A new Mesa Mall store specializes in new and gently used items for children.

The Kids Closet had its soft opening in the mall in late June and planned to have its grand opening celebration the first week of July, according to owner Jennifer Knott.

The store is near Cabela's in the center of Mesa Mall, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50. Kids Closet sells clothing, toys, strollers, high chairs and more items geared toward children. It also purchases items for either cash or store credit.

The mall location is the first in Grand Junction. The original store opened in Rifle about a year ago.

"The mall was a good fit for us because of the location," Knott said. "It's centralized, I liked the traffic and I liked the children's stores in the area. It's a much-needed community service."

The store keeps traditional mall hours. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Knott said she has five employees in Grand Junction and eight total between the Mesa Mall and the store in Rifle. For information, search for the Kids Closet on Facebook.

■ Anil Luitel brought Nepalese food to Grand Junction for the first time in 2003, when he opened a restaurant in the Alpine Bank building that later moved to its home now at 356 Main St.

Luitel sold the restaurant — not the building, which he owns — in May 2016, and he now is opening a similarly themed restaurant in downtown Fruita this week.

Karma Kitchen opens Monday at 229 E. Aspen in the former No Coast Sushi space, with a ribbon-cutting and then a dinner buffet. The opening ceremonies begin at 5 p.m.

Luitel, who owns and operates Karma Kitchen with two other friends, said the menu offers recipes traditional to northern India and Nepal. Food in the two regions is similar — think curry, for starters — but northern Indian recipes often introduce cream, Luitel said.

Karma Kitchen will be open every day but Sunday, with a lunch buffet from  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner service off the menu from 5 to 9 p.m.

Luitel — who said he's lived in the Grand Valley for 17 years, and noted that the elevation here and in Katmandu, Nepal, is nearly identical — said, "The people of Fruita — they are awesome," and the community already has been helpful in getting the new restaurant off the ground, he said.

■ Dunkin' has a new location within an hour's drive of Grand Junction.

The popular East Coast-based coffee and doughnut chain opened a new store June 14 at 700 Taugenbaugh Blvd. in Rifle. The location includes a Baskin- Robbins ice cream.

The store is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

In April, Dunkin' opened a location in Montrose at 1803 S. Townsend Ave.

For information and locations, visit dunkindonuts.com or baskinrobbins.com

Do you know about an area business opening, closing, moving or changing? Email bizbuzz@gjsentinel.com.

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