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San Juan Building Supply...Putting a roof over your head.

  • Posted On: 3/24/20 at 08:54 AM
  • Category: Business Features
Stan Hurst at San Juan Building Supply has been giving area residents shelter from the storm since 1989, now it’s time for a big thank you. In case you aren’t aware of it, the big home improvement stores have nothing on this local fixture. If all you care about is price and think the big guys can get it to you cheaper, think again. Anyone crunching numbers will realize that the distance you have to travel to one of those will quickly gobble up any saving you might have gained off a 2x4 that was priced a few cents cheaper. And most times that is all the price difference you will see on such items. Many times Stan can match or beat their price.  After several build projects it became more than apparent that apples to apples, I was saving money by spending it with the local guy. 

Wagon Wheel Pizza Monticello

  • Posted On: 3/24/20 at 08:26 AM
  • Category: Business Features
San Juan County residents have recognized Wagon Wheel Pizza as a winner since 1984. When owner Susie Peebles opened up shop Ronald Reagan was finishing his first term in the White House, the internet was a 1 year old, and a company called Apple had just started selling the first Macintosh computer. A lot has changed. But not the quality at Wagon Wheel. 

H+ Aesthetics

  • Posted On: 12/5/19 at 04:58 PM
  • Category: Business Features
Blanding City has been fast tracked to development, in part because of the increase in traffic through the region as well as Blanding City's strategic move in hiring an Economic Development Specialist--Pratt Redd. Overall there has not only been an increase in visitors but has also a bit of a boom for the retailers and services located in Blanding. The Rural Fast Track Program has been used successfully for that by Hannah Bailey owner of  H+ Aesthetics.

Patio Leverages RFT, SBA, USDA, and more.

  • Posted On: 9/18/19 at 02:53 PM
  • Category: Business Features
The Patio Diner in Blanding was long overdue for a renovation. A landmark in the town since the 1950's it first started out as an A&W but by 1964 it had become The Patio. And on the patio was where a good number of it's diners ate. That is until Lana and Ricky Arthur became the owners.  Through the Rural Fast Track Program in the State of Utah Natalie Randall at the San Juan County Economic Development and Visitors Services office was able to help the Arthurs work through the process of getting a Fast Track Grant for a substantial portion of what they needed to make the necessary improvements. That funding and some help with a Gap Loan through the Revolving Loan Fund through the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Government (SEUALG), as well as an SBA loan are a few of the tools in the array of assistance programs for businesses that allowed them to make major improvements in The Patio. Lana says it was a bit of a juggling act. The bank was interested in the stream of revenue continuing, even through the renovation. “The bank was strict on closures but we did it. With Natalie’s help I think we cut the amount of time to get through the approval process by a third.” She says.