Biz Buzz, Sept. 6, 2018 | Business


Palisade is about to get a new ice cream and coffee shop when the Purple Cow opens later this month.

The Purple Cow will be located at 101 W. Third St., Suite B, near the Blue Pig art gallery. Purple Cow General Manager Courtney Willingham said the business’ name is a play off of the Blue Pig and hopes the two businesses will have a “happy partnership.”

“What we hope is that by getting people in here for coffee, they can head into the gallery and vice versa,” Willingham said.

Purple Cow does not have an opening date, but is shooting for the middle of September. It will have a soft opening Saturday in conjunction with the Blue Pig’s birthday celebration. The event starts with a sculpture unveiling at 5 p.m. near the Blue Pig with a gathering to follow at the gallery and the Purple Cow where cake and ice cream will be served. Purple Cow is owned by Darin Cersei.

When it does officially open, Purple Cow will serve Graff ice cream as well as homemade treats. It will also serve panini sandwiches and coffee. Graff is based out of Grand Junction.

The shop will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The staff of eight will be a mix of part-time and full-time employees.

“It’s a pretty cozy shop, there will be about three or four people working at a time,” Willingham said. “It’s a little ‘steam punk’ kind of shop. It’s very different. There’s a lot of antiques and a lot coming together to make this happen.”

■ Ashley Petrey is one of Mesa County’s newest criminal defense attorneys, recently focusing her practice to the Grand Valley and the surrounding area.

Petrey focuses on federal and state criminal defense and has approximately nine years of experience. She’ll take cases ranging from traffic cases to first-degree murder. She previously worked as a public defender in Miami-Dade County in Florida.

She’s been practicing in Grand Junction on federal cases since July. Her office is at 115 N. Fifth St., Suite 230.

“I’m falling in love with the area and I need a mountain bike,” she said.

Petrey’s practice goes under the name AP Law, LTD. For more information or to contact Petrey, visit

Petrey said one of her areas of expertise is juvenile cases. She said she has been involved with 26 jury trials in four jurisdictions, including multiple murder cases. She’s had several good mentors along the way and said everyone in the Grand Valley legal community has been welcoming.

“I’m excited to be in Mesa County,” she said.

■ The Farm and Ranch Market will continue at the Museums of Western Colorado’s Cross Orchards Historic Site through mid-October for the fall 2018 season. The market runs from 7:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays and is run by farmers and ranchers from in and around the Grand Valley.

Vendors offer produce ranging from fruits and vegetables to meat.


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