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Business Scene for the week of 12/7/2011

BANK CELEBRATES THE SEASON

Plumas Bank is celebrating the holidays by hosting several festive events at their branches, as they have done for decades.

The Chester office is hosting a chamber mixer called “Taste of the Lake Almanor Basin” Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Dec.14, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Eastern Plumas residents can enjoy another holiday mixer at the Portola office. If your social calendar is already booked you can enjoy refreshments when you do your everyday banking at the Greenville or Quincy branches Wednesday – Friday, Dec. 14 – 16. In Susanville visit their office Monday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 16, for customer appreciation days. Don’t forget to pick up your custom 2012 calendar featuring the “simple pleasures of Plumas Bank Country” while you’re there.

 

We challenge you to spend $100 locally this holiday season

In case you missed our editorial last week during the Thanksgiving holiday, the challenge bears repeating.

Two years ago — thanks to an idea given to us by Supervisor Sherrie Thrall — we began challenging our readers to spend $100 locally during the holiday season. With our still sagging economy it’s worth making the challenge again for one reason: a number of you have taken it to heart — and it has helped. Merchants repeatedly told us last year and the year before that it was very common for shoppers to tell them they were participating in the challenge to help bolster our local economy.

If each of our newspaper readers spent $100 shopping at home this holiday season, it would pump more than $1.8 million into Plumas County’s economy. (That’s based on a conservative average of just two readers per newspaper.)

The $100 —or whatever extra amount fits the family budget — could take the form of gifts from your favorite stores. Thinking outside the traditional gift-giving box, how about the practicality of giving a gift certificate from one of the umpteen restaurants, beauty salons, massage therapists, auto detailers, gyms, golf courses and other service providers throughout the county?

It doesn’t have to be just presents. You could spend the money on something more personal. Whether it is getting your nails done for a special party, dinner out or tanking up for a trip to visit family, there are literally hundreds of ways to spend $100 in your town this holiday season — we challenge you to find the ways that best fit your needs and lifestyle.

 

my apologies ken

Ken Donnell recently opened a new business, Donnell’s MusicLand, in Greenville that I inadvertently renamed McDonnell’s last week in this column. The store is well stocked with musical instruments, accessories, sheet music, amplifiers and more. Ken also makes custom guitars and they offer repair service for stringed instruments. My apologies Ken for the faux pas.

hot tub back in service

It took a little time but was well worth the wait!  Once again you can relax and enjoy a long soak after your next workout or the day’s chores in the hot tub at Feather River Fitness in Quincy. It’s sure to soothe those pesky aches and pains.

customer loyalty cards

Store manager Ashley Stevenson has created something special for her customers at Ayoob’s Main St. Style in downtown Quincy. It’s a customer loyalty card worth 50 percent off your purchase after you use the card 10 times for purchases of $20 or more. You go girl! By the way, if you haven’t been in the family apparel store lately you’re in for quite a surprise. What a great selection for everyone in the family!

light the candles…

Michael and Karen Kibble are celebrating their eighth anniversary as proprietors of Quincy Drug Store. Combined with their second location Portola Village Pharmacy, they employee 18 people. Much of their success revolves around the exceptional customer service these individuals offer.

Hair stylist and nail technician Alisa Short is beginning her 10th year at Country Styling Salon in Greenville. Salon owner Margie Meeker said, “It’s been a great 10 years, I hope she will stick around for another 10!”

Cosmetologist Megan Brennan is celebrating her first anniversary as Eclipz at Shear Pleasure Day Spa in Quincy. To mark the celebration, Megan is offering free hair color consultations and invites the salon’s clients to stop by and enjoy some Christmas coffee and appetizers while they receive their services.

Celebrating her second year in retail business is Emily Webb of Emily’s Garden in downtown Quincy’s theater district. Her store is filled with bath and body lotions, gift items and women’s accessories like hats, handbags and scarves. This store is truly like no other, especially if you are looking for that unique gift for the lady in your life.

John and Tracy Wixted are celebrating their first anniversary as innkeepers of the Ranchito Motel in East Quincy. Besides the new signage in front, they have also replaced the beds, bedspreads and curtains and have installed new flat panel TVs is almost every room since assuming ownership. They are closing the motel Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, 2012, for a vacation break.

Attorney Mary K. Shelters has completed her second year practicing in Plumas County from her offices in Greenville. As a lawyer for 32 years, Mary specializes in bankruptcy protection and negotiates settlements with unsecured creditors for those clients who cannot protect their assets in bankruptcy.

Owner Moirag Swing marks her fifth year with Crazyblooms, a full service florist and gift shop on Bonta Street in downtown Blairsden

…come visit us too!

When you are out and about between now and Christmas, be sure to stop by the Feather Publishing offices on Lawrence Street in Quincy. In the spirit of the season, and as a way of saying thanks to our friends and patrons, the staff has prepared lots of holiday treats to share, so be sure to stop by Dec. 14 – 24, Wednesday – Friday.

helen’s place reopening

Helen Reynolds is reopening Helen’s Place Dec. 20 in its new location at 2114 Mansell Street in East Quincy. In addition to doing men’s and women’s hair, nails and waxing, Helen will be bringing back her popular men’s haircut days on Thursdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for $10 with no appointment necessary. Helen can be reached at 283-9000.

 

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