The Making Of A Successful Business In The Intermountain Region

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By Eve DeVeir


The first year anniversary of Zaengle’s Floor & Home in Susanville illustrates the fact that regardless of economic conditions a new business can succeed in this area. Last year Mark and Quin Zaengle, along with Mark’s parents Joe and Nancy Zaengle forged forward to establish a  new home store.

They were well prepared for the challenge. Marks experience includes 12 years in Southern California managing six La-Z-Boy Galleries prior to bringing his family to Susanville. He spent the last 14 years running the floor covering department and putting his design skills to use helping clients put beautiful interiors together for Robbins House of Furniture. Joe and Nancy had been an integral part of Robbins for many years.

According to Mark, “Almost every day someone walks into the showroom and says one of two things- either,  “Wow I didn’t realize you have so much beautiful furniture in your store,” or “This store is so much nicer than most of the stores in larger cities.”

A Lake Almanor couple said that coming from the Bay Area they were “pleasantly surprised” to walk into the store and instantly find just what they were looking for. The icing on the cake for them was the personal service.  “From the quality of the merchandise, to the sales team, and even the delivery crew we were 100% satisfied.”

The Zaengle’s aren’t the only ones willing to put their all into a new venture in our intermountain area. To name a few: In Susanville, Susanville Ford, Gift Boutique Collectibles & Antiques; Travel Inn; Joanie & Frankie’s Cupcakes; Lumberjack Restaurant and Kern’s Thrift  Shop.

Chester has its’ share of new businesses including Sierra Wisteria; Wynter Willow; RJ’s Restaurant and Cornerstone Engineering. Red Onion Lake Almanor Brokers opened their doors on the Almanor Peninsula, as did Red Onion Restaurant. In Westwood, Moonlight Bar& Grill;  and Edgewood Realty  joined the newly renovated Old Mill Cafe. Quincy likewise added to its’ impressive array of businesses with Intermountain Paint/Quincy Paint Center; Moon’s Restaurant and Jenelli’s  Bakery.

So if you’re an aspiring business owner, and have the knowledge, willingness to invest your time and money, and top notch people skills you may just be the next successful intermountain business owner.