Biz buzz:
Farm Crest manager honored

       Cecie Weldon has been named manager of the year for the Farm Crest stores in Colorado. She has been manager of the Farm Crest at 21st Street and Colorado Avenue for six years.
       The prize is a week in the Cayman Islands with her husband. I'm pretty excited, she said, adding half-jokingly, I've never been anywhere before.
       To gain the honor, Weldon's store had to score highly in a number of evaluated categories, including sales, financial audits, employee turnover, cleanliness and control of thievery. The store has gained particular renown within the company for preventing drive-offs from the gas pumps. The trick, according to Weldon, is writing down the license plate of every car that buys gas. That way, motorists that drive off without paying can be (and are) tracked down, she said.
       Weldon was previously a company supervisor, but has no wish to go back to that role. I like my job, and I love my customers, she said.
       Calabash is the name of a new arts-oriented shop at 2428 W. Colorado Ave. The business features jewelry by business owner Sandy Murphy (who plans to move her studio into the shop), as well as works in a variety of media by Colorado artists.
       Calabash is open Tuesday through Saturday. The phone is 634-1577.
       Kathy Bousquet recently opened the Barbeque Mercantile at 2619 W. Colorado Ave. in Old Colorado City.
       The business will be open Monday and Wednesday through Sunday.
       Items for sale include grills, accessories, sauces, food items, cookbooks and woods for smoking. The phone is 578-0305.
      
       Galaxy Diamonds is a new jewelry store at 4105 Centennial Blvd, at the south end of the West Wind shopping center. Galaxy's co-owner is Pradeep Khana of PKDesigns, a 19-year-old marketing and maunufacturing jewelry business. Khana also designed the Galaxy collection, which includes diamonds with a three-dimensional invisible setting.
       The phone is 536-4812. The website is www.pkjewelrydesigns.com.

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