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Nevada Unique Store opens in Gardnerville

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The Nevada Unique Store on Highway 395 in Gardnerville held its grand opening on June 15.

The store specializes in small batch, hand-crafted items that are made in Nevada, along with gourmet foods, seasonal local produce, jewelry, art work and other locally made products. The store also started Gardnerville’s second farmer’s market recently.

The store is at 1378 Highway 395, next to Lynne Cauley Real Estate.

To find out more, visit their facebook page at

Quilt House giving away free pocket Constitutions

The Quilt House in Gardnerville is giving away a pocket Constitution with every purchase during July.

“Everyone who lives in this great country should read for themselves our country’s unique and special founding documents,” owner Gary Pierce said. “Have a great Fourth of July celebration and enjoy reading and understanding for yourself why we are a blessed nation.”

The Quilt House is at 1328 Highway 395, Suite 105, Gardnerville. For more information, call 782-8845.

Sales tax continues climb

Douglas County merchants took in $43.66 million in taxable sales in April, an 8.4 percent increase over April 2012, according to figures released by the state on June 28.

That’s despite the county’s largest category, food and drinking places, coming in down 2.1 percent, with $8.54 million.

One sign that the construction industry is rebounding is an 89 percent surge in the building materials and garden equipment which brought in $5.65 million in April 2012.

The county’s second largest category, general merchandise stores, grew 15.2 percent to $6.88 million.

A category that’s seen large increases over the past two years, merchant wholesalers of durable goods, saw a 13.2 percent decrease to $3.37 million in April.

Also seeing a loss were food and beverage stores, dropping 12.7 percent to $2.42 million, motor vehicle and parts dealers down 9.4 percent to 2 million, and electronics and appliance stores down 10.5 percent to $1.5 million.

So far, the county came in 6.6 percent ahead for the year with $493.39 million in taxable sales this fiscal year.

Chase opens Minden office

Chase International has opened an office at 1644 Highway 395 in Minden.

The realty brokerage based at Zephyr Cove now operates 10 offices in the region.

Mike Dunn, previously sales and marketing director of the Lake Tahoe region of Sotheby’s International Realty, is sales manager of the Chase International office in Minden.

Separately, Chase International signed a license agreement with RealtyTrac Network of Irvine, Calif. to gain access to RealtyTrac’s network of real estate data, buyer and seller leads.

No Place Like Home sells to Washington firm

EmpRes Healthcare, an employee-owned company, announced that an agreement has been closed involving the purchase of No Place Like Home Senior Care in Gardnerville from its founder, Rick Ackerson. The EmpRes Healthcare affiliated companies currently operate three skilled nursing and post-acute care centers in Carson Valley and Carson City.

“This acquisition aligns with our motto, ‘Our Commitment to Caring,’ in that it will allow our company to provide continued services to those who need them after leaving our centers as well a new demographic who are not yet in need of the services we provide,” said EmpRes Chief Operations Officer Brent Weil. “Rick has built a great business and we look forward to the synergies it will create when he and his team members join our organization.”

All of the employees at No Place Like Home Senior Care will work for EmpRes, so their current clients and family members should not notice any changes in the services they are receiving.

“I saw a need in the Gardnerville area, both as a family member and firefighter-paramedic, to provide assistance to the elderly who want to remain independent for as long as possible,” said Ackerson. “I see the sale to EmpRes Healthcare as an opportunity to expand the company and provide additional services to those in need.”

Chamber After Hours gathering Thursday

The next Business After Hours mixer sponsored by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce is 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Minden-Tahoe Airport.

In addition to food and liquid refreshments (‘Local First’ wine from Tahoe Ridge, made from Nevada grown grapes, will be served along with other beverages) there will be airport tours, aircraft on display, a raffle with a glider ride and an open cockpit flight among the prizes, and a chance to learn more about the numerous businesses that call the airport home.

Chamber Business After Hours mixers, held every three months, are a chance for networking.