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Turning the spotlight on Colfax businesses

Business Buzz
By: LindaLouise Haines
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Business Buzz is a monthly column that will provide brief updates on local businesses. I will focus on new businesses as well as established businesses that move, do a renovation, offer expanded services or make other changes of interest to residents. Let’s start with our only locally owned gas station, Colfax Food and Gas at the intersection of Route 174 and South Auburn street. Owner Harpreet Sidhu and her family live in Colfax and are committed to selling gas at better prices than the gas stations closer to the freeway. So, why would any resident want to go anywhere else? We need to support these hard working folks, who are open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The combination of low prices and these customer-friendly hours can’t be beat. last year they put in new, easy to use pumps which means stopping for gas is quick and easy. So, help Harpreet make back her investment in the new equipment and support her. You can even give her call at 346-9690 to tell her how much you appreciate her commitment to Colfax. * * * Terry Murphy, hair designer and owner of InVision Salon, has moved up Main street, closer to the center of town. She is now located in the Freight Depot building at 7 N. Main St., Suite 2. Murphy said she loves her new landlady, Pene Todd, another well-known local. She said that her business has increased since she moved and thanks Colfax area folks for supporting her business. Call 346-9195 for an appointment. She has provided space for Lisa Rice, licensed manicurist of Tip Toe Nails. For an appointment with Lisa, call 774-NAIL (6245). * * * Things are popping at Colfax Community Gift & Thrift, 255-A Highway 174 between Colfax Gas on the corner and the Electric Beach Tanning Salon. It’s a tricky location because it is on that curve and signage regulations are restrictive. But, it is definitely worth making a point to stop by. Gift and Thrift hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices are marked down 50 percent on Wednesdays. With the help of her family, Lori Garcia converted the store from the former Hospice Gift and Thrift in 2008 and established it as a non-profit with proceeds coming back into the Colfax community. Lori said her vision has been “to keep the money in Colfax.” She has a strong core of volunteers, but there is always a need for more. For more information about volunteer opportunities, call 346-1500. The big news is the next Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce mixer will be held at the Thrift store from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. Cost for chamber members to attend is $5 and $7 for non-members. A wonderful selection of raffle prizes, including a very impressive Tropical Basket donated by the Thrift Store, will be offered. For more information about the upcoming mixer, call the Colfax Area Chamber office at 346-8888. Send items of interest to LindaLouise at lindalouise@iglide.net.