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Businesses relocate, change hands, heading into new year

by Scott Neuffer

Shannon Litz/R-C file photoLiz Weirauch, center, gives instructions to Julie Shoush, Victor Akopian, Doug Purkiss and Bob Kornoff at Angler's Edge in Gardnerville in November 2005. More than seven years later, Liz and Don Weirauch are in the process of relocating the fishing store, which serves as a center for fly-fishing enthusiasts in the area.

The end of the year is typically a time for business owners to reflect on finances, strategy and the future.

It means some businesses take the opportunity to relocate and re-energize their operations, whether downsizing or upsizing.

It also means that some owners decide it’s time to get out, to find a willing buyer who will continue a brand or carry on a tradition.

In any case, after five years of brutal recession, all owners are trying to build better paths to their customers and more stable ground on which to grow profits.

Angler’s Edge. Gardnerville residents Don and Liz Weirauch purchased the fishing shop, Angler’s Edge, in 2004. The store had existed for a decade before that. The couple moved to their current location in downtown Gardnerville in 2005. The store has become a hang-out for High Sierra Fly Casters, an organization of fly-fishermen from Northern Nevada and California.

“We’re excited to announce that The Angler’s Edge in Gardnerville is moving to another location and to the Internet,” the Weirauchs said in an email. “This decision comes after the recent IFTA (International Field Team Association) show this past August with the realization that the industry is making significant changes and the fact that the economy continues to languish. Consequently, we are downsizing and will be in a shared space that will be more conducive to the challenges that lay ahead.”

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The owners said they would reopen in a few months in “our new brick and mortar location in downtown Minden.”

“We will continue to guide the numerous waters in California and Nevada with our staff of guides from the Truckee River to the Owens and book the numerous private waters that we promote,” they said.

The new number for the business is 781-7112. The company’s website,, will remain the same.

“We’re very excited,” they said. “A very happy New Year to all.”

Keva Juice. Johnson Lane resident Steve Walsh opened Keva Juice Smoothie and Yogurt Shop in the summer of 2009. It was his first franchise.

In a Jan. 2 letter to the editor, Walsh said he was asked to move his business so another tenant could expand. He said the store, sandwiched between Starbucks and Round Table Pizza, would be closed for a few months until a new location is found.

“While we are very disappointed that we have to close, and go through the moving and rebuilding process, our hope is that we can find a location that not only suits our business model, but allows us the opportunity to expand our frozen yogurt program to what it was hoped to be,” he said.

Walsh said seating was too cramped at the former location to accommodate a sit-down-and-eat operation.

“Our search is now for a new location that allows us to do both smoothie and frozen yogurt products effectively,” he said.

Walsh was adamant to avoid becoming another “statistic” in what has been a difficult economic cycle for small businesses.

“Business is tough, no doubt, be we have been successful in these tough times,” he said. “I am blessed to have a truly awesome group of team members on my staff. Without their help and flexibility I would not have been successful. Combine that with a tremendous group of customers, and a pretty good product, and we have made it through this brutal small business economy.

Anytime Fitness. The fitness franchise first opened in the Waterloo Center in Gardnerville in 2011. About three months ago, Richard “Bonz” Kudrna and Greg Kudrna purchased the business along with other locations in Yerington and Fernley.

“Anytime Fitness Gardnerville is a unique gym experience where as a member you have full access 24/7, 365 days a year to this gym as well as thousands of other Anytime Fitness studios worldwide,” they said in a press release. “We offer cutting edge strength training and cardio equipment, with a knowledgeable and friendly staff in a safe, clean environment.”

Located at 1352 Highway 395, Suite 101, the gym is hosting an open house 4-7 p.m. tonight.

“Come check out the gym, meet our staff and get motivated to tackle those New Year resolutions,” they said.

For more information, call 783-5130.

Cafe Girasole. Dresslerville Road resident Abby Bryce took the helm of Cafe Girasole in downtown Gardnerville on Dec. 1 and renamed it Abby Jo’s Cafe Girasole.

The eatery offers gourmet wraps, salads, paninis and soups.

“It’s a great place for friends to meet for lunch,” Bryce said.

Bryce is new to owning a restaurant, but worked for the previous owner for three years.

“Before that, I decorated cakes,” she said. “My desserts, especially cheesecakes, are my specialty.”

Bryce’s husband Scott owns Sweetwater Glass Company.

“I bought the name and menu and reopened because the food is so good,” she said. “I just couldn’t let it close. It is really unique and wonderful. I love to feed people and enjoy the work very much.”

Located at 1483 Highway 395, Suite A, Gardnerville, Abby Jo’s Cafe Girasole is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 782-3314.

Miscellaneous. Kulwant Singh is listed as the new owner of Sierra Market Convenience Store in Gardnerville’s Stratton Center. The store opened in 2009 where the former suite of Carson Valley Pharmacy. Next door, Maria and Julio Ruvalcaba filed a new name for Taqueria La Salsa No. 2 – JJ’s Mexican Restaurant. Carson Valley Signs on Southgate Drive listed a new owner as well, Frank Degregory.

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