Good business news in Colfax

By: LindaLouise Haines
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I know: “It’s still rough going for small businesses.” But, good things are happening in the Colfax area. The Colfax Friends of the Library held a phantasmagorical grand opening for the renovated, enlarged and brightened library on July 17. Nearly all of Colfax was there! Many local businesses supported the gathering with great food (Hanford’s Catering), delightful chamber music (Pete Hansen and the Flute Cakes), an amazing program (printed by Blue Cat Studio) and just lots of other hands-on-support for the “remo” and the party. The Friends of the Library did a phenomenal job of planning it and making everything come together. I especially appreciated the “short history” of the library in the program (I love local history). These may be “hard times,” but the heart of the Colfax business community is still strong and supportive. Thank you, Colfax businesses! Another celebration Another celebratory occasion: the third anniversary of the move of the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce (346-8888) office into the bigger, brighter and a better location in the historic Colfax Railroad Depot, 99 Railroad St. Why is that important to note? Because the Chamber supports more than 100 business members and others in our area in a variety of ways, including increasing visibility for Colfax Chamber members. In the last month Jenny Duncan was hired as the new executive director for the chamber, which is giving the office and Visitor Center and other outreach efforts more enthusiastic success. Finally, an impressive display of local artwork is on sale at the Visitor Center, including “new” Colfax mugs with original art by Joan Chlarson. New chiropractor Mark Cleaner, D.C., is working out of the Colfax Healing Arts Center, 233 S. Auburn St., Suite 255, by appointment. Dr. Cleaner is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic-West and was in practice from 1983 to 2001 in the Bay Area. He and his family now live in Weimar. He considers himself semi-retired and makes himself available for chiropractic treatments on a sliding scale basis. His style or the way he works is “diversified, using high force or low force, plus trigger point therapy.” In other words, he tailors each treatment to meet the patient’s needs. For an appointment, call 383-4088. What else is new? Studio Z is offering fitness classes for children, FitKidZ. Introductory sessions are being held this summer at Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St. FitKidZ uses exercise, dance and games. Kirstin Dawson of Studio Z Dance & Fitness has co-created the program with one of her instructors, physical therapist Kara Gulling. Dawson said “this great community program” will continue as an after-school program when school starts next month. “The goal of FitKidZ is to offer a fitness program at an affordable price to the children of the community and to enhance your child’s development and reinforce individual success while having fun,” Dawson said. Studio Z is also offering a senior aerobics class through Placer School for Adults in its newest manifestation, Zumba Gold. This version uses the typical Zumba Latin dance moves that have been specifically designed for active seniors. Check out for more information. Until next time, write me at if you have tips on new businesses and new products or services.