The former Mesa View Motel, 424 W. Eighth St. in Palisade, has a new name, new owners and 17 remodeled rooms.

Now called the Spoke and Vine Motel, owners Jeff Snook and Jody Corey hope to have the motel open sometime this month.

"We pretty much gutted every room," Snook said. "There's all new plumbing and electrical. Everything is updated. There's new floorings, bathrooms and vanities."

The old Mesa View Motel sign came down last month and a new sign is coming in soon, Snook said.

Snook and Corey bought the motel Oct. 31 and it has been closed since then.

The couple is from Steamboat Springs and regularly visited the Western Slope for 15 years for biking. Snook said they always loved Palisade.

"We saw that the motel was for sale and we were like, 'yeah, let's do this,'" Snook said. "Our background is in hospitality and we thought it would be a good opportunity to bring the motel back to what it was and contribute back to the community with a cool, fresh, hip motel."

Snook has been staying in Palisade while Corey remains in Steamboat Springs. Once the motel is open, Snook will run the day-to-day operations.

The Spoke and Vine name comes from the biking and wine the area is known for.

Snook says he doesn't know how many employees he'll have just yet. He also spoke of changing the feel of the motel and rehabbing its reputation.

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■ The Western Slope's first Techstars Startup Week is coming up June 5-8.

The event is a free, multi-day event for entrepreneurial minds and will celebrate the Western Slope's way of business.

The Techstars Startup Week is a regional effort from Durango to Steamboat Springs and is structured so that communities across the Western Slope can engage and come together. The event will start in each community's hometown and join up in Grand Junction from June 6-8.

The week has five program tracks and will be designed by the community through an open call to submit session ideas. The deadline to submit ideas is April 19.

Keynote speaker Brad Feld will kick off the Grand Junction event June 6. Feld is a leader in the investment and entrepreneurial space for more than 30 years.

The goal of the week is to bring community leaders together to share ideas, learn from one another, build momentum and opportunity and celebrate entrepreneurial spirit. The event is free and open to all.

Registration for the event will open after the deadline-to-submit session closes April 19. Even though the event is free, organizers are asking attendees to register to help provide an accurate count for logistics planning.

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