Service and convenience a family tradition at spirited business

Service and convenience a family tradition at spirited business

Phil Castle, The Business Times Brandi Pollock still loves crunching numbers in her upstairs office — going over sales and budgets. But she loves, even more, the opportunity to slip downstairs and interact with customers. “That’s my favorite part,” says Pollock, owner of Fisher’s Discount Liquor Barn in Grand Junction. That part has kept Pollock […]

Business goes to the dogs with second location

Business goes to the dogs with second location

Phil Castle, The Business Times Peggy Barron believes every dog is different and deserves care that takes into account unique characteristics. That includes dogs that might constitute proverbial square pegs that don’t fit into the usual round holes at boarding facilities — extra large breeds like great Danes and mastiffs as well as dogs that […]

Cancer center earns national accreditation

Cancer center earns national accreditation

Phil Castle, The Business Times Dr. Jonathan King would like nothing more than to have to find another line of work. That would mean cancer no longer poses a threat and his expertise as a medical oncologist is no longer needed. While there’s not a yet a cure, progress continues on treating various types of […]

Vintage effort nears end

Vintage effort nears end

Phil Castle, The Business Times Stephen Smith has demonstrated for more than 30 years that while oil and water don’t mix, oil and wine definitely do. Even as Smith managed his energy development business, he grew his vineyards and winery into one of the largest operations in Colorado. Sitting in a second-floor office at Grande […]

Retail to coworking conversion planned

Retail to coworking conversion planned

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jonathan Kamins looks around the vacant space inside a Grand Junction building and sees desks. He sees conference rooms and comfortable furnishings for people to relax and talk. More than anything, Kamins said he sees the potential for a coworking space to accommodate entrepreneurs and startups. “We have a great opportunity.” […]

At halfway point of 2019, cautious optimism prevails

At halfway point of 2019, cautious optimism prevails

Phil Castle, The Business Times While C.J. Rhyne follows the usual metrics in tracking how the Grand Valley economy performs, he pays more attention to what he hears from the business owners with which he talks. “I want to get it straight from them.” As director of business retention and expansion at the Grand Junction […]

Pilates instructor enjoys latest moving experience

Pilates instructor enjoys latest moving experience

Phil Castle, The Business Times Caren Crandall estimates she’s relocated her Pilates studio a dozen times over the course of her more than 20-year career as an instructor, but considers her latest moving experience the best one of all. “By way far,” Crandall said. For one thing, the newly constructed studio offers nearly double the […]

Business still makes the cut: Customer service remains in style after 50 years

Business still makes the cut: Customer service remains in style after 50 years

Phil Castle, The Business Times April Harrison has seen hairstyles come and go and come back again — from those feathered locks made famous by Farrah Fawcett in the 1970s to Jennifer Aniston’s quintessential 1990s layered look dubbed, simply, the Rachel. What hasn’t changed over that time, Harrison says, is the fun, friendly and professional […]

Apprenticeships develop careers and work force

Apprenticeships develop careers and work force

Phil Castle, The Business Times Will Jessop initially decided to participate in an apprenticeship program because he thought the experience would look good on a college admission application. What Jessop discovered over the course of the following two years was he enjoyed working on computer software at ProStar Geocorp in Grand Junction — and was […]