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As expected, bargain hunters are out in force

By Amy Hamilton

Thousands of shoppers who waited in the cold and darkness in front of Grand Junction’s larger retail stores during the early morning hours Friday snapped up deals and crossed gifts off their lists. You might be hard-pressed to find a ...

Season of hope begins for retailers

By Emily Shockley

Mike Chariton, owner of Planet Wines at 420 Main St., isn’t sure what to expect from customers this holiday season. But he suspects they’re tired of penny-pinching. “My hope is that after a year of belt-tightening and ...


Online sales to keep business going after college class

By Emily Shockley

Like many college students, Amber Rich spends a lot of her time on Facebook. Unlike many of her peers, though, she’s on the site to drum up business. Rich, 22, started selling rings, vintage clothes and altered clothes with touches ...

Stores holding back on hiring extra holiday help

By Emily Shockley

In a season when retailers are tightening their belts and only elves seem to be guaranteed a job for the holidays, some businesses still are hiring. Enstrom Candies at 701 Colorado Ave. hired approximately 80 people to help with extra orders ...

Biz Buzz, Nov. 22, 2009

By Staff

The Montrose Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has decided to move the chamber in “a different direction,” according to Board President Rick Anderson. That direction meant the end of Terri Leben’s service as executive ...

Shopkeepers band together to attract customers

By Emily Shockley

Brown Cycles Owner Chris Brown wants people to come to “the cool block” this holiday season. Brown Cycles, 549 Main St., is one of the many businesses on the 500 block of Main Street banding together from Thanksgiving to Christmas ...

GJ company making case for electric cars

By Melinda Mawdsley

If he has his way, Keith Andrews will give western Colorado something to talk about. Andrews is president of Fairplay Electric Cars, with corporate offices in Grand Junction and a manufacturing branch in California. Although the company is ...

After a week with EVE, my eyes have been opened

By Melinda Mawdsley

I used to doubt that a vehicle that looked like a souped-up golf cart had a place on city streets. I was wrong. After one week test driving EVE, an Electric Vehicle Engineering vehicle I was loaned to see if an electric car could fit into my ...

Biz Buzz, Nov. 15, 2009

By Staff

Main Street Bagels has opened a location on the Mesa State College campus. The shop is on the ground floor of the new residence hall at 938 North Ave. The shop offers all the food and drinks available at the 559 Main St. location. Hours are 6 ...


‘Shop local’ holiday theme

By Emily Shockley

A profitable holiday season for local retailers and restaurants is at the top of Kathy Dirks’ wish list. As marketing director for the Downtown Development Authority, Dirks has made local shopping the mantra of the DDA’s holiday ...

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