Craig Daily Press welcomes new designer |

Craig Daily Press welcomes new designer

Anna Griffing

The Craig Daily Press and The Print Shop have a new employee.

Anna Griffing recently started as a new graphic designer, replacing Laura Sigmund, whose last day with the business was Friday.

Griffing moved to Craig from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from the University of Southern Mississippi. This is her first job with a newspaper, having worked freelance, including designing labels and packaging for a Georgia brewery.

“I want to get real-world experience, and this seems like a great place to work,” she said.

The difference in climate has struck Griffing, who was born and raised in the South, more than anything.

“In Mississippi, it’s humid and hot year-round, so that’s a nice change,” she said. “I lived about an hour from the (Gulf) Coast for the last five years.”

In her spare time, she is an avid reader and, along with the rest of her family, a fan of Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) sports and, at the pro level, the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants.

“We’re big Manning fans,” Griffing said.

Amy Fontenot, office manager and circulation manager, said Griffing is a welcome addition to the Daily Press and Print Shop.

“We’re really excited to have her,” Fontenot said. “We think she’ll be a really good fit into our team and do a good job for the Craig community.”

Mauka cafe to close this week

Mauka Bakery & Cafe, 34 E. Victory Way, will end its two-year run in Craig this week, closing Thursday.

The eatery is known for its blended drinks, pastries, sandwiches and other items, many with a Hawaiian theme.

Owner Naila Quintero said the decision to shut down the restaurant, which she operates with her mother, Maria, was borne out of a desire to embark on something new, though she’s not sure what yet.

“We just want to try something new,” she said. “My plan’s to go to school, and my mom just wants to be a mom.”

The choice wasn’t a hasty one, and the loyal customer base has been notably sad about the closure, Naila said.

“They really appreciate the business,” she said.

Gas station planning changes in weeks, months to come

When Sinclair Oil Corp. took over operations of the former Go-fer Foods, the location that previously housed Sinclair took on a new name.

The building at 666 W. First St. now goes by Stego Fuel, and the new handle isn’t the only thing owners have in mind. Besides a “happy hour” incentive for gasoline — 1 cent off unleaded from 3 to 6 p.m. — there are plans to revamp the unleaded and diesel pumps, leading to a larger project to renovate the interior of the building as a convenience store.

Manager Kristine Dunckley said this also will be followed by work on the property that will make it more accessible to truck drivers, such as removing a fence and featuring a new entrance, in addition to remodeling bathrooms complete with shower facilities.

“It’s going to be done in phases so that it’s a 24-hour convenience store and truck stop,” she said.

The timeframe for this is still uncertain, but Dunckley said Stego will have a grand opening and customer appreciation day in the near future.

For more information about the business, call 970-824-3223.

Locals Love You More Downtown Contest is in full swing

The Downtown Business Association continues to highlight its Locals Love You More Downtown Contest for the summer, running through Sept. 1.

Shoppers are encouraged to save their receipts from purchases at any of the 25 participating businesses in downtown Craig because for every $250 spent, they will receive entries in the contest to win donated prizes.

The receipts can be from either one large purchase, with numerous entries from a single receipt for every increment of $250, or a large number of small purchases from multiple businesses. Multiple entries are accepted, all of which need to be verified at The Kitchen Shop or Favorite Things.

For more information, call Karen Brown at the Community Budget Center at 970-824-7898.

Just Dance to host open house

Just Dance will host an open house at 6 p.m. Monday in its new location in the Centennial Mall. Just Dance moved from its previous location at 500 Yampa Ave. and is scheduled to start classes Sept. 1. The open house will be an opportunity to see the new space, meet teachers and learn about Just Dance’s class offerings.

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