Business Scene for the week of 5/18/2011

customer appreciation open house

Hot Spot owners DeeDee and Don Driscol are kicking off the barbecue season with an open house and customer appreciation day Saturday, May 21, at their East Quincy store (next to the Polka Dot). Besides getting a chance to browse through a store filled to the brim with a uniquely wonderful assortment of merchandise, from 11 a.m. ­– 2 p.m. you can also sample lots of taste-pleasing goodies they will be serving hot off the grill!

parts house expands deliveries

Rick Turner, manager of Portola Motor Supply/Napa, tells us they are expanding their delivery areas to include more of the east county and Sierra Valley. For more information about the new territories call the store at 832-5573.

chester business relocates

Morning Star Products in Chester has moved to 1431 Hwy. 36, next to the Cedar Chalet Bakery. Owners Mike and Cathy Simmons said the new location has lots more warehouse space for manufacturing and a large showroom for showcasing their expanded line of log cabinets and furniture.

blue grass festival may 21

Bluegrass bands and a Dutch oven cook-off combine to make for an amazing music and food festival at Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch May 21. We’re told some of the best bluegrass bands throughout the state will be there to entertain while some of the best Dutch oven chefs from California and Nevada prepare some tasty dishes as they compete for a spot in the World Championships cook-off next spring in Utah. Tickets are $25 at the door. Call Greenhorn for more info, 283-0930. The ranch is located about 10 miles east of Quincy off Highway 70.

dining a la art season kicks off

The Lodge at Whitehawk Restaurant is hosting Dining a la Art again this season beginning Tuesday, May 24. The first benefit goes to the American Cancer Society. Subsequent events will be held the fourth Tuesday of each month, ending Oct. 18 when the restaurant closes for the season. Last year this program impressively raised approximately $10,000 for local community organizations.

certainly worth the stop

Next time you are traveling the Feather River Canyon, you might want to take a brief rest stop at Tobin Resort and Lodge. Barbara Wilson, besides having a wealth of information about the area having lived in the Canyon since the 1950s, opened Hidden Treasures inside the resort. It’s full of things she has collected over the past half century, including a 1940s vintage gas pump, furniture, quilting and an assortment of other items and antiques that she adds to weekly. It’s open Friday, Saturday and Sunday as is James Johnson’s Art Gallery, also on the property at the site of the old gas station.

The resort itself, however, is open daily with 10 cabins that rent by the day, week or month, and a general store. Proprietors are fellow longtime canyon residents Jeff and Dorothy Wilson.

moons set to reopen in july

Word has it that Moons restaurant will reopen in July. We understand Julie Fleury has leased the facility and her sister Denise Smith of Quincy will help her run the dinner house.

light those candles…

The first year is in the books for a couple of Graeagle businesses that share a bit of commonality besides their location. Cast-a-Weigh Cruise Agency is owned and operated by Zoe Le Barron Wolf and Cast-a-Way Consignment Shoppe is owned and operated by Art Wolf.

Ken and Debbie McMaster, owners of The Gold Rush Gallery, are celebrating seven years in Graeagle this coming Memorial Day weekend. Their 32 years of creative and custom jewelry designs are complemented by a successful blend of American-made fine crafts. They also provide local expert jewelry repair, and offer a trusted venue whereby they buy scrap gold.

Brian and Toni Carl begin their third season as owners of Red House Art in Graeagle. There you will find an array of fine arts, designer jewelry, crafts and photography.

DeMartile Automotive on Highway 70 just east of Quincy High School has been serving the automotive repair needs for the area for 11 years.  Owners Evans, Kathy, Tim and Marcy DeMartile are experts at taking care of virtually anything that ails your car or truck.

Thirty-one years ago Rusty Warren opened his shop on Bell Lane in East Quincy selling a myriad of lawn and garden power tools and accessories. During those three-plus decades he has accumulated the experience and knowledge to establish himself as one of the best in his field. Rusty sells and services chain saws, snow and leaf blowers, lawn mowers and weed trimmers to name a few.

Leslie and Jeff Greenwood have been building quality products for 12 years now at Sierra Valley Barns. 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.

In April, Little People/Toy Store proprietors Peter and Totsy Beck celebrated their 33rd year of business. The store, obviously becoming one of the town’s landmarks, is on Main Street across from Bank of America in Quincy’s financial district.

Nichole Brashear is now opening her Portola business, Nichole’s Coffee Depot, on Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. –  1 p.m. During the week she is open 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Brenda and Jeff Lemons kick off their third year with The Coffee Station in Chester. The popular espresso cafe features a drive-thru window.

Birth Partners recently celebrated its sixth year of providing pregnancy mentoring services to families in Plumas and Lassen counties. Susie Wilson said their pregnancy mentoring services include group or private childbirth education classes, skilled labor and delivery support for in-home or hospital births, breastfeeding support, belly casting and an assortment of related workshops and more.  For more information, visit mamamentors.com.

farewell party in portola

Barbara Allara is throwing a farewell party for one of her employees, Diana Robblee, who is leaving Headlines Beauty Salon in Portola after six years. Be sure to stop by the salon Friday, May 27, and wish Diana well.


attends chapter 13 workshop

Attorney David Heaslett recently attended an advanced techniques workshop in Chapter 13 bankruptcy laws dealing with “stripping” second and third deeds of trust on “underwater” real property. David offers free consultation at his Graeagle Village Centre office. Practicing for some 36 years, the last 16 in Plumas County, he also deals in estate planning, criminal defense, real estate and business law matters.


annual benefit take-out lunch

The unselfish people running the Quincy Community Supper program are holding their fifth annual Take-Out Luncheon fundraiser Thursday, May 25. Caron Chance of Back Door Catering is  again preparing the lunches — smoked turkey on a fresh baked croissant with a couple of sides. Gather a group of friends, co-workers and/or family and make it an event by lunching at Gansner Park or the Dame Shirley Plaza. Your $10 investment will help the Community Supper program feed hundreds of people each month. Orders need to be placed by May 19, call 283-1740.


business workshops offered

The Alliance For Workforce Development, now known as Business and Career Network, is offering a series of free workshops for local businesses. The next is May 24 on business planning and financial analysis. A session on June 28 will focus on website development. All classes will be held at the Plumas Unified School District building, 50 Church St., Quincy from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. For more info and to register call Brendan Norris, 283-1606.



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