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Business Scene for the week of 4/6/2011

looking to buy a new vehicle?

Just because Plumas County no longer has a new car dealership doesn’t mean buying a new car or truck can’t still be done locally. That’s where auto broker Jack Brown at Quincy Auto Sales can help. With his 40-plus years in the automotive business, Jack has developed relationships with the fleet departments at dealerships selling virtually every car and truck made, foreign and domestic. Through those contacts, Jack is able to broker new vehicles that are routinely less expensive than the deals you would find for yourself if you went directly to dealerships in Reno, Chico or Sacramento. It’s easy: call or see Jack, tell him exactly what you want and once he locates it he’ll give you his best deal. It’s that easy and you have nothing to lose and potentially lots to save.

Same can be said if you visit the several automotive dealerships in neighboring Susanville. They each offer their own terrific deals on the various makes and models they sell.

Oh, and by the way, it doesn’t matter where you buy your new vehicle; all dealerships’ service departments are not only required by the manufacturer to honor warranty work, they want your business!

unexpected emergency

Due to an unexpected medical emergency, Nail Boutique owner Shirley Pierson will be closing her East Quincy business April 13 through May 15.

café le coq’s spring break

Patrick and Dee will close their restaurant, Quincy’s Café Le Coq, April 15 through April 24.

body and soul on the move

April 6 Body and Soul will be in their new digs between the post office and Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Quincy. Owner Jennifer Ludvigson also tells us this is their 20th year and between the anniversary and the move there will be lots and lots of specials at their salon.

employers’ job fair dates set

Dates for the 15th annual Employers’ Job Fair, presented by the Alliance for Workforce Development team, are scheduled and take place this month. Here’s an opportunity for businesses to represent their industry or business while talking to the workforce potential to build their applicant pool.

April 11: Chester Memorial Hall, Gay Street.

April 12: Feather River College Gym, Quincy.

April 13: Graeagle Fire Department

The job fairs are from 3 – 5 p.m. Employer setup begins at 2 p.m. For more information or to RSVP call Brenda Norris at 283-1606 or Kathy Norris in Sierra County at 993-4293.

 

impressive milestones to share…

Doing it all right! That’s the best way to judge the success of 27 years in business. Kudos to Tim O’Brien and his team of agents at Coldwell Banker Kehr/O’Brien Real Estate for building such a stellar reputation in the communities they serve from three locations: Chester, Lake Almanor Peninsula and Lake Almanor West. Some time ago, Tim also acquired real estate offices in Portola and Blairsden where he and his team continue the company’s high standards of service.

 

Sterling Sage owners Bink and Josh Huddleston, a father-son team, said they have enjoyed every minute of time they’ve spent over the past 14  years building friendships with their customers who have seen the store evolve from just a home furnishings and antiques business to what it is today. Besides assorted gifts, they have a full-service jewelry supplier offering custom designed jewelry and the ability to repair or restore just about any piece of jewelry. New gift items this year include Fire and Light recycled glassware, gourmet chocolates (think Easter) and a huge array of ladies’ handbags and wallets.  It’s open every day in beautiful downtown Greenville.

A year ago Sierra Energy took over Dollards Sierra Stop in Portola. Jacquie Osbourn, currently the assistant manager, said with some recent management changes they have been busy lowering prices throughout the store in virtually every department, including the deli and fast food section, dairy products, beer and soda, and even cigarettes. They have also reinstituted two popular contests: A monthly contest for the biggest fish wins a fishing pole and a big buck contest for hunters culminates in a season-ending rifle giveaway. Stop by the mini mart/service station for all the details.

The team of professionals at Neff Automotive in Crescent Mills has been expertly serving the area’s automotive repair needs for six years. They work on most cars and trucks, foreign and domestic.

Ellice Roderick is celebrating her seventh anniversary this month at Wisteria in Chester. She is excited to introduce a new line of “Uttermost” fine home accessories and décor.  She’ll also be carrying a new line of women’s loungewear and robes from Pine Cone Hill.

Dan and Carla Day are enjoying their eighth year as owners of High Sierra Landscapes in Quincy. Serving all of Plumas County, they specialize in design and installation of unique mountain landscapes and hardscapes such as ponds, streams, water features and more.

It has been a terrific seven years for Sonshine Flowers owners Vicki Mason and daughter Brooke. They tell us they have enjoyed building their inventory of designer vases, handmade cards and soaps and other unique gifts for their Chester store.

Plumas District Hospital Volunteers are celebrating their 33rd anniversary recently. The anchor to their philanthropic endeavors is the Bargain Boutique at Lawrence and Church streets in Quincy. Proceeds from this thrift shop benefit the hospital, supplying equipment for patient care the hospital could not normally afford or perhaps justify in their operating budget. The Volunteers also award scholarships annually to medical students from the hospital district.

Birth Partners is celebrating its sixth year of providing pregnancy mentoring services to families in Plumas and Lassen counties. Susie Wilson said their pregnancy mentoring services include group or private childbirth education classes, skilled labor and delivery support for in-home or hospital births, breastfeeding support, belly casting and an assortment of related workshops and more.  For more information, visit mamamentors.com
dentist offers free exams

Chester dentist Dr. Brent Webb tells us April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, so he is providing free oral cancer screenings April 20 from 2 – 5 p.m. His office is on Laurel Lane in Chester across from the post office.

He will be at Chester Elementary School for the 18th annual Kindergarten Round-Up April 21. This event provides children 4 – 6 with no-cost health assessments and immunizations. Services include dental, vision and hearing checks and a school-entry physical exam.

healthy hometown challenge

Evergreen Market in Greenville is holding its newest in-store event, “Hometown Healthy Challenge,” now through April 30.

Ken said the supermarket is issuing a “Bingo Challenge” to the youth of Indian Valley In coordination with local schools and agencies, bingo cards will be circulating with challenges on it.  Each square encourages a healthy activity that will require active participation from a young customer and their family. Example’s of challenges include: take a family walk, ride your bike to school all week, cook a healthy meal from Evergreen’s recipe kiosk, and pick up litter around town.  As bingos are completed the participants become eligible for prizes.  The more bingos completed, the larger the prize.  Blackouts will be rewarded with grand prizes including, but not limited to, family passes to the Indian Valley Pool or a half-year scholarship to any program offered by the Indian Valley Rec and Park District.

On April 30, all participants who completed at least one bingo will be invited to participate in a nature hike hosted by the supermarket in coordination with Jeanene Hafen and Community Connections.

 

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