Business Buzz: Cramer Flooring moves locations, buys building
Cramer Flooring recently opened its new location on 37 W. Victory Way, and owners Tom and Jessie are pleased with the changes the move has allowed them to make.
“We were leasing the old building, so owning this building really helps us. Honestly, being able to use the forklift has been the best change,” Jessie Cramer said.
The switch, which increased their business space from 2,400 to 2500 square feet, also allowed the couple to include a showroom, allowing them to better display their merchandise to customers. It also allows customers to make the best purchase, the owners said.
“We want customers to be able to visualize the product,” Jessie Cramer explained.
Both agree that business at the new location has already increased, allowing them to expand their inventory.
“We have been super busy,” Jessie Cramer said. “We recently brought on new lines of hardwood and tile.”
She hopes that in the future, they can continue to increase the variety of different products available to customers.
Although Cramer Flooring has undergone many changes, the core values of the business will remain the same.
Tom Cramer believes that the new building allows customers to have a greater selection and better service, both of which are at the foundation of the couple’s business practice.
“We are relationship-oriented, not money-motivated,” Jessie Crammer said. Both account their success, which has seen a spike in the last four years and resulted in several Best of Moffat County awards, to their dedication to customer service.
Tom added, “We know people can buy anywhere. What stands us apart is our customer service and our commitment to making sure the customer leaves satisfied.”
Brother’s Custom Processing receives national awards
Brother’s Custom Processing took home two major awards from the American Cured Meats Championship (ACMC) in Springfield, Illinois. The event, an annual competition put on by the American Association of Meat Processors, brings together hundreds of meat processors from around the country who want to test their products.
This year, businesses made 731 entries, which were placed into 27 categories, ranging from jerky to specialty game meats. Professional judges evaluated the meats based on criteria such as aroma, flavor, eye appeal and texture.
Brother’s received Reserve Champion in the Country Bacon category and Reserve Champion in the Heavyweight Bone-In Ham category.
It isn’t the first time Brother’s won big at the national competition. In 2011, Brothers competed in the ACMC and won Reserve Grand Champion for their beef jerky. Winning awards such as these allows meat processors such as Brothers to advertise their success to a wider range of customers. It also ensures local buyers that the meat they are purchasing is high quality.
“This year we have won 13 state, nationally, and local awards” said Dave Satterwhite, owner of Brother’s Custom Processing. He is proud of the success his business has experienced and continues to showcase his work as much as possible. Looking to the future, Satterwhite plans to continue to compete in the ACMC as well as other state and national competitions.
“It gives us an opportunity to showcase our product and get feedback from professionals. They make you strive for excellence,” Dave said.
Newspaper welcomes new staffer
The Craig Daily Press is pleased to introduce Gabbi Steele to the community as its new advertising representative. Steele will work for the newspaper throughout the remainder of the summer, returning to her studies at Metropolitan State University in the fall.
“We look forward to having Gabbi join us for the summer! Gabbi has worked in different areas of the newspaper/Print Shop over the last few years and brings with her experience and great customer service,” said Daily Press Publisher Renee Campbell.
Steele enjoys the Craig community and is happy to share her marketing and sales experience with the Daily Press.
“It’s a good opportunity. I’m excited to meet people and get the experience for my field,” Steel said. “Being back, it always feels like home. People remember me and it’s a nice change from Denver.”
Steele will enter her senior year in the fall at MSU vying for a marketing degree.
New intern starts at Daily Press
Derek Maiolo started as an intern for the Craig Daily Press last week. Maiolo is currently a journalism student at the University of Oregon.
“It’s exciting to have an intern back at the newspaper. Derek is a smart young man who will bring energy and knowledge to the Craig Daily Press,” said Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley.”He’s a quick study, and I’m already impressed with his journalistic and writing abilities.”
Maiolo graduated from Moffat County High School in 2014.
He’s thrilled to have his first internship at the Craig newspaper. Maiolo will be an intern at the Daily Press until Aug. 27.
He’ll enter his sophomore year at the University of Oregon in the fall.
Do it Downtown Thursdays and Farmers Market off to a strong start
The Downtown Business Association has seen a strong start to its Do It Downtown Thursdays and Farmers Market along Yampa Avenue so far this summer.
The Do It Downtown shopping initiative runs from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays, where local business owners showcase their merchandise and retail for the community alongside various kid activities and sidewalk sales.
The Craig Farmers Market also sets up shop from noon to 6 p.m. in Alice Pleasant Park on the 500 block of Yampa Avenue each Thursday through Sept. 24.
Locally grown produce, honey, crafts and many other goods are on display as part of the weekly Do It Downtown gathering. Organizer Bob Grubb said he is hoping to see a strong turnout of vendors not only at the onset but also in September, which is Local Gardeners Month, and reminds everyone to keep the late summer in mind when planting.
The cost to set up a booth is $50 or $25 per month, but rates are flexible depending on what providers have to bring to market. Call Grubb at 970-620-4243 for more details.
For more information on DBA, call 970-824-7898.
The Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters will move to Grand Junction.