Two new business owners are ready to welcome you

By: LindaLou Haines
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Two businesses on S. Auburn Street near the intersection with Route 174 have new owners and want to welcome locals to meet the new guys in town. Both men are very friendly and eager to share their enthusiasm for their new businesses. Don Reader is the new owner of BOB’S DOGS, 218 S. Auburn St., 346-2114. Although he is the new “Bob,” his right hand in the shop is the sister of the original Bob, Carrie Davis. He says his right hand and anchor at home is his wife Tre. She and the rest of his family will be joining him in their new home in Roseville soon. Don promises to continue “Bob’s” famous menu of dogs, including 20 toppings and specialties like Cajun Bob, Chicago Bob, German Bob, Chili Bob, Bacon Bob – a total of 16 Bobs! Don is open to suggestions for new “Bobs.” Not being a dog-aholic, I needed a crash course in the language of dogs and Bobs! Right now, hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. When school opens, he plans to expand the afternoon hours for the kids. The shop now has free WiFi and a welcoming atmosphere. And, despite Don and his family living down the hill, he is already supporting a local athletic team. He also plans to be active in community activities and has just joined the Chamber of Commerce. Also, in the same building, 218 S. Auburn, is the COLFAX BARBER SHOP, formerly RJ’s Barber Shop when it was owned by Jay Tremble. New owner is Colfax native, Mike Anderson. Mike has retired from brick laying and pastoring churches around Northern California. His wife Christel is an emergency room nurse in Grass Valley. Anderson bought the shop in April and did a lot of sprucing up with comfy new chairs, some new equipment, new lights and new decorations. His hours are Tuesday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. He is available at other times by appointment, if needed, 346-7093 (shop) or 575-5693 (cell). Haircuts are $10 and $8 for students. His “cutz” include fades, tapers, Mo-hawks, Fo-hawks. He also does businessmen’s haircuts, beards and straight razor shaves. Anderson calls his shop, “A real barber shop with real barbers.” To introduce their shops to the community, Reader at Bob’s Dogs along with Anderson at the Colfax Barber Shop will co-host the next Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce mixer, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. Mixers are open to all in the community, not just business owners. They are a great way to network with other community members and businesses and to get the inside scoop on local businesses. Chamber members’ cost is $5 and non-members’ cost is $7, which includes wine or soda and snacks and other goodies. DINE N DASH, 1516 S. Canyon Way (formerly Mom’s Kitchen) will celebrate its grand opening Wednesday, Aug. 24. It will be open 7 days a week, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., 302-5707. Owner Stacy Williams describes her menu as “comfort gourmet food.” Passive Marketing. a form of “Gorilla Marketing.” What? Jim and Barbara Kelly have nailed it at SHIP IT, 9 S. Main St., 346-7374. While waiting for service at Ship It one day last week, I wandered around and looked at what else was for sale. An attractive new line of greeting cards from LEANIN’ TREE caught my eye, and I bought four. Instead of spending 12 cents at Ship It, I spent $9.57! When I left, manager Jim was smiling big! In addition to UPS and FedEx shipping, faxing and color duplicating services, Ship It also has all kinds of shipping materials to purchase. Plus, Jim sells some office supplies and puzzles and some toys. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Like other small town locally owned business owners, Jim orders items for his store based on customer demand. If you want him to carry something for your home office, let him know. He wants to make you happy! Business news? Contact me,