Business Scene for the week of 2/8/2012

new inventory from trade show

Ken Donnell and Jim McBeen of Donnell’s Musicland in Greenville just returned from Anaheim where they attended the annual National Association of Musical Merchants music and trade show. Ken said this is the largest trade show for musical instruments and related products in North America. Some of the purchases they made included an assortment of electric and acoustic guitars, basses, amplifiers, drums, violins and myriad accessories. Be sure to stop by their store on Main Street in downtown Greenville and check it out! By the way, they also repair musical instruments.

heart awareness day

Plumas Bank’s Portola branch, in conjunction with Eastern Plumas Health Care, invite you to join them for "Heart Awareness Day", Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. The testing, which is free to everyone, include blood pressure, oxygen saturation

and blood sugar levels.


short sales, foreclosure certified

Carol Murray, a Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate in Portola, has earned the nationally recognized short sales and foreclosure resource certification from the National Association of Realtors. The certification program includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiate with lenders, protect buyers and limit risk, and provides resources to help Realtors stay current on national and state-specific information as the market for these distressed properties evolves.


New nail technician joins  char’s beauty team

Char’s Beauty Shop owner and stylist Char Ormachea, is pleased to announce that nail technician and hair stylist Wendy Bohl has joined her team of experts at the Main Street Chester salon. Whatever your hair, nail or tanning needs are, Char’s has the stylists and nail techs to serve your needs.


may you succeed with many more…

The business anniversaries we acknowledge regularly in this column are made possible by so many of you supporting your local businesses that in turn give so much back to our community!

Let’s start by paying tribute to the Graeagle Store celebrating its 93rd birthday this month! Continuing a long family tradition dating back to 1969 when Steve Harding Sr. purchased the store, it is now owned and operated by Steve and Nancy Harding and their daughter Gina and her husband Dale Lambert. Although customers still stand on the original hardwood floors laid in 1918, the inventory and operations of this historic landmark epitomize what you would expect to find in an all-inclusive hometown country store!


Tom Joyce, broker and owner of Graeagle Real Estate and Graeagle Properties, celebrates more than 33 years selling and managing real estate in the Graeagle, Plumas Pines, Whitehawk, Clio, Portola and surrounding areas. When Tom arrived in 1977, he opened a sales office in the Plumas Pines – Plumas Eureka Estates development as the golf course construction began. Today, heand real estate agents Kerry Bowling, Jason Klemesrud and Jon Kennedy can help you buy or sell homes, land, ranches, commercial property and businesses throughout Plumas County. They can also manage your rental property or help you find a rental to fit your needs. Stop by their office located at the entrance to Plumas Pines – Plumas Eureka Estates or give them a call with your real estate inquiries. Tom has also been licensed in Nevada since 1984.


Three years ago longtime Chester resident and businessman Ed Wistos became affiliated with the True Value franchise, giving Chester/Lake Almanor area folks a fully stocked Chester True Value Hardware store.


Plumas Motor Supply and Radio Shack in Quincy celebrated its 12th anniversary in January under Ed Cammack’s ownership. He bought it from his father Bill who moved to Plumas County in 1966 and purchased the auto parts business in 1986. One of the keys to Ed’s success, much like that of his late father, is providing quality customer service while efficiently meeting his customers’ product needs.


Even though owner Nanci Luce is not in town to help commemorate the occasion, the ladies at East Quincy’s Shear Pleasure Day Sap — Dana Cowell, Stephanie Jay andMegan Brennan — are certainly proud their salon has been operating successfully since 1980!


Since 2003, Holly Callahan and company have been successfully pleasing the discriminating palates of their clientele at the very popular Pangaea Cafe and Pub on Main Street in Quincy’s financial district.


James and Sara Koskinen opened Sierra Equipment and Truck Repair in Quincy on Lee Road four years ago. In that short period of time, James has rightfully earned a stellar reputation for his quality work repairing heavy equipment, primarily big trucks.


closed for winter break

It’s that time once again for Denim Blues in downtown Portola to close for a brief winter break. Sharon Weaver will reopen March 6 for her ninth year.


visitors guide deadline friday

It may only be February, but it’s already time to begin focusing our attention on tourism this summer in Plumas County and the impact it has on our local economy.

We agree with a host of local business people and community leaders that tourism this summer will be alive and well. Those visitors opting for more day trips, weekend jaunts and full-blown stay-vacations closer to home will bring a much needed and important infusion of dollars into our local economy.

The advertising deadline for the Plumas County Visitors Guide, a comprehensive full color magazine produced by us in partnership with the Plumas County Visitors Bureau, is this Friday, Feb. 18. If one of our advertising reps hasn’t called on you yet and you want to make sure to be included, call your local newspaper office.  We’re eager to design an effective ad tailored to both your budget and your business.

Your advertising investment and partnership makes it possible to produce these comprehensive and informative guides for our area. Help us help you capitalize on this opportunity by investing some of your hard-earned advertising dollars into the most effective products used to entice and inform families that are both coming to visit or living in this area.


local phone books getting out

The 2010 edition of your locally produced telephone book, the Plumas Lassen Connection, is hot off the presses and is now being delivered throughout Plumas, Lassen and eastern Sierra county. Should you need additional copies for your home or office, just drop by one of our local newspaper offices and help yourself. Here’s a heads-up for folks in the business and service sectors: Well trained sales reps from two other telephone directory companies are currently selling yellow page ads for their books in this area that publish early this summer. In light of the current economic challenges we are all facing, be smart. If, for whatever reason, you decide to buy an ad elsewhere, be clear on what you are buying, who you’re reaching and how it will be of added benefit to you. Since we are here with you throughout the year, if we can further assist you in any way, give one of my advertising sales consultants a call. We are always here to help you in any way we can!


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