Business Scene for the week of 12/15/2010

businesses report brisk sales

For a host of reasons and nothing specific to point at, businesses throughout Plumas County are reporting that sales have been good and in some cases very good this holiday season. For example, Charlotte Smith, owner of Ayoobs in Quincy, told us Black Friday and Small Business Saturday were her best retail sales days in four years!

So, THANK YOU Plumas County residents — and guests — for doing your part to help bolster our local economy.

Remember our challenge: If each of our newspaper readers each spent $100 this holiday season locally it would pump more than $1.8 million into our local coffers. There are only 10 more shopping days before Christmas, this newspaper is packed full of ads offering great ideas and super deals!

community pot luck at greenhorn

This Sunday, Dec. 19, it’s the “2010 Winter Wonder Feast” at Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch. Everyone is invited to their free community potluck-style dinner beginning at 4 p.m. Ralph and Trish urge everyone to bring their family, friends and neighbors to the holiday celebration, adding that no one —with or without a dish — will be turned away! Heck partner, their even looking for holiday entertainers for the gathering, so I reckon you shouldn’t be bashful.

cake decorating contest

To celebrate her first anniversary with Traci’s Sweet Surprises in downtown Quincy, owner Traci Downey is having a birthday cake-decorating contest Jan. 3 – 7.  Entries will be displayed in the store and three prizes to be awarded. Stop by her Main Street bakery for more information and entry forms. She’s easy to find, just follow the savory aromas emanating from her shop.


last minute gift idea

Members of Chester High School’s Interact Club, a very active youth division of the Rotary Club, are again selling See’s Candy this holiday season. This is one of their many fundraisers for the service club’s local and international projects. The candy is available from Interact members and at the following Chester-area businesses: Buzz-Mart, Ron Martin Realty, Plumas Bank, Coffee Station and Farmers Insurance.

anniversary cheers…
  • Mountain Money and Shipping Services in Chester is celebrating its seventh year in business. Owners Derek and Pat Anderson offer UPS shipping, Western Union wiring services and dry cleaning service. Manager Debbie McKee said they have increased their packing supplies inventory for the holidays.
  • Marty Swisher has owned and operated The Floor Store for five years. From his Quincy-based business, Marty stocks, sells and installs carpet remnants, vinyl flooring and linoleum. He even does carpet cleaning.
  • Barbara and Scott Tanner have been successfully taking care of businesses with Scott Tanner Business Equipment for the last 15 years! They service and sell copy and fax machines and supplies throughout the tri-county region.
  • In Blairsden, Crazyblooms, the full service floral and gift shop owned and operated by Moira Swing, celebrates its fourth anniversary.
  • This month marks the second year for The Graeagle Lighting Company. Owner Chris Nicholson has an extensive and rather classy inventory of lighting fixtures, flooring and window shutters.
  • Graeagle-based DISHgrace Party Rentals is celebrating its seven years providing party supplies throughout Plumas County. To make it more convenient, owner Klytia Dutton said customers can reserve dates, view inventory, place an order through her website.
small business consulting

The Northeastern Small Business Development Center – Greater Sierra, hosted by Los Rios Community College District, now offers no-cost consulting services to business owners and soon-to-be businesss owners in Plumas County. The SBDC provides comprehensive business guidance on best practices for small businesses, business plan development, start-up basics, the loan process, procurement and contracting opportunities, regulatory compliance and money management.

Their consultants will be available to meet with you one-on-one (by appointment only, they cannot accomadate walk-in’s).  Call (877) 853-9093 to make an appointment with an SBDC consultant at the Plumas Work Connection in Quincy.












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