Biz briefs: Pizza Factory looks to expand into Summit County |

Biz briefs: Pizza Factory looks to expand into Summit County

Boasting over 100 locations across six Western states, Pizza Factory has announced its plans to add another store in Summit County and is now accepting franchisee inquiries from local residents, according to the company.

“The role we play goes well beyond just being the best place in the neighborhood for pizza,” president and CEO Mary Jane Riva said in a prepared statement announcing Pizza Factory’s plans to locate in Summit County. “We (will) create opportunities for Summit County residents to live and work in their hometown while building a business of their own. We are growing our footprint into neighborhoods big and small where we know our awesome people, product and philanthropic partnerships will be valued and Summit County has exactly what we are looking for.”

Pizza Factory has 113 stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. For more about the company, go to

Breckenridge Dental Group finds familiar face in new hire

Breckenridge Dental Group has hired a new associate dentist, Andrea Jennings, who comes as no stranger to Summit County.

Jennings grew up in Columbus, Ohio, played four years of college soccer at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and remains an avid sports fan. After college, she spent a winter in Breckenridge, working for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center as an intern and adaptive ski instructor before returning to Ohio and later earning her doctor of dental medicine degree from Roseman University in Utah.

Jennings completed a general-practice residency in Colorado at Denver Health Medical Center. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Having spent time here previously, Jennings called landing a job as a health care provider in Summit County “a dream come true.”

“Everybody falls in love with this place, and nobody likes to leave,” she said. “I am very thankful to be working with Dr. John Warner and the staff at Breck Dental. They have made my transition very smooth and easy and are a pleasure to work with.”

New co-op art gallery moves into Outlets at silverthorne

High Country ARTisans, a new co-op art gallery, is open in the Red Village of the Outlets at Silverthorne, and the group is planning a grand-opening celebration from 4-6 p.m. July 18.

A group of local artists had been working together in a gallery on Keystone Lake for more than six years. However, after their lease was not renewed, the group went searching for a new location and is happy to have found a new home at the Outlets.

The artwork at the gallery includes paintings, watercolor and acrylic, photography, jewelery, scroll saw woodworking, fiber art, ceramics, metal, mosaics, recycled art and stained glass. There are currently 18 members.

The gallery is at 135F Stephens Way, across from the Columbia store, and it is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more, find the gallery on Facebook at or call 970-513-8033.

Reporter Eli Pace compiles a weekly roundup of business-related news in and around Summit County. Reach him at

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