What’s Happening In Your Community?

Cool Businesses, Non-Profits, People and Events Worth Knowing About!…

Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe HSTT_Logo2013_FINAL

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is a nonprofit organization committed to saving and improving the lives of pets in the Truckee-North Lake Tahoe region and beyond through adoptions, community spay/neuter services and humane education programs.

Founded in 1994 by a group of committed volunteers, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe has become the driving force in animal rescue and adoption for the Truckee region. Over time, the HSTT has grown from a small grass roots entity to a nationally recognized non-profit organization with five employees and hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

The HSTT was the partner and beneficiary for Coffeebar’s “Faces of Coffeebar” art project in the summer of 2012.

High Fives Non-Profit Foundation

Friends and business partners of Coffeebar, High Fives is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes that have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.

Founded by Truckee resident Roy Tuscany, the Tahoe-based foundation has grown rapidly since it first became a non-profit in January of 2010. The organization has successfully raised funds, secured alternative treatments and aided in the recovery of more than 15 athletes. Tuscany says it is a “dream come true” to help those people, and adds that “it is the mission of High Fives to continue to grow and become a nation-wide organization that effectively acts as an umbrella for those that participate (and get hurt) in the sports we love so dearly.”

Want to help support High Fives? Ask any of our Coffeebar staff members about our partner promotion, which also gets you some really cool Coffeebar swag!

Produce Plus Local Farms and Specialty Purveyors

Produce Plus, owned and operated by longtime North Lake Tahoe residents the Habeger’s, is a strong advocate of the ‘Buy Fresh, Buy Local’ concept and, to that end, has established relationships with a variety of farms for the express purpose of supporting local farmers and offering its customers (including Coffeebar!) the fresh fruits and vegetables grown by these farmers. With a few exceptions (micro greens from San Diego), most farms are within 120 miles of the Produce Plus service area. Learn more about the farms supplying fresh foods to Produce Plus — and to numerous restaurants in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee area  — here. Produce Plus delivers to the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee areas on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. They are known for local and organic items and can procure almost any specialty item overnight. Visit the Produce Plus website to learn more about their products and availability, what’s in season, market outlook, order information, and fresh food resources.

Also, check out a recent article on Produce Plus, featured in the Sierra Sun’s “Meet Your Merchant” section.

Urban Angels

Urban Angels salon, Coffeebar’s stylish next-door neighbor, was recently purchased by Nina Pivirotto, a former Coffeebar staffmember. Nina joins the ranks of many talented young, progressive entrepreneurs in the Truckee area in taking over ownership of this well-established, community-centric salon, which was voted best salon in the Sierra Sun’s “Best of North Tahoe and Truckee” contest in both 2011 and 2012.

Nina has built an extensive resume as a professional hair stylist since 2008. She is a graduate of the Paul Mitchell School in Pittsburgh, PA. After moving to Tahoe, she began working as a stylist at Urban Angels in 2011, and quickly got an urge to be more involved in the “business side” of the industry. Late this summer, she got that opportunity. Nina is excited to lead her staff at Urban Angels — all of whom are extremely talented, experienced hair and makeup professionals who are passionate about their trade — into a new era. “I don’t want to just run a hair salon, I want to build a culture and a lifestyle… similar to what Coffeebar has done,” Nina said. We wish you the best of luck, Nina, and we’re absolutely confident you will build a culture and lifestyle through your business that is unbeatable!

The following is a statement Nina wrote for Coffeebar on the ‘changing of the guard’ at her new salon: “Its hard to believe it was just two short years ago that Coffebar opened its doors. I have met so many amazing and inspiring people through the incredible culture of coffee – and I aspire to inspire all of you, as much as you have inspired me. I invite you to join us in our journey as I lead my amazing team of Angels into this new chapter. Our objective at Urban Angels has been, and remains, to provide the highest level of customer service in the Truckee/Tahoe area – from the most skillful stylists in the beauty industry. We seek to enrich the lives of every client that enters our salon through progressive and innovative techniques founded on superior service. As Urban Angels blossoms into this new period, we aim to stay closely involved in our community, by providing all of you the means to be the most beautiful forms of yourself. To our existing clients, I am honored to have your business and I look forward to your continued relationship with Urban Angels. To our community members who have not yet experienced Urban Angels (or maybe it’s just been a while), I invite you to come and see for yourself all we have to offer in this new, exciting chapter. Be bold and be beautiful!”

Rebel Fitness Academy/High Fives/The CR Johnson Healing Center

These community partners are working together to host the first annual Swing-A-Thon, benefiting the High Fives Foundation. On Saturday, Dec. 15th, eligible participants will raise pledged donation money on a “per wing” basis, by completing as many properly-executed kettlebell swings as possible in 12 hours. Prior to the event, Rebel Fitness Academy is hosting an 8-week winter conditioning and swing preparation course. Visit our community page to learn more, and find out how you can sign up! There are only 20 open spots for this course. Class begins Oct. 16th, and take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $149. To participate, RSVP by Friday, Oct. 12th to
530-550-7777 or email

The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour

The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour is back for 2013! The world’s premier skier/boarder-cross race event is taking place at four of our Lake Tahoe resorts. Head-to-head action, four at a time, top-to-bottom, down a wide open course over natural terrain and snow conditions.  This is the ultimate test of ski and riding skills. Open entry for 18 years old and up. A solo qualifying run on Saturday ranks the top-32 men from ski/board and top-16 women from ski/board to Sunday’s finals and a shot at the title. Top two in each round advance through the brackets until the remaining four battle it out for the podium and title of Banzai Champ. Like the old days, it’s racing in its purest form. All events have a unique feel, as each resort has challenging terrain the locals know best. Locals will do their best to defend home turf while others strive to take it.

Daron Rahlves, former US World Cup and Olympic ski racer, is the organizer of the event and is responsible for its growth and success with the help of the host resorts, event partnerships and the competitors. In 2009 and 2010, one race was held each year at Sugar Bowl as the Silver Belt Banzai. In 2011, The Rahlves’ Banzai tour was created. The Silver Belt Race first took place in the 1940’s at Sugar Bowl Resort and was re-born in 2009 with one event in its current form. The race was an enormous success in 2009 with the resort and competitors. The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour builds on the past success of that race. Now, world, national, regional and local media coverage of the event includes: Red Bull Media House, Warren Miller Entertainment, Tahoe TV, 101.5FM Truckee Tahoe Radio, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Powder Mag, local news and all over the WEB.

The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour 2013
Feb 2-3 Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Feb 9-10 Alpine Meadows
March 2-3 Squaw Valley USA
March 9-10 Sugar Bowl Resort


Bespoke is downtown Truckee’s newest retail space and studio. Bespoke is a storefront and workshop space focused on artisan-made goods and vintage, custom home furnishings. Local artist Heather River has spent years collecting the range of hand-crafted goods she describes as “A mix of new meets old” featured in Bespoke, alongside many of her own creations.

All of the unique goods featured at Bespoke are handmade by artisans, or products of small U.S. companies, with a focus on “slow” creation. Bespoke’s collection has been carefully crafted and/or selected by River, who is a graduate of the Fashion Institute in San Francisco, and has capitalized on her many years of art education and expertise in creating this new business endeavor. River has lived in Truckee for nearly eight years, and has been involved with two other local businesses prior to deciding to open up her own – a move she said she’s been working toward and invested herself in for quite some time.

“Bespoke is a business I have been crafting in my head for years,” River said. “I have spent months looking for the right space, and years collecting artist contacts, and vintage and rare finds. I can’t wait to share my store with you!”

The workshop area in the rear of the store provide arts classes and discussions to the public, and a space for creative minds to meet, learn, explore and create.

“Bespoke is, above all, for the community,” River said.

Bespoke is located at 10130 Donner Pass Rd. in downtown Truckee. The storefront is open daily, with the following hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

To learn more, visit, or contact Bespoke at 530-582-5500.

Lululemon athletica Lake Tahoe Showroom

Lululemon athletica has settled into their new home in the historic Brickelltown of Truckee (10250 Donner Pass Rd). They are open Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Why only 3 days? When they’re not in the the showroom the lululemon team is out in the community meeting new and amazing people at yoga, crossfit, bar classes and anywhere else to get a good sweat! Find them on facebook or sign up for weekly emails at to learn more about their community events!

Sierra Custom Signs, Inc.

Sierra Custom Signs and company owner Sheri Diehl are active members of Truckee and the surrounding communities. Sheri is a long-time resident, and her company both donated a portion of and produced the printed mural for the “Faces of Coffeebar” project, benefiting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

Sierra Custom Signs excels in the design, printing, fabrication, and installation of signs and displays. They offer a host of products and services that include vehicle wraps, monument signs, illuminated signs, posters, decals and more. Fast and courteous service, high quality printing, and on-time delivery are company hallmarks. Call to discuss your project 775-823-9699.

Green Planet Spas
Green Planet Spas is a non-toxic hot tub maintenance and repair service dedicated to making a difference one hot tub at a time. Rather than traditional chemicals that are harmful on both your body and the environment, Green Planet uses a natural alternative to transform your spa into a lush mineral bath while creating a reusable water source. All it takes is one 16” x 16” mesh bag that contains a patented blend of naturally occurring minerals that keep your tub clean, clear, and ready for relaxation when you need it.

Do something good for your body; do something good for the planet. Green Planet Spas is your local, affordable, natural, and reliable spa maintenance and repair service. Call them today at 925-876-4489, email them at, or visit their website at to find out how you can step out of the harsh chemicals and into your own therapeutic mineral retreat. Thank you for making a difference!

O’Dette Mortgage Group

Teresa O’Dette and Ephraim Schwartz of O’Dette Mortgage Group teamed up to form an unparalleled service platform designed to guide clients through a smooth and pleasant transaction in today’s lending environment. Their client’s best interests are the #1 priority in everything they do. Teresa and Ephraim are dedicated to balancing analytical advice and personal service, while creating a mortgage plan to achieve each client’s financial, equity and cash flow objectives. They make regular educational speaking appearances for realtors and borrowers, on mortgage and real estate strategies.

As a team, O’Dette Mortgage Group was voted #1 “Best Mortgage Company” by readers of the Tahoe Bonanza and Sierra Sun. Teresa has been making dreams come true for Tahoe home buyers since 1999. She serves on the North Tahoe Fire Board of Directors and is on the Leadership Council and a founding member of the Queen of Hearts philanthropic foundation. Ephraim moved to the Tahoe area from Colorado after majoring in mathematics and skiing on the freestyle team at University of Colorado. Ephraim makes himself available seven days a week, and when he’s not serving clients you will find him skiing, skydiving, mountain biking or surfing.

Wade Energy

“Consulting for sustainable building energy solutions.”

Wade Energy is your local source for sustainable energy solution consultation, including LED lighting. Coffeebar hired Wade Energy to help us make significant improvements in our energy efficiency by retro-fitting our store to an LED lighting system, and couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. Over the next year, Coffeebar can expect to save $500-plus on our electric bill, and we won’t have to touch a lightbulb for the next 10 years! Not to mention, we’re doing our part to help the environment.

According to Wade Energy owner Travis Wade, LED lighting is the future of sustainable and efficient lighting, with up to 80 percent power reduction and longer life, and with no hazardous materials such as mercury.

Along with your energy efficient consultation, Wade Energy can provide information about potential rebates for using energy efficient solutions. Free lighting audits are also available. To learn more about Wade Energy, contact Travis Wade at 925-383-5490 or

Northwestern Mutual/Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams of Northwestern Mutual is a staple in the Truckee community, helping businesses and families create financial security with investments, life insurance and disability insurance.  As the Top Rated company by Fortune Magazine 2012, Northwestern Mutual works together with you to design a disciplined and balanced approach to protecting, accumulating and managing your wealth, so you can take advantage of life’s opportunities. Recognized for community involvement, Ryan Williams/Northwestern Mutual are proud partners of High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, Board Director of Kidzone Museum and Rotarian. Dedicated to the Coffeebar community, Ryan delights his clients each month for their birthday with a Coffeebar certificate for their favorite treat. Look for Ryan meeting clients in the café or at his downtown Truckee office:10344 Donner Pass Road. You can connect with Ryan at 530.448.6452 or

Jamie Schou Real Estate

Our Mission:
“Assisting clients in finding their own happy and healthy lifestyles in the mountains.”

Our Philosophy:
Jamie Schou Real Estate strives to always provide top notch friendly customer service.  Jamie and Scott are skilled negotiators and are always responsive while educating customers on the dynamic world of real estate.  Their work, time, and energy will be given in a proficient and compassionate manner so that their fees will be well earned, and their services will be appreciated and highly recommended.

Our Backgrounds:
Jamie and Scott are athletes and share a passion for skiing, mountain biking, running, and all of the other amazing recreation that Tahoe has to offer.  For further reading on their backgrounds, please click the Bios link here.

Please reach out to them anytime if you or someone you know needs assistance in buying or selling a home in Tahoe. Jamie Schou:, (530) 798-1393; Scott Zaleski:; (530) 386-8180.


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