Mobile Junction: November 21, 2008

CASSIE HEWLINGS/The Daily Sentinel
A BARISTA AT the Aspen St. Coffee shop in Fruita serves a cup of coffee. Shop owner Roni Welsh is opening a drive-thru coffee stand in Fruita.

Drive-thru coffee stand preps for Fruita opening

• If the daily commute is a grind, then Roni Welsh wants to brew it and serve plain, with cream and sugar or possibly with steamed milk.
The owner of the Aspen St. Coffee Co. is opening a drive-thru coffee stand on U.S. Highway 6 in Fruita.
Welsh owns her own coffee roasting company in Grand Junction that is served at her coffee shop, the Aspen St. Coffee shop in Fruita.
We’re still about six weeks out from opening,” Welsh said. “But this was just a good move.”

Work progresses on Palisade town center

• The town center under construction in downtown Palisade is over what is currently the parking lot to the Family Food Town grocery store.
Construction on the center began about a month ago, said Leif Johnson, executive director of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce.
The entrance to the Family Food Town, 112 W Third St., sits next to the current parking lot, and but the store will have a new north side entrance that will be adjacent to the proposed parking lot of the town center, Johnson said.
The proposed 52-space parking lot will occupy the area behind the grocery store that is currently a dirt lot running up to the railroad tracks, according to site plans.

Painter restores Obama mural

• “Upsetting, frustrating and insulting.”
That’s what the local artist who painted a mural of Barack Obama said the vandalism of his work is for him.
Brenden Smith, who was commissioned by the owner of the building at the corner of Main and Seventh streets where the mural hangs, said in an e-mail he spent several hours Wednesday repainting Obama’s face and removing what paint he could.

Woman coordinates Texas alums’ gatherings

• Bess Wynn is as dedicated as they come to her alma mater.
The University of Texas Alumni Association even has its own catchy, creative name: the Texas Exes.
“The Texas Exes mission is simple,” reads the Exes Web site. “To unite, inform and involve alumni and friends for the purpose of promoting, protecting and preserving The University of Texas.”
Wynn has taken on coordinator duties for the Grand Junction chapter of the Exes this football season and organizes game-watching parties for Texas alums to cheer on the Longhorns. Last week’s game-watching party was hosted by Bub’s Field.

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