David Dokimos knew what he was getting into when he and his wife, Kelly, decided to open western Nevada County’s third independent pharmacy last December in Grass Valley.
His father is a pharmacist, his brother is a successful independent operator in Sacramento, and David spent 22 years with Longs Drugs before opening Dokimos’ East Main Pharmacy at 640 E. Main St.
“It’s something I always wanted to do, but I never felt the environment was right until recently,” he said. “My brother has done well so I knew you could be successful.”
Dokimos believes they can succeed by offering better customer service than the chain pharmacies can provide and by operating efficiently.
“We can get you in and out without the long wait,” he said. “We can also provide more personal consultation than (the chains) can provide.”
Dokimos points out that 85 percent of prescriptions are paid for by insurers, and they pay the same compensation rates to all pharmacies, so the big operators don’t have a pricing edge.
The pharmacy also offers gifts, cards, and a wide selection of over-the-counter items. The business is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.
A grand opening is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19, with barbecue served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Nevada County Contractors’ Association is teaming with the Grenada Relief Team to collect construction materials and tools that can be used to rebuild the island nation devastated by Hurricane Ivan last September.
A 52-foot semi-truck trailer will be parked in the association’s parking lot at 111A New Mohawk Road in Nevada City from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday to collect donated materials.
Organizers are looking for building materials such as power tools, nails, screws, and fasteners, along with ready-to-use building lumber, plywood, metal roofing material, tarps and gardening tools.
A list of requested items can be found at http://www.grenadareliefteam.com. Additional information is available by phoning Susan at 274-4994. People who want to donate large items should contact Tom DeMaranville at 272-7545.
The last of three workshops by Roger Brooks of Destination Development on successfully branding a business will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 15 at Miners Foundry in Nevada City.
The free workshop is co-sponsored by the City of Nevada City and the Sierra Economic Development District. Reservations can be made by phoning 823-4703.
A free luncheon seminar on “Smart Women Finish Rich” will be conducted by Michael McDaniel at noon March 15 at the Stonehouse restaurant in Nevada City.
The program is based on the best-selling book by David Bach and will cover Bach’s seven steps for gaining financial independence, according to McDaniel, president of McDaniel Wealth Management in Nevada City.
McDaniel points out that women outlive men by an average of seven years, but that 25 percent of widows go through their husbands’ death benefits in just two months.
Reservations for the lunch can be made by phoning 478-0326. The deadline for reservations is Thursday.
Scion Creative, a Nevada City graphic arts firm, is a finalist in the Web design, advertising and public relations category of the 2005 Dottie Awards, presented to the best Web sites in Northern California.
The winners will be announced at the eighth annual awards ceremony Thursday at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento.
Sierra College’s Center for Applied Competitive Technologies has teamed with Roplast Industries of Oroville to demonstrate the principles of lean manufacturing in a real-world setting.
The demonstration site at the Rocklin campus also features workshops and training to improve productivity and support economic development in the region.
Tours for groups of up to 25 can be scheduled Tuesday through Thursday by phoning Sandra Scott at Sierra College, (916) 781-6244.
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