Locals sound off on favorite Colfax businesses

By: LindaLou Haines
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This column will reach its second anniversary next month, which proves there is plenty of good news in the Colfax area regarding businesses. New businesses continue to open every month. And, existing owners continue to invest in their businesses by expanding, redesigning, offering additional services and goods and celebrating with extraordinary deals and discounts on special occasions. It is up to all of us to shop in the Colfax area and to tell our neighbors, car pool riders, other sports team parents, new friends to the area, and to spread the good news about Colfax. Now, to further help that effort, in our ongoing listing of local folks’ favorite Colfax businesses, here is what long-time Colfax residents Alan and Dale Shuttleworth have said about their favorites. Kurtis Fox M.D.: “We are blessed to have Dr. Fox's practice right in our little community. He is knowledgeable, caring and always available. And, he always has time to listen.” Marson’s: “Where else can you get quality shoes and clothes for work or play? If Alan asks Ed for a pair of Levis, Ed knows his size and pulls them right off the shelf. Try that at a department store!” Sierra Market: “We are delighted to have a full-service market in our town. They carry a huge variety of fresh produce, meats and fish at reasonable prices. The financial support that they have given to our community service clubs and schools is legendary. And, it is continuing, even in these hard times.” Mane Tamer: "Beth has made it her business to visit folks in the hospital and do their hair! Did you know that? And, everybody there always makes you feel at home." The Shuttleworths added, “We deliberately did not include any of the food establishments, since we patronize (and love!) them all!” Speaking of local eateries: This week I received this unsolicited e-mail comment from Gayle Smullen of Colfax: “Speaking of yummies: I went to the new place in town, the Blue Coyote Taqueria (112 N. Canyon Way.) They are good; food is delicious, somewhat reasonable and very accommodating to one's taste. I highly recommend them.” To the rest of you: Please e-mail me your lists of favorite Colfax businesses; I also like to share your recommendations of local eateries. Locally owned restaurants and cafes always need locals to support them and to spread the good news. Regarding our search for the oldest businesses in Colfax: Lou Anna Robinson of Robinson Real Estate got us started: Marson’s (81 years), Robinson Real Estate (38 years), Mane Tamer (35 years). Who are the next oldest? E-mail me. Next Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer: Thursday, Feb. 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. is to be held at one of our new businesses, Bark Avenue Westeren Dog Training and Doggie Boutique, 201 Railroad St. Learn more about creating a healthier relationship and stronger bond with your dog at this mixer hosted by owners, Ken and Rusty Westeren. Also, the mixer will be a fun party, so it's your chance to mingle, network, enjoy. Meet your fellow business owners and catch up on what's happening in Colfax. Mixers are open to Chamber members at $5, as well as non-members at $7. For information contact the Chamber, 346-8888. To all businesses: For the Buzz anniversary issue on March 22, please e-mail me your new happenings, specials and your own anniversaries. Thanks.