Briefs: Biz Buzz December 28, 2009

The large, silver luggage door at the Grand Junction Regional Airport continually opened and closed with bagged skis and snowboards toppling through it Monday night through Tuesday afternoon.

It was because a number of day flights, many of them originating in Denver, were being diverted to Grand Junction from other regional airports because of inclement weather. Many of the diverted flights had been bound for Aspen, Vail, Eagle, Montrose and Durango. It was what airport employees refer to as Diversion Day, and they say it usually happens just once a year.

However, this year’s version appeared more like Diversion Half Day, with 20 to 30 planes landing each hour between 7 a.m. and noon.

“We aren’t seeing the numbers we were expecting to see,” said one airport employee, who declined to give his name.

It also seemed a little less celebrity-filled, with no airport employees reporting sightings typical of the once-a-year day.

“I actually haven’t seen anyone since the Playboy bunny came in a year ago, from that show, ‘The Girls Next Door,’ ” said Amy Gammill, an employee of Alamo Rent A Car. “I only knew because she had the whole entourage around her and people taking pictures. Oh, I did see Dog the Bounty Hunter here, too.”

Several of those who did claim skis at the airport were bound for the slopes of Telluride.

•  It’s a wrap: The Wrap Cafe, 560 Main St., has been up for sale for four or five months. The business was recently closed on a Saturday and no one was answering phones by the following Tuesday — though that could have been due to the holiday. Listing agents said it is not closed.

•  Orrs Trading Co., 639 Main St., opened Nov. 1 selling thousands of colors of beads going back more than 100 years in American Indian family tradition. The store also sells dreamcatchers, fresh herbs and teas, and other traditional items.

•  A Gala Affair Catering & Party Rentals announced the expansion of its kitchen and the opening of Gala Cafe & Coffee Shoppe, 2650 North Ave., No. 106, behind Partyland. The cafe serves coffee, pastries, breakfast burritos, soups, salads and sandwiches. More information: 254-9044.

•  Message in a wine bottle: Employees of the longtime shop Lil’ Ole’ Winemaker, 516 Main St., made a startling discovery during a recent cleanout of its archives. It was the first announcement for Colorado Mountain Winery and its first wine tasting in 1981 by the late Ann and Jim Seewald. The tasting was held at the winery, now Colorado Cellars, when it opened. It is the oldest winery in Colorado, according to the Colorado Cellars Web site. There had been other wineries in the Grand Junction area since Prohibition that went out of business, said Scott Miller, co-owner of Lil’ Ole’ Winemaker. His store, which opened in 1978, is the oldest wine and beer supply shop in Colorado and is said to be one of a handful of the oldest in the nation.
u •  Smuggler’s Brew Pub, 2412 U.S. Highway 6&50, is starting up live music on Jan. 7. The venue is booked with mostly local artists through January and February, manager Scott Strong said.

•  Quiznos owners say they want to keep the Patterson Road location open regardless of whether a buyer comes along, but that they will consider selling if the right buyer comes along.

•  There will be a silent yoga practice at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Academy of Yoga, 102 S. Fifth St. The business is hosting the event on a donation-only basis for Chani Capps, an 18-year-old girl who suffered a spinal cord injury in May and now has incomplete quadriplegia. Information: 361-7308.

•  Julie Groll is taking over her parents’ unique apparel and gift store, Blue River Trading/Consignment Co., 441 Main St.. She’s adding consignment goods in a wide price range from Aspen and Vail. The store sells nearly-new vintage “everything,” Groll said. “We always have coffee ready for people and it’s just a very mom-and-pop, fun down-home shop.” Information: 263-4900.


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