Biz Buzz, Nov. 27, 2011
Cheryl Burnett wishes all of the people who say liquor sales are recession-proof were right. But the past few years of economic recession brought fewer and fewer customers to Bottle Shop Liquors, 725 Pitkin Ave., and she said it’s no longer worth keeping her store open.
So, Burnett, who has owned the store for seven years, will close it for good Wednesday.
“My (customers) are working people,” she said, “and when they’re not working ...”
... They’re not buying liquor. The decline in sales in recent years was significant, and after sales were flat during the summer months, which usually are good months, Burnett said she didn’t want to keep the business going into the new year for what traditionally are the worst months.
“I could give you numbers down to the dollar,” she said, but she didn’t because, “It just depresses me.”
As of Tuesday last week, The Bottle Shop had about one-quarter of its normal inventory, and wine and liquor are marked down 20 percent, while beer is 10 percent off. The discounts won’t go any lower than that, Burnett said, and whatever inventory remains after Wednesday will go toward “a heckuva party.”
With the tax season fast approaching, Patti Reece is having a ribbon cutting and open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday to let people know about her new business, Expert Tax and Accounting LLC.
Reece said she is an enrolled agent who brings 27 years as an accountant and tax professional to her home-based business at 647 30½ Road, the southwest corner of the intersection of F½ and 30½ roads.
“It was time for me to make the jump,” she said of starting her own business, and she anticipates a good base of clients making the jump with her.
“Many of my clients have been with me most of my career,” she said, estimating about 200 called her since learning she was opening her own business. “Most of them like how I explain things to them and don’t talk over them.”
Reece said she will be better equipped now to offer that personal service “in a more streamlined, direct manner at a more reasonable fee,” be it for individuals or businesses.
During Friday’s open house, financial advisor Brian Townley from Ameriprise Financial Services will be on hand, too.
After apprenticing in Denver for two years “just to improve my skills,” Lisa (Vigil) Archuleta returned to Grand Junction to open La Buena Vida Hair & Nail Lounge, 2851 North Ave., on Oct. 24.
Archuleta said she has been styling hair for 10 years, and, “I’ve always wanted to open up my own salon.”
She said she specializes in up-dos, likes to do wedding and bridal parties, and strives for quality hair and nails that leave customers satisfied well after they leave La Buena Vida.
Archuleta added Grand Junction doesn’t have many salons that cater to Hispanic women, and she wants to provide a nicer place for them as well.
Archuleta also wants to bring something to her salon she believes will be unique in Grand Junction: beer and wine. She said she applied for a liquor license and is awaiting word on its status.
To make an appointment, call Archuleta at 254-1000.
La Buena Vida Hair & Nail Lounge got new next-door neighbors on each side in the strip mall at 2851 North Ave. soon after it opened: Royalty Pawn and Guns, which had its grand opening Nov. 5; and El Rincon Furniture, which had its grand opening Nov. 12.
El Rincon was opened by Luis and Larisa Villalobos, who moved to Grand Junction from Mexico three months ago with the intent of opening their own business.
Luis made rustic furniture in Chihuahua, Mexico, and Larisa said family and friends told them they thought such a business would succeed in Grand Junction. Luis makes all of the furniture out of real wood, and the sturdiness is obvious to the customer.
Larisa said Luis has 20 years of experience making furniture, and he was known for the quality of his work in Chihuahua. She said the value of the furniture is in its hand-crafted nature, and El Rincon strives to make it affordable. She added Luis can make custom designs for customers, too.
El Rincon also sells ornaments, decorations and crafts.