Small businesses you love in Mesa County |

Small businesses you love in Mesa County

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Editor’s note: “Small Businesses You Love” will be a regular series featuring, well you guessed it, small businesses YOU LOVE! Want to nominate a small business to be featured? Email with business information, the service provided, plus any unique attributes that make it special.

In the Internet age when products and services are simply one click away, sometimes convenience wins out over buying local. But proponents of small business say dollars do more when spent at home.

“For us, small businesses are the lifeblood of the community,” Grand Junction’s Business Incubator Center Executive Director Jon Maraschin said. “They’re wonderful to support. They create jobs, support the community economy, and they’re fun to work with.”

Maraschin also noted that small businesses seek innovative ways to promote economic development (while large corporations may simply seek ways to cut costs).

“Small business is moving everything forward,” he said. “It’s the reason our community will be successful.”

When Free Press readers were asked to name their favorite local businesses on Facebook, folks came out en masse with lots of suggestions. Here’s a cross-section of answers:


J & S Fence Company was founded in 1962, and it specializes in fence installation throughout the Grand Valley.

“They have been a stable, long-term, family owned and operated business in our community,” Clifton resident Mollie Woodard said. “For this alone, they deserve recognition given the tough economic situation.”

“They provide a high quality of service and product, but also quietly provide support for those less fortunate in our community. They work from the heart while supporting the heartbeat of the Grand Valley.”

For more information, visit or call 970-243-2723. The business is located at 2886 I-70 Business Loop, Grand Junction.


Loki Outerwear, a Grand Junction technical outerwear company, recently moved from the Redlands to its new location on Colorado Avenue.

“I love Loki’s jackets and all the features they have to offer,” Nicolle Lewis, a Grand Junction resident, mom and teacher, said. “… With a Loki jacket, I have mittens and face protection built in so when I’m out on the playground, I’m snugly warm. Plus, I love that they are based in GJ and they incorporate local touches in their jacket designs.”

Loki was also recognized by Woodard, who said: “Loki — The American business dream come true. Local folks had a dream of a product. Built it up from a garage into a nationally recognized brand. Even though they could have taken their business out of the Grand Valley, they still choose to live and play here as well as helping others enjoy the great Colorado outdoors.”

For more information, visit or call 970-248-9693. The business is located at 445 Colorado Ave., Grand Junction.


Oh My Dog! is a Grand Junction-based, pet-grooming business, which also has a pet boutique.

According to another small business owner, Carla Griffin of Fruita’s Turn the Page Used Bookstore, Oh My Dog! caters “to dogs and their humans that they own.”

Griffin added that every dog she’s seen groomed at Oh My Dog! looks great.

“I also like this business because (the owner) supports other small businesses and supports our local shelters as well,” she said.

For more information, visit or call 970-986-8813. The business is located at 1141 N. 25th St., unit B, Grand Junction.


Pollux Clothing Company, which has two locations (Grand Junction and Montrose) specializes in fashionable women’s clothing.

“They sell one-of-a-kind fashion at a reasonable price,” Downtown Grand Junction resident Rhiannon Foelker said. “They have limited amounts of each item so the one you purchase is one of a kind. They are so friendly when you go in and the store is super cute!”

For more information, visit To call the Grand Junction location (321 Main St.), call 970-242-8050. To call the Montrose location (433 Main St.), call 970-252-1770.

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