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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, […]

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 […]

One wild kingdom: Nature center caters to the curious

Janet Gardner, executive director of the Children’s Nature Center, leads an impromptu tour at the new location for the center in the Mesa Mall in Grand Junction. The center features nearly 30 exhibits and more than 150 exotic animals, including this pig-nosed turtle. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Janet Gardner traces her natural curiosity to a childhood growing up in the Grand Valley and time spent outdoors camping, hiking and exploring. “I was always the kid who was flipping over the rocks to see what was there.” Further inspired by the National Geographic and Jacques Cousteau specials she […]

Factory work coming: Coworking space to open in Grand Junction

Brian Watson, left, and Josh Hudnall, lead an impromptu tour through the Factory, a coworking space under construction in downtown Grand Junction. The facility is expected to open in November and offer a place where entrepreneurs can work, meet with clients and take advantage of video conferencing equipment and high-speed Internet. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Brian Watson and Josh Hudnall lead an impromptu tour through the Factory, a coworking space under construction in downtown Grand Junction. In the midst of vacant spaces and exposed wiring, Watson and Hudnall envision high-tech conference rooms where entrepreneurs meet with clients and desks and couches occupied by people working […]

Furniture firm offers help in creating healthier workplaces

Dave Huerkamp demonstrates the use of an adjustable workstation that includes a desk the moves up and down for seated or standing positions. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Given the potential health hazards involved, prolonged sitting has been described as the new smoking. Office furnishings that can be adjusted to allow users to stand or perch — or at least provide a more comfortable work space — can help. But teaching employees how to set up and use […]

Banking on success: Timberline a Colorado Company to Watch

Jeff Taets, president of Timberline Bank, relaxes in the lobby of the bank’s location in Grand Junction. Taets was among five founders who launched the bank in 2004. In the 12 years since then, Timberline Bank not only has grown, but also earned recognition — most recently in its selection as a Colorado Company to Watch. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times      Jeff Taets likes to tell the origin story of five people who believed there was a place in Western Colorado for what he describes as a community bank — a locally owned and operated institution that understands and meets the needs of its customers. Rather than try to […]

Book smarts: Retired couple bring skills to publishing venture

Phyllis and Jerry Moorman operate Raven Books, an independent firm that’s published their award-winning novels, instructional books and poetry. The retired couple runs the business out of their Grand Junction home. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jerry Moorman jokes about the idiom that those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach. But he knows from personal experience that’s not true. Even as Moorman taught college students how to manage businesses, he’s also managed ventures of his own. “It’s easier to teach than do it. But […]

Work ready: Program offers benefits to businesses and applicants

Curtis Englehart, manager of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction, oversees the new Work Ready Communities program offering job profiling and career-readiness testing as a way to better match businesses looking for employees with people looking for jobs. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle

Phil Castle, The Business Times Curtis Englehart works as a matchmaker of sorts in bringing together businesses looking for employees with people looking for jobs. Consequently, Englehart says he’s excited about the potential for a new process based on an analysis of the requirements and duties of a given job and knowledge and skills of […]

Envisioning the future: Firm incorporates augmented reality into software development

Zachary Brown, an intern at ProStar Geocorp, uses a Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset to interact with an image that appears on a conference room table at the company’s offices in Grand Junction. The image, photographed through a second HoloLens, depicts a section of pipeline right-of-way. ProStar Geocorp is developing software that can be used with a variety of devices to locate and manage pipelines and other infrastructure. (Image courtesy ProStar Geocorp)

Phil Castle, The Business Times       Carey Wheeler goes through the motions of a mime performing his act. He uncurls the fingers of his right hand as if his upturned fist was a flower bud opening into a blossom. He wags an index finger up and down as though he’s clicking a computer […]

Skin in the game: Couple ready to compete in beauty care industry

Justin and Shannon Covello have launched Sympan Beauty and brought to the market ONE moisture cream, a product Shannon developed using natural ingredients. The Grand Junction couple got a jump start on their venture when ipsy, a popular online makeup delivery service, agreed to send out 25,000 samples of the cream to subscribers. (Photo courtesy Sympan Beauty)

Phil Castle, The Business Times  Shannon and Justin Covello aren’t the least bit deterred by the prospect of a business battle of David-and-Goliath proportions. The Covellos are excited, in fact, to bring to market a moisture cream Shannon developed using such natural ingredients as aloe vera, pomegranate seed oil and red bell peppers. And thanks […]

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