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lOB Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter 0 Every" . + . II Hurry inf selection! Sandals Best Mon.Fri: lOam.6pm Sat: lOam-4pm Sun: Closed The Oak Grove Lodge offers "comfort and a homelike atmosphere with peaceful wooded surroundings," says owner Kimberly McAhren. Each room has a full kitchen and flat-screen TV with 140 channels, and has been personally decorated by McAhren, who is also an interior designer. Photos by Miriam S. Cody Peaceful lodge offers luxury, comfort, homelike atmosphere Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@pl Kimberly McAhren bought Oak Grove Motor Lodge two years ago and "started off running," she said. The lodge rents cabins, each with its own unique look. McAhren specializes in interior design, and puts her education and experience to work in every room. She studied at University of Nevada, Reno and the Design Institute of San Diego. After school, she started an interior design business in the Reno about adapting to all the area. various responsibilities and Now that she has settled in needs of a small business sInce Indian Valley, she said, "I she bought the lodge. strive to provide a place for the "I'm very good at families and friends of our multitasking-- as long as I do locals, or tourists, to stay when it one thing at a time," she they visit." She added that she joked, adding, "I've tried to wants her guests to experience PROFILES IN BUSINESS incorporate my positive a beautiful setting with a OAK GROVE LODGE traveling experiences into homelike atmosphere, creating positive atmospheres She said her guests tend to accommodate up to eight for my customers. agree with her that the people. Another room sleeps "My rooms are special beautiful setting comes easy, up to six. because each cabin has a full between the quiet forests all The lodge also offers Direct kitchen stocked with supplies, around the place and interiors TV with 140 channels, and which helps families and that reflect McAhren's there is a flat-screen TV in individuals to keep costs background in interior design, every room. down when traveling or + Each Cabin at the lodge has An outdoor area under the visiting family and friends. its own simple yet attractive shade of tall oak and maple Each room.has its own style, oftenleaningtward+the++ treeswelcomes+daytim? :-+ perseality/ +. :,: Victorian, although one of the picnickers, with a fire pit for She said her biggest cabins is rustic-themed, with late-night storytelling and challenge is the rising cost of charming bear and pine tree marshmallow roasting, utilities, and material costs kitsch on every wall. Another McAhren said she hopes to like those of detergent, paper is inspired, said McAhren, by use the outdoor space for towels, toilet tissue, bedding, her mother's sense of style, future community events and coffee and propane. McAhren herself collects gatherIngs. She said local yoga "Propane is the only thIng each piece of d6cor for the instructor Nancy Presser used that went down in cost this rooms, an uncommon practice to lead sessions at the lodge, winter. I'm trying not to raise in larger or corporate lodging and she'd love to have a yoga my prices, but when costs establishments. "Most of the retreat there, continue to rise, you have to be rooms have nice antiques in She said she likes the idea of able to pay your bills," she them," she said. dinner parties on the lawn, or said. McAhren said a recent even a regular movie night. Developing relationships patron described the room she "I have a lot of ideas that will with customers helps her keep stayed in as "charming, all take time, resources and business booming during the elegant, quiet and beautiful." energy to develop," she said. summer months. Repeat Contributing further to the She toys with the idea of customers tell their friends homelike atmosphere someday turning the main and families, who then become McAhren strives for, all the office building into a breakfast repeat customers. rooms at Oak Grove have full room, and possibly serving She said the most important kitchens, stocked with dishes, champagne brunches from thing she has learned is to pots and pans. Guests can time to time. But when it maintain her sense of humor. either stay in their rooms and comes to lodge staff, McAhren "I need to laugh more," she cook or head out to one of wears all the hats. said, "and be more patient." Greenville's restaurants. "Anybody who runs a small McAhren said she loves her "I promote Anna's Cafe, business must wear a lot of new community and is excited Lupines, Evergreen Market, hats and must be very to be more involved in social Mountain Valley Pizza... I diverse," she said. "One activities when she has direct my guests to local minute I might be cleaning a more free time, especially businesses," said McAhren. room and doing laundry, the in the creative side of She said some guests stay for next minute I might be out things. several nights, which gives her cutting down trees and "There are some amazing an opportunity to encourage creating defensible space." Costumers here," she said, and them to try dining in Quincy McAhren has been working talked about her experience and Chester as well, if they to thin the woods behind the walking in the Fractured prefer eatIng out. "But I always cabins and create space to Fashionistas Fashion Show in promote Greenville first," she protect her business and her Quincy last fall. said. guests in the event of a forest When asked about future The cabins at Oak Grove fire. plans for Oak Grove Lodge, she Motor Lodge are more like "Or," she went on, "I might said, "I'm going to continue apartments than the typical be answering the phones, investing in the property and cramped hotel room. Many of making reservations or improving the business." them have entire separate working on the books." To make a reservation, call bedrooms, one of which can She said she's learned more 284-6671. LETTERS, from page 9B solved? No. Burn piles do threaten residents' health. Probably all of Plumas County is out of air quality compliance. Our health department doesn't monitor or care about the respiratory diseases in our county. If supervisors cared, residential outdoor burning would be prohibited. Which leads to the CEQA exemption the Board of Supervisors passed. This biomass boiler will burn between 3.2 and 6.4 tons of wood per day. The salesman from the Sierra Institute has not provided any emissions specifications from the boiler vendor. This boiler will be located near schoolchildren, college students, county workers and residents. It's absolutely disgusting that the supervisors could care less about the health and environmental risks of this boiler. What's interesting is that this CEQA exemption requires the project to be approved by the BOS; however, the BOS has yet to approve this project. It isn't clear that the biomass boiler will save heating costs at the county facilities, as the biomass salesman hasn't provided a detailed cost analysis. It could actually cost the county more to operate this plant. Yes, jobs and income are paramount. Sierra Institute will receive $171,000. The Oregon partner receives $936,000, and the general contractor receives $1,200,000. After construction, a few jobs remain to cut down our forest. I am not sure if Supervisor Simpson, who is a named advisor, gets paid or not. It might be wise to study the details of this project to determine if this is an opportunity or a boondoggle. Mark Mihevc Graeagle