Putting around in a new business

Joy and Gabe Daigle are at it again.

The couple have purchased another business they plan to fix up and make like new again.

The Daigles bought Bear Valley Mini Golf Course on the east side of Craig on U.S. Highway 40 on Aug. 1 and re-named it Bear's Den Mini Golf.

Joy said she and her husband have already pulled many weeds and planted some new flowers at the course. Joy said the couple also have installed a bon-fire pit with seating around it for parties.

Next spring, she said she hopes to lay down new greens, plant more flowers and install flourescent lights to allow for nighttime play.

They also operate Mom and Pop's Sweet Shop out of the course's main facility, where they sell ice cream, snow cones, frozen coffee and homemade fudge. They also plan to open a truck this week, from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., that will offer breakfast burritos, coffee, cappuccino, muffins and cinnamon rolls.

Joy said she would like to add a kitchen at the course so she could also sell sandwiches.

The couple also sell Moor Portable Buildings at their shop for the Grand Junction-based company.

The golf course marks the Daigles' 17th business. They still own the B & B/Dairy King shop, also on the east side of Craig, which is for sale.

Joy said she doesn't know how long they will own the mini-golf course.

"If somebody wants to buy it, we'll sell it to them," she said. "If we're meant to stay here, we will. If we're meant to sell it, we will."

But, she said, this business is different from any other they've owned.

"It's fun with the people and the kids," Joy said. "And I have a place to sell my fudge."

Bear's Den is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Joy said she plans to keep the course open until it gets too cold to do so.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 204, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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