Business Beat: Mauka Bakery and Cafe now open for business

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Originally slated to open last April, Muaka Bakery and Café finally opened its doors last Monday, and owner Naila Quintero said the first week of business had been good.

“It’s surprisingly going really well,” Quintero said.

She said they have to explain some of the menu items to customers to wary and excited customers.

Quintero said one of the best sellers so far is the Green Coconut Smoothie, a blend of coconut, banana and spinach.

“It sounds interesting but tastes amazing,” Quintero said.

The Bakery, family owned and operated, is the first of its kind in Craig.

Quintero said the bakery incorporates their roots in Hawaii with their Mexican culture.

Although open for business, the black canvases meant to hold local art on the wall are bare, and the bakery’s name on the window is overshadowed by the previous owners sign.

Quintero said they are working with Identity Graphics to have a sign made for the front, and to raise awareness about their location. She also said they are looking for someone to paint a mural on the side of the building.

Wireless internet service is available to paying customers, who can choose to eat at a normal restaurant style table, or lounge on comfy chairs and couches in the living room area.

“We’re still building,” Quintero said. “But it’s going well.”

Yampa Valley Electric gets new consumer accounts manager

Todd Chapman has replaced Jim Chappell at Yampa Valley Electric Association as manager of consumer accounts.

After spending 20 years at an electric cooperative in South Carolina, Chapman comes in as Chappell retires after 22 years of service at YVEA.

Chapman said he has been skiing in the Steamboat area since the early 70s, coming out with his family for ski vacations.

He said when he saw the posting for the position in Yampa Valley it intrigued him.

Chapman started last Wednesday, and is learning the ropes from Chappell before Chappell leaves around mid October.

Chapman will be working with consumer accounts clerks and members on a daily basis and working with commercial and industrial accounts as some of his duties.

“I’m looking forward to getting involved in the Craig Community,” Chapman said.

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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