Business Scene for the week of 5/25/2011

season openings…

Patey’s Plants Plus has moved to 691 Main St., Chester, and is now open for the season selling flowers, shrubs, trees and more.

Jeff Ogle is opening Jeffroe’s Produce on Main in Chester this week. Besides the fresh produce, fruits and veggies, this multi-faceted business also offers assorted specialty drinks and a popular sandwich/salad bar.

well earned conflict

This Memorial weekend, Carol’s Cafe and West Shore Deli at Lake Almanor’s Prattville,will be open for breakfast and lunch Friday – Sunday but will only be able to serve dinner those days just on Sunday. Seems the owner, Carol Franchetti, has a prior commitment — she is graduating from Feather River College and will be at the campus ceremonies picking up her associate degree. Congrats Carol!


cafe expands menu offerings

The Plumas Cafe in the Plumas Pines Shopping Center in Quincy has expanded their traditional American fare breakfast, lunch and dinner menu to now include an assortment of Mexican dishes as well, reports owner Miriam Marquez.


farewell party in portola

Barbara Allara is throwing a farewell party for one of her employees, Diana Robblee, who is leaving Headlines Beauty Salon in Portola after six years. Be sure to stop by the salon Friday, May 27, and wish Diana well.


light those candles…

It’s the third year for Nichole Brashear’s Portola business, Nichole’s Coffee Depot, which has become hugely popular! Her hours have been expanded to include Saturdays and Sundays, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. During the week she is open 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Merlin’s American Grille in Meadow Valley celebrates its first anniversary this weekend. It and the Ten-Two Bar are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Dinner is served 5 – 9 p.m. The Meadow Valley Market is open daily.


The first year is in the books for a couple of Graeagle businesses that share a bit of commonality besides their location. Cast-a-Weigh Cruise Agency is owned and operated by Zoe Le Barron Wolf and Cast-a-Way Consignment Shoppe is owned and operated by Art Wolf.


Ken and Debbie McMaster, owners of The Gold Rush Gallery, are celebrating seven years in Graeagle this coming Memorial Day weekend. Their 32 years of creative and custom jewelry designs are complemented by a successful blend of American-made fine crafts. They also provide local expert jewelry repair, and offer a trusted venue whereby they buy scrap gold.


Brian and Toni Carl begin their fifth season as owners of Red House Art in Graeagle. There you will find an array of fine arts, designer jewelry, crafts and photography.


Gary and Ellen Foss of Lakeside Construction and Paintingcelebrate the business’s 32nd anniversary. Gary, a licensed general contractor, also offers bat and bird removal services.


Catering to the public during the summer season has helped Rick Williams mark a successful 10-year milestone with Timberline Materials on Highway 36, just west of Chester. Rick started with a few bays of rock and soil and has expanded to selling both decorative and utility rock, soil, bark, sand and the like.


DeMartile Automotive on Highway 70 just east of Quincy High School has been serving the automotive repair needs for the area for 11 years.  Owners Evans, Kathy, Tim and Marcy DeMartile are experts at taking care of virtually anything that ails your car or truck.


Thirty-one years ago Rusty Warren opened his shop on Bell Lane in East Quincy selling a myriad of lawn and garden power tools and accessories. During those three-plus decades he has accumulated the experience and knowledge to establish himself as one of the best in his field. Rusty sells and services chain saws, snow and leaf blowers, lawn mowers and weed trimmers to name a few.


Leslie and Jeff Greenwood have been building quality products for 12 years now at Sierra Valley Barns. Some of the products they manufacture at their Highway 70 facility just east of Beckwourth include horse barns, tack rooms and economical barn-style storage buildings in a variety of sizes.


In April, Little People/Toy Store proprietors Peter and Totsy Beck celebrated their 33rd year of business. The store, obviously becoming one of the town’s landmarks, is on Main Street across from Bank of America in Quincy’s financial district.


Brenda and Jeff Lemons kick off their third year with The Coffee Station in Chester. The popular espresso cafe features a drive-thru window.


June marks the ninth anniversary in business for Quincy Carpet and Window Care owners Rick and Laura Marchus. Their three sons, Jason, Jeremy and Matt, operate Mouser Bros. Cabinetry in Quincy.


Birth Partners recently celebrated 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.

Wilkinson joins paint company

Chester Paint Center owner Jerry Newell has added Ken Wilkinson to his team. Jerry said that with his and Ken’s vast experience, coupled with high quality Kelly Moore paints, there isn’t a painting situation or problem they can’t solve. Both were painting contractors before venturing into retail sales, so their hands-on experience with painting and coating at high elevations is extensive.


solar electric homes

Les Ellis, project manager for Sierra Park Homes, an affordable housing development on Lee Road in Quincy, says they are building a new solar electric model home. He said these new homes are part of the EPA’s new Solar Homes Partnership program.


attends chapter 13 workshop

Attorney David Heaslett recently attended an advanced techniques workshop in Chapter 13 bankruptcy laws dealing with “stripping” second and third deeds of trust on “underwater” real property. David offers free consultation at his Graeagle Village Centre office. Practicing for some 36 years, the last 16 in Plumas County, he also deals in estate planning, criminal defense, real estate and business law matters.


business workshops offered

The Alliance For Workforce Development, now known as Business and Career Network, is offering a series of free workshops for local businesses. The next is May 24 on business planning and financial analysis. A session on June 28 will focus on website development. All classes will be held at the Plumas Unified School District building, 50 Church St., Quincy from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. For more info and to register call Brendan Norris, 283-1606.





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