Stories written by Phil Castle

Phil Castle is editor of the Grand Valley Business Times, a twice-monthly business journal published in Grand Junction. Castle brings to his duties nearly 30 years of experience in editorial management positions with Western Colorado newspapers. In addition, his free-lance work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Washington Post. He holds a bachelor's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University.

Page brings end to success story in closing jewelry store

Peggy Page, owner of Page-Parsons Jewelers, plans to soon close the downtown Grand Junction store. Page says she’s anxious to spend more time with family after working for more than 50 years in the business her parents, Mancel and Anna Page, purchased in 1964. While long retail hours have taken a toll, Page says she’ll miss her customers. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Peggy Page expects she’ll most miss her customers and time spent not only helping them select jewelry for special occasions and celebrating with them the best of times, but also commiserating with and even praying for them during the worst of times. “We just really care about them,” says Page, […]

Reinventing the wheel: This Susan not so lazy

Phil Castle, The Business Times A better mousetrap? Fahgettaboudit. What this country really needs is a good lazy Susan. Nearly every kitchen includes a corner cabinet inside which can be found rotating circular shelves typically filled with seldom-used containers of spices. But few people actually like lazy Susans or ever put all that space to […]

Entrepreneur adds to video editing app to market real estate

Phil Castle, The Business Times A former Grand Junction entrepreneur who developed software to make it easier to shoot and edit videos has expanded his operation to help real estate professionals market their listings. Bill Baird, founder and chief executive officer of Loopster, now offers what’s branded as Loopster 4 Real Estate. “We have high […]

With a month to go, 2016 already a better year for Mesa County real estate

Phil Castle, The Business Times Real estate activity in Mesa County through 11 months of 2016 has exceeded all of 2015 — not to mention what Robert Bray initially had anticipated for this year. “2016 has clearly exceeded my expectations, and I’m happy that it has,” said Bray, chief executive officer of Bray Real Estate […]

Theatrical venture stages shows to die for

Phil Castle, The Business Times What would happen if you’re invited to a delightful dinner party and between the appetizer and main course someone  suddenly dies? What sounds like tragic circumstances — not to mention a significant buzzkill — is anything but for a new Grand Valley business that stages interactive dinner theater performances in […]

Expectations upbeat for increased holiday shopping

Phil Castle, The Business Times Diane Schwenke holds out hope the holiday shopping season could be if not the most wonderful time of this year for Grand Valley businesses, then at least a bit better than last year. “I am still upbeat about the holiday season,” said Schwenke, president and chief executive officer of the […]

Officials: Election holds mixed results for business

Phil Castle, The Business Times Are businesses better off or worse off following the election? Diane Schwenke, for one, doesn’t believe there’s a simple answer. “I think it’s a mixed bag,” said Schwenke, president and chief executive officer of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. Tony Gagliardi, Colorado director of the National Federation of […]

High hopes for high tech: Award spotlights efforts to promote industry

Page Tucker, president and chief executive officer of ProStar Geocorp in Grand Junction, speaks at a ceremony hosted by the Colorado Technology Association in Denver where Tucker won the Apex Award for entrepreneur excellence. (Photo courtesy Colorado Technology Association)

Phil Castle, The Business Times As much as Page Tucker appreciates the recognition he’s received from a statewide award, he’s just as pleased about the opportunity to draw attention to what he expects to become a growing role for technology companies in the Grand Valley and Western Colorado. “It’s definitely shined a spotlight on the […]

Mesa County jobless rate trends downward

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate in Mesa County has dropped to its lowest level of the year even as payrolls and the overall labor force grows. “Those are two really good signs for us to see,” said Curtis Englehart, manager of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. Those trends […]

Sales and use tax collections continue to lag

Phil Castle, The Business Times In terms of local sales and use tax collections, 2016 likely will end up more like 2014 than 2015. Collections for the City of Grand Junction and Mesa County continue to lag and, barring a surge over the next two months, will remain below year-end totals for 2015. City and […]


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