Briefs: Biz Buzz November 16, 2006

Sign of the times: Madonna’s Denver show last week seemed to be a ray of light in a bad economy based upon the number of people willing to shell out $300 and more for tickets that went on sale in May.

However, there were two vacant seats in the floor area, row 11, which showed someone may not have been able to sell seats that could have scalped for as much as $1,500 each.

Some people, though, sprang not only for the tickets, but the travel to America for the show.

“I came all the way from Puerto Rico,” said Josue Vera, 29, who sat in about the 10th row of the floor section and was seeing Madonna perform for the third time.

I had to ask: Are you crazy?! His response: “Yeah, I am. I love her, so I have to come here.”

•  My old breakfast spot in Fort Collins is going to have a presence in Grand Junction. The Egg & I is opening Dec. 8 at 120 W. Park Drive, approximately First Street and Patterson Road.

•  Restaurant Thanksgiving: Those not wanting to cook or clean this holiday may attend the annual Thanksgiving buffet at DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive. Get prices and make reservations: 257-8108.

•  Welcome new owners of The Crystal Cafe, Randy and Kristen Belanger. Randy, an 18-year veteran of culinary arts, attended Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island and the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont with a concentration in French classical cuisine.
He has delighted diners in New Zealand, Australia, Napa Valley’s Robert Mondavi Golden Vine Winery, the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, and The Lodge at Vail.
The Crystal Cafe recently added Dinners TO GO from 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Information: 242-8843.

• The Elisabethan store for women and children’s clothing made from vintage fabrics in Paonia is having a show and sale from 3 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 on First Street in Paonia, behind High Country Printing. More information: 970-527-4073.

•  Crossroads Wine and Spirits is moving and having a ground-breaking ceremony at its new location at 4 p.m. on Nov. 21 at 611 24 Road next to American National Bank. The move adds 2,000 square feet and will also include a specialty shop that sells high-quality deli meats and cheeses, steaks and freshwater salmon from Alaska. The new location is set to open by August 2009. Information:

•  Welcome John Galloway, an architect that set up his business, Shape Designs, in a new building at 125 Peach Ave. in Palisade. He practices mostly commercial architecture. More information: 438-6000.

•  One wine-country dweller recently shared that Palisade Peach Festival may have drawn a larger crowd than the Colorado Mountain WineFest, which drew at least 6,100 this year. From the lawn seating at both events, Colorado Mountain WineFest seemed to do better, but that’s not counting collaborative figures of the entire peach festival event.
The same source said if you’d seen St. Kathryn’s Cellars tasting room last weekend, you’d never know we’re in tough economic times.

• A local, economic briefing will be presented at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Courtyard by Marriott, 765 Horizon Drive. The Grand Junction Area Chamber is providing a panel discussion about current economic challenges and opportunities for businesses in Grand Junction, with local and state experts talking about the economy’s impact on small businesses and consumers.
Registration is $20 for chamber members and $30 for potential members. Breakfast is included. Reserve by: visiting or calling 242-3214.

•  The MVM Mortgage event mentioned in this column last week and scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled.


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