Business Scene for the week of 4/7/2010

Opportunity for local contractors
At a recent conference, Plumas Sierra County Fair Manager John Steffanic and Maintenance Supervisor Oran Morrison became aware of an opportunity that could help local contractors. The construction arm of the California Department of Fairs and Expositions, the California Construction Authority, keeps a list of contractors wanting to be notified of projects administered by the CCA. Construction projects at California’s 78 fairgrounds total over $52 million. They range from fence construction to re-roofing projects. When any of these projects have been funded, bid packages are sent out to those contractors enrolled with the CCA.
John said that absolutely any project that can be done locally on the fairgrounds, will be. But he added that it doesn’t mean other fairgrounds in Northern California have the same policy. Plumas County contractors may have skills that cannot be found around some of those other fairs. For a list of current projects and to sign up with the CCA, visit calconstruction.com

Portola store relocating
Sprouting Roots will be in its new location —the former home of Kline’s Meat Market at 60 N. Pine St. — very soon, according to owner April Scheuchenzuber. She said the move more than doubled the size of her store, making it possible to expand the inventory dramatically. April said much of that would be in the deli department with more salads and sandwiches. She also said she is getting close to final approval for a beer and wine license.
This May marks the store’s fifth year in business!

One sweet grand opening
Traci Downey, proprietor of Traci’s Sweet Surprises is having a grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony and chamber mixer to commemorate the opening of her downtown Quincy retail bakery shop Thursday, April 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. As you might recall, Traci decided to share her 20-plus years of baking experience — cakes, pies, cookies, breads, pastries and the like — with the public and recently opened a phone-in only business working out of the Tulsa Scott Pavilion’s new kitchen at the fairgrounds. Traci said it quickly became a huge success so she decided to open at 503 Main St. just a few doors down from Ayoob’s. Be sure to stop and enjoy some cake and other sweets while wishing Traci continued success. You can also enter to win a $50 gift certificate and a baker’s dozen.

Peninsula grill’s new offerings

John Gamboni has added some new items to his menu at Gamboni’s Peninsula Grill at Lake Almanor that have been priced with today’s economy in mind. He also tells us Thursdays are once again sushi night at this famed restaurant —although, he adds, some sushi items are available throughout the week. But, being the beefy guy that I am, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention his famous burgers — like the half-pound Angus beef, bacon and gorgonzola — are available at the bar.

New paint store manager
Ken Wilkinson has decided to hang up his paintbrushes and is back managing Corlin Paint in Chester. Ken says that he and the store’s owner, Rocky Niles, has formed a partnership that combines their 50-plus years of experience in the painting industry.

Seasonal openings…
Garcia’s Yard Maintenance is in full operation for the season. Some of the many services Otilio and his crew provide include clean-up, de-thatching, aeration, pruning and fire reduction plans.

x Mike Skjerpen has reopened Chester Rental for the season. The store is on Main Street, next to the Pine Shack Frosty.

an exciting year underway
April marks the beginning of the 30th year for Slusher Plumbing, now settled in their new, larger digs at 681-B Main St. in Chester. In addition to “Slusher fixing your flusher,” over the years Dave and his crew have added sewer and drain cleaning, thankless water heaters, radiant heating and are certified for backflow testing and repair.

Restaurant adds bakery
Shirley's Diner in Portola has added a bakery where you can get a variety of donuts, breads and other items including ice cream and candy. Owner Shirley Duncan said the bakery would open at 6:30 a.m. to catch the early crowd.

Birth Partners is celebrating the beginning of its fifth year of providing pre and postnatal, breast-feeding and early infant services to families in Plumas and Lassen Counties.  Pregnancy mentoring includes group and individual childbirth education classes, skilled hospital or home labor and delivery support, certified lactation educator services, bellycasting, resources, referrals, and workshops on breastfeeding, infant-toddler sign language, and early infant parenting.  Group childbirth education classes for teen parents begin in Indian Valley on April 5, with others to follow this spring and summer.

Anniversaries noted…
Owner Ken Anthony is celebrating his third anniversary this month with the Twenty Garage in Chester behind the Kopper Kettle. In addition to being a full service repair facility for foreign and domestic cars and light trucks using computerized diagnostics, Ken now provides smog certifications.

x It’s the seventh year for Dan and Carla Day, who own and operate High Sierra Landscape in Quincy. They specialize in the design and installation of unique mountain landscapes with an added emphasis on ponds, streams and other water features.

Two attend national conference
Wendi Durkin and Marc Vieira of Prudential Lake Almanor Real Estate recently attended Prudential’s national conference in Austin, Texas.  The convention provided brokers and agents the opportunity to develop skills and network with peers. “Attending allowed Marc and I to receive the tools needed to augment our training methods and further develop our real estate skills,” said Wendi, who is the broker/owner, Prudential Lake Almanor Real Estate.  “It’s imperative for our sales professionals to have the knowledge and experience to continually promote the Prudential Real Estate brand, increase their productivity and help our company recruit and retain top-notch professionals.”
Wendi also said they enjoyed the humor and knowledge speakers Scott Hamilton, Olympic figure skater, and Bill Rancic, winner of TV’s first episode of  “The Apprentice,” shared with attendees.
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