Nauman-Cook: Everyone is welcome
Friday marks the official grand opening of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership’s business incubator. Named in honor of a late Craig resident and former county commissioner Mariana Raftopoulos, EDP Director Betsy Nauman-Cook said Friday’s event is all about growing business in Moffat County. "It’s an honor to the family and Marianna’s legacy of spurring growth and community involvement," she said. The grand opening of The Mariana Raftopoulos Business Incubator and One Stop Business Center takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Colorado Northwestern Community College Bell Tower, 50 College Drive.
Funding for visitor centers debated by board, county, chamber
In July members of the Moffat County Tourism Association board began the process of compiling its 2013 budget. With fewer funds in the county coffers than a year ago, MCTA was forced to scale back nearly all of its proposed 2013 expenses, including assistance money to the Dinosaur Welcome Center and the Craig Chamber of Commerce. In 2012 MCTA budgeted $31,200 and $9,000 for the Craig Chamber and the Dinosaur Welcome Center, respectively. This year MCTA proposed a reduction to $19,170 to the chamber and $5,000 to the Dinosaur Welcome Center. Upon receiving the draft budget, the Moffat County Commissioners said they would prefer to see MCTA maintain visitor center funding at 2012 levels. On Tuesday the MCTA board discussed whether to send their budget back to the county as written — and run the risk of the commissioners changing it, or revise the budget in an attempt to come up with a compromise.
The Cool Water Grille has reached another milestone in the restaurant business. The breakfast and lunch restaurant at 337 W. Victory Way has now been open for a year and is trying out new business ideas as it dives into year two. Restaurant manager Erin Dunham said it has been a fun first year in Craig. “It’s been very good to us,” Dunham said. “The people in Craig have been great to us. We’re just happy to be able to survive the first year.” Dunham says the clientele has steadily grown over the past year, and that has allowed the staff to increase by five employees as well. A new year is allowing Cool Water Grille to try some new business ideas. The restaurant, typically open from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. has extended its hours in the morning to open at 4:30 a.m. for hunting season. “We weren’t really able to do this last year because we had just opened,” Dunham said. “We want to be able to give the hunters a good meal before they go out for the day. I think that either way, whether it’s a good turnout or bad turnout my dad would do it next year anyway.” Dunham’s father Dennis Otis, the owner of Cool Water Grille, arrives at the restaurant to set up at 4 a.m. most mornings, Dunham said.
The following is a listing of real estate transactions completed in Moffat County in July: Buyer: Thompson, Mark A Seller: First National Bank Of The Rockies Address: 944 Galley Rd. Sale Price: $130,000.00 Buyer: Peter, David A Seller: Akin, James A & Carolyn Address: T10n R95w Sec. 28 Swse Sale Price: $5,000.00
Seeing an opportunity to take advantage of a work force that uses its products a great deal, Cummins Diesel now has a technician working full-time in Craig. The move has been in the works for a few months said Betsy Cook, Executive Director of Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership. “Initially we just exchanged a lot of e-mails, some very basic information,” Cook said. “(Cummins) met with me in Craig, we talked about the climate here and looked at hard numbers. They felt like the market was a go for them.” Bringing a large company like Cummins that also meets a need in Craig was a big win, Cook said.
Maurices christens new location with sale, shopping spree drawings
The long awaited opening of Maurices women’s clothing store at its new location in the Tebo Center development next to Walmart has finally arrived. Maurices opened its doors at 5 p.m. Thursday to give local customers a sneak peek at the brand new 5,000-square foot layout. Many returned Friday to shop the latest fashions during Maurices’ first full business day at 1830 W. Victory Way. “It’s going great,” said store manager Andrea Medina. “I was so excited yesterday (Thursday) when we finally opened. How could you not be with how incredible everything turned out?”
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.