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Business Scene for the week of 11/24/2011

Plumas Bank’s Photo Calendar

Plumas Bank’s beautiful 2012 photo wall calendars are now available at your local branch office. The calendar showcases the artistry of local photographers highlighting the theme “Simple Pleasures in Plumas Bank Country.” As the bank celebrates its 31st year, it realizes its success is due to the continuing support of its loyal customers. Offering this coveted calendar as a gift is just one of the ways they have to show you how much they sincerely appreciate your business.

Elizabeth Kuipers, vice president and marketing manager, wants to also thank all the talented photographers who submitted photos. The 2012 calendar winners are Linda Cooley (cover), and, in order by month, Jean Souders, Pat Roarty, Michael Rodriguez, Mary Edwards, Ronda Hall, Shawna McCurley, David Whicker, Peter Spain, Carmen Kresge, Adrienne Stenson, Chris Stepahin Larson, Heather Way, and Richard McCutcheon. Congratulations to all the winners, and an extra special kudos to lucky Kresge: Her name was drawn to win the $100 cash prize!

 

custom framing now offered

In their ongoing quest to expand the store’s products to satisfy shoppers’ needs, the ladies at Good Vibrations have added a custom picture-framing department. Artist and framer Jolene Sherman brings her extraordinary talents to the Main Street Chester business complex.

We also want to note accomplished local artist Pam Trebes is showing her newest mixed water media creations and photography at Good Vibrations. “Doing the Dance on Deer Creek” is a culmination of three years work in landscape and floral presentations.

 

wedding vendors on display

Check out the new wedding display at Traci’s Sweet Surprises on Main Street in scenic downtown Quincy. Traci has provided display space in her store for Quincy Hot Spot and Feather Publishing to showcase the wedding services and merchandise they offer so future brides — while they are ordering their wedding cakes from Traci — can easily see other items that are available in Quincy for their special day.

 

crescent country winners

The holiday open house at Crescent Country in Crescent Mills was a great success with a huge turnout, report owners Barbara Tucker and Lisa Forcino. As always, shoppers enjoyed their delicious appetizers and hot mulled cider while browsing around the festively decorated gift store. Winning a $50 gift certificate each were Mary Fregoso of Chester, Bev Davis, of Paradise and Lake Almanor, and Tom Ortez, of Lake Almanor.

 

day in and day out…

Although Tangles has been in business 15 years, Carmine Ward and Jennifer Salazar are excited to announce their 10th year as owners of the full service salon in Portola.

 

Ken Muir and Dick Biri are celebrating 20 years as the successful owners and operators of Dickens Drilling, headquartered in East Quincy. Their territory includes all of Plumas and Sierra counties.

 

The Claremont Mobile Village in Quincy is under new management. Art and Donitta Vieira have taken over the responsibilities for running the park, which has one–,two– and three–bedroom mobiles and RV sites available.

 

Owner Moirag Swing marks her fifth year with Crazyblooms, a full service florist and gift shop on Bonta Street in downtown Blairsden.

 

It was just a year ago Nancy Presser opened Sacred Space Energetic Healing Arts in Greenville. She offers an extensive variety of techniques with her massage and yoga programs.

 

Attorney Mary K. Shelters has completed her second year practicing in Plumas County from her offices in Greenville. As a lawyer for 32 years, Mary specializes in bankruptcy protection and negotiates settlements with unsecured creditors for those clients who cannot protect their assets in bankruptcy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shop at home challenge

With the holidays just around the corner coupled with the state of our sagging economy, this special shop at home challenge that was first made two years bears renewing for one very good reason: it’s been taken to heart by a lot of folks and it has helped. Merchants repeatedly told us last year and the year before that it was very common for shoppers to tell them they were participating in the “challenge” to help bolster our local economy.

So here it is again:

If our newspaper readers each spent just $100 shopping at home this holiday season, it would pump over $1.8 million into the Plumas County economy — and that’s based on a conservative average of just two readers per newspaper sold each week.

There is no denying it, times are tough right now, but how hard would it really be to make a determined effort to spend a hundred bucks — or as much as you can for that matter — at home between now and Christmas?

It could be gifts from your favorite stores; maybe gift certificates from local restaurants, beauty salons, massage therapists, auto detailers or other service providers. How about having your vehicle serviced before making that holiday drive to be with out-of-area friends or relatives? If you did have it serviced with this campaign in mind that too counts towards our goal.

You get the idea, just look around town thinking creatively outside the box. You’re sure to find something for someone special — even if that someone special is you!

By the way, last year Dr. Jonathan Friden was doing his Christmas shopping around Quincy one afternoon and noticing how many others were shopping locally, an idea came to him. He went to his bank and withdrew some money — 14 $50 bills to be exact — and went back to his office, Friden Optometry. Gathering his seven employees together, he announced that they were getting paid time off Christmas Eve day and were given two $50 bills each. His only request was for them to spend that money locally. His staff told us they did — and then some — and had a ball doing it!

Dr. Friden said he got the idea from the economic stimulus challenge we made to each of our readers to spend $100 locally this holiday season. Merchants are telling us that this campaign has helped and with Dr. Friden’s generosity, there is little doubt!

 

 

 

 

shop at home? do the math!

With the holidays just around the corner and given the state of our economy, this special shop at home message — or challenge, if you will — from a year ago certainly warrants repeating.

If each of our newspaper readers spent just $100 each shopping at home this holiday season, it would pump over $1.8 million into the Plumas County economy — and that’s based on a conservative average of just two readers per newspaper sold each week.

Granted, times are tough right now, but how hard would it really be to make a determined effort to spend a hundred bucks at home sometime over the next month-and-a-half? It could be a couple of gifts from your favorite stores, maybe some gift certificates from the beauty salon, massage studio or other service provider. How about having your vehicle serviced before making that holiday drive to be with out-of-area friends or relatives? If you did have it serviced with this campaign in mind that too counts towards our goal. You get the idea, just look around, you’re sure to find something for someone special — even if that someone special is you!

Collective efforts make for positive results.

(Thanks again to Supervisor Sherrie Thrall for sharing this idea with us last year and to the Alliance For Workforce Development for their assistance in co-sponsoring this campaign for the next month).

 

Some of you old timers like myself might remember when Tony owned and operated Quincy Hardware (across from the courthouse where Forest Stationers is) from 1969 –74. He returned to Southern Calif. in 1988, where he owned and operated a number of businesses, including a chain of pizza restaurants, which he sold before returning to the area 12 years ago.

 

 

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