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Business Beat: New deli appeases late night appetite

When Ryan Rowley opened Rhino’s Deli inside Mathers Bar last month, he said it would be the only late night open kitchen in Craig. The upside, he said, is being able to cater to a late night crowd. “Thursday, Friday, Saturday, I’m open until 2 a.m. and I deliver all that time, so it gives people an option and a niche that isn’t currently out there,” Rowley said.

Business Beat: Plenty of local options for aspiring gardeners

Andrea Meckley, an employee at Tunies & Such, said opening for the season has been hard work. “It’s nice to see color though, not just a bunch of snow,” said Meckley, one of the family employees who works at the business. Tunies & Such, 690 Yampa Ave., is one of several local businesses selling trees, flowers, shrubs and other items to scratch the itch of any restless green thumb.

Business Beat: NAPA’s Ponikvar reaches milestone anniversary

John Ponikvar, owner of T&H Napa Auto Parts in Craig, said his time at the store has gone by too fast. “I used to look at other people who had been at their job for 25 or 30 or 40 years and say, ‘How could they do that?’” Ponikvar said. “I couldn’t possibly fathom that 30 years ago, and here it came upon before I even knew it.” Last month, Ponikvar, 54, hit his 30th anniversary at the store.

Business Beat: Dinosaur’s BedRock Depot opening for the year

With winter fading and spring trying to arrive, the town of Dinosaur is getting back into action. The Canyon Area Visitor Center of Dinosaur National Monument opened April 15, and the park’s Harpers Corner Road opened last week. And, starting Friday, visitors to the city will be able to get a shake, sandwich or other treats before heading to the monument when BedRock Depot opens.

Business Beat: Anniversary approaching for Wildflowers Salon in Craig

Wildflowers Salon in Craig is coming up on the one-year anniversary of its opening. The salon, located at 1596 W. Victory Way, opened May 1, 2010. “We wanted to bring something new and fresh to Craig,” said Rachel Lowe, who owns the business with Jessica Trujillo and Britney Fluty.

Business Beat: State Auto names local agent ‘PaceSetter’

State Auto Insurance recently named Joe Padon, an agent for Mountain West Insurance and Financial, a “PaceSetter” agent. “We were very selective in choosing our PaceSetter agents who come from only our very top agencies,” State Auto Chairman and CEO Robert Restrepo said in a news release. “This group is truly our ‘cream of the crop’ and we’re proud to have members of Padon’s caliber in the group, representing State Auto in Colorado.”

Business Beat: International Coin Collectors Association in Craig

For those who keep coins around, there’s an opportunity coming up to learn whether that old penny is worth a dime. From Tuesday through Saturday, the International Coin Collectors Association will be at the Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Court in Craig, hoping to find rare coins and old currency, among other items.

Business Beat: Navy vet starts Craig electric business

Some of Chris Zulian’s first jobs in the electrical industry weren’t typical homes and businesses. Instead, Zulian served as a shipboard electrician for the U.S. Navy in the early 1990s. Zulian, who moved to Craig last year, started Royal Electric earlier this year. The company offers residential, commercial and industrial electric services.

Business Beat: Familiar face returns to Craig Ford as minority owner

When Steve Deyo was 19, he got a job working for Jerry Thompson at Craig Ford, where he spent the next 26 years of his career. Last week, Deyo, now 51, returned to the dealership. This time, however, he has a bit more invested. His new roles are both general manager and minority owner.

Business Beat: Casa Loya celebrating 10th anniversary

Over the weekend, many people helped celebrate Moffat County’s centennial. But, that wasn’t the only major anniversary in town. Casa Loya, a family-run restaurant in Craig, celebrated its 10th anniversary with numerous specials.

Business beat: Sunless Spa offers tanning alternative

Those looking to get a tan in a hurry have a new local option available. Sunless Spa, which opened nearly two months ago inside Wildflowers Salon at 1596 W. Victory Way, offers an automated spray tan booth at an affordable rate. Sunless Spa owner Erica Stewart said the walk-in machine takes only five to 10 minutes to use and offers privacy that other spray-on tan services don’t.

Craig Daily Press adds newsroom staffers

The Craig Daily Press welcomed two new staff members to its newsroom Monday. Josh Gordon and Scott Schlaufman, both 22, are the newspaper’s new sports reporter and general assignment reporter, respectively. Editor Joshua Roberts said the two newcomers bring a diverse set of skills to the Daily Press. “They were our first picks all along,” Roberts said. “Our search to fill the two positions basically started and stopped with Josh and Scott.


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