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Faith and freight in Grass Valley


What: TC Mailbox Center

Where: 10126 Alta Sierra Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95949

When: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday: Closed

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For 16 years, Teresa Wagner worked as a notary public in Placer and Nevada counties.

Her real passion, however, was her daughter.

So when Wagner became an empty nester, sadness absorbed her world.

“It’s been three years and I was devastated,” she said. “I fell apart.”

It took the notary public a year and a half to get her life on track. Around the time she was teaching bible studies, she said God told her to do something new: open a mailbox store.

About one month ago, Wagner became a business owner for the first time, opening TC Mailbox Center in Alta Sierra, just minutes from her home.

“We are trying to do it all,” she said of her store. TC Mailbox Center provides a variety of services, including notary, freight shipping, passport photo-taking, key making, live-scan fingerprinting, DHL services and more.


As she was reorganizing her life, Wagner considered a few different career changes, including working in real estate, but she said, the Lord had something different in mind.

“God had another plan,” she said. “He wanted me to serve my community not just myself.”

Wagner researched mailbox stores in the area, and found a store owner in Loomis to teach her the trade. She studied under him, working at the store for two months before setting off on her own. Being middle aged, Wagner worried about starting anew, but she felt ready to begin a new life chapter.

“I’ve always been an entrepreneur,” she said. “My dad was an entrepreneur. I had it in me to find a way or make a way.”

Today, Wagner has one person working for her — coincidentally, it’s the son of the store owner Wagner worked for in Loomis.

As a new store owner, Wagner said the community volunteered their time, helping to advertise and donate construction materials.

“The community rallied around me starting this store,” she said.

What’s next for the new store owner? Wagner said she’s interested in acquiring new transportation, but she’s a bit fearful of being run off the road.

“I thought about getting a moped,” she said.

Contact Sam Corey at 530-477-4219 or at

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