Business Scene for the week of 11/1/17

Christmas open houses 
Kickoff your holiday shopping by visiting participating merchants at these upcoming Christmas open houses in both Quincy and Indian Valley. See the first three paragraphs in the adjacent Business Scene column for
details. Here’s Bink Huddleston of Sterling Sage dishing out his little pancakes and toppings at last year’s open house. Photo by Maggie Wells

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSES SATURDAY

They are kicking off the Christmas season: Quincy Hotspot and Forest Stationers are both once again holding their annual Holiday Open Houses this Saturday, Nov 4, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The respective store’s owners, DeeDee Driscol and Cheryl Reintz will help you get a jump on your holiday shopping offering you a look at the newest gifts for the season with big discounts. And, as a bonus, everyone who brings in a non-perishable food item to donate to the CAN food drive campaign will receive an additional 5 percent off his or her purchase. The Hot Spot is in East Quincy across from the Ranchito Motel and Forest Stationers is in downtown Quincy across from the courthouse.

INDIAN VALLEY’S OPEN HOUSES

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 – 5, a host of Indian Valley businesses are once again celebrating “A Christmas Tradition” with holiday open houses in Greenville, Crescent Mills and Taylorsville, an event that began 32 years ago with just one merchant — Crescent County. Joining them this year is Sterling Sage, Evergreen Market, Hunter Hardware, Donnell’s MusicLand and Village Drug, Anna’s Café and Crescent Tow. Some of the participants will offer chances to win special gifts and prizes.

FOOD SHOW AND SAMPLING AT YOUNG’S

Here’s something you certainly won’t want to miss: For the next two weekends, Nov. 3 – 5 and Nov. 10 – 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors at the historic Young’s Market in Taylorsville can sample an array of products carried at this unique small town store — which can be considered Plumas County’s version of a Whole Foods Market. The long list of delectable items includes products such as specially prepared pork loin, local jams, their famous cheeses including stuffed brie, holiday appetizers and more. Storeowner and professional caterer Kelly Tan and her staff will show you how to make many of the items they are serving as well as showing you how to also prepare dishes using organic products and other healthy alternatives.

TECH EARNS POLARIS’ GOLD STAR

Jimmy Hogg, a service technician at DuPont Power Tools in Quincy, just returned from an extensive one-week training program at the Polaris factory in Minneapolis where he earned the snowmobile and ATV manufacturer’s highest service certification for their snowmobiles: The Gold Star. Jimmy finished a three-tier program, each consisting of one-week’s training at their plant with the first earning a bronze certificate, followed by a silver rating with the final being a gold star certification. In November, Jimmy will return to the factory for his final week-long training to get the gold star certification for their OHVs. “Jimmy is without a doubt my go-to guy for technical questions. We have customers come to us from all over northern California and Nevada because they like our knowledgeable staff and hometown service,” said store owner Duffy DuPont.

VETERANS SPAGHETTI DINNER

On Saturday, Nov. 11, Eastside Public House co-owner Helen Reynolds is serving her famous garden spaghetti dinner (meatballs by request) and garlic bread in honor of Veterans Day — and if you are a veteran, your meal is on the house! Dinners are also conveniently available for takeout. By the way, they are now open seven days a week.