Business Scene for the week of 12/27/13

rumor control

Quincy Pizza Factory owners Sonny and Mo Khalid have been working with Jerry Sipe at the county’s environmental health department to secure the downtown property that was destroyed by the fire last week. Sonny said he made some local calls but didn’t find anyone local with immediate access to the required temporary fencing. So he contacted Modern Building in Chico, which was able to meet the immediate needs. When the fence went up last week it quickly ignited a totally unnecessary firestorm. The rumor was spreading that Modern Building not only got the job to clear the debris, but also the contract to rebuild the structure from the ground up. Sonny immediately set the record straight. Yes, they were hired to secure the site, and yes they will remove the debris. Beyond that, nothing more has been discussed at this point regarding rebuilding. Clearly, those discussions are premature this early on. However, Sonny and Mo understand the importance of doing as much business as they can locally, and this will be their focus as the project moves along. They plan to rebuild and reopen as quickly as possible.

farmers agent honored

We extend our sincerest congratulations to Bob Rouland of the Rouland Insurance Agency in Chester. The Farmers Insurance Group presented Bob with a certificate recognizing his 30 years with Farmers Insurance. This summer Bob and Linda will be celebrating their 30th year with the agency in Chester and are already planning an event to commemorate this significant milestone. Stay tuned …


new hair stylist

Beth Foster has joined Linda Leclerc at Shear Magic II in Chester. Beth has been a hair stylist for over 20 years. She and her husband just relocated from SoCal and she now looks forward to meeting lots of new people and becoming involved in the community. Shear Magic is located on Main Street in the Stover Creek complex.


from the portola pizza factory

Kent and Kirk Grammer, owners of the Portola Pizza Factory, sympathize with Quincy residents who lost several businesses, including a Pizza Factory, and those employees who lost their jobs as a result of the recent and tragic fire. In solidarity, the Grammers are offering Quincy residents 20 percent off any pizza at the Portola Pizza Factory with proof of residency. The offer will remain in effect for a full year, expiring next December or until the Quincy Pizza Factory is rebuilt and reopened.


martial arts dojo move on hold

Last week Johnny Moore, of SugarPine Aviators in Quincy, reported that he was winding down some of his business activities at the airport. That included moving SugarPine Aviators’ martial arts dojo to Tommy Miles’ new Cornerstone Learning Center location on Main Street. Obviously, as that building is yet another result of the downtown fire, the move won’t happen anytime soon, so the dojo will remain in its current location at the Gansner Airport.


our continued best wishes …

Juliana Mark begins her sixth year as proprietor of J’s Feather River Rental in Delleker (just west of Portola). There she offers a large assortment of quality rental items for virtually any lightweight or heavy-duty project.

She is also a certified event planner and recently opened a showroom on Sierra Street in Portola. She rents tables, chairs, linen, china, tents, canopies and just about anything else you might need for any kind of party or gathering. If she doesn’t have it, Juliana said she’ll find it!


Mouser Brothers Enterprises, located in the Feather River Industrial Park in East Quincy, is celebrating its 13th year in business. They have built an unsurpassed reputation specializing in cabinets, vanities, countertops and pre-hung doors.


 Ada’s Place in Quincy is 11 years young! The owners, Mike and Valerie Nellor, tell us each cottage — Ruth’s Garden, The West Wing, Hop Sing’s and Ada’s — features its own personality and is surrounded by lush gardens, making a visitor’s stay unique and comfortable.


Main Street Artists, a fine arts cooperative gallery in downtown Quincy, is celebrating its fourth year in business. Each month a different artist is featured, so be sure to stop by and enjoy the respective talents they all have to offer.


The Ranchito is one of Quincy’s best-kept secrets — a comfortable and well-appointed motel nestled amongst the towering pines. The establishment has been owned and operated by John and Tracy Wixted for the past three years. The remodeled rooms’ added amenities include refrigerators and microwaves: everything a guest will need for a comfortable, quiet, relaxing stay.


Attorney Mary K. Shelters has been practicing law from her Greenville offices for four years. She has been an attorney for 34 years and specializes in bankruptcy protection and negotiating settlements with unsecured creditors, as well as estate planning.


Marty Swisher, owner of Marty’s Carpet Care and Repair in Quincy, begins his eighth successful year taking care of customers’ needs.


Chris Rose, owner of Sierra Mountain Amusement, a food and soda vending machine business, marks his fourth year in business. Chris and his wife Alicia also own Rose’s Family Childcare and Mountain Graphic Design in Quincy.


Twenty-two years ago Al Holloway opened Holloway Engineering at Quincy’s Gansner Airfield. With 48 years in the trade, Al and his team are one of a small handful of shops that specialize in rebuilding radial piston engines — the kind commonly found in antique airplanes and biplanes. It’s interesting to note that their customer base for this Quincy shop is worldwide! For the locals that need help with nonaviation-related precision computerized machining or Heliarc welding, they offer that service as well.


For 21 years John Pato has managed the Graeagle Chevron for the West family. Troy Holt, an ASC-certified auto technician with loads of experience, begins his seventh year there taking care of everything from minor tuneups and oil changes to brake jobs and major overhauls — foreign or domestic. Troy also repairs small engines like those in snowblowers and snowmobiles.


take aim this tourist season

It’s time once again to begin focusing our attention on tourism this summer in Plumas County and the impact it has on our local economy.

Based on a variety of reliable sources, including what those here in the hospitality trade tell us, it seems a healthy percentage of our visitors generally come from a radius of just a couple hundred miles — many are the weekend warrior types doing a little day-tripping.

With that in mind, we here at Feather Publishing Co. are already working on our annual Plumas County Visitors Guide — it’s actually a work in progress all year long. Local business owners and service and hospitality providers should continue to consider this informative publication an annual “must buy” advertising investment.

The full-color, high-quality magazine is packed full of information detailing virtually everything our county has to offer to both visitors and locals alike. Some 90,000 copies will be distributed free to hundreds of locations in our region throughout 2014.

As a way of extending its reach to entice more visitors to our special place in California, and as an added value to our advertisers, we also post the entire magazine in a very user-friendly format on our website, plumasnews.com. The electronic version of the visitors guide gets hundreds of viewers monthly throughout the season.

The deadline for advertising space will be here before you know it. If your advertising representative has not yet approached you and you want to make sure to reserve space in this product, call your local newspaper office or give me a call at 283-0800. We’re ready and willing to help you design an effective ad tailored to both your budget and your business.

Your advertising investment in this product should also be considered a partnership that makes this comprehensive and informative guide possible. It’s the single most effective print and electronically packaged product used to entice families to come and spend in Plumas County.

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