The Roan Creek Ranch Grocery in Fruita has sold and is now Skip's Farm to Market.

The store, 119 E. Aspen Ave., is the third Skip's Farm to Market, joining locations in Basalt and Silt. The company is based in Palisade and owned by Skip Doty, who also owns Early Morning Orchard.

Roan Creek Ranch Grocery owner Kathryn Bedell said she sold the business to focus on her other endeavors. However, she will still work at the store on Saturdays for the moment.

"We're excited to continue the legacy that Kathryn built," Skip's Farm to Market Operations Manager Brian Bielby said. "We're excited to be in the Fruita community."

Bielby said the store should carry lots of local produce and items not available at other stores. The market will also be involved at the Fruita Fall Festival from Sept. 27-29.

The store may close in November around Thanksgiving for a remodel, Bielby said. Staff would plan a grand re-opening after the work is complete.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It will have two employees, plus a part-time worker.

■ A new Grand Junction store buys, sells and consigns furniture and some miscellaneous items.

Originally New opened Monday at 1224 N. 25th St. near Randy's Southside Diner. The space was previously Sergio's restaurant and an old theater.

"Everything I sell is previously owned," owner Jonathan Mabrito said. "It's 90 percent furniture, but we have a random room with knickknacks ranging from picture frames to clocks to tape measures. It's random."

Mabrito said he doesn't take donations. He either buys furniture or consigns it, and he is picky about what he takes. He said items must be "high quality." Anyone interested in selling furniture can take pictures of their items and send details to Mabrito. If he wants an item, people can either bring it in or staff will go out and pick it up. For information, visit

Mabrito said he previously worked in a furniture store and knew there were people who had trouble getting rid of their old furniture. He said he always had a dream of opening his own store after previously selling some items on the side.

The staff is made up of Mabrito and a couple of delivery drivers.

■ Grand Junction's A&J Inspection Services is now offering home energy audits.

With support from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, the inspections will allow homeowners to receive a specific home energy score that serves as a basis for home improvements and upgrades.

For information or to schedule an inspection, call 426-6158 or visit

The audit can come on its own, as part of a general home inspection for home buyers or sellers, or as part of an annual home maintenance inspection.

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