Biz Buzz: Sept. 28, 2017

Bray Real Estate has partnered with LoLo (Locals Supporting Locals), a gifting program that helps businesses engage clients while supporting the community, Bray announced this week.

“As a local company doing business in our community for over 70 years, this partnership with LoLo is a definite fit for us,” Bray Real Estate Marketing Director Fran Stephens said in a statement. “It’s a fresh and easy way for agents to give a valuable item to their clients and support the local businesses at the same time — a win-win for everyone.”

LoLo curates a network of local vendors and allows Bray agents to easily send local gifts to their clients via text message or email. LoLo is working with companies such as Main Street Bagels, Peach Street Distillery and Home Style Bakery. The company expects to add more businesses during the year.

“Real estate agents are essentially ambassadors to the neighborhood. We’ve created a gifting program, which provides an alternative to prepaid gift cards or online gifts,” LoLo co-founder Clark Harris said in a press release. “This is a socially responsible program that drives traffic back to the small local businesses and helps strengthen the community that really is the heart of the business for Bray Real Estate.”

Thai Chili, 2536 Rimrock Ave., Suite 700, could reopen as early as next week after the restaurant closed about a month ago.

A fire in the kitchen forced the place to close and undergo a remodel effort. That project is nearly complete, although an official opening date was not given.

A sign on the door of the establishment alerts diners that the restaurant is closed temporarily.

Financial West Group merged with Western International Securities in August, and will operate under the Western International Securities name moving forward.

The office, 145 Grand Ave., Suite D, includes financial advisers Larry Jones, Ford Keeler and Kimberley Last, who bring more than 90 years of service combined as investment professionals to the Grand Valley and its surrounding area.

The merger will result in more than 600 investment advisers that represent clients across the country. The company has more than $200 million invested with companies and individuals in the Grand Valley. For more information, call 241-0700.

■ The Grand Junction Best Buy, 585 24 1/2 Road, now offers Total Tech Support, a program that is available at more than 200 Best Buy stores around the country.

The new membership program provides help to people with all tech appliance needs no matter if the gear was bought at Best Buy or elsewhere. Enrollment costs $199.99 per year.

The program covers existing devices plus current and future purchases and members get unlimited access from Geek Squad support in their home, in the store, by phone and online.

Internet security software is included and members get discounts on installation, setup, hardware repairs and future purchases of most Geek Squad and AppleCare service plans.

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