Business Scene for the week of 2/22/2012

new real estate office in portola

Longtime Portola resident Linda Hadley is the broker associate running the newly opened Susan River Realty office on Sierra Avenue in Portola (in the former offices of Lynn Welch Real Estate). She said she was grateful to B.J. Pearson for getting her into the real estate business by in 1991. Linda is a member of the Plumas County Board of Realtors. She and her husband Russell have been married 34 years and have two grown daughters, both Portola High graduates. She works for LeAnn Smith who is the owner/broker of Susan River Realty in Susanville.


nutrition for fitness

Feather River Fitness in Quincy is offering a free one-hour seminar on nutritional facts and the principles of optimal health Thursday, Feb. 23,

5:30 ­– 6:30 p.m. at their Crescent Street health club. Nina Harris, a registered dietician with a master’s degree in public health will be discussing why what you eat is the foundation to better health. There will be cooking demonstrations, samples and recipes.


children’s dental care day

Feather River Family Dentistry and Plumas County Public Health Agency are celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month with a special event Feb. 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. They will be providing oral health screenings and fluoride applications to children up to 12 years of age. There will be no out-of-pocket expense to participants or parents. Insurance will be billed if in effect.  The event will take place at the FRFD offices at 1060 Bucks Lake Road across from Plumas District Hospital. Please call 283-3915 for an appointment but walk-ins are also welcome.

‘mini murph’ pizza kits

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza owners Rick and Eileen Greenly have a new product that they are certain will be a hit with kids — and likely some adults! It’s called the ‘Mini Murph’ Pizza kit and it includes everything you need to build your own 7-inch cheese and pepperoni pizzas.


closed for winter break

It’s that time once again for Denim Blues in downtown Portola to close for a brief winter break. Sharon Weaver will reopen March 6 for her ninth year.


Hauner rejoins great northern

JoAnn Prince and GraceAnn Mason, owners of Great Northern Hair Co. in Quincy, welcome back Lizz Hauner. In addition to cutting and styling hair, Lizz also does facials and waxing. And if it’s been a while since you’ve visited the Main Street store, stop by and see what JoAnn has done redesigning the interior to make space for lots of new merchandise arriving soon.


these ladies know what to buy!

Florence Price, of David Price Jeweler, and Sharon Henry, of Lassen Gift Company, recently returned from the Dallas Gift and Jewelry Show making buys for their respective Chester stores. Sharon said some of her highlighted purchases included LED lighted toys that can be creatively snapped together and fur boot toppers o give your boots a “fancy new makeover.” Florence said she bought some new elegant serveware and decorative accessories in the Arthur Court Designs line, along with some exquisite wooden bowls with carry trays.


lots of new items at la casa bella

Norm and Jeanne Brovelli, who own the very trendy La Casa Bella Fine Furnishings in Quincy, just returned from a buying market in Las Vegas. Some of the purchases they made include lots of new vases, lamps, silk florals to make your own arrangements, and sofa sleepers. They are adding Shalimar baskets to the store’s extensive inventory. They also have a new look inside the store, located on Main Street across from the post office. The new paint makes a wonderful backdrop for their display of the latest trends in wall decor. This spring they plan to expand their bedroom lines with bed frames, comforters and upholstered chairs for the living room.

her french toast gets my vote

Stopped by the Beckwith Tavern the other day for a business meeting and breakfast. A frequent diner at the restaurant highly recommended I try the French toast so I did but in fairness I have to disclose I am not a French toast kind of guy. All I can say is wow! Restaurant owner/chef Valerie Maher said she uses some “secret ingredients” but when asked she wouldn’t even begin to give me a clue and I certainly understand why. The restaurant is located on Highway 70 in Beckwourth and is currently open for breakfast and lunch (plans include dinner in the future) and it’s worth the stop!

truckee Sourdough in graeagle

Steve Harding and company are excited to now be carrying assorted breads from the Truckee Sourdough Company at the Graeagle Store. Established in 1996, Truckee Sourdough is an artisan bakery that supplies freshly baked crusty sourdough, ciabatta, focaccia and other breads, rolls and baguettes to markets and restaurants in the Reno, Carson City, Lake Tahoe and the Sacramento valley regions and now Graeagle! Steve gives credit to Ormond Crowder of Sierra Valley Trading Co. for helping coordinate the delivery.


permanent makeup and waxing

Lake Almanor Nail and Spa is now comfortably located in its spacious new digs inside the old St. Andrews Academy building in Hamilton Branch. Owner Ginger McLaughlin is pleased to announce that Lisa Phillips has joined her team. She is a licensed esthetician with over nine years of experience. Lisa graduated from the Royale College of Cosmetology and the American Institute of Education, where she earned the para-medical certificate that deals with the application of permanent cosmetic makeup.


serving you year after year…

Graeagle Vacation Rentals and Plumas Pines Vacation Rentals, located at the entrance to Plumas Pines – Plumas Eureka Estates, proudly notes that the family-owned business has been serving property owners and vacationers to the Graeagle area since the 1970s. Owners Carol Joyce, Kerry Bowling and Erin Klemesrud shared with us that the vacation rental company employed the first property managers serving Plumas Eureka Estates and they arranged for renting homes and villas on the Plumas Pines Golf Course before the golf course even opened. Besides providing lodging and stay, play and dine golf packages with Plumas Pines Golf Course and Longboards Bar & Grill, they also have discounted group rates for special events such as weddings, family gatherings and class reunions.

Martin L. Sanford, DC celebrates his first year serving patients at Sanford Chiropractic’s Portola location on the corner of Gulling and Commercial streets.

Brad Loomis, owner and operator of Healthy Bodies Fitness on Highway 70 next to the Chalet View Lodge near Portola, celebrates his 10th year in business this month. Brad says his facility is “very open, friendly with a family atmosphere where everyone enjoys working out together. From the retired/elderly, to the gym rat, to the hard-core bodybuilder, we all enjoy each other’s company and help motivate one another.

Plumas Motor Supply and Radio Shack in Quincy celebrated its 12th anniversary in January under Ed Cammack’s ownership. He bought it from his father Bill who moved to Plumas County in 1966 and purchased the auto parts business in 1986. One of the keys to Ed’s success, much like that of his late father, is providing quality customer service while efficiently meeting his customers’ product needs.

Even though owner Nanci Luce is not in town to help commemorate the occasion, the ladies at East Quincy’s Shear Pleasure Day Sap — Dana Cowell, Stephanie Jay andMegan Brennan — are certainly proud their salon has been operating successfully since 1980!

Since 2003, Holly Callahan and company have been successfully pleasing the discriminating palates of their clientele at the very popular Pangaea Cafe and Pub on Main Street in Quincy’s financial district.

James and Sara Koskinen opened Sierra Equipment and Truck Repair in Quincy on Lee Road four years ago. In that short period of time, James has rightfully earned a stellar reputation for his quality work repairing heavy equipment, primarily big trucks.

Three years ago longtime Chester resident and businessman Ed Wistos became affiliated with the True Value franchise, giving Chester/Lake Almanor area folks a fully stocked Chester True Value Hardware store.



visitors guide deadline friday

It may only be February, but it’s already time to begin focusing our attention on tourism this summer in Plumas County and the impact it has on our local economy.

We agree with a host of local business people and community leaders that tourism this summer will be alive and well. Those visitors opting for more day trips, weekend jaunts and full-blown stay-vacations closer to home will bring a much needed and important infusion of dollars into our local economy.

The advertising deadline for the Plumas County Visitors Guide, a comprehensive full color magazine produced by us in partnership with the Plumas County Visitors Bureau, is this Friday, Feb. 18. If one of our advertising reps hasn’t called on you yet and you want to make sure to be included, call your local newspaper office.  We’re eager to design an effective ad tailored to both your budget and your business.

Your advertising investment and partnership makes it possible to produce these comprehensive and informative guides for our area. Help us help you capitalize on this opportunity by investing some of your hard-earned advertising dollars into the most effective products used to entice and inform families that are both coming to visit or living in this area.


local phone books getting out

The 2012 edition of your locally produced telephone book, the Plumas Lassen Connection, is hot off the presses and is now being delivered throughout Plumas, Lassen and eastern Sierra county. Should you need additional copies for your home or office, just drop by one of our local newspaper offices and help yourself. Here’s a heads-up for folks in the business and service sectors: Well trained sales reps from two other telephone directory companies are currently selling yellow page ads for their books in this area that publish early this summer. In light of the current economic challenges we are all facing, be smart. If, for whatever reason, you decide to buy an ad elsewhere, be clear on what you are buying, who you’re reaching and how it will be of added benefit to you. Since we are here with you throughout the year, if we can further assist you in any way, give one of my advertising sales consultants a call. We are always here to help you in any way we can!





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