Biz Buzz for Nov. 11, 2018 | Business

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Grand Junction Food Tours is now under new ownership after Stephanie Wagner took over Nov. 1.

Wagner, who has been leading tours for about a year, learned that the owners were thinking about shutting down the business.

“I had the opportunity to buy it from them and keep it going,” she said. “There’s nothing in town just like it.”

Wagner has a culinary arts degree from Colorado Mesa University and said she wanted to get back into the food industry.

In existence for three years, Grand Junction Food Tours allows patrons to register for a tour online. Wagner makes contact to set up a time and date and then meets customers downtown to take them to five different eateries in the area. Food and gratuity are included in the tour price. Customers can purchase alcohol for an additional price. For information or to sign up for a tour, visit grandjunctionfoodtours.com.

Participating restaurants offer a portion of their specialty as part of the tour. Potential businesses customers will visit include Pablo’s Pizza, 626 on Rood, MX Tapas, Gelato Junction, Main Street Bagels, Enstrom Candies, Rockslide Brewery and Restaurant and Bella Balsamic and the Pressed Olive.

Tours are held on weeknights or at  2 p.m. Saturdays. Wagner is also planning some grand re-opening tours to start booking Nov. 17. Times for weeknights are flexible. Restaurant stops will be determined based on which places are most available on those dates. Wagner is also working on adding partners.

“I want to branch out, but you have to have connections to add more tours,” she said.

Grand Junction Food Tours is also holding a free giveaway on Facebook, in which the winner can register for a free tour for two people. Search for Grand Junction Food Tours on Facebook for information.

■ ANB Bank’s newly constructed branch building on the northeast corner of 12th Street and Patterson Road is now open.

The branch, now located at 2608 N. 12th St., moved Saturday from across 12th Street at 2699 Patterson Road and opened for business Monday. ANB plans to sell the old building at 2699 Patterson, according to Regional President Vance Wagner. The building is listed through Coldwell Banker.

“We’re pleased with the outcome,” Wagner said of the new building. “PNCI Construction did a fabulous job and everything was on time and on budget.”

The new building is about 5,000 square feet, about the same size as the old building. However, ANB only utilized about half the space and leased out the remainder. The bank is the sole business in the new space.

The bank shares a parking lot with City Market. Wagner said the grocer welcomed the bank when it opened by bringing over a cake.

As for the reason for the move, Wagner said the old building felt a bit “tired.” The traffic flow is better to get to the bank and there is more parking.

The bank also owns a lawn on the east side of the property and Wagner is interested in hearing ideas how the space can be used. He’s hoping to hold some events on the lawn throughout the year. Anyone interested in providing ideas can contact Wagner at 242-5211.



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