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Business Scene for the week of 4/24/19


Richard Stockton, the State Farm Insurance agent headquartered in Quincy, is relocating his offices this week to new, larger digs at 70 E. Main St. in the Plumas Pines Shopping Center between Round Table Pizza and the Paradise Grill. They will be closed next Monday and Tuesday, April 29 – 30, for the move and will be open and ready for business on Wednesday, May 1. Richard, who is approaching his 31st anniversary with State Farm, sold the building he and his father Jim collectively occupied for over 50 years to Aly and Ben Kinne, Rethink Industries.

Here is a little bit of history to share about this iconic building across from the CHP offices on Main Street. Insurance agent Jim Stockton and accountant Jim Bequette, both good friends, built this building in 1971 and shared office space in the facility for their respective businesses for years. In 1988, Jim bought out Jim Bequette who relocated his fast growing accounting firm to its present location on Main Street where he practiced until his retirement and subsequent sale of the business to accountant John Kimmel who continues to operate the Bequette and Kimmel Accountancy Corp. there and in Graeagle.


Kara Rockett-Arsenault has lots in store at her Quincy business, Barn Owl Books, on Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday, Apr. 27. Besides an array of exclusive items on sale from the time the store opens at 9:30 a.m. until it closes at 4:30 p.m., she’s slated a very special Kids Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Independent Bookstore Day is a national event that celebrates the importance of locally owned brick and mortar community bookstores that capture the creative powers of authors, publishers and booksellers for the reading community.


David Arsenault, Feather River Outdoors, is coordinating a Spring Gear Swap fundraiser for the Plumas Charter School’s sixth-grade watershed field trip. It’s Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Quincy Veterans Hall on Lawrence Street. Great time to buy, sell or trade camping gear, bikes, kayaks and anything else sports related. Donations and consignments can be dropped off at the Vet’s Hall on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. or Saturday morning 7 to 9 a.m.


Beginning her eighth season, Tammy Henschel is reopening Bread & Butter in Blairsden on Thursday, Apr. 25. They serve breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring quite a selection of baked goods and sandwiches made on freshly baked breads. Tammy successfully blended her background as a caterer and baker, so she also does catering for parties and other special events.


The lucky and ever-so-happy winner of the second annual Quincy Chamber of Commerce Annual Easter Scramble was four-year-old Miles Picou, pictured here with Matthew Kitchens. The excited youngster was quick to say he’d spend his $100 winnings at — where else — The Toy Store. With the event’s growing popularity, the Chamber is considering having two winners next year, an adult and a child.


Kathy and Lowell Blake are beginning their 35th year catering to outdoor enthusiasts with their highly regarded business, the Sports Nut on Main Street in Chester. The couples’ dedicated work ethic has proven to be reason for its success. Kathy and Lowell said they recognize the ever-changing market and the unique challenges it creates. They are proud of the wide selection of fishing merchandise and their growing selection of customized clothing featuring logos of Chester and Lake Almanor. You can’t miss the store, it’s the one with all the inflated water toys in front.

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