New restaurants opening in Colfax

Business Buzz
By: LindaLou Haines, Colfax Record Correspondent
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I have so much good news and pending good news this week that I am about to burst!

Dine-n-Dash on Canyon Way

Stacy and Steve Williams assure me they are on schedule for the June opening of “Dine-n-Dash Café” at the former home of Mom’s Kitchen, 1516 S. Canyon Way.
They are not ready to begin hiring, but promised to give me the heads up as soon as they are.
They also said they are protecting the collection of local mothers’ photos that graced the walls of the former restaurant. They will let folks know when they can reclaim them, if they wish.

Dottie’s Cafe on Main Street

Despite its many manifestations over the years, locals still know the Main Street business as Madonna’s.
Shannon Mackey (locals will know her from her work at the historic Giovanni’s Restaurant) and her husband, Todd Hepler, are realizing their long-held dream to operate their own restaurant at that spot.
The new café, which will include a dinner menu, will be known as Dottie’s Café in honor of Todd’s grandmother, who loved to cook.
I will have more details in my next column, but I can tell you the dinner menu will include prime rib, steaks, pasta and other American/Italian goodies.
Their opening brunch will include a prime rib omelet (being a veggie, I had never heard of such a thing!) and Mimosas, plus a jazz band.
Now, did that whet your appetite? Hope so. Stay tuned to “Buzz” for more info next column.

Chamber mixer snowed out

The mixer planned by the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce last month at Studio Z has been rescheduled for June. Too much wild weather that weekend!
A special feature of the June mixer will be a belly dancing demo by Aseela (Jenny) Flanigan, who has started offering monthly belly dance classes at Studio Z at the Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St.
While her first class was a huge success, Aseela said there is still room for other students.
Her next class will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Studio Z.
For more information, call Aseela at 389-4141 or visit

Next mixer at Colfax Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Ed Fritz, owner of Colfax Veterinary Hospital, 1333 Highway 174, will host the next chamber mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.
Mixers are a great way to informally network with area business folks. Everyone is welcome.
Cost to attend is $5 for chamber members and $7 for non-members. Admission gets you wine or soda and snacks as well as a chance to win prizes.
It’s also an important opportunity to exchange business cards and learn more about who is in business in the area.
Dr. Fritz reported he attended the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas last month. It is the largest veterinary conference in the West and provides several days of continuing education with state-of-the-art updates for procedures and equipment.
He attended seminars on meeting the challenge of providing the best care possible in the current economic downturn as well as lectures on obstetrics, pediatrics, and reproductive emergencies (such as Caesarean Sections). Plus, there was a whole series on kidney disease in cats, pain management, endoscopies, ultrasound, and dermatology.
Much of what he learned can be immediately utilized at his practice. However, some of it may require referral to specialty practices.
For more information, call Dr. Fritz at 346-2297.
Focusing of some of what Dr. Fritz told me, I got to thinking about the fact that there are now two veterinary practices in Colfax and another one up the hill at Gold Run. So, dealing with competition from other nearby and excellent vet alternatives has to be on the mind of all the local veterinarians.
Since each has its areas of specialty and may have more experience in one area or another, it is up to pet owners to find the practice that meets our needs the best.
I recommend visiting each practice, meeting the staff and learning what will work best for you.

Reiki Circle meeting Tuesday afternoon

The first of a monthly Colfax Reiki Circle will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at The Comfort Zone Used Books & Meeting Place, 210 Railroad St. at Oak.

Kudos to Vitkoff

Finally, kudos to Elan Vitkoff at the Mix & Mingle Greek Café, 30 N. Main St., who is celebrating an important anniversary.
She recently received a spectacular Merchant Circle Consumer Review. But, alas, I’m out of space. Next time.
How’s that for a tease?
Linda Louise Haines can be reached at