The owner of Mountain Air Roasters is planning to expand his coffee business and bring it to downtown Grand Junction.
Cole Rath has spent about two-and-a-half years at 507 30 Road, but soon he will open at 126 N. Seventh St., and grow the retail portion of the business.
Rath hopes to be open at the new location in time for Parade of Lights on Saturday.
"Right now, I mostly do wholesale," Rath said. "I wanted to expand to retail. I'm kind of off the beaten path here so it's another leg of the business I'm not utilizing."
Rath said he expects to get more exposure downtown. Now, he said most customers stop by because they know the place or have heard about it.
He is also short on space in his current location. The new shop will be about double the size of the store he's in now.
At the moment, Rath said he might see 100 to 150 people come in for coffee per month. Most of the business has been wholesale, which will operate out of the back of the store. Rath said he roasts all coffee in the shop and brings in beans from 15 different countries.
He's still tinkering with the hours, but plans to be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Rath is a military veteran and served in the Navy for 10 years. He said his entry into the coffee business was "pretty random."
"After I had gotten out (of the military), I worked at like 20 different jobs trying to figure it out," he said. "My stepmom did some accounting for a coffee roaster and she was trying to sell. I bought it from them."
For information, visit mountainairroasters.com or search for the business on Facebook.
■ Gumbo Lov, a food truck and catering service, now has a more permanent spot to set up shop.
The eatery has partnered with the Grand Rivers Humane Save a Pet Thrift Store, 2651 U.S. Highway 50, and is out there between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
The business is owned by Carol Kitterlin and James Herod. The business opened in February of this year.
"We're still in the little love bus," Kitterlin said.
She added that Gumbo Lov is planning some specials, such as red beans and rice on Tuesdays and a blue plate special each day.
"Being in a more permanent spot will allow us to do that."
Some cooking can be done on the bus, but Kitterlin said most of the work is done at the Business Incubator.
"We've been looking for a place to set up on a more permanent basis instead of moving around so much," Kitterlin said.
She added that the company made a donation to the thrift shop and realized they were interested in having them come out.
For information, visit Gumbolov.com or search for the company on Instagram or Facebook.
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