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Downtown Grand Junction to embrace CMU with Mav Month

Brittany Markert
Downtown Grand Junction businesses will have offers for Colorado Mesa University students throughout October. Mav Month will coincide with parents weekend and homecoming weekend held at CMU.
Brittany Markert / | Free Press

To coincide with parents weekend and homecoming weekend with Colorado Mesa University, downtown Grand Junction has introduced a month-long celebration to encourage students and families to visit the area.

“We want to embrace that we are a university town,” said Allison Blevins, Downtown Development Authority spokesperson. “The university is here, and that’s not going to change.”

CMU is located a little over a mile away from downtown Grand Junction, which Blevins hopes will show students its not that far away and that “it’s cool here.”

“We wanted to be able to develop a more college town feel and the downtown that supports CMU,” said Rebecca McKenna, director of alumni associations. “It’s just a way to partner with downtown and we want to support local merchants that support CMU. We are trying to make it more of a spirited feel and get people excited for the university.”

The month of October will feature specials from local businesses, showing CMU pride and enjoying the homecoming parade.

“We have to embrace the future and new ideas,” Blevins said. “We have to welcome the younger generation with open arms. We want students to stay and open businesses here instead of moving away.”

Specials include more than a dozen businesses in downtown Grand Junction. Grand Valley Books, Main Street Cafe, Nepal Restaurant, Razzmatazz, Willow Creek, Triple Play Records and Crystal Books and Gifts will offer 10 percent off for students.

Other deals include Pollux Clothing Company offering 10 percent off anything maroon or gold, 20 percent off at Loki Gear or 10 percent off any maroon or gold material at Tangle.

“We hope this will be the first of many month Mav Months,” Blevins said.

Downtown Grand Junction businesses are encouraged to also show CMU colors, maroon and gold.


Parents weekend is set for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4, where CMU students’ parents visit the school and check out the town their student is living in.

Homecoming weekend is set for the weekend of Oct. 16-18, which includes dozens of sport games, tailgate parties and a parade. The parade will venture through Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 17, at noon.

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