Clothing retailer to host grand opening at new location

Clothing store Maurices will host a grand opening event at 5 p.m. Aug. 26 at its new Craig location, 1850 W. Victory Way, as part of the Tebo Center development.

In a news release, store manager Andrea Medina said the store will offer a “sneak peek” at its newest deals, complete with gift card giveaways and a “buy one get one half off” sale.

“Trends are always changing and so are we,” Medina said. “Sometimes we'll get new things in as often as bi-weekly. But, even though we always have the latest and greatest looks, our prices won't break your bank.”

The 5,000 square feet of the new store, significantly larger than its former location at Centennial Mall, will feature a larger inventory of Maurices’ lines of women’s clothing for all ages.

Medina said the store’s staff will continue to keep up the level of customer service wherever their business may be.

“If you need a hand, my associates and I love shopping as much as you do,” she said. “Whether you need a new pair of jeans or something special, we'll help you find the perfect fit.

"We'll even show you accessories that'll make your outfits extremely versatile and stretch your money even more.”

For more information, call 824-7393.

Summer means big business for icy dessert seller

The summer heat is something Northwest Colorado residents only have a short window of time to enjoy, but while temperatures go up in June, July and August, some may long for the frozen features with which they’re more familiar.

Luckily, it only takes a quick search to find relief from the hotter climate.

The season has been good to David Van Wagner, owner of the mobile business SnoZone.

Slinging shaved ice has been a pastime for him the past three years.

“My grandson owned this and I took it over from him when I retired from the highway department,” he said.

Once the summer hits, Van Wagner usually sets up shop in the parking lot near Craig Ford on Victory Way.

He often moves the trailer around town for special functions like Whittle the Wood and most recently in front of the Craig Daily Press office as part of its Customer Appreciation Day.

“I’m going to try and set up more at Woodbury for the baseball and football games,” he said. “Last time I did, I got a lot of customers.”

This summer has held a couple changes for Van Wagner, one being his assistant Annie Sadvar.

“She’s just been a great help, and it’s really great to know there are teenagers with so much maturity and responsibility,” he said.

The other new feature is the addition of Coca-Cola products to his line of flavors.

The selection ranges from traditional entries like grape, cherry and lemon-lime to the less familiar Tiger Blood, which Van Wagner said offers a different taste to everyone.

“My favorite one is probably the root beer mixed with vanilla,” he said. “It’s just like a root beer float.”

He added that people who have yet to try the shaved ice he sells are in for something far more appealing than a messy snow cone in a paper cup.

“Usually when you think of snow cones, you think of all the syrup going straight to the bottom and you’re just eating a bunch of ice, but the stuff I use is a little more flaky and it keeps the flavor,” he said.

Van Wagner said the best part of being the equivalent of the ice cream man is young customers.

“I love seeing kids when their eyes light up and they get a big smile on their face,” he said.

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