Business Scene for the week of 1/10/2014


Sage Creek Insurance Services owner Rachelle Labosky welcomes Laura Kincaid to her staff. As a customer service representative, Laura will specialize in personal lines and home and auto insurance. Her state insurance license is pending. Sage Creek offers the full range of personal and commercial insurances. You will find them on Main Street in Chester next to Plumas Tires. 



Joe Gilmour, Realtor associate with the newly opened Chester offices of Keller Williams Realty, has joined the 800-member ranks of KW Luxury Homes International. Joe looks forward to this new affiliation, which he says brings the strength of this elite, luxury properties arm of Keller Williams Realty to Lake Almanor’s local high-end market. The office is at 328 Main St. in Chester.


Owner Suzanne Hamar wants you to know The General Store on Crescent Street in Greenville will be staying open this winter. Beginning Jan. 2, the store will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. But if you need something from her store when she is not scheduled to be open, give Suzanne a call at 394-6008. The store carries a variety of work clothes for most professions, household items and giftware. 



• Kimberly and Phil Kaznowski, owners of Howling Dogs Bike & Ski, are celebrating their business’s first anniversary. You will find it in one of the historical red buildings in downtown Graeagle, and they are open year-round. They sell and rent cross-country skis and snowshoes, along with offering bike sales, rentals and service. They will soon carry the very specialized Fatboy bikes, which are designed for riding in the snow. The Kaznowskis also work closely with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and TRAC to promote the building and maintenance of multiuse trails that will benefit the area economically.


• Gregg and Trecy Marr celebrate their fifth anniversary at Manni Funeral Home and Evergreen Crematorium in Portola. They have more than 25 years of experience helping families overcome the difficulties and emotions of losing a loved one. Trecy has been active with her own business as well, Trinity Esthetics, which is located at Nakoma Golf Resort, where she is also the director of spa and resort hospitality. 


• Attorney Mary K. Shelters has been practicing law from her Greenville offices for four years. She has been an attorney for 34 years and specializes in bankruptcy protection and negotiating settlements with unsecured creditors, as well as estate planning.


• Marty Swisher, owner of Marty’s Carpet Care and Repair in Quincy, begins his eighth successful year taking care of customers’ needs.


• Twenty-two years ago Al Holloway opened Holloway Engineering at Quincy’s Gansner Airfield. With 48 years in the trade, Al and his team comprise one of a small handful of licensed repair stations that specialize in rebuilding radial piston engines — the kind commonly found in antique airplanes and biplanes. It’s interesting to note that their customer base for this Quincy shop is worldwide! For locals who need help with nonaviation-related precision computerized machining or Heliarc welding, they offer that service as well.


• For 21 years John Pato has managed the Graeagle Chevron for the West family. Troy Holt, an ASC-certified auto technician with loads of experience, begins his seventh year there taking care of everything from minor tuneups and oil changes to brake jobs and major overhauls — foreign or domestic. Troy also repairs small engines like those in snowblowers and snowmobiles.



It’s time once again to begin focusing our attention on tourism this summer in Plumas County and the impact it has on our local economy. 

Based on a variety of reliable sources, including those in the local hospitality trade, it seems a healthy percentage of our visitors generally come from a radius of just a couple hundred miles — many are weekend warrior types doing a little day-tripping.    

With that in mind, we here at Feather Publishing Co. are already working on our annual Plumas County Visitors Guide — it’s actually a work in progress all year long. Local business owners and service and hospitality providers should continue to consider this informative publication an annual “must buy” advertising investment. 

The full-color, high-quality magazine is packed full of information detailing virtually everything our county has to offer to both visitors and locals alike. Some 90,000 copies will be distributed free to hundreds of locations in our region throughout 2014.

As a way of extending its reach to entice more visitors to our special place in California, and as an added value to our advertisers, we also post the entire magazine in a very user-friendly format on our website, plumasnews.com. The electronic version of the visitors guide gets hundreds of viewers monthly throughout the season. 

The deadline for advertising space will be here before you know it. If your advertising representative has not yet approached you and you want to make sure to reserve space in this product, call your local newspaper office or give me a call at 283-0800. We’re ready and willing to help you design an effective ad tailored to both your budget and your business.

Your advertising investment in this product should also be considered a partnership that makes this comprehensive and informative guide possible. It’s the single most effective print and electronically packaged product used to entice families to come and spend in Plumas County.

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