Business Scene for the week of 9/12/2012

music festival helps businesses

All too often we hear comments from locals — including some business people — that the High Sierra Music Festival doesn’t financially help our community. They believe those businesses that do see an increase in business is few or they are corporate-owned with the profits leaving the area. I couldn’t disagree more. According to several sources, for every $100 spent locally, $68 remains in the community, $43 if spent at a national chain.

In the manager’s report from the recently published quarterly report for Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative, the store’s sales in the first 10 days of July were record-breaking, more than $100,000 which is $25,000 more than the year prior. At times, the report stated, they had as many as 750 customers per day during the Music Festival!

Are we perhaps missing other opportunities like this by not consistently recruiting and then growing more events like this and others that can help drive our local economy? You bet!

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Business Scene for the week of 9/5/2012

one promoted, two hired

Dan McDonald has been named managing editor for Feather Publishing’s Plumas County newspapers. The Washington native brings 30 years of newspaper experience to the position. He has a journalism degree from Western Washington University, and has worked as a reporter and editor for seven newspapers in Washington, Alaska, California and Nevada. Dan was hired as a staff writer for Feather Publishing in April, 2011 after 16 years as an editor for the Las Vegas Review-Journal; He was in charge of that newspaper’s breaking news desk since 2008. Dan replaces Delaine Fragnoli who is looking forward to spending more time with her family, finishing some projects in progress and doing some freelance writing. Delaine has been with the newspaper for seven years, the last five as managing editor.

James Wilson was recently hired as sports editor for the Plumas newspapers. He was born and raised in Quincy, where he grew up fishing, swimming and hiking during the summers. After graduating from high school, James traveled around the world for two years. With that out of his system, James focused on school and graduated from UC Berkeley, where he remained for a few years managing a successful restaurant. He eventually got sick of the rat race of the city and moved back to Quincy where he plans on staying permanently. James replaced longtime sports editor Shannon Morrow who has moved to Reno to attend graduate school at the University of Nevada.

Holly Buus has joined the advertising sales department at Feather Publishing, working out of the Quincy office. She attended culinary schools in San Diego and earned her baking and patisserie certificate. Holly and her husband, Quincy native Jesse Buus, have three children. She said, “I’m really excited to be working here and am looking forward to exploring this new career road in my life.”


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Business Scene for the week of 8/29/2012

Mansell takes over realty firm

Deciding to take things just a little easier and enjoy more of what life has to offer, longtime Quincy Realtors Denny and Faith Swanson have handed over the keys to their well-established real estate business, Town and Country Properties, to their grandson, Johnny Mansell. An open house is set for Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at their offices on Main Street in East Quincy. Be sure to stop by and wish each of them well in their new endeavors! Faith and Denny have operated the business since 1983 with Johnny joining the firm in 2006.

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Business Scene for the week of 8/22/2012

Anniversary, new computers

It was 20 years ago this month that Ron and Stephanie Horton became affiliated with Les Schwab Tires as a member/dealer. Ron said at the time he was certain it was the right move and now, just two decades later, he is a growing part of the third largest tire dealer with 440 stores in the United States. By virtue of better selection, pricing and product warranties with Schwab, Ron and Steph have grown from four employees in 1992 to the 11 they have today. Six years ago, they also moved into their much-expanded service center on Highway 70 next to the Plumas Pines Shopping Center.

On another note, the two ask for your patience as they deal with the learning curve associated with a new computer system just installed called Customer First. Ron said his store is in the last group of Schwab stores to have the system installed. He said one of the highlights of the system is the networking ability it has with every Les Schwab store across the country putting the “Customer First!”


kids fest in greenville friday

Evergreen Market in Greenville will host the fourth annual “Kids Fest” Friday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be plenty of fun activities for young and old, with lots of prizes and good food. Because the event continues to grow each year, this year it will be held on the lawn at the Greenville High School across from the store. Admission is free.


Westwood stock festival, reunion

Moonlight Bar and Grill owners Bridgett and Tim Bustamante invite you to bring the family and the lawn chairs and come enjoy their first-ever Westwood Stock festival and Westwood High School alumni reunion. With a Woodstock-type theme, three bands will provide the live music. There will also be a horseshoe tournament, craft booths, kids’ bounce house and food and drink deals. Festivities begin at noon and continue throughout the day and evening.


elks burger dinner

The Lake Almanor Elks Lodge is holding a Lassen View Resort “Hamburger Hut” hamburger dinner Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. Toni Pleau and Julie Chevez, Lassen View’s former owners, will cook their famed gigantic Hut Burgers.


more milestones to mention…

Kent and Adrienne Barrett continue to please palettes with their delicious barbecued food. The bright yellow mobile catering trailer can be seen at various locations in Quincy during the week and at special events throughout Plumas County. It’s been amazingly fast four years since Kent and Adrienne started this successful local business. In addition to catering weddings, keep them in mind for any party or special event you might be planning.

Bruce and Susan Robinson have been the owners and operators of the obviously very successful Shadetree Auto Sales and Repair in East Quincy for 46 years. They cater to their customers with quality used cars and trucks, tractors, horse trailers and new and used tires. Also located there for your convenience are Quincy Auto Glass and Plumas Automotive Diagnostics.

Fran Gray is set to enjoy her 10th anniversary as proprietor of Back Porch Consignment in Chester.

The hardworking and congenial Christine Crawford begins her sixth year as owner of one of Quincy’s premier businesses, Epilog Books. In addition to an array of books, this store is filled with myriad of assorted gift items perfect for anyone on your list!



Business Scene for the week of 8/15/2012

new name, new award-winning chef

Award-winning chef David Sypnicki is the new executive chef at Aspen Grill, the newly re-named restaurant at Chalet View Lodge on Highway 70 just west of Portola. David just moved to the area from Chico where he was chef de cuisine at Grana restaurant. On a recent visit, he fell in love with the area and the Chalet View property in particular, which prompted the move. David’s credentials also include being the executive chef at Cafe Mingo in Portland, where he won restaurant of the year for 1996-97. He is taking advantage of the wood-fired oven to create a variety of small plates, pizzas and entrees.


new carpet cleaning system

Some of you might have already seen Quincy Carpet and Window Care’s shiny new trailer around town. Owners Rick and Laura Marchus use it to transport the brand new state-of-the-art carpet cleaning equipment they recently purchased to provide the best service for their clients. It also shows the couple’s commitment to serving the area.



more and more candles…

Connie Kunsman has owned and operated Connie’s Place, a delightful treasure trove on Highway 70 just west of Portola, for 36 years! Her secondhand treasures include antiques, furniture, household items, collectibles, books and jewelry.


Dave’s Carpet and Window Cleaning in Quincy enjoys its 14th successful year cleaning carpets, upholstery and windows. Proprietor Dave Reynolds has built a solid reputation for quality work and unsurpassed customer satisfaction throughout Plumas County.

Dan Sidorak celebrates his eighth year with Maple Leaf Flooring in Chester. He is a hardwood-flooring expert with more than 35 years of experience refinishing, recoating, repairing and installing.


Sure adds up! JoAnn Prince at Great Northern Hair Co. in Quincy has been a licensed hair stylist for 51 years, 34 of those years in Quincy and 32 years at Great Northern! Those who know JoAnn know she takes immense pride in a variety of community projects and has done so over the last several decades. She actively volunteers her time and energy for the local service clubs and other organizations. Be sure to thank her for all she has done and will continue to do.


It’s the 30th anniversary for American Valley Hardware in the Plumas Pines Shopping Center in Quincy. Gary and Mary Vogt have a tremendously well-stocked store with everything from paint, plumbing, electrical and automotive parts and supplies to household appliances and gift items.


Originally opened in 1999, St. Bernard Lodge, Bed & Breakfast has been operated by Jim and Sharon for 14 years. The lodge is located on Highway 36, 10 miles west of Chester and only 20 minutes from Lassen Volcanic National Park. The lodge offers lots of services and amenities, including horse boarding.


It’s the 12th anniversary for Rick and Eileen Greenly’s Papa Murphy’s Pizza. It isconveniently locatedin the post office building in Quincy. They are known for their award-winning delicious take and bake pizzas. Their recently acquired business, Dunn’s Midtown Coffee, next to Papa Murphy’s, enjoys its 16th birthday this month!




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