Grand Junction has a brand new dance studio downtown that is open for private and group lessons and nightly classes.
Dance Magic Studio celebrated its grand opening April 6 and is located at 634 Main St. downstairs on the garden level.
Owner Lesly Adams owned a studio in southern California for 19 years, she said, and taught competitive and social dancing before taking a break to raise a family. She moved to the Grand Valley seven years ago and has continued to teach dance.
Dance Magic specializes in West Coast swing, country/western, ballroom, Latin, salsa and Argentine tango dancing. It will also host weekly practice parties on Friday evenings and workshops twice per month on Saturdays. Adams said she will bring in a guest teacher from around the U.S. for each of the workshops. The space is also available for rent for practice. For a schedule of classes and events, visit dancemagicgj.com.
"It's a nice, safe place that is all about dancing," Adams said.
Adams said she wanted to start the studio because she felt there wasn't another space like it in town. Adams and another instructor will be teaching all the classes to start.
"I wanted to provide a place here," she said. "More for the social aspect."
She said she hopes to start classes for teens soon.
"Dance is for all ages," she said. "It's a nice way to have a nonverbal conversation set to music. It's truly a joy-filled place."
■ Grand Central Discount Liquors, 200 W. Grand Ave., will close Sunday after more than 15 years in business.
Owner Susan Sixbey said she plans to retire, which is why she is shuttering the business.
"It's time to go play," she said. "It's been a fun business.
Signs signifying the business' pending closure have been up for a few weeks. Sixbey said customers can get about
30 percent off of products through Sunday.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday. Sixbey said she wanted to stay open through the Country Jam music festival.
■ Benchmark Roofing has expanded its business into the Grand Valley and opened a Grand Junction location June 1.
The roofing company that services residential and commercial properties, has operated in Paonia, Hotchkiss and Delta for the past 32 years. Benchmark Roofing also handles basic carpentry, skylights, maintenance programs and siding. It offers free estimates and senior discounts.
"This is our first office in Grand Junction," co-owner Alex Mehder said. "It's a really good thing. We've gotten a positive response."
Benchmark Roofing's office is at 917 Main St. Unit 5. For more information, visit benchmarkroofingllc.com, search for the company on Facebook or call 644-5656.
Mehder said the ownership decided to start small in the Grand Valley and see how things develop from there.
"We've talked about (opening a Grand Junction office) a couple times. We keep getting calls from there," Mehder said. "We just decided to go ahead and make the move. It seems to be working out well at this point."
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