Where can you get a clock fixed around here???

 

  Every wall clock I have is a cheapo from CVS except for my pride and joy- a clock shaped like a lobster that I paid 50¢ for at a garage sale in King Salmon when I was still moving in to my place baclk in ’93.  I thought perhaps it had been in a local restaurant, maybe even Gill’s, but no one claimed it.  I took it to the clock shop that the old guy used to have in back of Safeway (now Shafer’s) and had him put in a movement.  I think it cost $5.  It’s been hanging in my kitchen ever since.   If there were ever a fire and I had to get out fast, that clock is about the only thing I’d worry about taking.  When my precious lobster stopped keeping time, I called Ten Window Williams.  Who else?  
    So when I called the number, that TWW gave me, (707) 407 6622, I reached Dave of Dave’s Clock Repairs, who came to my house, picked up the clock and brought it back working a few days later. Tariff was $45. All is well again  and I highly recommend Dave for any chronological  problems you may have.  Support your local clock repair guy!
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Well, that didn’t take long! Fortuna Grocery Outlet building for sale already!

With all this rain, we haven’t even made it to Fortuna to check out the new GO and here the building is for sale already! Talk about a quick flip!  Here, courtesy of LoopNet,  is the listing and while you’re  at it you can also pick up the hotel on the Riverwalk. Read about it HERE.

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Your Handy Clip-and-Save Guide To Dollar Stores and Dollar General Stores And So On

Do you get irritated by those Dollar General ads that show up in the paper with NO info as to where you can actually access the vaunted bargains?  Help has arrived, but to straighten this out, we need to discuss as well as the regular old Dollar Stores the fact that these stores are sometimes doing business under names like Family Dollar. You see a lot of those in the South.

It helps that the plain old “Dollar Stores” are the ones where everything really DOES cost a dollar.  The following is a locator for the honest-to-God  Dollar Stores in Humboldt currently:

Dollar Tree, Valley West Center in Arcata, phone 825-8401

Dollar Tree, 1111 Myrtle, on the CVS/Starbucks side, phone 443-5515

Dollar Tree, 800 W Harris, the Eureka Mall,

Dollar Tree, 721 S Fortuna Blvd, 726-7850, Redwood Village, Fortuna

Bigfoot Dollar, 76 Country Club Drive, Willow Creek, 530-629-2100.

Now, lets talk about Dollar General.  They carry stuff which costs  from $1 to $25. They are at:

650 South Fortuna Blvd, no phone listed and

44 Davis Street, Rio Dell , 764-1734.  

The Dollar General stores are more upscale (comparatively) and carry things like Tracfones.  I assume they are intendIng to expand in the county because otherwise I can’t understand why they  publish an expensive supplement to the Times every Sunday for only two stores. 

Obviously (to me,’cause I’m a cheapskate)) the only ones worth patronizing are the REAL dollar stores. They’re great for wrapping paper and picture frames, also dishes if you check the labels carefully. 

Let me know if you see any more of these critters.  The world of discount retail is shadowy and ephemeral.  Only a few months ago there was a Dollar store of in Bayshore Mall, near the credit union. Just browsing online, it seems to be gone.  And I’m not willing to brave the rain to go check.  Meanwhile, you can print out our handy-dandy guide and keep it in your wallet.   It still works even when ATT goes out.

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Humboldt Democrats Honor Atkins, Gallegos

In a departure from tradition, the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee held its “Democrat of the Year” dinner Friday night in Fortuna at the River Lodge.  Almost 200 Democrats gathered to honor former Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos and current but termed-out Eureka City Council member Linda Atkins for their accomplishments. It was a great evening and featured State Senator Mike McGuire who can rev people up more with a ten-minute speech than most pols can with cannon and fireworks. ( No auction this time, though.)

Among the attendees was former Eureka City Councilman Chris Kerrigan, just back from grad school in Belfast. The consensus was that this may be the first time the DOTY dinner was held in the South County,  but it won’t be the last. Congrats are in order to all who made it happen, including Ways and Means Committee chair Pam Cahill and Fortuna resident and HCCDC member  Richard Leamon, who was instrumental in steering the DOTY southward. A wonderful evening!

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Tidbits & Gossip

A FOB (Friend of the Blog) advised us that Grocery Outlet is opening at Strong’s Plaza in Fortuna. GO confirms this and says they’re already pouring concrete in Fortuna. Different owners for Fortuna, however.

We learn from the Coos Bay World that service to Denver , yes, Denver, will continue through the summer. I find this somewhat amazing.

Finally, the SBDC will offer their excellent training for artisans and craftspeople with their programs “Making Your Business Ready for Online Sales”.    Click there for enrollment forms and good luck!

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The BEST Strawberries on the Planet

Those of you who know about Saechow’s strawberries in Fortuna, you can skip this. Those who don’t, you owe me a big favor for telling you.

What: Mr. Chan Yan Saechow began growing strawberries after he was laid off from Eel River Sawmill. Thank God he was laid off, because he grows the best strawberries you have ever had. They have vegetables,  too, but the berries are the thing. And we still have a good chunk of summer left.

Where: Take the Kenmar exit and when you reach the bottom of the ramp go left. (Right takes you to the River Lodge). Then go about a block and make the first right, where you see signs  advertising berries,  butterflies , burls, a gun range , etc.  Saechow’s stand is about a mile own the road on your left and you won’t miss it. 

When: When I went there Saturday, they handed me a business card with their number and suggested calling ahead to see when they’re open.  There were a few traumatic weeks when they were NOT open but now they’re back. Just call 707-845-3930 to make sure.

And you’re welcome.

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For Sale In Humboldt

Looking to add to your real estate portfolio? There are some nifty properties on the market. To wit:
The Fortuna Theater, the six-screener, is on the block for $1,250,000.
The Shelter Cove RV Park, Campground and Deli is available for $2,950,000. 

The Old Post Office is on the block for $800.000.  Needs work and retro fitting but you can’t beat the tenant.

The Bayview Motel, the one overlooking Bayshore Mall, is listed at $1,700,000.

Happy Shopping!

 

Radio Shack Closing

…at Bayshore Mall.  The other stores in the County (Arcata, Fortuna, Myrtle Avenue) will remain open for the time being while radio Shack closes thousands of its locations. The staff at the Mall was very helpful when I asked why Fortuna and Myrtle weren’t answering their phones. It’s because they help live customers over phone calls- don’t you wish everyone did that?-and the stores don’t have answering machines. Yup, that’s right.  They sell them, but don’t have one . The liquidation of the Mall location is well along and is the only store closing I’ve ever heard of that’s being advertised on Craig’s List. Entrepreneurs, check it out. They may have something you can use.