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J&M Aquatics
Grand Valley

Explore the Grand Valley: J & M Aquatics and Pet Center (Grand Junction)

By On December 17, 2016

Looking for an awesome locally owned pet shop that covers everything from dogs and cats to fish and rodents and reptiles? I went to J&M Aquatics and Pet Center seeking out a… Read More

The Encore Shoppe
Grand Valley

Explore Small Businesses to Support: The Encore Shoppe (Grand Junction)

By On October 21, 2016

We love the selection of second hand shops in the Grand Valley.  Considering the size of the valley, the number and variety of quality second hand stores is quite amazing.  One of… Read More

Traders Coffee
Coffee

Explore Coffee: Traders Coffee & Tea (Grand Junction)

By On October 7, 2016

Today, Josh and I went in search of a new espresso shack in town.  We found one, but it was closed, so I decided to review another brick and mortar coffee shop:… Read More

Jitterz
Coffee

Explore Coffee: Jitterz (Grand Junction)

By On September 23, 2016

After trying most, if not all, of the local coffee shops which offer inside table service in Grand Junction (and beyond), I’ve decided to embark on a new endeavor: sample the offerings… Read More

Jitterz
Coffee

Explore Coffee: the Espresso Shacks of Grand Junction

By On September 23, 2016

After having tried most, if not all, of the local coffee shops which offer inside table service in Grand Junction (and beyond), I’ve decided to embark on a new endeavor: sample and… Read More

Grand Valley

Explore the Grand Valley: The Ale House (Grand Junction)

By On September 9, 2016

It’s official: the Exploreblog family has a new favorite restaurant in Grand Junction, and it’s Ale House at 12th and Patterson. (Within five minutes of walking in, Cole actually said the words,… Read More

Roasted Coffee & Subs
Coffee

Explore the Grand Valley: Roasted Espresso & Subs (Downtown Grand Junction)

By On September 3, 2016

We’ve lived in Grand Junction for four years and have enjoyed countless cups of espresso drinks, but we’ve never tried one from Roasted Espresso…until this morning.  A great many people have told… Read More

Woody Creek Distillers
Colorado

Explore Whiskey: Woody Creek Distillers Tasting Room (Basalt)

By On September 2, 2016

I have a new favorite whiskey room tasting experience, and it is Woody Creek Distillers! Susan, Josh, and I were heading to Georgetown, Colorado to experience the Georgetown Loop Railroad, and we decided… Read More

Tucan Coffee
Coffee

Explore the Grand Valley: Tucan Coffee (Palisade)

By On September 2, 2016

For years, Susan and I have driven the Fruit & Wine Byway of Palisade, Colorado and have passed by a sign featuring a brightly colored bird, a toucan, and wondered what the sign… Read More

The Merlot at Maison la Belle Vie is as good as we've had in Western Colorado!
Grand Valley

Explore the Grand Valley: Maison la Belle Vie Winery (Palisade)

By On August 27, 2016

Since we arrived in western Colorado in 2012, Maison la Belle Vie Winery in Palisade has been one of our favorite “getaway” spots in the valley.  Every time we go there, it… Read More