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Business Scene for the week of 5/24/17

New owners take over
Dick Biri and Ken Muir have sold their Quincy-based business, Dickens Drilling, to Ben and Lisa Grant. Ben has been “doing the hole thing” since 1991 and has worked the last 16 years at Dickens, and Lisa, who has a back- ground in banking and insurance, has worked at the well drilling company for the past two years. In addition to drilling for water, they also offer pump sales and service, and water filtration. The new owners are actively involved in their community and in their children’s school and sports activities, Lisa is also a volunteer on the Quincy Fire Department’s support team. Dick and Ken say they are both looking forward to retirement and working on their respective vintage vehicles. Photo by Holly Buus


This Memorial Day weekend, Brian and Toni Carl are celebrating their 10th anniversary as owners of Red House Art Gallery with a retrospective of local favorite American West artist JoAnn Hanna. They have one of the largest selections of her work available this weekend at special prices. And if you stop in this Saturday or Sunday they’ll also treat you to a slice of birthday cake and refreshments. Throughout the winter, Brian and Toni have been busy acquiring new artwork and jewelry for their store from local and regional artists.  You will find them on the Park in one of the town’s trademark red buildings in downtown Graeagle. Watch this paper for details about this summer’s “Meet the Artists” events.


One event that truly marks the beginning of a fun filled summer is the annual Community Appreciation Day at Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch at Spring Garden. This year it’s Saturday, May 27, featuring the popular and tasty Dutch oven cook-off, cowboy poet Larry Maurice, a fly-fishing clinic, swimming, horseback riding, games throughout the day and a barbecued dinner from 5 – 7 p.m. By the way, this year marks the Ranch’s 55th year.


The all-you-can-eat Friday night barbecue is back beginning May 26 for a new season at Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch. All you can eat chicken and ribs (veggie kabobs or salmon available with a reservation) with all the fixins’ highlight an evening of family fun that includes wagon rides, horseshoes, fishing, swimming, dancing and bonfire sing-a-longs. Owners Trish and Ralph Wilburn and crew are looking forward to seeing you this season at the Ranch. Reservations for the BBQ are appreciated.


Crescent Country’s new art gallery is hosting Landscape photographer Dave Willis as their first featured artist on Sunday, May 28, from 3 – 5 p.m. His photography will continue to be shown at the Crescent Mills gift store and gallery through June.


Beth Foster, owner of Elevate Salon in Chester, welcomes two to her staff. Stylist Kelsie Foster is a graduate from Chico Beauty College and says she has a passion for hair styling.

The other new addition is Nancy Presser, a certified massage therapist specializing in relaxation, therapeutic massages and soul energy healing. She also holds special certifications in sports massage and pregnancy massage.


Bret and Lynn Smith are reopening the Gray Eagle Lodge and the Fireside Restaurant the new season this week. Executive Chef Lynn Hagen offers dinners daily with a special each night and new bar menu. You will find this 20-cabin resort and restaurant nestled in the Lakes Basin area above Graeagle on Gold Lake Road.


Co-owner Lori Brigham tells us they are reopening The Finishing Touch in Chester for the season on Saturday, May 27. They kick things off with a Memorial Day weekend parking lot sale Saturday and Sunday featuring wall art, lamps, glassware, furniture and more.

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