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Business Scene for the week of 6/28/17


Our congratulations are extended to Don and DeeDee Driscol who are celebrating their 20th anniversary as owners of Quincy Hot Spot. To celebrate this special milestone, all garden and home décor items and furniture in stock will be 20 percent off for four days only, Wednesday – Saturday, July 5 – 8. When they bought the business it was called Mac’s Country Woodstoves so the first thing they did was have a contest to find a new name, which is what it is known as today. Over the last two decades this hardworking and merchandise-savvy couple have expanded the store’s inventory of stoves and heaters to include barbecues and an exclusive line of furniture along with a huge selection of gifts and decorations for the home and garden. The store is located on East Main Street in East Quincy across from the Ranchito Motel.


Matthew and Leah Kitchens, owners of The Toy Store in downtown Quincy, tell us they’ve finished remodeling the interior of the store and now have a seating area for — and this is the most important part — a newly added hand-scoop ice cream dipping freezer that they’ve named The Scoop. It features eight flavors of a delicious and creamy old-fashioned ice cream that is similar to Hagen Das simply offered with a junior, single or double scoop in your choice of a cup or cone. Matthew said they expect to be fully operational by July 5, but have already begun scooping to work out any kinks, so stop in and treat yourself to a scoop or two! With the heat wave we’ve been having, what could be better then a refreshing scoop of ice cream?


It’s taken a couple of weeks, but everything has been moved and many new items have been added, Quincy Thrift & Co. is now open in its new location across the street from the courthouse in the historic Ayoobs Building. As reflected in the slight name changes, “we’ve moved and grown and brought along some friends,” said owner Traci Turner, “offering a better selection of quality clothing, home décor, costumes and locally handcrafted wares.”


Friden Optometry on Central Avenue (behind the Plumas Pines Shopping Center) in Quincy has posted new, more convenient hours for their patients. See their ad on page 5 in this week’s newspaper. Dr. Jonathan Friden offers vision and eye care for the family including vision and eye exams, treatment of eye disease, cataract surgery, foreign body removal and more. They have contact lenses and a large selection of both inexpensive and designer glasses. Optometrists and ophthalmologists are on staff.


July Adventures is the theme of the next First Friday artists reception on July 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Blue Goose Gallery in Chester. Featured artists this month are the very talented Lisa Courtemanche, Marji Raymond, Pat Neely, Tom Wallick and Hal Janssen.


The Graeagle Lighting Company has a special rebate program going on through July 31 on Graber custom window treatments and motorization for their cellular, pleated, natural or fabric window shades. Store owner Chris Nicholson said he is proud to carry Graber line of window treatments adding that they are a leader in combining sophisticated style, energy efficiency, unyielding quality, and innovative design to create truly exceptional window treatments. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Graber is part of the Springs Window Fashions family of companies, the second-largest global manufacturer and distributor of window coverings and drapery hardware.


Next up at Graeagle Mill Works’ popular Wednesday summer-long live music event is Tuck Wilson tonight, June 28, and Tyler Sanford on July 5. Owner Sonja Pertain — who, incidentally, begins her second year as owner of the third generation family business — and her staff prepare a special menu each week. The entertainment is 6 – 9 p.m.

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