Sinclair is taking over the old Go-fer Foods location on the east end of Craig.

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Sinclair is taking over the old Go-fer Foods location on the east end of Craig.

Business Buzz: Sinclair to open in former Go-fer Foods gas station

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Sinclair Oil Corp. is revamping the former Go-fer Foods where it will take over as a Sinclair gas station.

Go-fer Foods, 923 E. Victory Way, closed its doors last December, leaving a vacant gas station and store at the east end of town.

Now, those traveling westbound through Craig will have a new spot to fill up. It’s unclear when the gas station will re-open, but it eliminates a vacancy at the east entrance of town.

Craig Chamber of Commerce earns national accreditation

The Craig Chamber of Commerce joined the 207 Chambers nationwide to earn accreditation through the United States Chamber of Commerce, according to a news release.

The Chamber earned its accredited status for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber executive director of political affairs and federation relations said in a press release. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”

Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, finance, government affairs and technology. This extensive self-review and application process takes months to complete.

“Meeting the U.S. Chamber’s standards for accreditation required a detailed and in depth review of every aspect of our organization,” Craig Chamber Executive Director Christina Oxley said in a statement. “We had to ensure that everything we do is aligned with the best practices in our industry in everything we do: governance, ethics, community involvement and more.”

Oxley added that earning accreditation was a painstaking process that required a commitment from both the Chamber staff and the board of directors.

“Our community should be proud that its Chamber of Commerce now ranks among the 207 chambers nationwide to receive this designation,” Oxley said. “This process required us to take a very detailed look at how we operate. It’s one thing to believe our chamber is an organization that should make our community proud, it’s another to have industry leaders affirm that.”

There are 7,077 chambers in the United States. Accredited chambers represent the top 3 percent of all chambers in the nation.

The accreditation process includes a nine-part essay-style application with supporting documentation attached. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

New tattoo shop plans to make mark on Craig

If ink is one of your favorite ways to express yourself, there’s another local option for you.

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Chuck Weis, left, and Amanda Field display their new tattoo studio, Yampa Valley SkinWorks, 2005 W. Victory Way. The shop first opened last week, and the two body artists plan to have a larger grand opening in early August.

A new tattoo studio has opened its doors in Craig. Yampa Valley SkinWorks officially went into business July 7, setting up at 2005 W. Victory Way.

Artists Amanda Field and Chuck Weis decided to work together after both having been involved with other local tattoo shops. Field said she long has been an admirer of Weis’ work.

“A lot of people have wanted him to open up his own place for a long time,” she said. “It’s a great partnership for us.”

Many people familiar with the duo’s portfolios have already followed them to SkinWorks.

“What we’re all about is just people who want to get great tattoos,” Weis said.

He added that he and Field also want to do some philanthropic work within town, hopefully being able to put their work to good use by raising some charitable funds wherever possible.

The shop is one of two jobs for both Field and Weis. Their regular hours are 1 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with appointments a possibility the rest of the week as long as they’re made in advance.

The shop will have a larger grand opening event Aug. 2, and the pair will announce their definite plans in the coming weeks.

“We just need to get all the details,” Field said.

For more information, call 970-824-5244, 602-403-2695 or 970-629-0680.

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