Business Spotlight

Desmond and Nikki Calhoon are the new owners of Blondies Pub and Grub. Enlargephoto

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Desmond and Nikki Calhoon are the new owners of Blondies Pub and Grub.

New Owners at Blondie's

Blondie's Pub & Grub has new ownership, and a new name. Owner Patty Simmons has stepped down after nine years in charge and, as of last Friday, passed the torch to Desmond and Nikki Calhoon. The couple recently moved back to Cortez from Minnesota.

The Main Street establishment is now called Blondie's Trophy Room. Nikki Calhoon said the name is meant to portray the new "hunting lodge" theme.

Hours of operation will remain the same for now.

"We'll spruce up the nightlife and continue to have live music," she said.

Chamber's State of the Community address is Thursday

The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a State of the Community address on Thursday, March 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. at The Farm Bistro, 34 West Main St. in Cortez - a chance to try out the restaurant's new breakfast menu.

Representatives from Montezuma County, the City of Cortez, School District Re-1 and Southwest Memorial Hospital will collectively discuss community issues that are timely and insightful. This unique dialog between community leaders is an opportunity for attendees to learn about recent achievements and upcoming initiatives affecting the community.

Everyone is welcome. The cost to attend is the cost of each attendee's individual breakfast. For more information, contact Dena Guttridge at 565-3414.

Cortez Farmers Market spring meeting

The Cortez Farmers Market invites all of last year's vendors, and others interested in participating in this year's mMarket, to attend its annual spring meeting, Saturday, March 3 at the Calvin Denton Room, Empire Electric Association, 801 N Broadway, Cortez. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. until noon.

Applications for participation in the market will be available for returning and new vendors towards the end meeting. Returning vendor's applications, with fee payment may be returned to the Montezuma County CSU Extension Office beginning Monday, April 1. New vendor applications will be accepted beginning April 15. Applications will not be considered valid until fee is paid. Spaces will first be assigned to returning vendors who have until Friday, April 12 to submit their application with payment to reserve their space(s). After April 15, 2013, the Cortez Farmers' Market Committee will meet to consider new vendor applications and assign space(s). New vendor applications will be considered in the order they are received (not postmarked) at the Extension Office. For more information contact Theresa at or call the Extension Office at 565-3123.

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