The Making Of A Successful Business In The Intermountain Region
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.
We extend a warm welcome to Servpro of Chico/Lake Almanor and their new office in Chester. Local Contractor Robert Rossini, who operates ServPro in Chico is excited about his move to the Lake Almanor area. His commitment to servicing the area drove him to open shop in Chester. “This will mean faster response time for the mountain areas”, he said, pointing out that this will often mean everything to a family faced with a flood, fire, sewage or other home disaster, like frozen pipes.
The company handles damage caused by fire, water and mold. They work with most insurance companies and they offer a wide array of cleaning services, from carpets and blinds, to air duct cleaning. They also offer vacation home cleaning and many more services. Find them at ServproChicolakeAlmanor.com or call 530-899-9141.
Rossini also operates Rossini Construction, Inc. Both business serve the mountains and valleys in Butte, Lassen, Tehama and Plumas Counties.
Now’s the time to have your engine coolant checked for freeze point before temps drop low enough to cause. The cooling system on today’s vehicles is complex as are the coolants (anti-freeze). The system condition is vital to the longevity and performance of your vehicle.
The cooling system is made up of coolant, a water pump, belt or chain, thermostat, radiator, radiator cap, hoses, freeze plugs, bypass system, heater core, passages inside the engine block, intake, and head(s).
The coolant is made of four components: water, ethylene glycol, dye, and a chemical package. Water is used to cool the engine; ethylene glycol is used to lower the freeze point of the water; dye is used to identify leaks – it is not a reliable way to identify coolant type (Dexcool and Toyota red look alike, but are chemically different and should never be mixed).
The chemical package is the most important ingredient in coolant. It allows the cooling system to resist corrosion, scaling, and acid damage. It also contains nitrite (in most coolants), which mends protective-oxide film on metal when cavitation tries to wear it away. The chemical package does break down over time and stops protecting the cooling system.
The water pump circulates the coolant. The thermostat regulates the flow and temperature of the coolant. As the engine heats up the thermostat opens allowing the fluid from the radiator to circulate through the system. If the coolant is not hot enough it will flow back to the bypass system. The radiator has fins and tubes that coolant passes through allowing heat to be dispensed from the cooling system. The radiator cap is responsible for regulating pressure in the cooling system. The hoses transport the coolant between components. The heater core uses coolant to heat the interior or the vehicle and looks like a small radiator.
When an engine block is manufactured, a special sand is molded to the shape of the coolant passages in the engine block. This sand sculpture is positioned inside a mold and molten iron or aluminum is poured to form the engine block. When the casting is cooled, the sand is loosened and removed through holes in the engine block casting leaving the passages that the coolant flows through. Plugging these holes is the job of the freeze plugs. Freeze plugs can corrode and fail allowing the engine to lose most of its coolant – engine failure is most likely to occur when this happens.
All internal combustion engines have an engine block and one or two cylinder heads. These surfaces are sealed together with a “head gasket”. When in good condition, the gasket keeps coolant from leaking out of the engine between the two component surfaces. Head gaskets usually fail if the engine overheats severely or continuously over time.
Before winter, and before summer you should have your coolant condition tested for freeze point and summer for boiling point. Failure to prevent freezing (or boiling in the summer) can result in costly repair.
Information provided by Paul Romesburg, owner of Paul’s Automotive.
Salad bars are for rabbits but CANDY bars are great fun for all occasions. Carey Candy Co. at 91 Bradley St in Quincy Ca carries a wide variety of beautifully packaged chocolates and candies perfect for your next party, wedding or special event. World renowned Jelly Belly jelly beans are also available by the pound in countless flavors. My personal favorite at this home town shop of sweet pleasures is Carey Candy’s famous gourmet candied apples. These crisp Granny Smiths are drowned in a variety of tempting treats including coconut pecan, toffee almond and of course classic caramel just to name a few. A truly sinful delight !Everyone knows that decadent candy has been a classic gift for generations and Carey’s Candy offers gift cards year round. Like the owners say ”Treats from Carey Candy Co. won’t last, but our gift cards do!”
Sometimes candy is a bit messy but fear not Carey Candy Co. also carries Primal Elements soaps to wash the sticky away.. These beautiful and artistic vegetable glycerin bars add great fun to any bath. The fanciful look, smell, shape and feel have become the trademark of Primal Elements soaps. The colors and shapes match the unique scents for a fun fragrant presentation, not to mention a great gift!
No sweet tooth? No worries Carey Candy Co. has gifts for you too. Maybe a lovely gift basket or scented candles and jewelry for that lovely lady who is already sweet enough. Life is short, live it up! Visit Carey Candy Co. and discover just how sweet it is.
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By Melissa Wynn
Having a back up generator is one of those things that I never give much thought, until I need one of course. Every time I find myself in the dark it suddenly becomes my best idea ever.
Home generators come in a wide variety of sizes and strengths and can instantly restore enough power to run anything from just a few stand by appliances, to your entire home. CST General Contractors Inc, local Generac Generator sales, installation and service representative, is just a phone call away at 530-259-4995 for estimates. Owner Cal Thurber offers an array of Generac Generator systems and is always happy to spend the time to explain your options and understand your emergency power needs. Whether you just want something small to run a lamp, TV and keep the refrigerator cold or a whole house system that keeps business running as usual CST General Contractors Inc has a home generator for you. Feel free to call Cal with questions or to set up an estimate appointment.
The snowy season is upon us ,bringing threat of the dreaded power outage. Will you be ready when the lights go out?
CST General Contractor Inc
Lake Almanor Ca
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Mohawk Trading Company in Greenville still does business the old fashioned way. Fast, friendly service with a smile and even full service gas to customers who want it. Offering auto parts, brand name tires and auto repairs make Mohawk a one stop shop for all your auto repair and maintenance needs.
Seniors enjoy a 5% discount on gas as do customers of Evergreen Market next door with their grocery purchase of $100 or more. Seniors can save a bundle by taking advantage of the discount for both.
Mohawk Trading Company is outdoors man friendly as well. Get outfitted for your grand mountain adventures with hunting and fishing gear and licenses while you fuel up for the trip.
Don’t forget a good tune up for the 4 wheel drive before you wander off into the wilderness in search of that bigger trout. One stop at Mohawk and you are ship shape and ready to roll. RVs filling up dump for free, very neighborly.
Treat yourself to a full make over at Country Styling in Greenville, Ca. Not only can they take care of all your hair styling and nail design needs, they can dress you head to toe in vintage clothing. What can make a girl feel better than new hair do and a smart outfit? Drop in on the ladies at and get a whole new look! Dressing up for a costume party or role playing game, no problem they have costumes available too. Whether you were looking for a hair salon, nail salon, barber shop, thrift shop or second hand store, you can find it all right at Country Styling.
219 Main St.
~ HARDWARE STORE FOR SALE ~ SITUATED IN A SMALL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MOUNTAIN TOWN ~
LASSEN TRUE VALUE HARDWARE ~ 318 ASH ST. ~ WESTWOOD, CA 96137 (530) 256-3141
This is a rare business opportunity which is set up to provide instant income in this turn key operation. Inventory control is computerized and simple. We are located in the beautiful mountain town of Westwood, CA surrounded by a community of approximately 1250 homes right in town, and Lake Almanor which is 6 miles away. Lake Almanor boasts several communities of homes, golf courses and is filled with seasonal residents during summer at the lakeside resorts, vacation properties, and campgrounds.
Westwood residents enjoy snowmobiling, hiking, cross country skiing, fishing swimming and kayaking. Nearby Mountain Meadows Reservoir, known to locals as Walker Lake is picturesque and right on the edge of town.
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