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The Local Lens – Local Entrepreneur Shout-Outs

January 31, 2024 | Linda Offerdahl

There’s nothing like a new business to make a community bustle and thrive. It means someone has found a business need in the community and is filling it. I want to start today by giving a shout-out to some local entrepreneurs…

Wyld Peony…Jen Wechsler saw the need for year-round fresh flowers, started selling them out of her garage, and now has her own floral shop in upper Village Center. Come to the soft opening on Saturday and get a discount on flowers for Valentine’s Day. And hey, if there’s not one for you to surprise with flowers,  treat yourself!

Lefrancois Engineering… Mike knows there is no such thing as a simple remodel or development project. Mike moved to Tahoe in 1999 and brings his extensive knowledge of TRPA requirements, utilities, and civil engineering to building projects. Let him make your project look easy!

Lisa Douglas Designs…opened up her design studio in the old Village Interiors storefront in Christmas Tree Village, Lisa has an amazing sense of sophistication and creativity and is one of the most generous people I know. Find that perfect accessory in her shop or put her to work creating some magic in your home. Next door at Tahoe Gifting Co., Darya and Matthew have made a name for themselves by creating custom gift boxes with Tahoe-made goodies. Veteran. Female. Support them!

Thania’s Juice Bar….arguably serving up the healthiest food in Incline, also in Christmas Tree Village, has plans to open a second location in Reno. I go there for the detox juices and avocado toast. Female. Mexican. Entrepreneur. Support her!

Big Water Grille… is bringing happy hour to Thursdays, with Throwback Thursdays, starting this week! Expect to get your favorite drinks served up with great apps from new and old bar menus all night long! And remember those Blue Loyalty Cards? Well if you still have one, dig it up and get 10% off your check. Richard and I had forgotten about it, but now it’s in his wallet. See you Thursday night!

Can we talk? It seems like they are always moving the bar on freebies for seniors. I thought when I turned 70, skiing would be free. Turns out, free is for super-seniors, as defined by those 80 years old or older! Even though it wasn’t free, skiing on Sunday at  Royal Gorge, the largest cross-country ski area in North America with my daughter Nicole and her wife Patty, was priceless.  

Keeping with the seniors theme, I thought I was too young for Bingo. But Kristie Wells, Incliners, told me that it’s actually a younger crowd playing Bingo on Tuesday nights at Alibi! I would go next Tuesday, EXCEPT it is member appreciation night for Incliners at the Chateau. Then Kristie told me that anyone 49+ could join Incliners. Now I really feel old. But I am looking forward to meeting up with old friends and meeting new ones at Incliners. Go to www.incliners.org to see their schedule and join. This is a large network of people I would never call “old”…this group is lively and very active!

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