Business Briefcase, Feb. 13

Big day for United Way at Taste of the Grand Valley

United Way of Mesa County, 422 White Ave., raised about 75 percent of its goal as of Tuesday following the successful conclusion of the 12th Annual Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley.

Nearly $30,000 was raised thanks to nearly 40 food vendors, officials said.

The votes are tallied and the people have chosen. Award-winners from the 12th Annual Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley:

Pattie’s Tiny Cakes won for Tastiest Sweet Creation. “One of the best reasons to do this event is that it’s for such a good cause,” said owner Pattie Dravis.

■  Zoup!, 644 North Ave., won for Tastiest Soup. The restaurant served up three hot choices, including New England clam chowder, chicken wild rice medley and beef barley, said Lacie Fitzpatrick, restaurant general manager and daughter of the owners. “We don’t know for sure which one won it for us, but most people liked the clam chowder,” she said.

Colorado Legacy Coffee, 1048 Independent Ave., won for Tastiest Beverage. The roaster has taken part in Taste events in each of the past seven years, said co-owner Roni Welsh. Legacy won two people’s choice awards in the past. Each year, legacy samples its chai and house blend coffee. This year, the chai was especially popular, Welsh said.

Cowboy & The Rose, 104 Orchard Ave., for Tastiest Main Dish; Best Theme; and Best Overall Taste. Owner Zane Lawson served up baby back ribs, bold beef brisket, baked beans and macaroni and cheese. Brisket was the most popular choice this year. He estimated they fed 1,200 diners Monday, one for every meaty bone he handed out, Lawson said.

1940s glam group singing for Valentines

The Tonettes is an all-girl, 1940s-inspired vocal jazz quartet that provides classic musical entertainment to the Western Slope of Colorado. 

The group performs Christmas songs, singing valentines and jazzy arrangements of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Happy Birthday” at many public, corporate and private events around the Grand Valley. 

The members of the Tonettes are Danielle Behrens, Tara DeBruin-Gatseos, Janae DeBruin-Steward, and Carrington Schaeffer.

“Aren’t you tired of giving the same old thing for Valentine’s Day?” Carrington asked. “Want to tell your special someone you love him or her without breaking the bank?”

Look no further, Carrington said.

On Friday, the quartet is available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to deliver Singing Valentines. 

The cost is $35 and includes one song, a rose, and chocolate, and each additional Singing Valentine is only $20. 

“We’re keeping our prices low so people can afford it,” said Danielle Behrens, the group’s alto. “We wanted to provide a local and creative alternative to the standard flowers and chocolate.” 

The Tonettes will deliver to any location within the Grand Valley including residences, businesses, hospitals, schools, retirement homes, etc. 

Call 812-3313 for more information.

Adams changes name to Patton’s Printing


It may have happened too quickly for some to notice, but Adams Lightning Quick Print is now known as Patton’s Printing Company, said Steve Nicholas, shop manager. The change happened Jan. 1.

Three years after Tom Patton and his associates purchased the business, the owners decided it was past time for the name change at the business where six people work, Nicholas said.

Grand Mesa Womens’ Health moves to Canyon View

Grand Mesa Women’s Health Care, formerly Mesa Women’s Health Care, recently joined Family Health West’s health care service lines. 

The new office is located at 2373 G Road, Suite 270 in the Canyon View Medical Plaza.

“I had been looking for a better location and an updated facility in which to work,” veteran physician Dr. Kevin Howell said.

Howell’s search ended when Canyon View was constructed.

In conjunction with his practice’s move to the center, Howell announced a new partnership between himself and Family Health West.

“We are working together to be able to provide women’s health care to the entire valley,” Howell said. 

Skin Deep rewarded for positive image


Skin Deep was selected to receive the 2013 Best of Grand Junction Award by the Grand Junction Award Program in the skin care category

Each year, the program identifies companies that achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.

These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to customers and community. They help make Grand Junction a great place to live, work and play, Skin Deep said in a news release.

“The 2013 Grand Junction Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity,” the organization said in a news release. “Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Grand Junction Award Program and data provided by third parties.”

Skin Deep offers among the safest, most efficacious treatments and procedures and provides the highest quality skin care services and products, the news release said.

Skin Deep’s Jo Ann Seele has more than 25 years experience in the beauty industry. She has preformed more than 26,000 hours of microdermabrasion procedures and is a graduate of the Medical Esthetics program at Central Texas College and Rocky Mountain Laser College.

Continental named top performing insurance agency

Continental Insurance Agency, headquartered in Glenwood Springs, was named a 2013 top-performing agency for SECURA Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance company based in Appleton, Wis.

This is the agency’s first time earning a top-performer award from the company. Continental Insurance Agency has represented SECURA as an independent agency since 2008.

The carrier recognized Continental, along with six other independent agencies, as a 2013 top performer at its annual Premier Agent Professional Development Conference in January. To earn this prestigious recognition, the agencies met specific criteria based on their premium volume, profitability, growth, retention, and loss history with SECURA.

Top Agent Magazine features real estate pro Joe Reed

Joe Reed, of Joe Reed Team, was recently featured in Top Agent Magazine as one of the top-performing real estate agents in the state of Colorado.

Reed consistently ranks in the top 10 for the Colorado region. Last year, in December 2013, The Joe Reed Team at RE/MAX 4000, was named one of the best real estate teams in the state of Colorado by

In January 2013, Reed was named chairman of the Western Slope Division of the March of Dimes.

Reed learned the value of hard work at a young age and has been working since age 14. His introduction to the real estate market was at age 20 when he purchased his first home.

He is a native of Colorado, and attended Mesa State University with a different career choice in mind. However, his passion and drive for real estate seemed to steer him toward working in real estate.

Reed has twice been voted by The Daily Sentinel as the Best of the West Realtor, and has maintained a position in RE/MAX’s prestigious 100% Club every year since joining RE/MAX 4000.

Other awards include the Real Estate Online Marketing Award of Excellence from and the Zillow All Star Badge.

“I built my reputation on value and commitment to long-lasting relationships with my clients,” he said.

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