Biz Buzz: Aug. 8, 2018 | Business

Fruita will soon have a new dental practice with a focus on making the experience convenient and comfortable.

Dr. Dustin Patrick will open River’s End Dental on Monday at 532 Raptor Road. The office will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday and will have an open house at 6 p.m. Saturday for the community. The business is located in a new building between Starbucks and Jimmy John’s.

Patrick spent the past six years in Dove Creek, near Cortez, as the dental director of a government-subsidized community health clinic. In looking for a place for a private dental practice, he said he fell in love with Fruita.

“We loved it there, but we wanted to do our own practice,” Patrick said of Dove Creek. “We researched and wanted to stay on the Western Slope. We really liked Fruita. We came up to investigate and decided to move here. It’s an awesome place.”

Patrick will have two others on staff as he builds a patient base. He said he accepts a wide variety of dental insurances.

“We want to be active in the community and see how we can help local businesses as well,” Patrick said.

In attempting to make the practice convenient for the customer, Patrick will have extended hours with appointments available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and will be open Saturdays. Scheduling is available online at

■ Factory coworking space will be celebrating International Coworking Day on Thursday by offering free coworking all day. The public is also invited to take a tour, enjoy the festivities and enter a drawing for a month of free coworking.

Members of the public can drop in to work for free by visiting and selecting the drop-in pass under memberships. The code for Thursday is BEINPROXIMITY.

“Factory would like to thank the community for their support of our coworking space. We are thankful to be a part of the Grand Junction community,” Factory Community Manager Julia Sundstrom said in a press release. “On International Coworking Day, and every day, we celebrate the spirit of collaboration and community that is the essence of what coworking is.”

International Coworking Day is meant to celebrate coworking across the world. Factory opened in December 2016 and is in the Proximity Coworking Network. Proximity is based in Montrose and members have access to work out of nearly 200 coworking spaces around the world.

■ Museums of Western Colorado and the Colorado West Land Trust are presenting the Grand Valley Farm Tour on Aug. 25. Participants can experience the history of farming and land conservation while visiting a few of western Colorado’s orchards and wineries.

The tour begins at 8:30 a.m. at Cross Orchards Historic Site with a champagne breakfast. This is followed by a bus tour to several orchards and wineries. The tour concludes at 2 p.m. Lunch is provided. Tickets for the tour are limited to 24 participants. The price is $50 for museum and land trust members and $60 for nonmembers. For more information, visit or call the museum at 242-0971 or the land trust at 263-5443.

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