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BUSINESS BRIEFS | July 12 - August 8, 2018

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County Brings in $343.7 Million in 2017 Tourism Revenue


Tourism was instrumental to Nevada County’s financial success in 2017, with visitor spending reaching $343.7 million (up 5 percent from 2016), according to the Dean Runyan Associates report released last month by Visit California. The Nevada County tourism industry supported 3,670 jobs (6 percent increase from 2016) and generated $12.5 million in local tax revenue last year (up 11 percent compared to 2016).

Truckee Native Takes Dive Paradise on Tour


What would you do if you unexpectedly inherited a legendary tropical dive operation from an industry icon?  For the family of Renee “Apple” Applegate, who operated Dive Paradise in the diving mecca of Cozumel, Mexico for over two decades until her passing late last year, the answer was to keep the company alive as a living tribute. In order to do so, Truckee native Michael Penwarden and his family set off on a tour of the U.S. on June 21, to meet the many customers, friends, and partners throughout the country who knew and loved Apple. While on the road, they’ll be capturing stories about Cozumel, diving, and the company she made famous.

Carmel Gallery Closes Calistoga Location


After five years of operating The Carmel Gallery in Calistoga, the owners have decided to sell the commercial building, close the Calistoga location, and consolidate their operations to The Carmel Gallery in Truckee. The downsizing is an effort to simplify and respond to increased online sales from the gallery’s website. The final day for the Calistoga location was June 27. The Carmel Gallery in Truckee is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: Closes its Doors


After 25 years and thousands of boxmounts, Fred Zabell will be closing Alpine Mounting/ in the fall of 2018. boxmounted posters are on sale while they last for 40 percent off the listed price. Boxmounted images, of all sorts of Tahoe vistas and many vintage styles, come laminated and flush mounted to the edge of a mica and fiberboard box to give the poster a permanent low-glare matte finish that cleans easily and protects the poster from moisture, dust, and dirt. unmounted posters are on sale while they last for 25 percent off the listed price. Info:

Mountain Lion Home Management and Concierge Opens


Mountain Lion Home Management & Concierge, a high-end property management company, is now serving luxury homeowners in the Truckee/Tahoe area. The new business is affiliated with other regional brands that cater to an elite clientele including Mountain Lion Aviation, Truckee/Tahoe’s only charter air service and flight school; and Tahoe University, an upscale apparel and home goods store. The firm was launched this month by Russell Kobayashi, a 15-year director at the Lahontan Golf Club, and Charles Slusher, a 20-year manager of Fortune 500 companies including Merck and Medtronic. Other service offerings include weekly home walk-throughs, 24/7 availability, concierge and ground transportation, event planning, interior decorating, exterior maintenance, groundskeeping, car maintenance, and more. Info:

New Skin Cancer & Dermatology Institute


The Skin Cancer and Dermatology Institute opened its fifth location in Northern Nevada, broadening its client base to include lakeside communities across the North Shore and Truckee. Dr. J. Hibler will lead the Incline Village practice with a focus on holistic healthcare, and treating the whole person, not just a disease or symptom. Hibler completed medical school and dermatology residency at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic medicine. The center will be located at 917 Tahoe Blvd., Ste. 101, Incline Village. Info: (775) 398-69

Coldwell Banker Brings Over 4,000 Shoes to the Needy


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices throughout Sacramento and Tahoe organized a charitable initiative to collect shoes for the Soles4Souls micro-enterprise program. Over several weeks the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage affiliated sales associates and employees collected 4,100 pairs of shoes, packing over 85 boxes to mail off to the organization. The Soles4Souls micro-enterprise program has distributed 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries since 2006. It offers the opportunity for people to create small businesses selling shoes and clothing, providing a sustainable way for those in need or without a traditional job to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Bestselling Author Mike Dow to Deliver Keynote at Wellness Weekend


Granlibakken Tahoe announced on June 26 that Dr. Mike Dow, bestselling author and psychotherapist, will be headlining this year’s Wellness Weekend with his seminar titled Heal Your Drained Brain. Wellness Weekend, a Nov. 9 to 11 event featuring three days of workshops, seminars, and classes, combines a unique fusion of Eastern and Western medicine, philosophy, and practice. The weekend includes two tracks of workshops — one movement-based; the other lecture-based. The initial schedule includes classes and workshops on topics varying from CBD oils to Tai Chi. Info:

Precision Flooring Moves to New Location


Precision Flooring moved to a new location effective July 1, located at 10026 Meadow Way (the old Hospice Thrift Shop). Precision Flooring will continue to offer carpet, luxury vinyl, hardwood, and area rugs. Staff members look forward to providing customers with a larger showroom and easy parking. Showroom hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends by appointment. Info: (530) 587-0102;

New Tahoe Fusion Food Truck at Homewood


The new Tahoe Fusion Food Truck will be parked on the West Shore this summer. A blend of Asian and Mexican cuisine, its dishes offer both a creative and refreshing take on modern fusion, all with the convenience of a speedy food truck. Homewood Mountain Resort will be offering the food truck as another lakeside amenity to its guests on Thursdays through Mondays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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