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It's the season for lavendar, Internet, anniversaries

BUSINESS BUZZ
By: LinidaLou Haines
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Charleston Lavender Farm, located Yankee Jim?s and Pine Hollow roads in the Colfax/Weimar, is celebrating lavender season right now. Some Lavender Farm products are available ongoing at The Hair Studio, 15 Main St., Colfax, and the High Hand Fruit Shed in Loomis and Whole Foods Market in Roseville for fresh bouquets. Get popular and new lavender products in Auburn at the Foothill Farmers? Market and their other locations. The list of enticing products is too long, but it includes fresh and dried bouquets, personal body products, household and laundry products, live plants, gift packs and lots more. The list of new products features lavender lotion, all natural dog flea powder, and two new cleaning products, soft scrub cleanser and spray cleaner. The next open house events at the Farm will be Sundays, July 15 and Aug. 12. On those dates, the farm will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for on-site sale of products, plants, and U-pick. Contact Renee Charleston for directions and other information, 637-4190. Buzz readers know how much I love to help local business owners celebrate their anniversaries. It?s almost time for another one: Whistle Stop Quilt Shop, 54 N. Main St. Congratulations, Suzanne Maguire on your upcoming fifth anniversary. The big party and sale isn?t until July 21, so more on that later. Right now, Maguire is announcing new summer classes. Stop by store for a schedule. In addition to classes, the Tuesday and Friday Socials, Project Linus and sewing machine repair, the shop sells fabric, notions, books and patterns. Some folks in the area might be feeling neglected by the lack of multiple options for Internet service and other high-tech bundled services here in Colfax. It seems the 15-mile distance from Auburn, our local metropolitan area, was too much for the necessary infrastructure to reach us here in rural Colfax. WAVE Broadband cable service is already available in some areas such, as the Canyon View Senior Apartments. Now, WAVE Broadband has expanded their cable services in Colfax with more TV channels. They have also added fast Internet connections and inexpensive phone service. Go to their website and check out their new fiber-optic network and learn how that is allowing their existing services to expand. The expanded network is also enabling WAVE to offer new services with options for small business as well as residential situations. Overseeing all the changes in our area is executive Tom Carroll, V.P. for the Sacramento region. Colfax is finally on the map! For more information, contact WAVE at 1-866-WAVE-123 (866-928-3123) or www.WaveBroadband.com/Colfax_upgrade. The Gold Country Farmers Market has opened for the season on the lawn next to the Colfax Passenger Depot, 99 Railroad St. Hours of operation are 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, through October. For more information, contact owner/operator Bob Hicks at 863-7330. A request for support: We all know that Colfax is a very caring community. When someone needs help due to a life-threatening illness, loss of business by fire or death in the line of duty, the extended Colfax family rallies. Right now, one of our local business owners has a very serious health challenge. She needs our support. Elan Vitkoff, owner and ?chief cook and bottle-washer? of Colfax Greek Bistro, 30 N. Main St., is such a person. She welcomes uplifting visits and healing sessions. While in the café you might also enjoy her Turkish coffee or other Mediterranean specialties. See her website for hours and menus, http://colfaxgreekbistro.com/. Let her know Colfax cares, 305-4050. Contact me lindalouise@exwire.com.