The Peach Tree True Value store, 2963 North Ave., will celebrate 40 years in business Saturday with some refreshments on hand and drawings for prizes.

The celebration will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Some of the prizes for the drawing include a barbecue smoker, KitchenAid mixer and lawn mower. Patrons can visit the store anytime this week to put their name in the mix for the drawing. The drawing will occur at noon. Entrants do not need to be present to win.

The store is owned by Cathy Frederick, who also owns the Fruita True Value location at U.S. Highway 6&50. Her family owns the Grand Junction stores at 1838 N. 12th St. and 2686 U.S. Highway 50.

Longtime employee Lena Combs said the business has stressed customer service, which has helped keep them open for 40 years.

"We have lots of good customer service and a (reputation) of being here to help when customers need the help," Combs said. "If they ask for it, we try to get it. It's something not a lot of big boxes can do."

■ The Grand Junction-based creator of a new board game now carried at downtown's Board Fox Games said the store sold out of the first batch of 200 copies, but he expected to have 200 more copies in the store by the end of the week.

Board Fox Games Manager Matt Simpson created the new game Ecosystem, which was released Nov. 20. Board Fox Games is at 623 Main St.

The game is a drafting card game where players are given a hand of cards. They pick one and pass the rest around in a circle until are cards are gone and then are placed in a grid, Simpson said.

Ecosystem had an international release and is available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Simpson said it took more than two years from when he came up with the game's concept to its release. He worked with local artist and illustrator Lindsay Falsone on the artwork for the game. He had planned to release the game on his own, but was offered a publishing deal from Genius Games while at the GAMA Expo.

"I am blown away," Simpson said of the response. "It's spreading fast."

He added that he's heard that two distributors are down to less than 200 copies each and a second print run has been ordered of 7,000 copies.

Simpson said he has some connections in the industry, as does the Board Fox Games shop owner, which has helped spread the word about the game. Some media exposure and going on a small tour of the western U.S. to talk to game shop owners has also helped a bit.

"It's kind of a combination of things," Simpson said. "I've been very proactive."

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