■ A new business focusing on aesthetic services and skin care opened in early September in Grand Junction.
Owner Katie Lorentzen said her operation, Suite One Skin Care, can handle almost everything dealing with skin, including facials, body waxing and spray tanning. Lorentzen also works with oncology patients to help those who have skin damage.
"I have a lot of empathy for oncology and any kind of cancer," she said. "When going through treatment, the whole system becomes compromised and skin takes the brunt of it."
Suite One Skin Care is at 2470 Patterson Road and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. It is closed on weekends. Appointments are required for service and can be made online, via phone or through text messaging. The company's website is suiteoneskincare.com. For more information or call 250-7583.
Lorentzen is currently the owner and sole employee, but she said she is adding a second person to help out.
Lorentzen said she was a ski instructor in the 1990s and decided to get out of the industry. She went to beauty school and has done extensive post-graduate training all over. She also took part in a five-day training for oncology treatment.
She was most recently working in Steamboat Springs, but moved to open her own business.
"In order for me to go out on my own, I had to be in a town that didn't have an offseason to support myself," Lorentzen said. "(Grand Junction) is a really nice town. There's lots of hospitals and lots of people who come here for treatment."
■ Mesa County's median housing price continues to rise in the residential real estate market, while active listings remain low and building permits lag behind 2018 totals, according to a monthly report released by Bray Real Estate.
The county's median price for 2019 through September is $254,000, an 8% increase over the same stretch last year, according to the report. Total sales are down year-over-year, but sale volume is up 2% over 2019 due to the higher prices. There were 321 home sales in September, which actually outpaced the 307 sold in September 2018.
Mesa County had 781 active residential listings at the end of September, which is an 18% dip over the end of September in 2018 and the lowest total at the point in the year dating back to at least 2013.
The 556 building permits pulled for single-family homes through September is down 13% from the same period in 2018. However, the totals are still the third most since 2008.
In an email from Bray Real Estate Research and Development Coordinator Kevin Bray, he notes that the new single-family construction is lagging nationally as well. This is attributed to building costs, but Bray noted that the lack of inventory locally is also driving up the prices of homes hitting the market. He also stated that some proposed impact fees could have an impact if they pass or fail as increasing costs can affect property values. But not addressing infrastructure needs can also have an impact on values.
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