Business of the Month- Mr. Jim’s Pizza

93 percent of Americans have eaten pizza in the last month and on average American’s consume around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperonis each year.  Mr. Jim’s Pizza is part of that statistic, one of the most popular pizza ordered is pepperoni pizza, with sticky fingers coming in second. Mr. Jim’s Pizza is a U.S. chain of pizza restaurants established in Farmers Branch, TX. Mr. Jim’s owner Mike Gire has been in the pizza business in Laramie for the past four years, located at 2523 Grand Ave., Unit A, he also has a location in Cheyenne which has been opened for nine years. Although he does not live in Laramie he is in town at least 3 to 4 times a week. “I have always been a fan of Laramie, I graduated from the University of Wyoming and have a lot of family that lives here” said Gire.

Mr. Jim's Pizza Business of the Month (July)

You might be familiar with the Mr. Jim’s slogan, “It’s the crust” Mr. Jim’s is widely known for their crust. Their hand stretched pizza dough is made fresh in store daily. Recently, Mr. Jim’s has been testing a different kind of advertising, Mr. Jim’s Pizza started using mini mailer flyers that include coupons that you may have noticed in your mailbox. Gire mentioned that sales alone this summer have increased by 15%. He thinks that the mini mailer flyer advertising has been the trick. There are currently over 70 Mr. Jim’s locations in Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, and Wyoming. In 1975 the first Mr. Jim’s Pizza was opened in Detroit, MI.

Let’s add to the pizza statistics and order Mr. Jim’s Pizza by calling (307) 742-5467 or visiting their website at http://www.mrjims.com.  

Congratulations Mr. Jim’s Pizza for being selected as the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance July Business of the Month!

Swinging Into Summer

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The summer was in full swing this past week! The Alliance held their 10th Annual Golf Classic on Friday, July 25, at the Jacoby Golf Course. The food was in great supply from some generous donations. Breakfast burritos were provided by Taco Johns of Laramie, donuts were provided by Daylight Donuts, and of course with the new morning tournament starting time, coffee was provided by the Hilton Garden Inn & UW Conference Center. Lunch was also provided by Mr. Jim’s Pizza, Jimmy Johns, and O’Dwyers Public House. The drink cart was sponsored by The Mortgage Source and other supplies for the tournament was donated by Smith Beverages and Wal-Mart.

The Major Sponsors for the golf tournament were, Capital West Bank/ANB Bank, Frist Interstate Bank and Ivinson Memorial Hospital. Thank You!

There were 25 registered teams with 100 players. Each player received one mulligan courtesy of the LCBA. The tournament featured various contests: a putting contest, pro’s drive, closest to the pin, longest putt for men and women, Hole-in-One, and longest drive in fairway for men and women.

The Hole-in- one prizes were donated by Laramie GM Auto Center. Hole prizes included 2014 Chevy Malibu car for the hole-in-one, 4-Day/ 3-Night golf vacation at a selected Fairmont Resort, Golf outing at the French Lick Golf Resort, $500 Online Shopping Spree.

Contest prizes were donated by Bank of the West, Fairfield Inn Suites by Marriott, The Library Sports Bar & Grille, Connecting Point and Holiday Inn.

Hole sponsors included Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Mader Tschacher Peterson & Co, LLC, Laramie GM Auto Center, Mountain Cement, and Smith Beverages

First place prize was donated by The Laramie Chamber Business Alliance, Second place prize donated by First Western Trust and Third Place Prize donated by The Hilton Garden Inn and UW Conference Center.

Judy Henderson won the longest putt, Paula Dodds won closest to the pin and Deby Forry won the longest drive contest. Tim Collins won the longest putt and closest to the pin contest while Doug Faus won longest drive contest.

Mader Tschacher Peterson & CO., LLC, and Laramie GM Auto Center tied for 1st place and a tie for 2nd place the winners were Coffey Engineering & Surveying LLC, UW Athletics/Cowboy Joe Club and UniWyo Federal Credit Union team #1.

Thank you to the Golf Committee, Rick Melone, Drew Johnson, Rebecca Miller, John Murdock, major sponsors, and all volunteers that helped make the golf tournament possible.

Thanks again for your continued support!

Working together to save lives!

That’s the motto of BioLife Plasma Services, located on 1122 S. Adams Street here in Laramie, WY.  BioLife Plasma Services is a leader in the collection of high-quality plasma that is processed into life-saving plasma based therapies. The plasma collected at BioLife is processed into a wide variety of life-saving therapeutics. The plasma you donate is used in the treatment of serious disorders such as hemophilia and immune system deficiencies, and to treat victims of shock and burns. Plasma is not a substance that can be produced in an artificial environment; it can only be obtained from healthy adults.

Donating plasma at BioLife is a comfortable, quick process. It is a great way to spend some extra time because you know that your donation process is helping someone survive! They collect nearly 3 million liters of plasma per year! For new donors, the entire plasma donation process, including a physical examination, donor screening, and the plasmapheresis process, which is the automate process that plasma is collected through, usually takes about two hours. Repeat donors can expect to spend about an hour and a half I the center, with the process taking around 45 minutes. While you are donating plasma, you can read a book, watch TV, or even maybe get a little work done, all while making a little extra cash and helping to save someone’s life.

Donating plasma is a low risk procedure with minimal or no side effects. The donor’s vital signs will be checked throughout the entire process, and you will likely walk out the door feeling great. To donate plasma, the donor must be at least 18 years old and weigh at least 110 points. Each donor must also pass all other required donor eligibility criteria. Once you are in the system, healthy individuals can donate as often as twice in one week.

With your help, BioLife can obtain the plasma to help save a life!

Start your day right with a cup of joe from Cowboy Coffee To Go!

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These days, everything is fast. Our phones, our cars, etc., and we definitely like to get things right away! Why not do that for your coffee also? So you needed to rush out your door and didn’t get a chance to brew a cup? Stop by Cowboy Coffee To Go, located in the University of Wyoming South Express lot; they are ready to make your coffee in record-breaking time! They serve all sorts of specialty coffee drinks, as well as smoothies, Italian sodas, iced teas, breakfast burritos, and muffins. It is the place to get any of your morning needs, and was designed to get your food and beverages and send you off!

Cowboy Coffee To Go is manned by one or two baristas during their hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday from 6:00AM-5:00PM. They pride themselves in some pretty unique drinks, such as Pina Colada Italian sodas, blended Huckleberry Mocha, and many more exciting things to try. They also often have daily specials, with good deals and fun drinks!   Cowboy Coffee To Go is the place to stop for a quick, delicious, and affordable drink! Like their Facebook page for some awesome deals or promotions as well. Now go start your day the right way by grabbing a drink at Cowboy Coffee To Go!

Get your body ready for adventure!

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And no, I don’t mean going on a diet, but you should stop by the Premier Bone and Joint Center here in Laramie for any of your aches and pains. The Premiere Bone and Joint Center, previously known as Gem City Bone and Joint, is an excellent center for orthopedic care, sports medicine, and physical therapy. With their many offices located in Laramie, Casper, Cheyenne, Douglas, Gillette, Green River, Rawlins, Riverton, Rock Springs, Torrington, and Wheatland, they serve the Wyoming people very well.

The current practice can trace its origin back to 1973, when it was founded by Dr. David A Kieffer who partnered up with Dr. Robert J. Curnow three years later. The practice now employs nine physicians and over 120 other members of the staff. If you live in Laramie, you likely have heard of them while attending University of Wyoming athletic events. Premier Bone and Joint has a long history of supporting our athletes here at UW.

Premier Bone and Joint prides themselves on serving such a wide range of orthopedic services. If your issue involves the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments, they have an expert that can treat it. This treatment can range from mild physical therapy to advanced surgical techniques. Their nine physicians travel back and forth throughout the locations, ensuring that you will get the best treatment depending on what your issue is. There’s no question that Premier Bone and Joint Center is the place you need to go if your body is hurting! Stop by their location in Laramie at 1909 Vista Avenue or contact them if you need more info at (307) 745-8851 or www.premierboneandjoint.com.

Go check out Ames Monument!

monumentMany locals and visitors a like know about exploring and climbing at Vedauwoo or hiking in Curt Gowdy State Park during the warmer summer months. What some might not be aware of is Ames Monument. While Ames Monument might not have as much to look at or to do as the Vedauwoo and the state park, it is still something everyone should check out!

Ames Monument is an impressive structure standing in basically the middle of nowhere. The pyramid like formation stands 60-feet tall and was erected in honor of brothers Oliver and Oakes Ames. The monument was built by the Union Pacific Railroad Company in 1882 to pay tribute to the brothers who were absolutely instrumental in getting the Transcontinental Railroad built. The monument was built on the highest elevation (8,247 feet) of the original transcontinental route.ames collage

Ames Monument can be found off of the same exit as Vedauwoo, just in the opposite direction. As you are headed east in the direction of Cheyenne, Wyo., take exit 329. You will them take a right turn towards the monument (there is a sign), then just follow the road until you see the monument. It will be hard to miss due to the height and size.

We would highly recommend checking the monument out during the few warmer months we get each year. It has interesting history and is surprising to see, because you would have never guessed it was there by just looking off the Interstate. Enjoy the summer and exploring in and around Laramie, WY!

Renewed and Refreshed: The Cavalryman Steakhouse

cav logoThe Cavalryman has a rich and lengthy history in the Laramie community, but recently they have started a rebranding process that looks promising for their future. On Friday, May 2, the restaurant held their grand reopening celebration. The celebration included a ribbon cutting, live music, food and presentations of their historical past.

The restaurant is improving their image and food by rebranding. The transformation includes new décor to highlight the long standing history of the location, and ownership that the steakhouse has operated under. During a recent meal at the Cavalryman, General Manager Ken King told the table that they plan to line each wall of the main dining room with image boards showing the establishments history, these boards were unveiled at the reopening.

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An example of the rebranding of the new décor in the main dining room.

 

As a new practice for the kitchen and the restaurant, they are now trying to use local and regional meats. According to their website, “We support Wyoming Ranching families by offering steaks, chops, and other fare raised in Wyoming by sustainable ranching practices.”

 

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Entrees range anywhere from $12 for a Country Fried Steak Dinner to $55 for “The Major,” which is a combination of a 16oz Prime Rib and a half pound of Alaskan King Crab.  You can find the full menu here. Each entrée comes with: Wyoming soda bread, choice of soup or salad, sauteed vegetables, and a choice of potato or rice.

The steakhouse is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.prime rib

They are located at 4425 S. 3rd St., on Highway 287, 2 miles south of  I-80 and downtown Laramie. You can find out more on their website or follow them on Facebook. If you would like to make a reservation you can do so online, or call 1 (307) 745-5551.