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With the start of the slow season, Eastern Plumas County merchants are basking in the success of a good summer. Merchants and business owners report an exceptional year for the area.
Leah West, chairwoman of the Graeagle Merchants Association and owner of Graeagle Associate Realtors, said the year has been great both in real estate and for the businesses in Graeagle.
“It’s been a terrific year,” she said, “and we’re still busy.”
She said there is a significant increase in buyers and sellers in real estate. She also said most of the buildings in Graeagle are occupied, and the businesses are all claiming good sales and good foot traffic.
Trevor Bartlett, at Indian Peak Vineyards in Graeagle, said he saw significant improvement in the number of customers at his winery. He also said he did a little more live music, and that cut into the revenue, but he also did more business.
According to The Pullman House manager Marcia Dickinson in Portola, the season was also a great one for the bed and breakfast. The house was full almost every weekend and though it was the first summer of management for Dickinson, she said it went very well.
Restaurants also thrived this summer. Grizzly Grill owner Lynn Hagen said it was a good season and everyone else she has talked to has said the same.
As a caterer, she said a lot of people are booking more events instead of doing the food themselves.
“It seems like people are getting tired of holding onto their wallets,” she said. “There are a lot of positive signs.”
For Hagen, one of those signs is the fact they will be open for six weeks longer than usual. Generally the business slows down so drastically the restaurant closes for 12 weeks. However, because of the indicators of this past year, Hagen will only close the restaurant for a six-week break in January – February.
The winter will bring a different type of business for the area, but it will be met with new fervor from encouraged business owners.
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