Janet Day: New businesses fill niches across Fraser Valley
Various New Ventures. Who says were going into a recession? I dont see too many signs of it here. At least not yet. New business ventures are starting up all over the place. And I dont mean the runaway residential construction business. Two new restaurants are opening in Fraser, which is always a good thing, and entrepreneurs are finding needs to meet.One new service is Starr Smiths Room Service Pedicures, which brings the spa to you, tending to those tired toes and nails made nasty by ill-fitting ski boots. Schedule your own pampering pedicure by calling (970) 509-9188. Another new operation is Grand County Delivery, which will pick up whatever you need in the Denver area and deliver it to Grand County. Regularly scheduled deliveries are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, although emergency same-day delivery can be arranged. Delivery prices are based on weight. Give them a call at (303) 828.9732 to have that pile of construction materials, supplies, furniture, food or feed brought up here for you. My newest favorite local find is Hot Sulphur Springs Soap, a little operation that uses the mineral-rich spring water to make chemical- and animal fat-free soaps perfect for soothing our dry high-elevation skin. Owner Donna France creates bars of soaps in several shapes, sizes, fragrances and therapeutic uses. Theres oatmeal for exfoliating, honey and milk for moisturizing and lovely scents such as sage and almond. She also offers soap with no dyes or fragrances for super sensitive skin. Larger bars come with local names and unique scents. The cinnamon-hued Mary Jane bar has a scent similar to Chanel. The peachy colored Doc Susie soap is not, as might be expected given its name, medicinal in aroma. Nor does the Texas Charlie bar smell like a cowboy. The soaps can be found at http://www.hotspringssoap.com or at Elk Creek Arts & Crafts in Fraser.And then theres Sherry Kent, who always likes a good challenge and new project. Shes decided to supplement her Showboat Catering company (addictive apple pies) in Granby by opening a grab-and-go breakfast and lunch stop called Drive By Pie. Located in the alley north of U.S. Highway 40 at First Street (just behind the Middle Park Land Trust offices), shes offering breakfast burritos, muffins, ham sandwiches, chips, cookies, drinks and slices of that killer apple pie. Everything is under $5 and can be eaten with one hand, while driving, Kent said. I want to be the queen of dashboard dining. She tested a new lunch item on a few of us at the Cupids Corner Valentines Day craft fair. It was a classier, tastier version of pigs in a blanket: Bratwurst, grilled caramelized onions and spicy mustard wrapped inside her home-made bread dough and baked.Minnesota Can Keep It. Fraser may have lost the legal battle with International Falls, Minn. over use of the slogan Icebox of the Nation, but I think we got the bigger publicity boost out of the dispute. The story has taken on a life of its own and continues to pop up in obscure publications, small newsletters and blogs around the country and the world. I even heard from a friend in France who read about it. But the best reaction may be one from another friend of mine who started thinking aloud and decided Minnesota can keep the dated icebox image while Fraser becomes the countrys more contemporary stainless steel refrigerator. Taking it further, there could be an effort to get the Sub-Zero company to pay for the costs of new signs. In fact, why not let Sub-Zero underwrite the costs of merging Winter Park and Fraser and then re-name the combined town Sub-Zero, Colorado? Mid-Winter Blahs. It has been a sub-zero kind of winter. I like the snow. I dont mind the cold. But I really loathe the cold, harsh wind. This winters seemingly relentless blizzard conditions have not only closed the pass more than anyone can remember, but kept our skies gray and gloomy for most of two months. The sun has shined some lately, but not enough for many of us. Last-minute trips to Arizona, Southern California and Mexico are all anyone can talk about. I just got back from a few days in Palm Springs where lounging pool-side was pretty much all I wanted to do. The winds and way-below-zero temperatures above timberline have led some locals to cleverly start calling the new Panoramic Express chairlift the Polar Express. But now skiers and boarders can get accurate real-time information about conditions at the top of 12,060-foot Parsenn Bowl. The resort recently installed an electronic display at the base of the Pano that reports the temperature, wind speed and wind chill at the top.Keep in Touch: Whats got your attention around the area? Let me know. Ill try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com.
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