Downtown Grand Junction has a new store for shoppers to peek at some midcentury modern furniture, designer products and vintage clothing.
High Desert Authentiques opened Aug. 21 and will have a grand opening Oct. 12. That celebration will include a performance by local band Freeway Donna at the store at 7 p.m.
The shop will be open regularly from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Co-owner Fred Grinnan said the store also specializes in Southwest jewelry, Navajo rugs and other rustic antiques. Grinnan owns the store with Missy Burns.
Grinnan said he acquired most of the inventory by traveling around for years as a sales representative and visiting different estate sales and auctions.
He had been selling elsewhere, but felt the time was right to try out a store.
"It was just kind of time," Grinnan said. "We had been selling in other shops locally and it got to the point where it was time to do our own thing. It's hard to sell in other stores."
High Desert Authentiques is at 518 Colorado Ave., the former home of Jester's Court, a board game store that moved to Main Street last year and changed its name to Board Fox Games.
The Colorado Avenue store recently received a facade improvement grant from the Downtown Development Authority.
"I think Colorado Avenue is on the up and up," Grinnan said. "We have the right amount of space, it's not too much. It took a lot of work, but we wanted something simple."
Grinnan said midcentury modern products are in fashion right now and hopes that will continue. He feels people want functional, cool-looking stuff.
"Most of our stuff has a story," he said. "Who designed it, who owned it before, and that's kind of cool. I'm nerdy when it comes to the story behind stuff."
■ Downtown Grand Junction's Bin 707 Foodbar, Tacoparty and 626 on Rood have been recognized for their role in promoting good food and sustainable food systems The Good Food 100 Restaurants is an annual list and rating of U.S. restaurants designed to educate eaters and celebrate restaurants that are transparent with purchasing practices and support all links in the food chain. Those links include the environment, plants and animals, farmers, ranchers, fisherman, purveyors, restaurants and eaters.
"By offering a snapshot of what happens behind kitchen doors and restaurants' commitment to sustainable purchasing practices, the Good Food 100 holds chefs accountable and instills consumer confidence so eaters are empowered to make the best possible dining decisions," Sara Brito, co-founder and president of the Good Food Media Network, said in a news release.
Bin 707, 225 N. Fifth St., Suite 105, and Tacoparty, 126 S. Fifth St., are owned by Josh and Jodi Niernberg. Both restaurants were developed with the mission of sourcing locally to showcase western Colorado in their interpretation of regional, Colorado cuisine.
626 on Rood is owned by Theo Otte and Brenda Wray. The restaurant has worked closely with farmers and ranchers to build seasonal menus around fresh ingredients. This is the second consecutive year that the restaurant has been included on the list.
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Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify that 626 on Rood is owned by Theo Otte and Brenda Wray.