Bookstore moving downtown locations Saturday


The Bookstore at Serendipity Coffee Shop will soon be known as Downtown Books, after owner Carol Valera Jacobson and her crews move the store across Yampa Avenue.

The store's new location will be at 543 Yampa Ave., where the Colorado Trading Post formerly was located. Jacobson and about 20 volunteers will move the store's inventory on Saturday.

"It is going to be so fun," Jacobson said.

The new location offers more room. She said the store will continue to carry a variety of used books and will add more new books, calendars, journals, cards, poster and other gift items, including locally made crafts including jewelry and crocheted items.

"We're looking at possibility of being able to order music," Jacobson said. "But the emphasis is really on books."

In that vein, she hopes to start a monthly reading series that will meet on the third Wednesday of the month. The time has yet to be determined. She hopes to bring in regional writers and poets to speak about their work.

She also hopes to host "knit nights" and story-times for children, in addition to continue to host the local book and poetry clubs.

"I'd like to be a meeting place for the arts," Jacobson said.

The store, which originally opened in February, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, beginning Monday.

Precision Auto expands size, services offered

Precision Auto Service, 1294 W. Fourth St., is nearly doubling its size with the goal of offering additional services soon.

Chris and Nikki McLeslie opened Precision in February 1995 and moved to the current location in September 1997.

Construction on the site, which began this summer, will add 2,200 square feet to the east of the existing building, nearly doubling its size.

"We're going to expand to better serve our customers," Nikki said.

The construction will allow for a waiting area for customers, as well as more room for maintenance work to be completed.

The business currently offers anything from an oil change to engine replacement. Nikki said the construction will allow for more vehicles to be serviced more efficiently. She and Chris also hope to offer additional services after the work is completed, which is expected by the end of the year.

Larger vehicles gaining access to Super Wash

A car wash on the west side of Craig will soon be made accessible to larger vehicles.

Amy Williams, owner of Super Wash on U.S. Highway 40, said construction is currently under way to allow for better cleaning of larger vehicles.

A system that automatically sizes to fit cars is being installed for an automatic washer.

Williams said the sprayer stays between 12 and 18 inches from the vehicle to insure a thorough cleaning.

The wash bay will be accessible to trucks up to 25 feet in length, up from the previous 19 feet.

The bay also will include a new cleaning feature that uses three foams in one stage of the wash.

The second automatic bay will remain the same as it was.

The three self-serve spots will feature new white interiors designed to protect the brick structure and new brushes to clean vehicles' grills and wheels.

Williams, who has owned Super Wash for a year, said new signage at the top of the building -- updated from brown to "Bulldog blue" -- brightens up the building's appearance.

Super Wash will offer Fleets Cards, or cards that individuals or companies can use at the station and be billed for later.

Both automatic bays will still accept tokens for the four wash styles, though the new bay's washes will cost slightly more.

Williams said she hopes construction is complete and that the station will be operational by Saturday.

Renovations nearly complete at building

Exterior renovations to the building at 1598 W. Victory Way are a week or two away from completion, said local businessman Dave DeRose, who's part of the Craig Self Storage Association LLC ownership group.

The building is home to two businesses -- Craig Sports and Adventure Rentals -- which accounts for three-quarters of space inside the building.

The owners are looking for one more tenant to fill out the building. The incoming tenant will have about 1,000 square feet of space.

DeRose said renovations have primarily occurred on the outside of the building, though Joe Herod, owner of Craig Sports, chose to renovate the inside of his new location.

Abbey Carpet

construction to begin

Abbey Carpet owner Dennis Braia's original idea was to have his new 5,000-square foot building completely finished by the end of the year. However, the timing was off, and with winter looming, Braia said his project won't begin until the spring.

The business at 408 E. Victory Way will move next door to the site at 402 E. Victory Way when construction of the building is finished.

Braia said the finished product will be worth the wait.

"We were hoping to have it up sooner, but the weather caught up to us," he said. "When we're finished, it will be a nice building. It's going to be a nice big building for the community."

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