Business Scene for the week of 8/25/2010


Over the years, Napa Auto Parts stores have been know for their quality products. Now many of the locations are quickly becoming known for their low, competitive prices. Paul Kleine, manager of the East Quincy store, said they now offer Value Line auto parts with pricing competitive with the big auto parts stores such as Pet Boys. Paul said they have added thousands of dollars in new lower-priced inventory throughout the store with parts for virtually any car or truck, domestic and import. A couple more quick notes to add about other changes made at the East Quincy store, (aka Canyon Motor Parts: Weatherhead hydraulic hoses and fittings can be custom made while you wait and machine shop services are also now available through their sister store in Susanville. Just drop off your work off in Quincy and they'll do the rest. They've ramped up the inventory, ramped up the staffing and they are ready to deliver!


The East Quincy merchants are holding their annual community yard sale this Saturday, Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Highway 70 in East Quincy. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Quincy Arbor Trail.


The Thompsons at Mt. Lassen Log & Timber Frame Homes in Chester are now the area representatives for Timberpeg homes, whose East and West coast shops combine old-world craftsmanship with state-of-the-art building materials. This is truly a complement to their Real Log Homes products. Timberpeg offers a myriad of choices and homes based on flexible timber frame design systems capturing virtually any concept in a new home you might have or have seen elsewhere. For those starting from scratch, let J.R., Windy or Harry at the store take you on a virtual tour of offerings.


A special workshop entitled "2010 Economic and Demographic Workshop - Understanding Your Local Economy," is set for Thursday, Sept. 2, from 9:30 a.m. - noon at the Plumas Sierra Fairgrounds. The workshop is presented by the Center for Economic Development at Chico State.

David Gallo, Ph.D., resident economist at the Center for Economic Development and professor emeritus at the university, will present economic and demographic information, including current state, national and local conditions, housing market conditions, forecasts of economic recovery, population and income growth and his thoughts on local economic base industries. Dr. Gallo will answer questions specifically related to this county and encourages active participation.

Pre-registration of $50 is required. Each attendee will receive a free copy of Chico State's new County Quick Facts document - a $50 value. For more information call 898-4598 or visit cedcal.com/workshops


Jack and Erin Dunn, owners of Dunn's Coffee and Fine Teas, are celebrating 14 successful years in business. Located next to the post office in Quincy, this popular gathering place offers an assortment of homemade baked goods prepared daily,

Complemented by a great selection of coffees and teas. Their newly remodeled outdoor seating section is a great place to kick back, read the newspaper and enjoy a nice cup of coffee!

Jim and Sharon Schwilling are celebrating their first year with Jimmy's Roadhouse in Portola. The couple has enjoyed serving and supporting their local community this past year and look forward to continuing for years to come.

Teri Haas is now in her eighth year with her very successful - as evidenced by the smiling faces on her four-legged customers - Top Dog Grooming Studio. You will find her studio located off Quincy Junction Road on Bell Lane.

Forty-four years, wow! That's how long Bruce and Susan Robinson have been the owners and operators of the obviously very successful Shadetree Auto Sales and Repair in East Quincy. They cater to their customers with quality used cars and trucks, tractors, horse trailers and new and used tires.

Tom and Doria Hupp have begun their 18th year as proprietors of Almanor Flooring, Inc. in Chester. As a licensed flooring contractor, they sell and install a wide selection of flooring products including carpet, ceramic tile, hardwood, laminate and vinyl. They are also priority dealers for a full line of Hunter Douglas window coverings.

Fran Gray is set to enjoy her eighth anniversary as proprietor of Back Porch Consignment in Chester.

The hardworking and congenial Christine Crawford begins her fourth year as owner of one of Quincy's anchor businesses, Epilog Books. This year Christine has teamed up with Forest Stationers and Quincy Hot Spot and opened a new location in downtown Graeagle with a one-of-a-kind well stocked store called Epilog & Company.

Hats off to another anchor business and hardworking couple, Gary and Mary Vogt and American Valley Hardware in the Plumas Pines Shopping Center in Quincy. They've been at it 28 years! Need paint, plumbing, electrical, automotive parts and supplies? How about household appliances and gift items? Whatever it is, chances are you will find it at their store and it'll be priced right!

The St. Bernard Lodge, Bed & Breakfast has been in existence since 1999. The last 12 years Sharon and Jim have been at the helm. The lodge is located on Highway 36, 10 miles west of Chester and only 20 minutes from Lassen Park. The lodge offers lots of services and amenities, including horse boarding, special events pricing, an outdoor hot tub and a trout pond the kids are sure to love.

Red's Meadow Ranch begins its 14th year in business. Roger Douglas and Mildred Balben offer trail rides, horseshoeing, horse training, riding lessons and boarding. They are open year-round and can be found above Clio on C Road.

Rick and Eileen Greenly are celebrating their 10th anniversary at their store, Papa Murphy's Pizza, conveniently located in the post office building in Quincy. They are well known for their delicious take and bake pizzas.

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