District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall shared an interesting item she read elsewhere with us touting the impact shopping at home has on our local economy.
Consider this challenge: If each of our newspaper readers were to spent just $100 each shopping at home this holiday season, it would pump over $1.8 million into the Plumas County economy (that’s based on a conservative average of just two readers per newspaper).
Seriously, how hard would it be to spend an extra hundred bucks at home? It could be a couple of gifts from your favorite stores or perhaps some gift certificates from the beauty salon, massage studio or service provider. Heck, you might even be waffling about having your car serviced before making that holiday drive to out-of-area friends or relatives. If you did, it would contribute to this effort as well. You get the idea, just look around, you’re sure to find something for someone special — even if that someone special is you!
Of course, the alternative: Don’t do anything and you’ll be doing your part to help feed the recession.
SETTING IT STRAIGHT
I mention in error a couple of weeks ago that Café Q would be staying open this winter. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Executive Chef Conrado Quevedo says the Lake Almanor Peninsula restaurant will indeed be closed for the winter and will reopen in March. In the meantime, Conrado says he will be consulting with the food and beverage department at the Hotel Mt. Lassen in Susanville during its expansion. Sorry for the confusion.
RESTAURANT OFFERS BAILOUT
Even a 14-year veteran restaurateur like chef/proprietor Lynn Hagen at the Grizzly Grill in Blairsden knows consumers are looking for deals where ever they go, so Lynn has created a new “smaller plate bar menu” for just that reason at her famed dining establishment. From burgers and pizzas to steaks and ribs, this newly created “mountain cuisine” menu has it all, including great prices. And, of course, she still offers her regular dinner menu with lower (yes, you heard right!) prices as well.
Susan Terry and crew at Mt. Tomba Restaurant in Cromberg are serving a traditonal Thanksgiving dinner from 3-7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. But be sure to call first to make sure there is still room.
CHESTER MERCHANTS OPEN HOUSE
This Friday night, Nov. 28, the Chester area merchants are holding their annual open house/Christmas kickoff celebration. Participating merchants will be open until 8 p.m. with lots of great bargains, free drawings and tasty treats to enhance your shopping pleasure, not to mention the caroling and sidewalk fireplaces that add to the festive event. And don’t forget the hay wagon rides helping get folks from one end of town to the other.
NEW STAFFER, ANNIVERSARY PLANS
Naomi Vaughn will be celebrating her second anniversary with Drop Dead Gorgeous, next to the One Stop in East Quincy. To celebrate, during the week of Dec. 1-5, she will offer complimentary champagne for her clients and giving away lots of prizes, including gift baskets with filled with beauty products.
Licensed massage therapist Beatrice McNulty has also joined the team. Beatrice is also celebrating the occasion by offering a special on her massages.
BIVENS AND VANZANT JOIN SALON
We have two new faces at Margie Meeker’s Country Style Salon in Greenville. Kelli Bivens is available for nails and pedicures, featuring Rock Star nails. On Saturdays, until she graduates from cosmetology school in Chico, Karen VanZant is doing her apprenticeship at the salon. As such, she is offering discounts for both appointments and walk-in clientele.
PLUMAS BANK’S CALENDAR CONTEST
Plumas Bank’s fourth annual photo calendar this year features Nature’s Harmony in “Plumas Bank Country.” Richard McCutcheon was the winner of the $100 cash prize offered in a random drawing of those photogs selected. The other winners whose photos were selected and featured include (chronologically in the months they appear): Karen Hicks (cover); Dick Daniel; Deborah Housen; Michelle Riendeau; Kathleen Smith; Kristen Stelzriede; Ralph Levy; Carolyn Gibbs; Mike Willhoit; Jessica Nelson and John Zeis. A $25 donation was made in each winner’s name to a charity of his or her choice.
Be sure to pick up your free copy of the new 2009 Photo Calendar at your local Plumas Bank office today!
CHESTER CHAMBER’S NEXT MIXER
Plumas Bank is teaming up with Holiday Market in Chester as co-sponsors of the Thursday, Dec. 4, Chester/Lake Almanor Chamber mixer. It’ll be held at the branch from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy and you’ll get an extra ticket for a chance to win one of the great door prizes offered.
NEW ORTHOPEDIC DOC IN CHESTER
Dr. Farzad Sabet is now with Shasta Orthopaedic and will practice in its Chester office, beginning Dec. 1. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine. Following his residency, Dr. Sabet was accepted for a fellowship program at the Spine Institute in Ohio. This fellowship concentrated on non-surgical treatment of neck and back pain. The Cleveland Clinic ranked was ranked in the top three hospitals by the “US News & World Report” America's Best Hospitals survey. The doctor says he believes in treating a person as a whole rather than treating the symptoms in isolation.
WELLBEING CENTER CLOSES
Citing current economic conditions, Hannah Rothlin has decided to close Plumas County Wellbeing Center in Quincy and serving clients’ needs for the past four years. Hannah says she will still be available for wellness consulting, employee fitness and personal fitness training in your home, office or local fitness center.