Business Buzz: New store manager starts at Furniture Gallery of Craig

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— Mary Schminkey is the new manager of the Furniture Gallery of Craig. Her first day was April 1.

Schminkey worked at MJK Sales & Feed Ace Hardware in Craig before accepting her new position at the Furniture Gallery.

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Mary Schminkey is the new store manager of Furniture Gallery of Craig. She started on April 1.

“It’s a contrast, but I’m enjoying it. I always like to learn new things,” she said. “I think selling furniture is a little more personal than selling hardware.”

Schminkey said she has known Furniture Gallery owners Steve and Patricia Bell for many years and has a lot of respect for them and their business.

She and her husband live on 74 acres north of Maybell.

Second Look Consignment opens in former embroidery store

Angela Calhoun recently opened an antique consignment store in the former Hems & Hers by Joyce embroidery shop at 33 W. Victory Way.

The new consignment store opened April 1, and high-quality antiques are now on display and for sale. The store is open Mondays through Saturdays.

New Business Center leader Steve Fulton shares recipe for success

Steve Fulton expressed excitement about the people he’s met since he relocated to Craig less than a year ago — without a job, according to a press release. Before relocating to Craig with Tina, his wife of 31 years, he used to work alongside his children at their family-owned restaurant in Douglas, Wyo.

“The people I meet in Craig are the most open and generous people I’ve met anywhere I’ve been,” Fulton said, adding that such generosity makes Craig a perfect place for a robust business community.

Fulton recently was named the head of the Marianna Raftopoulos Business Success Center at Craig. He started last week under the tutelage of Audrey Danner, interim director of the Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership.

Founded in 2002, CMEDP is a nonprofit parent organization that oversees the business center, which launched in 2012 with a grant from the Raftopoulos family in honor of their matriarch.

“We’ve got a dynamic new leader and a simple memorable name in the Business Success Center at Craig, and I know Marianna would approve,” Danner said.

Danner added that the CMEDP board hired Fulton for his lifetime of diverse business experience (he also started, managed and sold a property development company as well as managed a multistate bus company). The Business Success Center leadership thinks Fulton’s track record of business success will inspire new and existing business owners in Craig. The organization will welcome Fulton to Craig from 4 to 6 p.m. April 22 at the Business Success Center in the CNCC Bell Tower building, where lemonade, Mauka Bakery & KS Bakery treats will be on hand. Contact Fulton at 970-620-4369 or coordinator@craigbusiness.com.

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