Just add water: Fun park to make big splash with new attraction »

This image shows what the new Coconut Cove water attraction at Bananas Fun Park in Grand Junction will look like. The attraction will tower 50-feet tall and include more than 50 features, including a 10,000-gallon tipping bucket. (Photo courtesy Bananas Fun Park)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Chris Burns believes he’s come up with a cool way to turn hot weather into a competitive advantage at his Grand Junction entertainment center: just add water. In fact, Burns expects to make a big splash — figuratively and literally…

Mar 21 2017 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Subscription-based farm a growing venture »

Mark Beckner and Shauna Rhyne are surrounded by lettuce, herbs and other crops growing inside a greenhouse at Rooted Gypsy Farms in Grand Junction. Mark and Sara Becker own the operation, while Rhyne serves as a manager. The subscription-based farm delivers boxes of vegetables, eggs and meats to Grand Valley customers each week.

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mark Beckner wanted to find out whether or not he could develop a viable business out of a small farm. The answer, it appears, is yes. Taking advantage of both the growing demand for locally sourced foods and growing popularity…

Mar 8 2017 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Prescription for change: Health summit planned »

Phil Castle, The Business Times Diane Schwenke says health insurance comes up in almost every conversation she has with business owners and managers, whether it’s at networking events, committee meetings or other functions of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. While employers want to…

Feb 22 2017 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Tourist attraction: Travel business big in Mesa County »

Phil Castle, The Business Times       More than 5,500 jobs and nearly $140 million in annual wages can be attributed to tourism in Mesa County, according to t he latest analysis of the economic effects of the travel industry. Those are important numbers in…

Feb 8 2017 / Comments Off / Read More »

The game’s afoot: Firm finds niche in competitive environment »

Phil Castle, The Business Times Robert and Stephen Madsen live the dream of avid game developers in creating their own products and bringing them to market. But the father-and-son team also take a practical approach to their Grand Junction studio and have remained in business by…

Jan 24 2017 / Comments Off / Read More »
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