Business Buzz for Moffat County May 12, 2014: Ice Cream Lady to bring cool treats to the streets

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When residents hear a bell ringing through their neighborhood this summer, it means icy refreshment is nearby.

Lorrie Butler purchased a golf cart with a freezer on the back to drive around Craig this summer, selling ice cream treats, Popsicles and the like to those looking to beat the heat. Instead of subjecting herself to ice cream truck-style music all day, Butler chose the bell to signal her arrival.

“I think it’s just going to be fun,” Butler said. “I know I’m not going to get rich selling Popsicles.”

Butler plans on driving the 12-foot cart, of which about 8 feet contains the freezer, through a different section of town each day and attending most sporting events and major community events, as well. She said she’s also willing to take part in fundraisers or rent her time for special occasions.

“We all have great memories of ice cream wagons from our childhood,” she said. “There hasn’t been something like this in Craig.”

Chaos Ink celebrates 10th birthday

Chaos Ink, well known for its work in customizing T-shirts, hats and other gear, celebrated 10 years as a business in Craig during the weekend.

Jeremy and Cyme Browning began printing T-shirts in 2004, while Jeremy Browning still was an employee at the Craig Daily Press and splitting time between the two jobs.

“My wife was running the front of the house and I was working at the Daily Press, and I would get off and come work here,” Jeremy Browning said. “We had a high school guy who worked for us after school. That was the crew when it first started. But I had a ton of free help from my family, too.”

Today, with a team of six, Chaos Ink boasts printing more than 50,000 items each year, from T-shirts to team uniforms.

“I’m lucky to make a living in my hometown doing what I love,” Jeremy said.

MJK/Ace adds paint studio

MJK Sales and Ace Hardware in Craig are celebrating the grand opening of a new paint studio.

It will offer an expanded line of paint products and colors, providing a “world-class paint experience right in your neighborhood,” according to a release from the store.

To celebrate the opening of the paint studio, MJK will host a grand opening party May 17 and 18 with a buy-one-get-one-free offer for all customers.

Visiting the paint studio on those days will give shoppers a chance to buy a gallon of Clark+Kensington or Valspar Optimus paint in any color and receive a second gallon free.

New owners at Tri-State Equipment

The purchase of Tri-State Equipment, a 13,000-square-foot business at 3025 W. Victory Way, by Scott Van Horn and Fred Nipple was finalized April 23. The purchase was two years in the making.

“We’re excited to be in the community and glad to be here,” Van Horn said.

The business partners already have John Deere equipment businesses at four other Colorado locations: Montrose, Grand Junction, Monte Vista and Alamosa.

The staff will remain the same, Van Horn said.

“Same people that everybody’s used to,” he said.

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