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Business Profile – Incline Property Management

April 30, 2024 | Kayla Anderson

Originally published in IVCBA’s LIVE.WORK.PLAY Magazine (Spring, 2024) Written by Kayla Anderson

Anyone who has been in Incline Village for an extended period has likely seen the Incline Property Management (IPM) trucks driving around town. Working with homeowners in the Reno, Carson, and East Shore Lake Tahoe region since 1979, IPM is all about helping people maintain the integrity of their second homes so that they remain stress-free vacation spots, especially at a time when the construction of many of these homes are reaching the end of their useful lives. 

Celebrating its 45th year in business, Larry Wodarski is the third owner of IPM. The story goes that the founder saw a need for providing services for the onslaught of homeowners’ associations that were being built in Incline, and he started IPM with a focus in property management and helping the new HOAs with their financial statements. As Incline’s number of homeowners grew over the years, IPM’s services expanded with it, and they evolved to include grounds maintenance, housecleaning, home inspections, customized concierge services, and management of long-term rentals. 

“The uniqueness of the Village allowed this company to seize these opportunities,” Wodarski says, and they were in an advantageous position to offer these services considering that the availability of contractors and handyman services are so limited here.

“Most HOA companies simply provide management to their clients but in our case we do much more than that,” Wodarski reiterates. Out of the 132 HOAs in Incline Village, IPM manages 50 of them, ranging from small four-unit properties to 250-unit complexes. IPM also keeps an office in Carson City and has 70 employees between the two (most of them work in Incline Village). 

Wodarski admits that his favorite part of being involved with IPM is “working with our people and making things happen.” There is one employee who has been there for 30 years, another for 26 years, and a handful of others who’ve been there for 14-16 years. “There’s a culture in this company that we all take pride in,” he says, explaining that a lot of it comes from feeling continuously grateful to work in a place like Incline. 

When asked what the most popular people utilize IPM service is, Wodarski says it’s definitely the community management- working closely with HOA boards on financial statements and bill pay. Next is the grounds maintenance and housekeeping. A small faction of IPM is managing long-term rentals, something that IPM would like to do more of.

“We deal with zero short-term rentals; the associations don’t interchange them,” Wodarski says. He recognizes that the STR discussion is a controversial issue with the lack of workforce housing available, but he is working with other local entities and officials to try to be part of the solution. 

“We look for the owners of condos that we manage… we know them well and have seen their lives change. When we start to see them less frequently, we try to encourage those owners to do long-term rentals.” He explains that not only would second homeowners be getting a more consistent income but they would not have to worry so much about maintenance issues, and when they come up during a holiday period then they can use their rent money to stay at the Hyatt and enjoy their vacation, all while helping the local economy. 

For instance, Wodarski says that frozen pipes are an issue every single winter and when the pipes burst, and their place gets flooded– those end up being very expensive insurance claims. (However, home inspections are a service that IPM offers.)

IPM provides a great benefit to Incline, but Wodarski understands what the village has given back, and tries to act accordingly. For instance, IPM donates time every spring to clean up the 431 roundabout and it sets up and tears down for the Shakespeare Festival every year as well as give a generous in-kind donation. 

Most of their business comes from word-of-mouth and from people coming in and saying, “We see your trucks running around the Village so you must be doing something right.”

IPM is doing something right, and it shows. 

“We all feel a sense of pride and responsibility; we’re out there every day making things happen,” Wodarski says. 

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Local Places to Shop for Mom for Mother’s Day 

April 30, 2024 | Kayla Anderson

Written by Kayla Anderson

Show mom you love her by giving her something special right here in Incline Village/Crystal Bay. From sparkling jewelry to specially curated “Mountain Mama” gift baskets, these shops offer a little bit of everything for the number one lady in your life:  

In the Raley’s Shopping Center:

  • The Potlatch

Celebrating more than 50 years in business, The Potlatch is usually hopping during gift-giving season. Along with children’s items, books, home décor, Lake Tahoe sweatshirts, and cozy socks, The Potlatch is the place to go for any turquoise jewelry and its signature Lake Tahoe-inspired necklaces. www.potlatchlaketahoe.com 

  • Panache

Carrying the best in women’s fashion, activewear, children’s apparel, and home goods, Panache has the entire family covered and cozy for any season. Consider getting your mom a unique handbag, hat, candleholder, vase, or hardcover coffee table book. And don’t forget the greeting card. www.tahoeboutique.com 

  • Forever Rox

Since 2008, Forever Rox has been a family-owned business that specializes in sourcing sparkling high-end diamonds and colored gemstones and then turning them into one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that truly last a lifetime. Full time jeweler and owner John Roxburgh does jewelry repairs, stone setting, and custom fabrication, using all the best materials and his skills. Diamond hoop earrings, available in many sizes and styles, are a favorite amongst moms. www.foreverrox.com

New Stores with Mom Gifts in Christmas Tree Village:

  • Tahoe Gifting Co. 

Due to the demand, the woman and veteran-owned Tahoe Gifting Co. has finally opened a brick-and-mortar store in Christmas Tree Village to highlight its custom gifting services. Combining their love of the mountains and Lake Tahoe with their graphic design skills, owners Darya Shahvaran and Matthew Rattio have built a business curating handcrafted, small-batch quality gift items made by local artisans and putting them into thoughtful baskets that are known to leave an impression. Some of the more popular boxes to celebrate mom include the curated Mountain Mama box (with Coffeebar tea, chocolate truffles, a coffee mug, and bath product) as well as the Welcome Baby basket with a sippy cup, Dorinda’s chocolates, sea salt bath rocks, a Lake Tahoe onesie, and Tahoe ABC book that’s written and illustrated by local artists. https://tahoegiftingco.com/ 

  • Lisa Douglas Designs

Right next to Tahoe Gifting Co. is Lisa Douglas Designs, a design studio that specializes in cool vintage items at an affordable price. Some of her collections include weathered hardbound books, ashtrays that can double as serving trays, plush blankets, pillows, coasters, wooden Liberty puzzles, original artwork, furniture, lamps, and salt & pepper shaker sets in all different shapes, animals, and themes. Every item in there is one-of-a-kind—meaning that once they’re gone, they’re gone—but fortunately Lisa Douglas is a master at finding similar items and has the resources and expertise to give customers incredible deals. Some of the best gifts to give for Mother’s Day from Lisa Douglas Designs include the mother of pearl shell spoon sets, a vase, or copper angel ornaments made by a Reno artist (“Since we’re in the Christmas Tree Village we have to have ornaments year-round,” she says.)  https://lisadouglasdesigns.com/ 

  • Happy Tiers Bakery

If you want to really spoil mom, walk her down to Happy Tiers Bakery for a mouthwatering baked good. Expert cakemaker Andrea Jurss has her own cakemaking studio in the center of the café, and all around it are places to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, a cinnamon roll, custard cup, lemon-blueberry scone, or one of the other delectable treats in its massive selection. Happy Tiers tends to do special sugar cookie designs, cake slices, and cupcake specials around Mother’s Day and other holidays, making this the place to (sweet) treat your mom. Its cookie decorating kits are also a fantastic way to get the kids involved. www.happytiersbakery.com 

Notable Mentions: 

  • Glasses Wine Bar in the Village Shopping Center

After spending the morning and afternoon at the Raley’s Shopping Center and Christmas Tree Village, take your mom to Glasses Wine Bar to relax with a glass of vino. Along with the wraparound bar and 16 different wine dispensers along the wall that allow you to pour your own drink, Incline’s only wine bar also has nice seating areas inside and out, perfect for reading and relaxing. Glasses also have fun gifts including wine-inspired apparel, tea towels, greeting cards, wine stoppers, wine glasses, and reading glasses. It’s worth joining their email list, too, since they often have live music, happy hour deals, and special events. https://glasseswinebar.com/ 

  • Bridget Giroux Design 

This mother/daughter interior design team hosts unique events and workshops throughout the year and Mother’s Day is a perfect reason to celebrate (especially now that a new Bridget has joined the family). Bridget Giroux Design is holding a couple of workshops this spring, including a Spring Wreath Workshop on March 22nd and a Mother’s Day Flowering Bulb Workshop on Friday, May 10th from 5pm-8pm. At this special workshop, Catalina of Believe in Recess will help attendees create living arrangements with flowering bulbs. Participants choose from a beautiful and colorful collection of pre-sprouted spring bulbs such as hyacinth, tulips, crocus, and daffodils to plant and arrange in a gorgeous ceramic platter as a living garden centerpiece. Then after taking home the custom-made “garden”, you’ll get to watch it open up and transplant it outdoors if you wish. The cost is $135/person and includes all materials, wine, and charcuterie. 

If your mom can’t make the workshop, then consider buying a Bridget Giroux hand poured Incline Village-inspired candle that burns for over 80 hours (available in Hidden Beach, Incline Creek, and Sierra Snow scents). Cashmere shawls that were created in a high-end Italian artisan mill exclusive to Bridget Giroux Design are also available, and the silk, cashmere, and sable blend will make mom feel wrapped in luxury. Order from Bridget Giroux Design’s online shop for local pickup, and your mom present will be complimentary gift-wrapped with a Mother’s Day card. www.bridgetgiroux.com 

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Bridget Giroux Spring Workshops

March 11, 2024 | Kayla Anderson

Here is all the info for the workshops. Honestly we think experiences are SUCH a special gift because one could buy two slots for the workshop to do together, or if your mom is local (but the gift giver is not), they can buy one slot for the mom or two slots for the mom to bring a friend. I’ve attached photos for each workshop too. Each workshop is limited to 8 people. Details as follows:

Spring Wreath Workshop 

Friday, March 22nd from 5-8 pm at Bridget Giroux Design, 907 Tahoe Blvd, Studio 13A, Incline Village, NV 89451

Join Catalina of Believe in Recess for a fun and inspiring night of spring wreath making hosted at Bridget Giroux Design, an Incline Village based interior design firm. Using all fresh ingredients, students will weave ephemeral springtime wreaths starting with learning to create a curly willow base. Students will then wire-on floral ingredients all carefully selected for their ability to dry gracefully outside as they adorn your door. Watching your dynamic and artful wreath change gracefully with the season is just an added bonus as wreaths are designed to dry and last for months. All materials provided and no experience necessary.

$185/per person, wine and charcuterie provided!

Mother’s Day Flowering Bulb Workshop

Friday, May 10th from 5-8 pm at Bridget Giroux Design, 907 Tahoe Blvd, Studio 13A, Incline Village, NV 89451

Join Catalina of Believe in Recess as we create living arrangements with flowering bulbs. Attendees will get their hands dirty in this fun class as they select from a beautiful and colorful collection of pre-sprouted spring bulbs such as hyacinth, tulips, crocus, and daffodils to plant and arrange as a living garden centerpiece in a gorgeous ceramic platter, which is yours to keep. You’ll get to enjoy your “garden” as it opens over several weeks in the home, after which you can transplant bulbs directly into the garden to enjoy for years to come. All materials are provided, and no experience is necessary. 

$135/per person, wine and charcuterie provided!

Sign up for workshops on our website, linked here: https://www.bridgetgiroux.com/store-2-2/workshops

Have a look at our online store set up on our website now, linked here: https://www.bridgetgiroux.com/store-2-2

We offer free gift wrapping and local pick-up!

A few physical gifts that we have in our online shop are:

Hidden Beach, Incline Creek and Sierra Snow Candles (these are the three scents)

Three scents are available in these soy-based candles designed by Bridget Giroux Design. Inspired by the changing seasons of Incline Village, each candle is handpoured in the USA of the highest quality ingredients and will burn for over 80 hours. A spa-like indulgence for any mother in your life.

***Order online and available for local pick-up, free gift wrapping and Mother’s Day card included

Cashmere Shawls, $295

Available in two colorways, these shawls were developed exclusively for Bridget Giroux Design with a high-end artisanal mill in Lake Como, Italy. This special yarn is a blend of silk, cashmere and sable – timeless and seasonless for Tahoe weather! A luxurious gift for mom.

***Order online and available for local pick-up, free gift wrapping and Mother’s Day card included

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Photo credits if you use any of the imagery:

Wreath and Bulb workshop photos – Believe in Recess

Scarf photo – Luna Munn Photography

Candle photo – Lora Wagener Photography

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Local Profile – Tim Kelly (TK)

January 23, 2024 | Kayla Anderson

Originally Published in IVCBA’s LIVE.WORK.PLAY, Written by Kayla Anderson

Tim Kelly, The Sports and Community Supervisor in Incline Village, is a seemingly simple man in the kindest and most beautiful way. Talking to Tim it is hard to not conjure up thoughts and feelings of a gentler time in the past, seemingly one with less noise, when it felt like, even if it were not true, that all mattered was your family, your community and your contribution to it. This is ‘all’ that matters to Tim and within five minutes of talking it is incredibly obvious that he cares hard and deeply. His world revolves around his family, his job, and his local community and what he is doing to make it better.  By certain modern societal standards of money, fame and recognition his aspirations are not ‘great’. There is absolutely no ulterior motive other than helping those around him. To Tim, his role is incredibly important and the responsibility could not be greater. Tim sees immense opportunity to shape the community around him and is currently living out his dream job in being able to do so through recreation. 

Tim is a big believer in what you do rather than what you do specifically for a living, luckily for him, in his life, he loves both. Tim grew up as an athlete and had an incredibly active youth. He went to Reno High for sports and went on to play basketball in college at Pacific Lutheran. Basketball, even more so than any of the other sports he has loved, has been a recurring theme throughout his life as both an athlete and a coach at the collegiate level and at Servite HS in Anaheim, CA, before moving to Incline. He still coaches youth basketball in Incline and attempts to instill strong moral character in his athletes even more so than athletic prowess. As a coach his six values are an attitude of gratitude, humility, courage, perseverance, enthusiasm and faith / belief. Listening to him talk, his passion for coaching and working with kids, is blatantly obvious, it is attached to every word. Being a mentor means more to him than any sport itself which is why he is also a youth minister. 

As the unofficial ‘athletic director’ of Incline Village Tim loves to do ‘all of the things’ His favorites are surfing, skiing, biking and playing basketball. Fortunately, Tim gets to do most of these things with his wife Maureen and their three kids. Team sports are generally his favorite for the camaraderie. Among the ones he gets to help provide and organize for his community flag football is his favorite but he is proud of every single sport and recreation program Incline offers, whether soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, dodgeball, pickleball or any of the many others. Tim is proud of all of the youth and adult sport programs offered whether team or individual and truly appreciates his cohorts in the parks department and those who make his job easier with facilities. Tim’s goal is for all Incline residents to be active in some way to live a healthy life. He believes that his role is not just to provide services to the community but to build community. 

Tim’s history as it relates to sharing his love of sport, coaching it, and providing it to others is vast. His whole life has been defined by these things as well as sharing the values that sport has taught him with his own family and his community who he considers extended family. Tim hopes to be at his desk or on the fields as the Incline Sports and Community Supervisor for at least another ten years. He is self-described, and accurately so, as ‘The biggest Incline fan I’ve ever met’.  Tim explained, “I do this for a loving, not for a living.” It is obvious it is in Incline’s best interest that this benevolent, sport loving, community man sticks around as long as possible. 

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The Knitters Guild of Incline Village Celebrates 21 Years

January 13, 2024 | Kayla Anderson

Originally Published in IVCBA’s Live.Work.Play Magazine, Written by Kayla Anderson

A few weeks before United For Action’s annual Winter Warmth & Wellness Drive, members of The Knitters Guild of Incline Village meet at the St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church to knit together and create warm winter wear to donate back to the community. 

These fiber artists informally gather every Wednesday at the church from 1pm-3pm all year long to knit and crochet together, creating scarves, shawls, blankets, beanies, and more. As the weather cools off thus ramping up a need for warm clothing, these members are using this midweek cold sunny afternoon to make progress on their projects. 

Former Incline Village resident Peggy Harrison started The Guild back in 2002, meeting up with her friends at the church to knit together and share patterns. Word got around and more local knitters started attending the informal Wednesday meetings, taking yarn from the closet, and turning it into wearable/useable items that then are given to the Tahoe Forest Hospital, Sierra Senior Services, the Eddy House in Reno, and more. 

Knitters Guild members are welcome to pull yarn from the closet that was generously donated by local thrift stores and residents if it is used to make something that can go back into the community. 

It’s free to join the Knitters Guild, and knitters of all abilities are welcome to join a meeting. If you come up short on yarn, you can usually find more of it in The Guild’s stash. The Guild meets every Wednesday all year long from 1pm-3pm; some people are more active in the summer, others in the winter. There are some members who can’t attend meetings in person but still donate handcrafted items to meet a specific cause or need.  

At the end of the two-hour knitting session, a member holds up a beautifully eyelet crocheted blue and cream blanket. It looks cozy, perfect to curl up with in front of the fire… made with love right here in Incline Village.   

READ MORE AT LIVE.WORK.PLAY

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Clean Up The Lake Opens a New Environmental Dive Center in Incline Village

January 8, 2024 | Kayla Anderson

Originally Published in the IVCBA Live.Work.Play Publication, Written by Kayla Anderson

In 2017, filmmaker and Tahoe resident Colin West visited The Cayes in Belize and noticed an alarming amount of trash on the beaches. He felt like he needed to do something about it and learned about volunteerism. He came back to Tahoe and started hosting beach cleanups on Big Blue’s shores with money to go back into the Clean Up The Cayes conservation efforts. 

It was during these sessions that West noticed that not only were the waters of Belize full of trash but there was a fair amount of it in Lake Tahoe, too. He soon launched Clean Up The Lake and found a group of volunteer divers to go out with him to see what kind of invasive materials were under the surface. He started doing pilot research dives in 2019 and the group cleaned up 600 pounds of trash by Bonsai Rock in Sand Harbor in one day. West then formed a plan to do a 72-mile circumnavigation dive around Lake Tahoe. 

The covid pandemic delayed the Lake Tahoe dive a bit, but that didn’t stop Clean Up The Lake (CUTL) from continuing its research. In 2020, volunteers did a test dive one day at Donner Lake and pulled out 263 pounds of trash in just a couple of hours. The circumnavigated Donner Lake that summer in subsequent dives and learned a lot in the process.

“We had to think about so many logistics, like how to get our divers in the water (CUTL didn’t own a boat at that time and kayaks are not that conducive to carrying scuba equipment), where to put the trash, and how to separate the trash,” says CUTL Director of Operations Brad Flora. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, there are 83 categories of trash, 26 of them regarding just plastic. 

They were diving three days a week, doing three dives a day, all a volunteer effort. 

“We learned a lot [from the Donner Lake cleanup]. We realized we needed a wind protocol, a smoke protocol…a lot of days got cancelled,” Flora says. 

 “We got into a pattern of having super windy weekdays and then calm, nice weekends,” CUTL Director of Programs Sadye Easler adds. That 2021/22 winter was a big one, too- the CUTL crew had to bring thermoses of hot water to melt the dock lines. 

Flash forward two years later, and the Clean Up The Lake effort has come a long way. CUTL completed its 72-mile cleanup of Lake Tahoe, removed more than 25,00 pounds of trash from Big Blue and its shoreline. It also got a new boat, a truck donated to them from Four Wheel Campers, and is now teaching others how to dive.  

“We realized that we needed a lot of volunteers to do what we do and thought about how to train people to become conservation divers,” Easler says. CUTL then turned its Incline Village office space into a dive center to give people the opportunity to get PADI-certified while including an educational/voluntourism component to it. The Environmental Dive Center officially launched on August 17, 2023, and its first course was with the Washo tribe, where they were able to incorporate some of their rituals into the cleanup. 

Programs such as the open water session includes a half-day in the classroom, two days of diving in a swimming pool (they have a partnership with the Truckee Community Pool), and two days of open water diving at Sand Harbor State Park. 

“People can get their open water certification here but also learn about conservation diving,” Easler says. “Our mission is to ‘create an army of conservation divers,’ as Colin always says.” 

For more information about the new Clean Up The Lake Environmental Dive Center in Incline Village, visit https://cleanupthelake.org/

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Local Shopping Guide – Shop Local for that Last-Minute Gift

December 20, 2023 | Kayla Anderson

REVISED – DECEMBER 17TH, 2023 | Originally Written and Published by KAYLA ANDERSON

Tis the season for holiday shopping, and what better way to celebrate your loved ones than by getting them something unique, original, and made or sourced in your own town. And from now until Christmas, there are dozens of events, shops, and promotions within Incline Village and Crystal Bay that are worth checking out. Here are a few options for finding gifts close to your holiday home:

Panache (930 Tahoe Blvd. Ste 204, Incline Village) next to Raley’s in Incline Village carries home décor items such as nice-smelling candles, Tahoe-centric coffee table books, and warm women’s clothing, everything from stylish activewear to Emu boots and slippers.

Clearly Tahoe in the Village Plaza (Starbucks) plaza is another great option. Shop unique, one-of-a-kind gifts, memorable gifts for the adventure seeker in your life.

You can also scoop up comfortable, warm second hand clothing at the Village Christian Thrift Shop (799 Southwood Blvd., Incline Village), Pet Network Thrift Store (760 Mays Blvd. Ste 9, Incline Village), and Tahoe Family Solutions (774 Mays Blvd. #13, Incline Village) all in and around Mays Boulevard. All these thrift stores have kitchen appliances, furniture, sports equipment, greeting cards, and an abundance of other good finds, so you can really stock up on gifts while saving money and supporting worthy causes. Tahoe Forest Hospice Gift & Thrift (893 Tahoe Blvd. Ste 1500, Incline Village) also has an amazing assortment of items, and its staff is super friendly. If you are in the Christmas Tree Village, be sure to stop in at The Village Pet Foundation thrift store.

It’s near impossible to spend any amount of time in the Lake Tahoe region without encountering the photography of Chris Talbot. Check out Talbot Fine Art Gallery for great gift ideas.

Karma Tahoe (868 Tahoe Blvd. Ste. 12, Incline Village) in Christmas Tree Village started out as a women’s clothing boutique but expanded to include children and men’s clothing. Find gently used boots, shoes, purses, and jewelry too.

Speaking of jewelry…if you’re thinking of taking your relationship to the next level, consider checking out specially sourced turquoise, stone, and metallic necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings at family generational business The Potlatch (930 Tahoe Blvd. Ste 401, Incline Village), or the glimmering Forever Rox jewelry store (930 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village) to find priceless diamonds, also located in the Raley’s Shopping Center.

For things exclusively made in Lake Tahoe, Handmade at the Lake (865 Tahoe Blvd. Ste 104, Incline Village) sells quilts, kitchen and bath accessories, Lake Tahoe ornaments, bath sets, and pottery made right here in Tahoe. 

FOR THE FOODIE IN YOUR LIFE:

Raley’s (930 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village), Grocery Outlet (Village Center) and Happy Tiers Bakery (Christmas Tree Village, Incline Village) has you covered, with sweets, specialty breakfasts, and more. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe’s Tahoe Provisions (111 Country Club Dr., Incline Village) also has Tahoe made snacks and to-go treats that are made right here at the lake, and you may get to catch a glimpse of its impressive holiday gingerbread display. Sunshine Deli (919 Incline Way, Incline Village) sells delectable pastries, specialty donuts made inhouse, and other belly-filling yet healthy breakfast and lunch items.  And don’t forget to oder your handmade Tamales from Thania’s Juice Bar for your Christmas feast.

Alcohol makes a good gift for those ages 21 and older, and there’s no better place to find it than at Incline Spirits & Cigars (120 Country Club Dr. Unit 25, Incline Village). If you’re looking for more of a laidback wine night, head over to Glasses Wine Bar (760 Mays Blvd. Ste. 8, Incline Village) to grab a bottle to share with friends or pour your own glass our of one of its many wine dispensers.

FOR THE KIDS:

If you are shopping for young ones, The Potlatch has an entire kids books and games section. And while you’re so close, it’s worth meandering across the parking lot about two hundred yards away to cuddle up with the soft plush toys at Panache. To find a whole shop dedicated to kids, venture over to Village Toys (899 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village) that’s now located next to Starbucks on the corner of Highway 28 and Village Boulevard. Buy an unwrapped gift for charity (Toys for Tots and others) and receive a 20 percent discount through the holiday season.

Have you checked out the new Bowl Incline (920 Southwood Blvd., Incline Village)? If not, consider buying a bowling session for your family for an experience you’ll never forget in the newly renovated building. There is something for everyone here, including three pool tables, a state-of-the-art arcade, cornhole boards in an outside enclosed patio area, and a fancy cocktail menu for adults. Learn more about the business’s reinvention in the Winter 2022 edition of Live Work Play magazine. 

FOR THE GARDENER/INTERIOR DESIGNER IN YOUR LIFE:

If you have that special person who takes pride in their yard and home, check out High Sierra Gardens (866 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village) for a lovely variety of plants and their holders, or put together a nice fresh flower bouquet to bring to your party host. For a gift that lasts a bit longer, head over to Mountain Hardware and Sports (910 Tahoe Blvd. Unit 103, Incline Village) for tools, hoses, paint, appliances, barbeques, garden equipment, and now home and outdoor apparel.

Lisa Douglas Designs and Tahoe Gifting Co. are now located in the Christmas Tree Village. Definielty recommend heading into and checking out their new shop.

Bridget Giroux Design (Above Drink Coffee Do Stuff in Incline Village) mother/daughter team brings a fresh, modern take on how to design a mountain rustic home with aesthetic tastes close to the Holly Hunt brand. Every month, the design studio also hosts exhibits featuring local artists in its pop-up gallery and hosts a holiday shopping event open to the public in late November/early December. 

FOR THE SKIER OR SNOWBOARDER:

For all things outdoor-related, visit the Village Ski Loft (800 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village) for socks, skis, snowboards, goggles, jackets, pants, and more. It also carries mountain bike and hiking accessories for the summer aficionado. If you have a four-legged that you like to explore the outdoors with, pick up some stocking stuffer treats for them at the newly expanded Pet Station (800 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village) located underneath VSL.

Speaking of skis, check out the line of Praxis sticks made right here in Incline Village (848 Tanager St. Unit J, Incline Village). Take them up to our local, community-owned Diamond Peak Ski Resort (1210 Ski Way, Incline Village) and pick up a signature DP gift item at its shop within the base lodge. 

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Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in IV/CB

December 19, 2023 | Kayla Anderson

I remember being a little kid thinking that the year 2024 was so far away. It was unconscionable to me that anyone would ever live that long…especially if we all somehow survived Y2K. I imagined us all driving around in hovercrafts like The Jetsons (what a traffic nightmare that would be) and heck, California might not be around anymore since it was predicted it would some day drop off into the ocean.

But here we all are, approaching 2024. All the computers didn’t blow up when the clock struck midnight in the year 2000, most of California’s landmass is still attached to the rest of America, and we all have fostered a special attachment to this place we call Lake Tahoe. How lucky we are. 

Here’s where to spend New Year’s Eve in Incline Village/Crystal Bay…and Happy New Year!

Catch an Early Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Show at Mt. Rose

Get an early start on 2024 by ending 2023 with a day of skiing or snowboarding at Mt. Rose followed by a snowcat parade, torchlight ski parade, and fireworks show on the main side of the mountain. The snowcats start heading up to the top at 4:45pm after skiers have cleared the hill, followed by a torchlight ski parade at 5pm and fireworks show at 5:45pm. This is an event not to miss, and you can get home early enough to catch the next New Year’s Party. www.skirose.com 

The Bowl Incline New Year’s Eve Party

Bowl Incline is closing to the public on the evening of December 31st at 6pm to give a one-of-a-kind NYE experience, providing ticketholders will an all-access pass to go crazy with activities and upscale buffet. The buffet open from 6pm-8pm will be complete with soup, salads, carving station, seafood, dessert bar, and a snack buffet from 9pm-11pm with nachos and pretzels. Along with that, New Year’s Eve partygoers can enjoy unlimited bowling; unlimited arcade games and billiards; a DJ and dancing in the upstairs lounge, axe throwing for prizes, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets cost $250/adults and $100/kids ages 2-13; buy online at www.bowlincline.com

BoomBox at the Crystal Bay Casino

Brothers Zion Rock Godchaux and Kinsman MacKay are back for New Year’s Eve, bringing in a bit of house, blues, rock, and soulful beats that make it pretty much impossible not to move with the music. Since 2004, BoomBox has built quite a following in Lake Tahoe thanks to its seamless integration of pulling together a variety of genres (so this show is sure to be packed). 

“The sound is about pulling from anything that you’d hear coming out of a boombox, and distilling into a distinctive style,” explains Godchaux, which is a musical formula that can connect with any crowd. Join BoomBox with N2N at the Crystal Bay Casino on New Year’s Eve…tickets are $50 in advance and doors open at 8pm. Purchase online HERE.

Have Some Bubbly at the Stroke of Midnight at Glasses Wine Bar

Not only is Glasses celebrating its seventh year of being in business this month, but they are having parties all month long up until 2024. Join Kathleen and Rob Martens for their 7th Annual East Coast Party. Doors open at 6:30pm and the party starts at 7pm with live music, hats, noisemakers, appetizers, and sparkling wine on East Coast midnight. Tickets cost $40 per person ($34 for wine club members), and you buy them ahead of time- no walk-in’s allowed. https://glasseswinebar.com/ 

The Hyatt Regency Rings in the New Year With a Party

The Hyatt is planning a special dinner; live music with a DJ and band; dancing; cocktails; and more. It will welcome in 2024 with a Polar Bear Plunge the following morning for its overnight guests as a way to quickly snap out of their hangover. Hyattregencylaketahoe.com 

Don’t Forget…It’s Still the Season of Giving

RE/MAX Gold of Incline Village is holding an annual sock drive through January 31, 2024, to benefit Northern Nevada HOPES. New, unused socks can really go a long way in helping the community stay warm this winter and can be dropped off at the RE/MAX Gold Incline office, Inside Incline, the Incline Village Board of Realtors, or Ticor Title. www.northernnevadahopes.com 

Save the Date:

There’s a lot coming up in January 2024, too! Be sure to block January 26th off in your calendar to celebrate a weekend of UllrFest at Diamond Peak featuring a torchlight parade, bonfire, live music, raffles, and other special events to help bring on the snow and support the Diamond Peak Ski Team. Admission and parking are free to this event, and food, drinks, and Ullr hats will be available for purchase while supplies last. Dress warm because you’ll be outdoors in the snow. www.diamondpeak.com 

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Bridget Giroux Design

December 9, 2023 | Kayla Anderson

Published in Live Work Play (Fall 2023), Written by Kayla Anderson

The mother/daughter interior design firm behind Bridget Giroux Design has taken Incline Village by storm ever since it was incepted in fall of 2022, and its client base and business continue to grow.  

Both named Bridget (as well as a baby Bridget who was just welcomed into the world this past September), it all started when Bridget Giroux moved to Incline Village in 2021. 

Giroux grew up in the Bay Area, and her parents Bridget and Bob Crowe moved to Incline Village 13 years ago. As the Crowes built a life on the East Shore, their daughter Bridget pursued a career in design. Giroux moved to the Midwest and went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduation, she worked at a luxury workroom that specialized in bedding and linens at one of the top designers in the area and later got a job with renowned American designer Holly Hunt working in design and product development. Giroux traveled all around the world for that job for six years and then covid came, bringing her traveling to a halt. 

“Covid changed the way we thought about what life would look like,” Bridget Giroux says. 

Being back on the West Coast again, Giroux found a remote job continuing interior design, met her husband, and they thought for the first time ever of moving out of the city. 

“At that point I knew how the industry worked and two things struck me about Incline: 1) I couldn’t believe how many artists are here; and 2) there are so few places for them to show their work,” Giroux adds. “No one in Incline was really embracing that, so we saw an opportunity here to bring in this new perspective.” 

The pandemic also brought a new demographic of residents moving to Northern Nevada who had an appreciation for contemporary fine art and home decor.  

At the same time Bridget Giroux Design was launched, longtime Incline Village resident Piper Monika Johnson moved her fine art gallery from Incline Village to Truckee. Piper M. Johnson and the Bridgets met, and they began sharing artists. In the small office space above Drink Coffee Do Stuff, the Bridgets started hosting popup exhibitions. Its first few artists had roots in Incline, such as abstract artist Susan Watson, still life/landscape artist Mary Nagal Klein, illustrator Liz Paganelli, and mixed-media artist Jason Forcier. Since Giroux has such a sophisticated eye for design and a small showroom that does not keep regular hours, the Bridgets are highly selective in what artists they work with. 

“The pop-up model works well because it creates a sense of urgency,” Giroux says. 

“There’s a nice mix of longtime locals and visitors who come to these popups, and it’s never crowded at our events. We have a targeted mailing list and personally invited people via email, so it feels more exclusive, although anyone is welcome to attend,” she says. 

However, hosting popup exhibits for local artists is more of a passion project; the main breadth of their business is derived from more extensive interior design projects. 

Bridget Giroux Design has worked with at least 10 Incline Village residents on their house projects, everything from full-on remodels to light interior refreshes. They’ve done four very large renovations, replacing all the furniture, window treatments, cabinets, sinks. Bridget Giroux Design also does art consultations, and helps people figure out what’s worth keeping or getting rid of.

“That’s our bread and butter, redoing the flooring, trim, paint, lighting,” Giroux says. 

They recently began a project where they helped gut an entire home down to the studs, putting in new tile, cabinetry, backsplash, vanity sinks- pretty much everything- in the kitchen and bathroom. 

They’ve worked with clients and their homes as far away as Maui to Kings Beach, Glenbrook, and Glenshire, but they’re mainly focused on Incline Village.

“We take on different projects of different scales,” Giroux adds. 

In December 2022, Bridget Giroux Design also hosted a monthlong Holiday Sip and Shop on the weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. It’s something that they will bring back this winter season since last year’s popup was so successful. 

“People wanted to shop locally and support artists,” says Giroux.

“We curated the popup tight- every single in the store was super special, nothing you could find anywhere else,” she says, explaining that they target high-end customers looking for heirloom-quality home furnishings. Most items they sell during the popups are $600-$1400 apiece, which could include handwoven throws, fresh floral arrangements, and even high-end candles that smell like Hidden Beach. Bridget Giroux Design works with a porcelain ceramist who lives in South Lake Tahoe and creates dishwasher-safe “modern fine China” dish sets that cost anywhere from $200-$450. 

“Our ethos is in the popups and art exhibits. We shop, and use as much local as we can, trying to support art and the artisan ecosystem.”

“We learned so much last year from those. We’re going to bring back a ton of bestselling items,” Giroux explains, adding that people were calling in July asking if they’ll have certain things back in stock. Everything that the design team carries is handmade, artisan quality. The fall/spring holiday popups are great because you can get specially curated items right here in Incline Village without having to worry about driving to Reno. 

In looking towards the future, along with getting ready for the holiday popup, Giroux says the business is currently focusing on their existing clients and will be taking on new clients this November for 2024. The Bridgets pride themselves on their ability to find upscale items that complement a relaxed mountain lifestyle. 

“It’s possible to live with beautiful things that are not necessarily precious but aesthetically comforting, special, that tell a story,” Giroux says. Like Adrienne [Belair’s] porcelain ceramic work that’s dishwasher safe, easy to live with, yet handmade and artistic. “People want their homes to be practical,” she says. 

“We are unique in that my mom and I come to every single appointment; the two of us are there throughout the entire process from start to finish. People seem to appreciate that we live here in town, understand the nuances of living in Tahoe, and work personally with them on their needs,” Bridget Giroux says. Her mother Bridget Crowe is active in rotary, the Incline Business Exchange, board of realtors, and does a lot of volunteer work.

“We do ‘everyday luxury’ projects and are trying to establish ourselves as a design resource for people. Our mission is to share these cool people who are making amazing work,” Giroux says.  

“We are still evolving and growing,” Bridget Crowe says. 

This year’s Bridget Giroux Design Holiday Sip and Shop popup will run from the day after Thanksgiving from 5pm-8pm and then open Fridays-Sundays from 11am-4pm through December 23rd. For more information about Bridget Giroux Design, visit www.bridgetgiroux.com

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In The News – Incline High InvenTeam students give a glimpse into new snow load invention

November 21, 2023 | Kayla Anderson

Originally Published in The Tahoe Daily Tribune 11/21/2023, Written by Kayla Anderson

On November 8, the same day that Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen introduced a resolution designating November 8th as “National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Day”, Incline High School students shared what they plan to do with the $7500 grant they recently received from Lemelson-MIT.

Last year, engineering teacher Adam Shoda initiated the process for applying for the Lemelson-MIT grant, working with engineering students to create a winning plan for an invention that is very much needed in the Lake Tahoe area.

His class submitted an initial application in the spring with a generic idea of how they envisioned their snow load invention, then submitted a more intense secondary application over the summer.

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*Photo Provided by Kayla Anderson

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