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Biz Bits

There are plenty of historic commercial buildings in Nevada City, but few of them come with a fully landscaped patio featuring a tree that was brought over from China more than 100 years ago.

But that’s what LaVonne Mullin of WCS Properties LLC is offering any restaurateur who would like to take over the old Chinese laundry building at 312 Commercial St.

Mullin already owned the adjacent building at 316 Commercial when she purchased the laundry building and found herself with two overgrown backyards.

So she brought in landscape architect Michael Kirby, a specialist in Asian gardens and water features, to create a garden area suitable for dining.

The centerpiece is a locust tree that was brought to Nevada City from China more than 100 years ago. Mullin had it tethered so that it can be preserved.

Restoration work has also been done to the laundry building, one of the few remaining from the era of the Chinese Quarter. “We tried to make the building look the way it did … when it was originally a laundry,” Mullin said.

Additional information on the building is available by contacting Collins Property Management, 265-0625.


Telestream of Nevada City has received a major industry award for its MAP software products that make it easier to access, organize and share digital video and audio media.

MAP won the Frost and Sullivan 2005 Digital Media Applications Product of the Year award at a recent awards banquet in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Frost and Sullivan, a leading technology consulting firm, presents the annual award to a company that demonstrates excellence in new products and technologies within its industry.


Brook Design Group of Nevada City has released its eighth line of greeting cards in the past year, this time for Valentine’s Day.

The cards, which feature photography of LeeAnn Brook and quotes about love, are available at several retailers in Nevada City and Grass Valley. Additional information is available by calling Brook at 265-6817.


Placer Sierra Bancshares, which operates two branches in Grass Valley and one in Penn Valley, reported a 15 percent drop in earnings for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31.

The bank said it earned $13,019,000, or 90 cents per diluted share, in 2004, down from $15,330,000, or $1.13 per diluted share, in 2003.

Placer said earnings were curbed by expenses from the acquisition of Southland Capital Co., which operates Bank of Orange County, and a $3.8 million loss from

the restructuring of the bank’s investment securities portfolio.


Country Collectibles of Nevada City is celebrating 15 years in business, which started in Danville in 1990 and moved to Nevada City in 1999. Owners Peggy and Jim McConnaughay specialize in collectibles and antiques from New England.


John Meyer, a sales representative in the Grass Valley office of AAA of Northern California, has been recognized as a Gold Circle of Excellence award winner for his sales performance. This is the 10th time he has won the award.


The Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce has three open dates for business-to-business or business-to-community mixers this year. Anyone interested in hosting or co-hosting a mixer should contact the Chamber at 432-1802.


Got local business news? Contact George Boardman at or 477-4236.

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