Business Scene for the week of 11/18/2009

    Former Roseville resident Mannie Lucido has been named manager of Best Western Rose Quartz Inn and the Chester Manor Motel. He brings 25 years experience in hotel management and said he is looking forward to working with the staff to make sure their guests not only enjoy their stay but will also want to return. One of the property’s owners, Chuck Van Paemel, said they are glad to have Mannie and the experience he brings to their Chester facilities.

    As they change to meet their customers’ needs and to better reflect those changes, Greenville businessmen Bink and Josh Huddleston (father-son) have changed the name of their Greenville business. Main Street Antiques is now Sterling Sage. While they still carry a wide variety of antiques, Bink said it is no longer their main focus. “We sell a wonderful eclectic mix of fine jewelry, home furnishing and gourmet goodies that the old name just didn’t fit anymore. We are also a full service jewelry store offering design, repair and sales,” he said.

    Ken Anthony at the Twenty Mile Garage on Myrtle Street in Chester is doing it again. This time, in celebration of Thanksgiving, he’s honoring senior citizens (62 and older) and their caretakers by giving them a free oil change Saturday, Nov. 21. Be early, he has a 20-vehicle limit of the free offer.

    Plumas Bank’s fifth annual photo calendar will be available at the branches the week of Thanksgiving. The 2010 calendar celebrates 30 years of community banking in Plumas Bank Country. Mark Elliott won the $100 cash prize. The winning photographers were Lorissa Soriano (cover), Jean Souders, Kari Capella, Luke Sanders, Linda Carpenter, Ila Decker, Tracy Keelan, Richard McCutcheon, Linda Rutherford, William Butler, Pete DuBois, Katherine Iglesias, Mark Elliott, and Winthrop Chamberlain. A $25 donation was made in each winner’s name to a charity of their choice.

    Saturday, Nov. 28, is a busy day in Taylorsville. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the backroom of the Taylorsville Tavern local vendors will be selling their holiday gift items and a holiday decorations swap meet where you can buy, sell or trade those no longer used items followed by a chili dinner at 4 p.m. Then be sure not to miss the spectacular Taylorsville light parade beginning at 6 p.m.

    Come join the fun as Westwood celebrates Christmas in the Mountains Friday, Dec. 4, from 5-9 p.m. Festivities include a tradition Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a light parade, arts and crafts, merchant booths, horse-drawn sleigh rides, live music, as well as plenty of food. The Westwood Chamber and Westwood Focus host the event. There is no charge for booth space or parade entries. For more information call 256-2800.

    I mentioned last week that Macy Lawrence has returned to Chester and is working at Beckster’s Stylin Asylum on Main Street. A familiar place for Macy since she worked there for years as an apprentice under her mother, Terri Lawrence, when the studio was known for 18 years as Hair Design. Terri left the area and sold to Becky McIntyre, hence its new name.

    With the expansion completed, Carrie Warren, Suzanne Hernandez and Joe Gilmore at the Giggling Crow in Chester are having an open house Friday, Nov. 20 complete with refreshments and prizes. At their Main Street location next to the Grey Squirrel, they have doubled the size to accommodate a larger variety of women’s clothing and accessories as well as the addition of men’s clothing. Also new is Evans Brothers hand-roasted specialty coffee and chocolate confections. Inside you will also find an assortment of small home décor items and seasonal novelties.

    The annual tradition continues at the Way Station in Greenville. Gould, Bev and friends will once again prepare and serve a traditional (and complimentary) Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 26, from 2-5 p.m. It’s simply their way of saying thanks to their customers and sharing the true meaning of Thanksgiving with their “extended family,” their friends and neighbors. “If you can’t be with your family on Thanksgiving, come be with ours,” they said.

    x And in Portola, Shirley Duncan is doing the same thing in need in her community. Shirley’s Diner is offering a free Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 26 as well, from noon to 4 p.m. Shirley says you are welcome to dine in her restaurant or she’ll even deliver the meal to local homes for free.

    District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall shared an interesting item she read elsewhere with us touting the impact shopping at home has on our local economy.
    Consider this challenge: If each of our newspaper readers were to spent just $100 each shopping at home this holiday season, it would pump over $1.8 million into the Plumas County economy (that’s based on a conservative average of just two readers per newspaper).
    Seriously, how hard would it be to spend an extra hundred bucks at home? It could be a couple of gifts from your favorite stores or perhaps some gift certificates from the beauty salon, massage studio or service provider. Heck, you might even be waffling about having your car serviced before making that holiday drive to out-of-area friends or relatives. If you did, it would contribute to this effort as well. You get the idea, just look around, you’re sure to find something for someone special — even if that someone special is you!
    Of course, the alternative: Don’t do anything and you’ ll be doing your part to help feed the recession.

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