Business Scene for the week of 3/16/2011

state farm offers discounts

State Farm Insurance has just introduced a new state approved automobile insurance discount program. Quincy-based agent Richard Stockton said the program, called Drive Safe and Save, offers savings on annual premiums that can be as much as 45 percent, depending on actual miles driven. He said the voluntary enrollment is easy and is even worth a 5 percent participation discount. The only requirement after enrolling is reporting your odometer reading twice a year to State Farm — and they’ve even made that easy!

Don’t overlook the added value of buying your insurance locally. Agents like Richard — whose office along has more than 50 years of combined experience — offer personalized service and will customize your insurance package making sure you receive all the discounts you are entitled to and that your deductibles meet your particular requirements. In addition to Richard, the other State Farm agent serving Plumas County is Jerry Ray in Portola. “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.”

That provides a great segue for me to make a little editorial comment: Insurance agents, just like the rest of us business owners in Plumas County, all contribute in various ways to help make this community such a great place to live. We’re the ones continually asked to support the local clubs, organizations, schools and so forth. From buying Girl Scout cookies to helping underwrite major events, more often than not, we’re there for you. You won’t find that on the Internet!

chester’s pot of gold!!!

Eleven Chester merchants are offering great specials during March and a chance to win a great prize. Each participating merchant donated a gift for the “Pot of Gold” prize valued at $500. It’s on display at Plumas Bank’s Chester branch. Entering chances to win the prize is easy: Customers simply go to the participating merchants and write their name and phone number on a “lucky buck” provided at the store and place it in the special leprechaun hat. The hats will be gathered on March 30 and the lucky winner will be drawn March 31. Obviously, the more times you enter, the better your chances, so start visiting the participating stores today!


winter break proves worthwhile

Debbie Groesser, owner of the Blue Goose Fine Art Gallery is back at it after taking a bit of a winter break. While traveling, Deb picked up lots of new items and made some great contracts for her Chester store. She attended an art and framing conference in Las Vegas and met artists Adele Earnshaw and Joe Garcia while in Southern California. During her trip she also met several other artists in New Mexico and in Arizona, where she attended a gem and mineral show.


tangles salon goes cyber

Tangles Salon owners Erin Roney and Joni Battistoni have launched a new website, escapetotangles.com, which they said is designed to solidify their brand and the services they offer the community. Some of the features on their site include an “excitement” page featuring the latest in styles and a “product” page showcasing the exclusive products they carry.


contractor earns certification

Kyle Howard, Howard Construction, has completed the lead-safe certification program as required by EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. We understand he is the first construction firm in the county to earn this federally mandated certificate. The Chester firm specializes in custom homes, additions and remodels as well as commercial and insurance work.


Beck joins homeopath buzzetta

Classical homeopath Rose Buzzetta tells us Pat Beck, a student homeopath from Greenville, has joined her practice. Pat is in her second year of homeopathic studies and will be in the Quincy office, at 372 Main St., 9 a.m. – noon on the first and last Saturdays of each month. Pat will be available to walk-in clients seeking acute and first aid homeopathic care.


time continues to fly by…

Celebrating eight years in business is Portola’s Denim Blues, Etc. Located on Commercial Street, Sharon Weaver’s store carries clothing, accessories and jewelry with lots of new stuff arriving this month and in April for the upcoming season. Her annual “blow out” sale with discounts up to 75 percent is in progress.


x Donna Johnson celebrated her second anniversary with Green Button Trading Co. by attending a gem and mineral show in Arizona recently. Donna said she returned with beautiful semiprecious stones, including Kingman Mine old blue and boulder turquoise. Her jewelry designs are located inside the Blue Goose Fine Art Gallery in Chester.


x It’s the seventh anniversary for Vicki Mason and her Main Street Chester business, Sonshine Flowers. Over the years they have added gifts, cards and bath and body baskets.  It’s a one-stop spot where you can order flowers, invitations and even a tuxedo for your special event.


x Plumas District Hospital Volunteers are celebrating their 33rd anniversary this month. The anchor to their philanthropic endeavors is the Bargain Boutique at Lawrence and Church streets in Quincy. Proceeds from this thrift shop benefit the hospital, supplying equipment for patient care the hospital could not normally afford or perhaps justify in their operating budget. The Volunteers also award scholarships annually to medical students from the hospital district.


Time to Submit Photos for

Plumas Bank’s 2012 “Simple Pleasures” Photo Calendar Contest


Plumas Bank is looking for photos that capture the “Simple Pleasures in Plumas Bank Country” to include in their 2012 wall calendar. Photo deadline is April 29, 2011. Drop your photo(s) off at your local Plumas Bank office or mail to: Plumas Bank Marketing Department, 35 S. Lindan Ave., Quincy, CA 95971. Visit www.plumasbank.com for all the details. If your photo is chosen, Plumas Bank will enter your name into a drawing for a $100 cash prize!


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