Business Buzz: Whittle the Wood strengthens local businesses
Craig’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving event not only provided plenty of entertainment for residents and visitors, it was also a boon for those who set up items for sale during the festivities Friday and Saturday. More than 40 total vendors, many of which are based in Craig, were involved in selling food and crafts.
Locally owned Sno-Zone provided frozen goods, while groups such as Moffat County Thunder Cheer raised funds by selling other concessions.
Andrea Luker, area coordinator for bulk food supplier Alison’s Pantry, said she knew setting up at the Rendezvous would allow her to get her name out to a larger number of people, with thousands of potential customers walking past.
“There are even more vendors than there were last year, so it’s been great,” she said.
Cory Parchman, owner of Mountain Man Custom Outdoor Furniture, only has been in business in Craig for several months after his time in the military, but the pieces on display at his booth were going fast, which he credited to the foot traffic afforded to him by the event.
“I’m definitely coming back next year,” he said.
Brandi Meek, mother open event rental business
Mother and daughter Neva and Brandi Meek are going into the event rental business.
“We saw a need in Moffat County that we decided to fill, and that’s providing options for things like weddings, quinceañeras (and) Christmas parties to make their event as nice as they’d like it to be,” Brandi Meek said.
After struggling to find the necessary wedding items to rent for two of her sisters’ weddings, Brandi Meek decided there was a clear need in the area. So, she and her mother started MoCo Event Rentals and opened for business Tuesday.
They offer items such as Christmas lights, fine linens, chair covers, wooden arches, pedestals and other event decorations.
It was an affordable business to start up, Brandi Meek said, because they already had the inventory and got a grant to become part of the Craig Chamber of Commerce.
They are operating the business out of their home, so people seeking rentals can order them by phone at 970-620-2794 or at http://www.mocoeventrentals.com.
CrossFit relocates business to larger space
Warrior Princess Training, the CrossFit-certified gym in Craig, moved into a larger location last Thursday, with more space and training options now available.
WP Training used to be in an 800-square-foot room above KS Kreations on Yampa Avenue but now has about 2,000 square feet to work with at Centennial Mall, on the east end of the building.
Gym founder Jessie Cramer said the extra space has allowed her to move new workout apparatuses into the gym, offering more variety to the already varied CrossFit workouts.
Classes at WP Training are from 1 to 2 p.m., 4 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, though Cramer said the 5 p.m. class does not have any openings as of now.
Unemployment rate stays low for Moffat, Routt counties
Yampa Valley Data Partners recently released its FastFacts report for the month of May.
Among the topics was a low rate of unemployment in April 2014 for Moffat and Routt counties and the state of Colorado: Moffat at 6.2 percent, Routt at 4.5 percent and Colorado at 6 percent.
Moffat County’s February 2014 retail sales declined 9 percent compared to the previous February, while Routt County retail sales were up 0.7 percent over the previous February. Year-to-date retail sales were down nearly 9 percent in Moffat and up about 4 percent in Routt.
In real estate, from late December 2013 to April 2014, the number of homes listed for sale increased by 20 percent in Moffat and 11 percent in Routt. Median listing prices at the end of April were $179,500 in Moffat and $450,000 in Routt.
Coal production from the beginning of 2014 through February was up more than 6 percent in Moffat County and down more than 29 percent in Routt County compared to last year.
Oil and gas trends were shown to be “slow” in both counties for early 2014.
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like ‘a piggy bank,’ but top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas
The complaints from constituents and policy advocates are aimed at the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, a depository for about half of the $272 million the state is expected to generate this fiscal year from marijuana-related taxes. The legislature has guidelines for how the money should be spent, but lawmakers can use it for just about anything they want. And in practice, they do, splitting the money among dozens of different programs, across more than a dozen state agencies.