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Business Scene for the week of 7/14/2010

Taylor managing health club

After extensive cleaning, remodeling, and adding some new exercise equipment, the Feather River Fitness Center in Quincy has reopened to the public under new management. Longtime Quincy resident and FRC baseball coach Josh Taylor has been given the added responsibilities of managing the facility. Contrary to rumors, the health club’s goal is to provide more programs and classes for the public with very limited use by the athletic department at the college.

Bring a buddy month

Kristina’s Gymnastics, which offers classes at the Yoga and Wellness Center in East Quincy, has proclaimed July as “Bring a Buddy Month.” Owner and instructor, Kristina Hardin, said that if your child has a buddy who has never attended one of her classes, they can come for free this month. She adds that if your child’s buddy has attended a class before, they can still drop in for a reduced fee. Kristina conducts individual classes for kids ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. For more information call 281-6210.

Two special open houses set

Mary Hildebrand, owner of Portola’s Mountain Montessori Pre-School and Kindergarten, is celebrating her first anniversary with a couple of open houses. The first is Thursday, July 15, and again on Thursday, July 22, both 4-6 p.m. Mary limits her program to just 16 kids (they even do toilet training), so be sure to stop by a take a tour of their facilities and see everything they have to offer.

Mt. Tomba now serving lunch

Mt. Tomba Inn in Cromberg, arguably one of the most popular dining establishments in the county, thanks in part to the extensive display of John Wayne memorabilia, is no longer just a dinner house. With the addition of high speed Internet for their customers, the historical landmark, built in 1924, now serves lunches Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Owner Susan Terry has prepared a bountiful lunch menu, featuring an assortment of soups, salads and sandwiches. Service for her savory dinners begin at 5 p.m. those same days.

Drop-off dry cleaning in Quincy

Since Church Street Laundry’s dry cleaning service has been discontinued (laundry services still offered) in Quincy, Marilu Dillard seized on the opportunity to provide drop-off dry cleaning service. Items may be left at her business above the post office complex on Main and Lawrence Streets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and will be taken to a drycleaners in Chico. Marilu also offers alterations and repairs.

Bargain Boutique reopens

What a nice job the Plumas District Hospital volunteers did refurbishing the Bargain Boutique on Lawrence Street in Quincy. The bright colors, new shelving and inventory have made a pleasant difference. In addition to accepting household items, collectibles, jewelry and clothing, the thrift store now accepts furniture as well. Remember, proceeds benefit PDH and donations are tax deductible.

Wine pairing dinners resume

Executive Chef Sean Conry at Longboards in the Plumas Pines Resort in Graeagle kicks-off his trendy five-course meal and wine pairing dinners this Friday, July 16, with wines from the ZD and Page wineries. The following Friday, it’s wine vs. beer, featuring a seasonal menu that complements both. Call Longboards for more information and reservations.

Business consulting services

Retired retail business owner Martin Kaplin offers free consulting services to new and existing businesses seeking assistance. He is affiliated with Score, a nonprofit consulting company that works directly with the national Small Business Association. Martin spends his summers in Graeagle and winters at his home in Houston. He has an impressive business portfolio that includes operating a department store in his family for three generations. With the help of the Score team, he can help you develop a business plan, assist you with marketing and promotion, and examine your inventory and cost control programs. For more information on how Martin and Score (Score.org) can to help your business through these challenging times, call 836-0632.

As always, our best wishes

In the Chester area, Jeff Lemons notes his 11th anniversary with Lemons Electric. As an electrical contractor with 28 years of experience, Jeff’s work on both new construction projects and residential “trouble shooting” has earned him a stellar reputation.

It’s the sixth year 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.

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.

This month marks the 12th year for Riverside Rock in Sloat. Owner Cindy Robinson sells natural stone pavers, flagstone, quartz, decorative river cobble and select landscape boulders. She also has top soil and fill material.

Teri Haas is now in her eighth year with her very successful — as evidenced by the smiling faces on her four-legged customers — Top Dog Grooming Studio. You will find her studio located off Quincy Junction Road on Bell Lane.

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