• RELOCATION: Cottonwood Liquors, located at 2513 Hwy. 6 & 50 (near Sonic and Hobby Lobby), is on the move. They are relocating across the street to Sam's Club in the annex which formerly housed Grapes, Grain & Barley Discount Liquor. There are reports that the old Cottonwood Liquor building is going to be torn down to make way for a shiny new Del Taco fast food restaurant. Del Taco is a popular chain which started in California.• RECOGNITION: Eric Arnoldy, 27, of Grand Junction, chief technologist at Mudlogging Systems, Inc., was recognized in the Jan. 16 issue of Forbes magazine in their 30 under 30 to watch in the energy industry. Arnoldy and wife Annie flew to New York recently to attend a Forbes party to celebrate this achievement.• NEW RESTAURANT: Caroline's is the name of a new fine dining restaurant opening at Wine Country Inn in Palisade sometime in April. Cuisine will be Classic French with a Nouvelle Cuisine approach. Signature dishes will include rainbow trout, lamb chops, succulent steaks and fresh, seasonal Palisade vegetables and fruits; Colorado products will be utilized whenever possible.Jim Siemens, executive chef, and Jesse Wilson, chef de cuisine, will run the kitchen that serves both Caroline's and the Tapestry Lounge. Operations Manager Joe Scanlon, a sommelier certified by the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers as well as an experienced restaurant manager, will oversee both the wine cellar and food operations.The restaurant is named after Wine Country Inn owners Richard and Jean Tally's granddaughter.Reservations at Caroline's will be required. For more information, call 970-464-5777.• SO LONG: In related Wine Country Inn news, Jerome Strack has resigned as general manager effective April 13. He has accepted a management position with a major hotel chain.• NEW BIZ WEBSITE: The Colorado Bankers Association has launched a new website, www.smallbizlending.org, which offers resources and tools for small business owners in Colorado to use in preparation of seeking financing from lending institutions.Money for start-ups and expansions is starting to loosen up, and CBA wants potential business borrowers to visit this site before getting started in any venture. Check it out; it's a really user-friendly site and chock full of valuable information.• NEW HIRE: Leif Johnson, former executive director of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, has joined the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce as its new membership and marketing director. Reach Johnson at 970-263-2912 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Johnson replaces Shawna Grieger, who left to join Advertising Strategies.• PROMOTION: Tom Oliver was recently promoted to assistant vice president and manager of the Alpine Bank branch in Fruita.Oliver, a Grand Junction High School graduate, joined Alpine Bank in 2007. He received his degree in business management from then-Mesa State College. He is also vice president of the Fruita Chamber of Commerce board and an ambassador for Family Health West in Fruita. He is married to wife Jennifer and together they have two young children.
WHO'S NEWS in the Grand Valley business community: March 30, 2012
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