Colfax's oldest retail business celebrates

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By: LindaLouise Haines
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During the city’s centennial celebration, Marson’s of Colfax, 25 S. Main St., will offer specials and be open longer so we can all help them celebrate the fact they are the oldest continuously operated retail establishment in Colfax. Look for sale merchandise in front of the store as well as special displays inside. Connie Marson will be offering light refreshments. So, it sounds like this is the time to pop in the store and wish Ed and Connie Marson a Happy 80th Anniversary — of the store, that is! Marson’s hours this weekend will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Congratulations to the Marson family. Grand opening for new location What to Wear has moved to 1 S. Main St., and changed its name to Bear River Trading Co. Consignments. Their grand opening will be held during the Railroad Days festival. Owner Lisa Brewer will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Lisa will also have refreshments and offer sales on summer clothes as well as featuring new Fall styles. Regular hours will be Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 346-7602. By changing the name, Lisa is indicating that she is now selling a larger variety of clothing. In addition to more and larger sizes of women’s clothing, she has added children’s, plus men’s clothing, and accessories for the whole family. She takes seasonal consignments during regular store hours. So, how does Lisa’s consignment store differ from our popular Colfax Gift & Thrift Store? Consignments are new or like-new clothes and accessories. The thrift store carries a wide variety of clothing in “new and quality used” condition, plus house wares, furniture, toys, adult and children’s books. Finally, Brewer is planning “I Am Women,” a fashion show and dinner on Nov. 13 at Sierra Vista Center. The evening will include vendors with information in the areas of health and beauty. Quilt show You can’t think of Railroad Days in Colfax without thinking of the outdoor quilt show on display up and down Main Street on Saturday. The Whistle Stop Quilt & Sew, 54 N. Main St. (346-8482) is co-sponsoring this weekend’s show. Owner Suzanne Maguire moved into the larger space nearly a year ago. The business, classes and excitement have been going full blast since then. The other Quilt Show sponsors are Colfax Cloth & Quilt Company and Teri Andrews-Murch, Realtor. Thanks to all the talented quilters for sharing their absolutely beautiful and amazing quilted hangings of all kinds. Birthday party In case you have not read anything about Colfax in the last month and have not been in town to see all the signs, Colfax is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its 100th anniversary. She’s lookin’ pretty good for 100, don’t you think? Why mention the anniversary party in a column that focuses on businesses? Part of this weekend’s celebration is the annual Colfax Area Business Faire from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Roy Toms Plaza. The Fair is sponsored by the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce and is open to all businesses in the area. This is a great opportunity for residents to check out what products and services are available in the Colfax area, which is defined as the Interstate 80 corridor from Applegate through the Sierra Foothills eastward to the Summit. That means this Business Fair has the potential to feature businesses anywhere in that region. So, join us for the Business Fair this weekend and see what you have been missing! Each vendor will have information, special offers, samples and friendly faces so you can ask all your questions. See you at Railroad Days. Stop by the Visitors Center, 99 Railroad St,, which is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. LindaLouise Haines can be reached at