Mix things up with the Chamber of Commerce

By: LindaLou Haines
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Dottie?s Café, 38 N. Main, is celebrating its first anniversary in business by hosting a Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. Chamber mixers are open to everyone in the community ? businesses and other interested Colfax residents. Mixers are a way to informally meet your local business owners and staff and to learn more about who is selling what and providing what services to the community. It?s like a party with a purpose because we mix and mingle while enjoying yummy snacks. Speaking of snacks: At Dottie?s this time, chef and co-owner Todd Hepler is doing up some new hors d?oeuvres and many of his signature ones that are so popular. Co-owner Shannon Mackey, Todd?s wife, will co-host the mixer. Cost for CACC mixers is $5 for chamber members and $7 for non-members. That buys you a beverage and snacks. For more information on mixers, call the Chamber 346-8888. And, a big congratulations to Todd and Shannon for a successful first year of business in Colfax offering a quality lunch and dinner restaurant right on Main Street. Their hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Sunday?s menu is a brunch, which combines the best of a special breakfast and luncheon. Also, when the café is closed Sunday evenings, the space is available for private parties. Call 346-2828. Did you remember Mother?s Day is this Sunday? If you haven?t gotten a special gift for your special mom, Colfax shops offer many unique gift ideas. For gifts, try Connie?s Creative Corner, 55 Main St. at Church Sreet. The boutique has a lot of jewelry, with ?possibly the largest selection in town, and other items that would be perfect for any mother,? said Bernice Lein, one of the artists with one-of-a-kind items on display at the gallery/boutique. Creative Corner is a co-op of local artists, who share this storefront to encourage each other in their artistic pursuits and to invite locals to view and buy their work. They are open seven days: noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Tuesdays open till the Colfax Library across the street closes at 7 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The boutique was the creative idea of Connie Heilaman, owner of Connie?s Decors Interior Design with a showroom in the same building at 15 W. Church St. Heilaman opened the boutique in time for the Christmas shopping season in October 2010. And, with a dedicated group of artists and crafts folks, the shop continues to serve the artists and the community. So, stop in now and get that special gift for Mother. More ideas for Mother?s Day: How about a gift certificate for a massage at Colfax Healing Arts with Audrey Powell or one of the other certified Massage Therapists that share that space? Colfax Healing Arts is located at 233 S. Auburn St, Ste. 255. It also provides space for two local chiropractors and the Colfax Reiki Circle. Call Powell, 305-9472 for appointments and to order that massage for mom. Does mom like naturally scented soaps and oils? Try Body Royale Handcrafted Natural Soaps & Body Products, 6 N. Main St. in Pick-A-Flick Video rentals. These natural products that Cindy Cunningham makes smell good enough to eat but don?t do that. Do use them on your skin for their healing properties and to make you feel good. Contact Cunningham 305-9907. Finally, there are some really quality places to eat out in the Colfax area. There?s too many to mention; check them out for happy eating. Contact me: