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Stay sane by shopping on Small Business Saturday

With Thanksgiving firmly behind us many citizens of the nation are now looking to the next annual holiday tradition.

No, not Christmas, rather many Americans are preparing for the holiday shopping season and that most tumultuous of yearly events: Black Friday. The infamous day-after-Thanksgiving sale extravaganza is when retailers throughout the nation offer unprecedented deals one day only. It doesn’t take much research to find horror stories of fistfights, violent attacks and even murders that have occurred over the years in the mad scramble to grab the limited numbers of Xboxes and Tickle-Me-Elmo’s sold at major retailers like Wal-Mart.

This year if your looking for great bargains on Christmas gifts and are none too thrilled about the idea of battling the shuffling bustling hordes consider saving your money and your sanity and shopping on Small Business Saturday instead. During Small Business Saturday consumers can find incredible deals at local retailers with the added benefit of supporting local businesses and contributing to the small town economies of Grand County.

To highlight the opportunities consumers have during Small Business Saturday the Sky Hi News reached out to three local Grand County businesses, all of which make their own products, to hear what deals they are planning to offer this weekend.

Winter Park Winery

The Winter Park Winery, located at 395 Zerex Street in Fraser, right off of Highway 40, is offering a deal on framed wall art and wine. For the price of $69 patrons can purchase a piece of pre-framed premium wall art. Each piece of art comes with one of Winter Park Winery’s handcrafted wines. Customers can choose from several different grape varietals including chardonnay, rosé, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, red zinfandel, and a unique red blend the Winery calls “Grateful Red”. All wall art pieces associated with the sale are landscapes. The Winter Park Winery, owned and operated by Vintner Jon Brickner has been in operation for 11 years. You can contact the Winter Park Winery at 970-726-4514. Their hours of operation are 12:30 p.m., just after noon, to 6 p.m.

Naked Aspen Designs

Naked Aspen Designs, located at 535 Zerex Street in Fraser, is a custom furniture producer that focuses on using locally sourced aspen, pine and barn wood to build truly unique furniture with a rustic mountain design. Along with taking orders for custom furniture pieces store owner and operator Rob Peeters also sells pieces from his store showroom and artisan gallery. Naked Aspen Designs is offering a 15 to 25 percent discount on all framed and unframed wall art in the store for Small Business Saturday. They are also offering a 10 to 20 percent discount on select furniture items in the store with certain items remaining on sale this winter after Small Business Saturday. You can contact Naked Aspen Designs at 970-726-1039. Their hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Interiors, Picture Framing & Home Art

Rocky Mountain Interiors, Picture Framing & Home Art, located at 247 East Agate Ave. in Granby, right off Highway 40, is a full service picture framing business offering unique custom picture frames from locally sourced beetle kill pine. They also offer frame repair, glass replacement and rematting services along with an assortment of home art decorative items such as towel bars and coat hooks, all made from beetle kill pine. For Small Business Saturday Rocky Mountain Interiors will have a 20 percent discount on all beetle kill blue stain pine products to include picture frames, vases, towel bars, coat hooks and fishing pole holders. Rocky Mountain Interiors is owned and operated by husband and wife team Lauren Gompertz and Ed Norby. Norby also offers interior trim carpentry services through the store, with the work done using beetle kill pine. You can contact Rocky Mountain Interiors at 970-531-0367. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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