Profiles in Business - Chester Old Town Café

M. Kate West
Staff Writer

Whether you are looking for a hot cup of coffee, a spot of tea or something sweet to go with either, the Chester Old Town Café is ready to serve. From left: Jessica Root, Chef Carol Franchetti and Megan Marceau. Photo by M. Kate West

After 14 months, the Chester Old Town Café is well on its way to being a landmark, like its sister operation, Carol’s Café & West Shore Deli at Prattville.

Popular Basin Chef Carol Franchetti, who has owned and operated the Prattville café for 42 years, also owns the Chester Old Town Café. 

In speaking about her reasons for opening another business, Franchetti said, “I wanted year-round work during the off months when Prattville is closed. I am very excited about being in town.”

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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.

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Profiles in Business - Patti's Thunder restaurant seems like home

Profiles in Business - Patti's Thunder
Debra Moore
Staff Writer
Patti DeCoe owns and operates Patti’s Thunder, a popular restaurant in Quincy. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and also hosts special parties. Photos by Debra Moore

Patti’s Thunder is a popular breakfast and lunch place in Quincy, but to owner Patti DeCoe it feels more like her living room because she thinks of her employees and regular customers as family.

Patti and her former husband, Darold, owned and operated the restaurant, which was then called Morning Thunder, from 1992 until 2007.

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Business Scene for the week of 1/3/2014

stock wins guitar

Continuing with its anniversary tradition, Donnell’s MusicLand in Greenville announces the winner of a brand new guitar. This year’s winner is Quincy resident Rick Stock, who will soon be taking home an Indiana Dakota 00 (double aught) natural finish guitar. The annual drawing, which is open to anyone stopping by the store, has been conducted during this time every year since the store opened in 2011. Rather than continue with the free-to-enter drawing, next year the store will be hosting a benefit drawing with proceeds going toward the popular Gift of Music program.

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Business Scene for the week of 12/27/13

rumor control

Quincy Pizza Factory owners Sonny and Mo Khalid have been working with Jerry Sipe at the county’s environmental health department to secure the downtown property that was destroyed by the fire last week. Sonny said he made some local calls but didn’t find anyone local with immediate access to the required temporary fencing. So he contacted Modern Building in Chico, which was able to meet the immediate needs. When the fence went up last week it quickly ignited a totally unnecessary firestorm. The rumor was spreading that Modern Building not only got the job to clear the debris, but also the contract to rebuild the structure from the ground up. Sonny immediately set the record straight. Yes, they were hired to secure the site, and yes they will remove the debris. Beyond that, nothing more has been discussed at this point regarding rebuilding. Clearly, those discussions are premature this early on. However, Sonny and Mo understand the importance of doing as much business as they can locally, and this will be their focus as the project moves along. They plan to rebuild and reopen as quickly as possible.

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