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Business Buzz: Newspaper welcomes new ad consultant

Christy Barnes

The Craig Daily Press is pleased to introduce Christy Barnes to the Craig community.

Barnes started with the newspaper Nov. 20 as an advertising consultant. She will replace Lauren Murray, whose last day will be Wednesday. Murray and her husband, Robert, are taking off on an exciting road trip across America.

“I’m hoping to be able to fill those really big shoes that Lauren’s leaving behind,” Barnes said about her new position.

She’s lived in Craig for 39 years and most recently ran a child daycare business out of her home for the past four years. Prior to that, Barnes compiled medical transcripts from home for six years.

“I’m excited to get out of my house after so many years,” Barnes said with a smile.

Barnes graduated from Moffat County High School in 1991, and her husband, Brent Barnes — the couple has been married for 21 years — graduated from Hayden High School in 1987. Brent is a surface supervisor at Twentymile Mine.

They have three kids: Kaylee Barnes, 23, Emily Barnes, 20, and Braeden Barnes, 15. Kaylee and Emily are MCHS grads, and Braeden is currently a freshman at the high school.

“We are thrilled to have Christy as our new ad consultant,” said Sheli Steele, advertising supervisor at the Daily Press.

Publisher Renee Campbell echoed Steele’s excitement.

“I’m so pleased we found a strong, local candidate to take over Lauren’s job,” Campbell said. “Christy is a great fit for our publication.”

Hardware, supply business to offer customer appreciation day

Local business MJK will host its annual customer appreciation day Nov. 29 at both its Craig locations: MJK Lumber & Design Center, 290 Ranney St., and MJK Ace Hardware, 2315 W. First St.

The community is invited to get a jump on their Christmas shopping and see what the sites have in supply. The sales begin as early as 7 a.m., with better prices the earlier customers arrive.

For more information, call 970-824-6581.

Auto supplier bringing in ice-fishing goods

With the weather getting colder, the bait and tackle crowd will want to head over to U.S. Mule/Carquest Auto Parts of Craig, 1875 W. Victory Way.

A new inventory of ice-fishing materials has hit the shelves of the store, which serves local anglers and motorheads.

The combination tackle shop/auto store, part of the King family for decades and originally named Auto Parts of Craig, joined up with Carquest in April this year and still is adjusting to the change in title and business style.

“It’s taken us some time to get used to the new system, but we’re getting there,” said owner Rich King. “We’ve got a lot of freight coming in from Denver now, and it’s nice having a big company behind you.”

For more information, call 970-824-6544.

Locals Love You More contest is now underway

The Downtown Business Association is running the Locals Love You More contest from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

Any locally owned business with 15 or fewer employees is invited to participate. Each participating business pays $50 and donates a prize. The prize can be merchandise, gift certificates or Spree Bucks.

Call Karen Brown 970-824-7898 or Nadine Daszkiewicz at 970-824-8148 to sign up or for more information.

Small Business Saturday boosts local economies

After — or sometimes even during — the Thanksgiving holiday, the Christmas shopping season is on, but as large chain stores and online outlets offer their newest deals, consider making part of your purchases from locally owned businesses.

The United States Small Business Administration encourages shoppers to participate in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29 in addition to — or perhaps as an alternative to — Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The trend of “shopping small” has been catching on since 2010, and according to a news release from SBA, $5.7 billion was spent last year among independent merchants by people aware of the post-Thanksgiving activity.

Suggestions for promoting Small Business Saturday with friends and family include making a day of the experience and seeking out different types of shopping establishments, using the hashtag #SmallBizSat on social media and conversing with recipients of your gifts about where you picked up their latest possession.

Business owners seeking advice for Small Business Saturday can find tips at

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