Business Beat: J.W. Snack’s takes humorous approach to governor’s bump


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Only moments after getting his picture taken with Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday, J.W. Snack’s owner Danny Griffiths had to get a towel.

It wasn’t for him, though.

It was in the J.W. Snack’s parking lot that Hickenlooper got the cut heard ‘round the state after bumping his head on a gun rack inside a Colorado State Patrol car.

By Thursday morning, the sign outside the restaurant read, “Thanks to all & Gov. Hickenbleeder.”

Griffiths said he wanted the sign to thank numerous people, including the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Craig Mayor Don Jones, The Memorial Hospital in Craig, and also the governor.

He wasn’t sure people would understand a simple “Thanks, TMH,” and worked to come up with a wittier phrase.

“I don’t know what made me think of Hickenbleeder, but man, as soon as it hit my brain I thought, ‘That has to go on the sign,” Griifiths said.

He said people have driven by and not noticed the “Hickenbleeder” joke, but he’s also received numerous complements on it.

And don’t worry about the governor.

Five stitches at the local hospital later, Hickenlooper was fine and delivered his scheduled speech Wednesday night during the State of the County 2011 event, even comparing the injury to proposed state budget cuts.

O’Reilly Auto finishes conversion

Driving along Victory Way, it’s hard to miss the new signs on the building at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1005 W. Victory Way.

The store replaced the signs several weeks ago to reflect the full conversion from a Checker store to an O’Reilly store, company spokesman Mike Merz said.

O’Reilly bought out CSK Auto, the parent company of Checker, in 2008.

Merz said the last few years have been a transition period to get O’Reilly’s distribution and pricing systems in place.

Despite the name change, the same friendly staff remains in the store.

Give them a call at 824-7333.

Craig Daily Press welcomes new ad rep

Bonnie Stewart recently joined the Craig Daily Press staff as an advertising consultant.

She previously worked for the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction before moving to Hayden in the mid-2000s.

Whether you want your ads online at, or here in print, give her a call at 875-1784.

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