awards sponsored by Prepared Foods Magazine and Ventura Foods on Sept. 22 in Scottsdale, Ariz. They went up against General Mills, Kraft Foods and Hormel, among others.

•  Schmueser Gordon Meyer Inc. engineers and surveyors are opening their newest office in Grand Junction with an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 at 573 West Crete Circle. RSVP: 245-2571.



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