• BIZ EXPANSION: Brad Stewart, owner of Bicycle Outfitters, 431 Colorado Ave., announced that he's expanding his business. He and his wife, Laura, recently purchased the building next to E-Bricks at 537 N. First St., formerly a painting supply business.Stewart plans to take the rest of the year to renovate the place and hopes open the new location beginning of 2013. The new building nearly triples the size of his current 2,800-square-foot location, which Stewart says he's outgrown. And the time seems right for expansion as business is humming. "We're up 20 percent over last year (so far)," he said. Plans in the new home call for a bigger service area, more bikes, and more bike clothing and accessories. Stewart hasn't ruled out keeping the Colorado Avenue store open and operating two bike shops.Bicycle Outfitters sells mountain bikes, BMX, comfort bikes, road bike and more. Bike lines they carry include Santa Cruz, Scott, Cervelo, Felt, Salsa and Jamis. Stewart's store is the third oldest bike shop in the valley behind The Bike Shop and Board & Buckle. He'll be celebrating 20 years in business early next year.• NEW HIRE: Stylist Kaitlynn Foss of Collbran recently joined Revolution Salon, 616 North Ave. Foss, a graduate of the Salon Professional Academy, specializes in cuts, color and styles. For more information, call 970-424-5634.• BIZ AWARD: All the years of hard work and devotion have paid off for the owners of Peach Street Distillers, 144 Kluge Ave. in Palisade. They recently won Distillery of the Year at the American Distilling Institute competition and also took four medals for individual spirits.Founded in 2004, Peach Tree started as a project from Rory Donovan and Ska Brewing co-founders Dave Thibodeau and Bill Graham. Since then, the company has grown steadily from a risk-it-all bootstrapped operation into a well-known local craft brand."This is probably the coolest thing that's happened to us since we opened," said Thibodeau. "Basically, craft distilling has just exploded in the last few years on the heels of the wine industry and craft beer industry."The competition is themed, and it only focuses on a handful of spirits every year. This year's entries showcased whiskey, rum and brandy. Peach Street nabbed a gold medal for its peach brandy, a silver medal for the pear brandy, a bronze for the Colorado Straight Bourbon, and a bronze for the Jack and Jenny peach eau de vie.With this win under its belt, Thibodeau says Peach Street is looking forward to the future, part of which includes purchasing and expanding the property the business is in."We're doing a cool little courtyard and making it all our own space. We're building a cool little distillery village," he said.• NEW HIRE: Mary Lou Bochmann is now taking clients at Lakeside Salon, located at 3154 Lakeside Drive. She has more than 10 years experience and provides a wide array of hair styling. She also provides manicures, pedicures and waxing. Call Lakeside at 970-245-1808 for an appointment.• NEW LOCATION: Sudarshana Adhikari, LMT, owner of A Touch of Nepal Massage has moved to a new location downtown at 530 Main St., unit E. She offers a relaxing yet therapeutic form of massage called Nepali Ayurvedic. For more information or to make an appointment, call 970-234-9072.• ACCOLADES: Accounting Today has ranked Dalby, Wendland, & Co., P.C. as a regional leader in the magazine's Top 100 Tax and Accounting Firms and Regional Leaders in the U.S. Dalby, Wendland & Co. is listed as a top firm in the mountain states. The guidelines are based on revenue and total employees.Dalby, headquartered at 464 Main St., is a full-service certified public accounting, audit, tax preparation, and business advisory firm that has served western Colorado for 64 years. It was founded by local legends and community leaders, Wesley Wendland and Walter Dalby.
Who's News in the Grand Valley business community: April 13, 2012
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