Busness Scene for the week of 1/5/2011

holiday kudos to quincy eye doc

As Dr. Jonathan Friden was doing his Christmas shopping around Quincy one afternoon and noticing how many others were shopping locally, an idea came to him. He went to his bank and withdrew some money — 14 $50 bills to be exact — and went back to his office, Friden Optometry. Gathering his seven employees together, he announced that they were getting paid time off Christmas Eve day and two $50 bills each. His only request was for them to spend that money locally. His staff told us they did — and then some — and had a ball doing it!

Dr. Friden said he got the idea from the economic stimulus challenge we made to each of our readers to spend $100 locally this holiday season. Merchants are telling us that this campaign has helped and with Dr. Friden’s generosity, there is little doubt!

waste mgt. team scores well

In recently released results of an overall satisfaction poll conducted in 2009 by Gallup, Inc., the Plumas County division of Waste Management earned second place honors in the solid waste company’s sprawling region that includes the greater Sacramento area north and east to the California borders.

Mike Clements, area manager for our local disposal company, said he couldn’t be more proud of the effort his staff made last year working diligently to provide ultimate customer satisfaction and employee recognition. Comparing it to prior years polls, he said his team continues to make remarkable improvements through their dedication and teamwork.

Early in 2010, his employees took the initiative and formed a special committee to formulate and implement yet more goals for their company to better serve their customers while operating safely in hopes of capturing the top honors for the region.    Mike said one of the key components the committee identified centers on quality control, having to do with relatively simple things like his staff taking the initiative to replace warn wheels on dumpsters and waste haulers before being asked by a customer.

“It’s simple. If we are all aware of what is going on around us, whether its making sure our customers are completely taken care of and that the safety of our employees isn’t being compromised, we can provide the ultimate in service and satisfaction in a work environment that is second to none,” he said.

Needless to say, the employees anxiously await the results of Gallup’s 2010 poll to see it they’ve captured first place in their division.

sierra floors turns 20!

Laura Allen originally opened Sierra Floors in Portola to service the housing development of the former Cedar Ridge Golf Course community (now known as Grizzly Ranch). Since the development took longer than anticipated to launch, Laura said her store found a niche serving local residents and contractors. Twenty years later it continues to flourish, featuring mill direct floor and window coverings from major manufactures.


crescent country remains open

One of Plumas County’s most unique and successful stores, Crescent Country, will stay open this winter. Owners Barbara Tucker and Lisa Forcino will be open three days a week, Thursday through Saturday, 10-5. The store, located in the heart of Crescent Mills, features collectibles, antiques, home and garden accessories, gift items galore, candles, greeting cards and just a lot, lot more.


FOUR-YEAR anniversary

The Best Western Rose Quartz Inn is celebrating its fourth year in business in Chester. Owners Chuck and Laura Van Paemel and their General Manager Mannie Lucido are proud of the fact that the Inn has received the “Chairman’s Award” for the past three years. This is the highest honor offered by the hotel chain. Onsite judging criteria include cleanliness, design, customer service, and maintenance.  The 50-room facility features meeting rooms, an exercise center, an outdoor spa and several other amenities.  Mannie and his staff are committed to making sure their guests not only enjoy their stay, but also want to return. High-speed wireless Internet access will soon be available throughout the hotel.

village antiques’ winter break

Quincy’s Village Antiques, Collectables and Gifts will be closed Jan. 15 through Feb. 1. Owners Linda Brennan, Sandra Lee and Marilu Dillard will reopen their unique Lawrence Street store Feb. 2 with lots of new items.


The 1997 NEW YEARS FLOOD VIDEO IN PLUMAS COUNTY is now available on DVD. We’ve completely re-mastered from the original tapes all of the exciting footage that inspired the first video-tape. See the damage beyond the roadblocks. Featuring: The Feather River Canyon flooding, Maple Leaf Tavern, Two Rivers Hwy. 70 washout, Sloat Bridge, Dog Rock Hwy 70 washout, Indian Valley flooding, Quincy and American Valley flooding. To order your copy, send a check or money order for $20 to Kevin Mallory, PO Box 1785, Quincy, CA 95971 and include your name, phone and return address information. Or call (530) 283-0150. Includes tax and shipping.

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