Local Business Heating Things Up On The Big Screen

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

The new hit movie Julie and Julia is bringing national attention to a local business but the attention is nothing new for this company that's been hot for 25 years.

Religious Experience has been in the business of making salsa and hot sauce for decades and the publicity of a new movie is nothing new for them. "We've been in many other publications over the past 25 years, such as USA Today and Good Morning America" says Teresa Marquardt, owner of Religious Experience. Even though they're used to the media spotlight, they were excited to be part of a major motion picture. "We are just elated, we didn't know till the movie came out that we actually made the final cut," says Teresa.

Religious Experience started in grand junction almost 25 years ago and has been growing in popularity ever since. Teresa bought the company in 2007 and despite the downturn in the economy, business is still going strong today. "We are in all 50 states, mostly in mom and pop stores and in some grocery stores," says Teresa. When the Riverside Parkway was built, Theresa's manufacturing facility had to move to make way for it. It's now located in Trinidad but her office is still right here in Grand Junction.

Theresa says profits are hot just like her salsa and she hopes to heat things up for another 25 years. "We're very fortunate," says Teresa.


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