Business Scene for the week of 6/9/2010


The Leavitt Group awarded Flanigan-Leavitt Insurance Agency with the "Quantum Leap Award." One agency is selected annually for this award for demonstrating significant effort to further its development. Mike and Valerie Flanigan are the local managing co-owners of the agency.


The award was presented during the Leavitt Group's annual conference in Las Vegas, Nev. Flanigan-Leavitt's exceptional growth, profitability and employee training were highlighted during the award presentation. The Leavitt Group surveyed clients and employees before deciding on award recipients.

"We were very surprised, but honored, to receive this recognition from our Leavitt partners. We appreciate our dedicated staff and their good works - and thank our three boys for the time with us they give up periodically so that we can help move the agency forward," said Mike Flanigan

With offices in Quincy, Susanville and Reno, Flanigan-Leavitt is a full service independent agency, providing insurance products and services to individuals and businesses throughout California, Oregon and Nevada.

The Leavitt Group is an organization of independent insurance agencies with more than 115 offices across the United States. As the 12th largest brokerage in the nation, they provide affiliated agencies with management services, specialty products, and greater access to insurance markets that create a stable insurance environment for clients.


For the third consecutive year, the Best Western Rose Quartz Inn in Chester received the Chairman's Award, the hotel chain's highest honor for outstanding quality in cleanliness, design, customer service and maintenance. "Receiving this award is a tremendous honor for my staff who have all worked hard to achieve this level of excellence," said General Manager Mannie Lucido. The 50-room facility features meeting rooms, exercise center, outdoor spa and several other amenities.


Now that summer is pretty much in full swing, Steve Wallick, manager of the Capitol Club in downtown Quincy, has posted new hours. With the help of new bartender Alanya McCabe, the popular watering hole now opens daily at 11 a.m.


Sonshine Flowers in Chester now carries an assortment of hand-tuned wind chimes made by J.W. Starnard. Storeowner Vicki Mason said they produce some truly amazing sounds. She also carries a line of handmade gift cards made of biodegradable fibers embedded with wildflower seeds. After you enjoy the card, you can plant it and enjoy the wildflowers as they grow.


The annual "Hometown Kidfest" is set for July 31 at Evergreen Market's parking lotin Greenville. Event coordinator Nathan Tucker said last year more than 300 kids enjoyed the bounce house, face painting, games and other activities in this carnival-like free event. Once again he invites organizations and other interested groups to host a booth, game or some other activity. For more information or to sign up your group or organization, call Nathan at 284-7313.


The business opened its doors in Quincy in 1974 at Ken's Tire Center. In 1992 it became affiliated with Les Schwab Tire Centers and five years ago owners Ron and Stephanie Horton moved to their expansive location on Highway 70 just past the Plumas Pines Shopping Center. The added space allowed the Horton's to add an alignment center with two racks for 4x4s; three oil and lube stations; two on-the-car lathes for turning brake rotors; a siping machine for better traction in icy conditions; and two balancing stations, one with a road force detection system for duplication driving vibrations. And while one of their 14 employees work on your vehicle, relax in their comfortable waiting area enjoying free coffee and popcorn, a Schwab tradition.

Chopper Clark has completed his first year as owner of Endeavor Dock Service at Lake Almanor. His reputable services include installation, removal, storage and preventive maintenance.

The hardworking professionals at DeMartile Automotive on Highway 70 just east of Quincy High School are celebrating their 10th anniversary this month. Owners Evans and Kathy and Tim and Marcy DeMartile are experts at taking care of your automotive needs.

Little People/Toy Store proprietors Peter and Totsy Beck began their 32nd year of business in April. Again we extend our congratulations as your name continues to climb the list of oldest continually operating businesses in town. The store is on Main Street across from Bank of America in Quincy's financial district.

This month marks year six for Norbert and Christine Schneider at Schneider's Old Time Merchants on Little Bear (campground) Road in Blairsden. This unique gift shop carries hand painted glass, cards, stuff animals and a lot more.

Wow! Rusty Warren opened his shop on Bell Lane in East Quincy selling a myriad of lawn and garden power tools and accessories 30 years ago. During that time, with his accumulated experience and knowledge, he has established himself as one of the best in his field. Rusty sells and services chain saws, snow and leaf blowers, lawn mowers and weed trimmers to name a few.

Leslie and Jeff Greenwood have really made a name for themselves and the quality products they build and sell at their business, Sierra Valley Barns, now in its 11th year. Some of the products they manufacture at their Highway 70 facility just east of Beckwourth include horse barns, tack rooms and economical barn-style storage buildings in a variety of sizes.

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