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Janet Day – ‘Customer and employee loyalty is a good thing’

Janet Day/Talk of the Valley
Grand County, CO, Colorado

Best Bets: Congratulations to all my friends and regular haunts for the awards handed out last week for the Best of Grand County. The results look suspiciously like a lot of ballot-stuffing was going on for some institutions and operations around the county, but I say more power to them if they can get people to participate in the voting. That kind of customer and employee loyalty is a good thing.

The best thing about the “Best of” is learning about new things to try, like breakfast at Heck’s Tavern, a martini at Brickhouse 40 or the gift selection at Country Ace Hardware.

Congratulations especially to Francie de Vos of Frank Expressions and Sherry Kent of Showboat Catering’s Drive By Pie, both of whom tirelessly work to generate business for themselves and others in Grand County. Both do it mainly through the strength of their personalities and humor. Kent kicked off the holiday season by hosting singing promotions at Drive By Pie in Granby. A quick note on Facebook last week brought out carolers to serenade the shop with their versions of “White Christmas” in return for free cookies. At last check, she was still waiting for someone to take on the challenge of singing a reggae version of the same tune.

Seasonal Savings: Cooper Creek Square kicked off its First Fridays promotion this past weekend and it continues through the snow season with great deals and discounts around the shopping center. Enter to win a $100 shopping spree with every retail purchase you make between 4-9pm on Fridays through April. Just fill out a registration card at the time of purchase.

The changes at Cooper Creek continue with the grand opening last week of Nest Artistic Home gallery, which sells work from local artists as well as eco-friendly and handmade home accessories. The shop’s paint-your-own pottery room looks like fun. Also newly opened Peezie Marie (formerly the Plant Orphanage) is stocked with a variety of gifts for women, baby clothes, jewelry, greeting cards and more.

Verso Wines is hoping to make Tuesdays – a pretty boring day of the week – a little more interesting with new promotions and discounts. Tomorrow is “Christmas Tree Tuesday.” Show off one of your tree ornaments at the tasting room on Cooper Creek’s second level and get two glasses of wine for the price of one.

A Joyful Noise: Bruce Johnson, a blind piano tuner from Denver, recently donated a piano to the newest owners of a Habitat for Humanity house in Hot Sulphur Springs. Johnson handled the piano’s travel arrangements and tuned it when it arrived at its new home. The family moving into the home has a two-year-old son with limited vision who immediately sat on the piano bench and started playing during the dedication ceremony.

The news about Johnson’s donation comes from Joan Shaw, who knows a thing or two about pianos. She also reports that her piano-playing group, The Uprights, are no longer playing since Gasthaus Eichler closed, but are hopeful a new opportunity will come along.

Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com. Follow me and local tidbits at http://www.twitter.com/DayJan or http://www.twitter.com/DayDreamCrafts.

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