It’s becoming somewhat of an annual tradition, but those at Edward Jones said that doesn’t make it any less sweet. The company, which offers financial advising from offices throughout the country, was listed as the No. 1 company to work for in Colorado by ColoradoBiz magazine and the Colorado State Council of the Society of Human Resources. It’s the fifth time the company has earned the honor since the rankings debuted in 2006. It’s never finished outside the top two. The news doesn’t come as a surprise to the company’s two Craig branches.
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.
With the summer Olympics in London underway, beach volleyball will be on televisions across the world over the next few weeks. Saturday in Craig, a crowd came out to play a very different form of outdoor volleyball. Around 100 residents showed up to play in mud pits during the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s Mud Splash mud volleyball tournament. The double elimination tournament, hosted at Loudy-Simpson Park west of the soccer fields, consisted of ten teams, many of which had been to past Mud Splash tournaments, according to Christina Oxley, Executive Director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County Visitor Center. “Most of these teams have been here year after year,” Oxley said. “We get some real die-hards so they know how it goes. You see everybody has their feet taped and brought coolers and the tents. They know the drill. You can’t go wrong.”
A few alterations to your look can do wonders for your state of mind. If that’s the case for one person, imagine how much of an improvement some variations would do for an entire business. The current site of ChangeZ Salon, 239 E. Victory Way, represents the culmination of two popular Craig businesses in one flashy new location. Jackie Roberts, former owner of beauty salon The Hair Loft, and Nancy Lee and Ruth Anne Greenwood, former owners of Tranzformations Salon, first joined earlier this year, moving into a space on Yampa Avenue.
Moffat County Real Estate transactions for June, 2012.
Two weeks ago, restaurant patrons learned Casa Loya had closed its doors. But, it seems the local business community abhors a vacuum. The closure paved the way for the Double Barrel Steakhouse to move from Hayden to Craig. Since the announcement, local residents have asked Double Barrel Steakhouse owners Pat and Ann Marie Roberts the same question.
Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., an Alabama-based sporting goods company opening a retail location on the west side of Craig, announced in a news release this week the new store will employ approximately eight full- and part-time employees after it opens. “We're thrilled to be opening a new store in Craig,” said Jeff Rosenthal, president and CEO of Hibbett Sporting Goods, in the release. “People in Craig take their sports seriously, and we plan to give them the sporting goods products and know-how they've been looking for.” Hibbett Sporting Goods operates more than 800 full-line sporting goods stores, most of them located in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. The company’s primary store format is Hibbett Sports, a 5,000-square-feet store located in dominant strip centers and enclosed malls, according to the release.
Not everyone is able to put into words their level of commitment to a job well done, but a well-articulated piece of writing can work wonders. Even still, having the actions to back up the eloquence is just as important. Debbie Montgomery proved she had both tools at her disposal by taking home the 2012 Outstanding CSR (Customer Service Representative) award for the state of Colorado from the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. Montgomery, a commercial lines account executive for Mountain West Insurance & Financial Services, 100 E. Victory Way, received the honor of a certificate of achievement in June.
Christina Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County Visitor Center, recently reported several groups are illicitly using the chamber’s name when trying to sell advertising space to local businesses. According to Oxley, area businesses have received ad requests from groups putting together Craig/Moffat County maps or community guides who list the chamber as a distribution point or sponsor. “This is not true,” Oxley said in an email. “The Craig Chamber of Commerce & Moffat County Visitor center creates and distributes its own city and county map, and it is the only Craig map that we do distribute.” Oxley said local businesses can expect sales to start for the chamber’s map in August, and that funds raised by ad sales for the map go toward covering operating costs for the chamber and the visitors center.
You can never be too prepared in case a fire occurs in your home or business. That’s the philosophy embraced by the staff of Craig Fire & Safety, as well as the new business operating alongside them. Extinguisher Solutions opened as a separate business within Craig Fire & Safety, 463 Ranney St., in late June. As the name implies, the secondary supplier specializes in selling and servicing fire extinguishers in addition to related areas.
Craig residents looking for deals on new or used vehicles are in luck — the first Craig Motor Expo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Mall. Most cars will be displayed in the mall parking lot, though there will also be an indoor display. Participating dealerships from Craig include Cook Chevrolet and Subaru, Victory Motors, Craig Ford and Craig Powersports. “We talked to our local dealers and they were excited about it, to have an offsite promotional to sell cars, ATVs, motorcycles, anything motorized,” said Bonnie Stewart, advertising manager of the Craig Daily Press, which is hosting the event.
When you’re looking for something to add to the décor and ambiance of your home, details like shelf life, safety and smell are important to consider, which is why one new area retailer offers optimum results with its products. First opening its doors at the end of June, Cedar Mountain Candles, 501 Russell St., provides customers with the ideal alternate lighting with candles made from 100-percent soy wax. Owner Troy Craig said the soy is superior to paraffin wax in many ways, especially with the added benefit of wicks made of cotton, hemp and wood, which all of Cedar Mountain’s inventory features. “They burn cleaner, cooler, they last about as three times as long as paraffin candles and they’re a lot more eco-friendly,” he said. “We make everything right here in the store. We use electric melters instead of double boilers and stuff like that, so it’s a lot safer.”
After receiving accolades for a job well done, it’s easy for business owners to just rest on their laurels for a while. Even after bringing home multiple prestigious awards, one Craig firm still keeps looking to get better. Mountain West Insurance & Financial Services, LLC, 100 E. Victory Way, was recently selected as a Colorado Company to Watch. The Colorado Companies to Watch program, hosted by the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, acknowledges companies within the state “that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout Colorado,” according to its mission statement.
Whether you’re considering quitting smoking, cutting back on the habit or just providing some research data, now is the time to sign up for a program that will allow you to do any of the three. Starting today, Kinder Family Clinic, 595 Russell St., is accepting applications for a medical study on the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes. The study is being conducted by Family Nurse Practitioner Jona Ely as part of her doctoral thesis with the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Pamela Kinder said the research on the efficacy of e-cigarettes has been minimal, but she believes smokers who try the alternative method will find several benefits right away. “They’re not exposing themselves and others to the harmful effects of tobacco products and secondhand smoke, and their risk of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease from carcinogens won’t be there anymore,” she said.
The following are real estate transactions that took place in Moffat County in April: Buyer: Schuster, Cynthia A Seller: Federal National Mortgage Association Address: 97 Becker Ln. Sale Price: $62,500.00