Valley locksmith celebrates fifth anniversary |

Valley locksmith celebrates fifth anniversary

Staff Reports

Howell’s Lock & Safe in Gardnerville is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a barbecue 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1, weather permitting.

Located at 1408 Industrial Way, Suite 3, Howell’s Lock & Safe is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday by appointment. The business also offers 24-hour emergency service.

“I have been around locksmiths all my life,” said owner Michael Howell, an 11-year Gardnerville Ranchos resident who runs the shop with wife Tina-Jo. “My dad is a locksmith. I started my first company when I was 18 years old.”

Howell said one unique feature of his business is working with transponder keys.

“We copy and originate transponder keys,” he said. “We educate our customers about the transponder keys. These keys are very expensive, and we offer a free transponder evaluation.”

For more information about Howell’s Lock & Safe, call 782-5397.

Nono’s Sweet Repeats, a new and consignment clothing and home decor store in the Clear Creek Plaza, is celebrating its first anniversary on Feb. 15.

“Consignment is the new way to shop – it’s chic to be cheap in this economy,” said owner Nanette Toland.

Toland, a Genoa resident, owned a home decor store in Laguna Niguel, Calif., before making the move to the Silver State in 2006 and opening Nono’s Home Decor, which is still combined with Sweet Repeats. The store offers ladies consignment clothing, gifts and home furnishings.

“It’s a win-win,” Toland said. “The consignor gets money to feed back into the local economy. The buyer gets a great deal.”

Nono’s Sweet Repeats is located at 3790 Highway 395, Suite 406, Carson City. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call 309-3133 or visit

City National Bank has announced its philanthropic performance in Nevada for 2010 and the nonprofit organizations and charitable causes it supported last year. The bank contributed monetary and in-kind support of more than $100,000 to more than 80 nonprofit and community organizations in 2010.

In-kind and volunteer outreach continued to be an integral part of the bank’s philanthropic performance last year. Bank colleagues donated more than 2,000 hours in volunteer service, which included serving on nonprofit boards, reading to students at various elementary schools and staffing charitable events.

“I am very pleased with what our company and colleagues were able to accomplish last year given the continued challenges facing our state and the communities we serve,” said Larry Charlton, Nevada regional executive. “Our community involvement and support of worthwhile nonprofit organizations and programs continues to grow, especially in the area of volunteer outreach. The human resources and in-kind support companies can provide to our communities is as valuable as the monetary support.”

Charlton highlighted the bank’s in-kind donation of office space and equipment to Community Health Charities of Nevada as an example of how the bank looks for innovative ways to help communities in Nevada.

“Given the lingering economic challenges still facing Nevada this year, City National will once again look for ways to help nonprofit groups beyond its traditional monetary support,” he said.

Following is a list of local nonprofit organizations City National helped with monetary, in-kind and volunteer support in 2010: Austin’s House, Carson Valley Arts Council, Carson Valley Community Food Closet, Carson Valley Lions Club, C.C. Meneley Elementary, Douglas County Welfare Group and Minden Rotary Club.

City National contributes financial, in-kind and volunteer assistance to nonprofit institutions and organizations that enhance the quality of life and promote public interest where the company conducts its business. The four main areas of the bank’s philanthropic outreach include education, health and human services, community development, and arts and culture.

For more information, visit