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The Polar Bear Plunge By Desireé DeLattre

All teeth were chattering in harmonious rhythm while knees shook from both the cool winter air and pure excitement for the new year. All shades of skin were patterned with goose bumps, and cheers could be heard from a mile away. A final countdown was given, and the brave souls in attendance took a leap into a new year, through an old tradition. The annual New Year Polar Bear Plunge at One Mile was definitely a cool way to start the year. In between shivers and laughs, most swimmers couldn’t think up a reason why not to take the plunge. “I’ve done it every year since I was a kid, and I always bring a ‘firsttimer’ to jump in with me. This time, it was my nephew who got to experience this Chico tradition” said one Chicoan, post-plunge. Although it has been a local event for years, families from near and far came to break the ice and get a fresh start to 2012. Spectators and supporters watched as bodies poured into One Mile, shaking their heads and burying themselves in their sweaters. “There is absolutely no way you could ever get me into that pool,” said the mother of two swimmers as she wrapped towels around their snow-colored bodies. The only questions that remain are these: how will you start the new year? Will you take the jump, dip a toe into the water, or will you shake your head and watch? Photograph by Michelle Camy Photograph by Michelle Camy

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Chico Bridal Showcase By Desireé DeLattre

They’re the two most important words you’ll ever exchange with another person. Eyes matched, hands joined, hearts racing... “I do” changes everything. Suddenly, growing old never sounded more attractive. The snooze button finds itself being pressed every morning by another sleepy-head. Life has bloomed into something of such beautiful detail, yet its founding principle of love remains so simple. Highly anticipated and cheerfully celebrated, weddings take the cake in being one of life’s most treasured events. But before the champagne is poured, months of stressful planning and destructive nail biting take place. There’s the dress, the venue, the catering, and every meticulous detail in between to stop you right in your merry tracks. However, we ask that you hold off on the hair-

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pulling, because local businesses are here to upgrade your wedding. Ninety-three vendors from Chico and surrounding areas ventured to the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds to showcase their best wedding products and ideas to get you from point: engaged to point: betrothed. Two giant rooms and a walkway were decorated with booths that catered to every wedding necessity. No step was overlooked, no bride-to-be was left disappointed. Funds collected from ticket purchases for the showcase were matched by Rabobank of Chico to support the Autism LifeSpan Program, giving an even greater reason to explore the possibilities of a local, picture-perfect wedding. Here’s a little taste of some of the goodness we found while browsing around the Chico Bridal Showcase brought to you by WeddingsNorthValley.com.


Invest in your future By Effie Khaki, Realtor ®

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(530) 514-3334

ebruary’s theme is all about loving yourself and those around you. What better way to love yourself and start planning for the future of those in your life than by building financial equity and stability in a home? For those who haven’t been following the real estate market recently, things have been picking up immensely. Housing supply is down and demand is starting to grow, which signals the start of a residential comeback. A number of homes are on the market for no more than a week before they’re swooped up or experience a bidding war, but even so, great deals still exist in our local market! Many don’t realize the start of a real estate comeback until it is too late and end up investing in homes at the peak of the market, as so many did during this most recent housing bubble before it burst. Unfortunately, the market can only bear so much upswing and must eventually decline. The trick to investing in real estate is no different than in any other industry: buy low and sell high; now is the perfect time to do just that. Renting may seem like a simple solution; there’s less commitment involved, expenditures are relatively flat and for the most part may lack surprises, but as the recent economic forecasting for real estate has shown, all it takes is five years before the costs of renting a home outweigh the true cost of ownership. Once you reach this point, you are left paying for something that provides no short or long-term equity and provides no stability whatsoever. There are few investment opportunities that show such a quick pay off in any investing venue. Do yourself a favor and schedule an appointment with a REALTOR® today to see if purchasing a home would be right for you. The information is free and it may just be the most important investment you’ll ever make. Effie Khaki has been a licensed REALTOR® in Chico for the past twenty-two years. You can contact her at (530) 514-3334 or EffieKhaki@gmail.com


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VALENTINE’S

by Briana Lindstrom Ohhhh, February. The season of love. Hearts and butterflies and sentence fragments written on candies. How we love to bask in the rosy light of amore…Hey! Hold the love bug, Herbie! Some of us cannot write our autobiographies with quotes from Hallmark cards. Sure, dating can be fun, but when looking for love it can be hard to stay afloat. "Don't worry, there are plenty of fish in the sea!" So we hear… But in a little pond like Chico, you might feel like a salmon swimming upstream trying to deal with the ebb and flow of dating in a small town. Here are a few tips to help navigate through these rough waters. Already found your lobster? Read on and you might find a thing or two that can breathe some new life into the sails of your love-boat. Make new friends! (But keep the old) Staying in the same friend circle will exhaust your dating options. Branch out and socialize with someone new. Even if it's not someone you fancy, you might meet a person through a person through a person… it's called networking, and it's not just for business!! Do the things you love to do. Simple, right? So get off your couch, and get out there! You might meet someone else who loves to do that same thing. Ta-Dah! An interest you have in common. Maybe next time you can do it as a pair. Take pride in your appearance. All the time, not just when you go out drinking. You want more than just drunk people to find you attractive, right? So take a little extra time on yourself when you get ready for your day. It doesn't mean you have to become a diva (or divo), but if you feel like you look the part, you'll have the confidence to play it better. Revive Chivalry!! Chivalry is defined as "courtesy, generosity and valor." Even the most progressive women can appreciate those qualities. Guys: Open doors, pull out chairs, give compliments, pick up the tab. Girls: Don't take it for granted. Notice the small things, and say "Thank you"!

If you don’t have something nice to say... In a small town, this playground rule can go a long way. People love talking about people. But you’ll look a lot more attractive if you’re saying nice things. And in a tight-knit community, you’re bound to run into people, or be overheard by people who know people. So don’t burn your bridges or you’ll be up Butte Creek without a paddle. Fun dates are just as important as romantic dates. Be creative and find an activity you can do together. Bike rides, bowling, hikes, art walks, dance classes, picnics, people watching, sunsets, Kirshner Wildlife Center, concerts, plays, Pageant cheap skate night.. think outside the to-go box! Isn’t camping more fun with a fire? Even during those silent moments, there’s something to turn your attention to. The same goes for dating! Don’t let your flame fizzle out because of awkward silences at awkwardly silent restaurants. Find a place to go with a focal point like live music, trivia or open mic! A more festive atmosphere will warm things up and soon you’re sure to see sparks fly!


LOTS & LAND!

JUST REDUCED!!! Intoxicating View! Located in one of the most precious gated communities. This beautiful Tuscan style home offers; soaring ceilings walls of windows, spacious living room with fireplace, library, formal dining room, beautiful kitchen, bamboo and slate flooring’s, full house speaker system, fine slate surface counter tops, Jack & Jill bedrooms, Kohler visl sinks, 400 sq. ft. covered lanai with wet bar, 30x15 Pebble Tec Pool with hydraulic cover, fire pit, fountain, 2 car garage plus 30x15 shop for boat or recreational vehicle.

Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.5 SqFt: 3,053 Price: $589,000

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! Located in one of chico’s finest neighborhoods and has a beautiful hill-top view. Owner finnancing possible, subject to sellers approval of buyers credit report.

Acreage: 1.66ac Price: $99,000

FOR LEASE! Brand new building! Two offices in a great location with high visibility! Each comes with its own bathroom; offices can be rented together or separately.

Wonderful Home in A Great Locaton! offering formal living and dining room, family room, breakfast nook, beautiful tile floors, indoor laundry, large yard with mature trees and inground gunite pool, 2 car garage and more.

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Nothing’s Sweeter

Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy Co. 178 E. 7th St. Chico, CA (530) 342-7163

by aveed khaki Photography by Michelle Camy

hen it comes to satisfying the Valentine’s Day sweet tooth on your list, you’d be hard pressed to find another location in Chico that does it quite like Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy Co. From half pound all the way up to eight pound boxes of chocolates they have the means to surprise that special someone, no matter how extravagant you want that surprise to be! This Valentine’s Day, prove you know a thing or two about the hidden gems in Chico and stock

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up on Shubert’s signature chocolate covered strawberries. Handdecorated to perfection, these adorable treats can be purchased by the half dozen or dozen variety and are sure to make a lasting impression that proves you pay attention to detail. Beware though, these berries are in high demand and are only available for a limited time each year so call today and reserve yours before it’s too late. Whether for ice cream or candy, a surprise large or small, stop by Shubert’s this Valentine’s Day for a treat that’s simply out of this world.


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Take the stress out of valentine’s day By Aveed Khaki

Valentine’s Day may seem like a one day per year event, but there’s no reason why that should be the case, and the good folks over at Agua Azul Oasis Spa agree! This Valentine’s Day think about treating that special someone to that special something that you know they could really use and when it comes to giving, Agua Azul has just the products and packages that will allow you to shop for even those loved ones that seem to have it all. Best of all, you can buy in advance if you see a package you know they would like and hold onto the present until it comes time to surprise them with it. 1. Valentine’s Spa Sampler

Try a bit of Agua Azul’s most popular services with this sampler package. Tighten your pores with an express facial, bask in the relaxation of a thirty minute massage, release toxins in the steam sauna and finalize the experience with an express pedicure that will show your most overworked of body parts just how much you care for them. This Valentine’s Spa Sampler special is a $178 value and only $139 if you purchase before February 14th.

2. Steam Sauna & Half Hour Couple’s Massage

A true loved one will not only love a surprise from Agua Azul, but will love it even more if they get to share it with their special someone. Plus, it’s a bonus pat on the back (pun intended) for the gift giver as well! Start your experience with a visit to the steam sauna to open your pores and release stubborn toxins; follow it up with a half hour couple’s massage and leave feeling invigorated and totally relaxed. This $128 value is specially priced at just $99 if you purchase before February 14th!

Grab a membership to the Club Oasis Rewards (COR) Membership Program and help that special someone rack up rewards year round! COR allows members to earn points for services and products they purchase at Agua Azul and redeem those points for gift certificates, mani/pedis, and so much more!

3. Steam Sauna & Hour Couple’s Massage with Couple’s Pedicure

When it comes to toenails, we think it goes without saying that everyone could use a little upgrading. Grab that special someone and head down for a visit to the steam sauna followed by a full hour massage and couple’s pedicure. Beach season is right around the bend and there’s nothing better than getting both of your feet in flip-flop wearing condition. This $279 value is specially priced at $245 if purchased before Valentine’s day!

(above) Agua Azul carries great gifts year round like this plush robe. (below) Give the gift of relaxation with an Agua Azul massage.

4. Couple’s Valentine’s Retreat

If choosing from the options above is simply too difficult (and how could it not be?) then the Couple’s Valentine’s Retreat may be just what cupid ordered! Lavish that special someone with an entire daycation experience that you can also share in! Start your day with an invigorating facial, then prepare to relax through an hour long massage and follow-up pedicure! Take a moment to reflect on the day with an energy boosting lunch with your spa-mate. Complete the experience with a couple’s steam sauna trip for good measure and you have an experience that will keep that special someone all wrapped up in you for months to come. This $479 value can be booked for just $429 if purchased before Valentine’s day!

With three different levels of membership, you’re guaranteed to find the option that’s right for you. Regardless of what you decide on, Agua Azul has something for everyone this Valentine’s Day season. Whether one of the packages listed above strikes your fancy or

you’d rather bring the experience home, Agua Azul has the products and services to make your Valentine’s Day experience as romantic as possible. Stop in today for discounts between 10% and 30% on some of their most popular products and see why we simply can’t get enough of this Mediterranean oasis! www.a2oasis.com 40 Declaration Dr #100 Chico, CA (530) 345-0226 19


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Get the most out of your insurance policy! By Bob Fitzgerald

Owner @ Concours Elite

The hailstorms of October may seem like nothing but a distant memory at this point, but for many the smattering of dimples over the surface of their once flawless cars are constant reminders of the day the sky seemed to fall all over Chico. Thankfully for those affected by the downpour, help may be just a call away! Comprehensive insurance coverage through your auto insurance agent covers incidents like this and does so without adding negative marks to your insurance or raising your rates. Best of all, your coverage allows you to select the shop of your choice and return your car’s exterior to good-asnew condition for nothing more than your comprehensive coverage deductible which

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for many is a very minimal out-of-pocket expense. If your car was damaged during the hailstorms you may make a claim at your leisure. The sooner you make the claim though, the better, as the event is still fresh in memory. It is important to note that if you switch insurance providers during this time, you forfeit your right to make a claim at all. Simply call your insurance agent and notify them of the damage; you will then have the option to choose the repair shop of your choice per California law. Shop around and make sure you’re comfortable with the staff and service at the shop you choose. Many people shy away from taking the time to go through this process as it seems

like an extra hassle in their day-to-day lives that simply isn’t worth it. However, it is important to remember that should you ever decide to sell your car or trade it in for another, even mild damage will make all the difference in the valuation of your car. When it comes down to it, repairing the dents should be quick and painless and you’ll have your car back in no time. Events like these are why you pay for insurance in the first place; don’t be afraid to use it! Concours Elite: 2267 Esplanade Chico, CA 95926 (530) 891-0234 concourselite.com

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M&S Wesley Tree Service STORY and Photography by Aveed Khaki

eroes are sometimes found in the most surprising of places, and when it comes to locals Marc and Shuree Wesley of M&S Wesley Tree Service, the story of their success is a much deserved happy ending to the heroic service they provide this community. Founded in 2008, M&S Wesley Tree Service has been at the emergency beckon call of some of the north valley’s most notable disasters. True, living in the City of Trees has its benefits: shade in the summer, picturesque autumns and fresh air yearround. However, this living arrangement also has its downfalls when those same trees that provide so much generosity year-in and year-out decide to self-prune, fall prey to seasonal storms or simply begin to wane due to age. It is an unstated ambivalence that we all share with this beautiful city of ours, but by virtue of the tree removal, proper pruning and education services provided by Marc and Shuree, we are able to live without fear of the inevitable, assuming of course that we are wise enough to pay attention to the signs before it’s too late. What began as a one-truck-and-trailer

operation with Marc and Shuree at the helm has grown into one of (above) Marc and Shuree Wesley, owners of the most successful businesses in M&S Wesley Tree Service. Chico. Currently utilizing a fullfeatured fleet of vehicles including when no one else would, allowing its a chip truck, two boom trucks, bobcat and tenants’ lives to return to normal. jeep, along with state-of-the-art equipment Over the years M&S Wesley Tree like their wraptor pull wench, full-sized Service has garnered a dedicated local grinder, backyard stump grinder, minifollowing and asking local well-knowns chipper and wood splitter, M&S Wesley like Jill Cooper at Cleanrite-Buildrite, Tree Service has made the investments Cher Sonday of Sheraton Real Estate necessary to assure that no matter the Management or Suzie Lundberg of size of the job, they’ll have the means to Lundberg Family Farms for a reference complete it properly. should be more than enough to lend Since 2008, Marc and Shuree have led credibility to the level of service this the charge against tree-related disasters in company provides. Chico and the north valley, educating the Marc and Shuree are looking forward to public on red flags that often signal the end expanding their business to cover the entire for our giant green friends and cleaning north valley in the near future and remain up the mess left when one of these giants focused on educating the community on finally does fall, allowing those affected to the trees we share our city with. Currently continue living life normally once again as serving Butte, Tehama, Glenn, Yuba and quickly as possible. Sutter counties, M&S Wesley Tree Service One of the most memorable tree is your one-stop shop for all things tree disasters occurred during the powerful maintenance related. Give them a call today storms last year in Oroville. Thrashed by and see why locals can’t stop raving about heavy gusts of wind, a large tree broke off at its base and was sent crashing down onto the work they do. the house that sat below. With the owner out of the country and out of reach, Marc (530) 343-6809 www.mswtree.com and Shuree stepped up and removed the mswtree@yahoo.com tree from atop the house free-of-charge

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Chico’s

King of Junk by Aveed Khaki

f there’s one thing Steve Trotter spirit honed. Thinking knows, it’s the business of back on his long time (above) Steve and recycling. A quickly rising star passion for recycling, Colleen Trotter in front in the high tech industry in his Steve decided to begin of their biodiesel dump of the trash they pick up from truck. twenties, Steve achieved a vice researching the offerings their clients and reuse whatever president position at a bay area based in the Chico area and see they possibly can by donating software company by the time he was how his knowledge in it to worthy charitable causes twenty-nine years old, but soon realized the recycling industry could benefit the around the north state like hospice, that the corporate world wasn’t for him. community. firefighter thrift shops and FREED which Experienced in the world of software In October of 2011, Steve and his provides walkers for veterans. In fact, development and observant of the wife Colleen decided to open Junk King, you’d be surprised at just how much of wastefulness of the industry, he opened a full-service trash removal and recycling someone’s “trash” truly does turn into his own recycling and re-branding company that has already expanded someone else’s treasure, and Steve will be business to work with the companies he within just four months to service all of the first to point that out. On another had previously worked for. Successfully Butte, Sutter, Yuba, Yolo and Nevada sustainability note, Steve’s trucks function having garnered the business of some counties. The nimble and extremely on clean burning bio-diesel, so utilizing of America’s most notable names in the flexible business model of Junk King his service not only helps keep trash from software industry including IBM, Adobe, allows Steve to visit homes and businesses unnecessarily piling up in landfills, but Inc. Symantec, and Broderbund, Steve’s in need of trash removal (especially trash the pick up of said trash has also been company found national media attention not allowed in your traditional dumpster) cared for to maintain the bare minimum from CNN for his innovative strides in and charge specifically for the amount carbon footprint possible. recycling within the software industry. It of trash piled into the truck rather than Undoubtedly you’ve seen Junk King’s didn’t take long before the buyout offers charge an outrageous flat fee like most are competition around town, with a trailer started rolling in. used to in the area. Utilizing an eighteen parked here or there with a sign offering After selling his first recycling business yard dump truck, which roughly equates junk removal services. Perhaps the and successfully opening and operating to eight pickup truck loads of trash, Junk most important thing to research when a real estate office in San Jose for seven King is able to service the trash pickup choosing your junk removal service is years with his wife needs of residents whether or not they are licensed and Colleen, Steve and business insured, a point that should come as no decided it was time owners, no matter surprise, but often does, and one that Junk King recycles some for one final change. how large the job. is vehement about, maintaining sixty percent of all of the Best of all though, Steve Now in his early stellar insurance coverage for his workers trash they pick up from fifties, he was ready to his clientele doesn’t and ensuring California state licensing for get away from the rat have to do a single their clients and reuse all of his employees. Should one of these race mentality of the thing but point out fly-by-night trash collecting businesses whatever they possibly bay area and move to the garbage, pour damage your home or injure themselves can by donating it to his long-time vacation themselves a cold when carrying your trash out, you will be worthy charitable causes drink (or hot at this held personally liable as they were on your destination in Northern California, time of the year), around the north state property at the time of the incident. but not without first sit back and relax; When it comes to trash collection like hospice, firefighter finding a new line Steve’s crew handles and recycling, there is one man and one thrift shops and FREED of work that would the rest. company who stand above the rest in which provides walkers continue to challenge Notably, Junk Northern California, and by no means of him and keep his King recycles some for veterans. coincidence, it just so happens that he is entrepreneurial sixty percent of all accurately dubbed the Junk King.

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Solar Farm by Aveed Khaki | Photos by Erin Wenham

(above) One of the solar arrays at the Thompson Ranch. (left) John Thompson and the mechanical behemoths of his farm.

fter sharing the many benefits of solar energy, including the incredible long-term savings at his home back in November, John Thompson is at it again, this time having solar arrays installed by Alternative Energy Systems (AES) at his rice farming operation over at The Thompson Ranch just outside of Chico. If you’ve spent any time reading the magazine over the last year, it should come as no surprise that we’re all for his decision. Farming tends to be a business of uncertainties. With ever-changing weather patterns and all manner of other assorted variables, costs are constantly fluctuating, making the prediction of profits nearly impossible. A common mantra in the world of farming states “When you can’t control what you make, you have to control what you spend”; this recent installation does just that and does so in an incredibly short period of time. The new solar system project gathers some one hundred ten thousand watts of pure solar energy and provides power to four separate locations on the farm: a rice dryer, workshop and two irrigation pump sites. The five hundred twenty-four panel array guarantees more than $25,000 in annual energy savings, which in a world of

uncertain costs is an undoubtedly welcome certainty. Perhaps the most exciting part of this AES installation though, is not just that it guarantees the ranch against utility rate price increases, but also that the incentives and rebates offset more than 70% of the installation costs bringing the total time necessary to completely pay off the system to less than five years. With a projected $1.3 million dollar cash flow over the minimum life of the system, this solar project provides certainty that John can not only count on, but pass down to those who will someday inherit his ranch. With performance monitoring software that tracks and measures both system production as well as performance, a ten year warranty from AES for the installation and a twenty-five year warranty on each solar panel, this solar project will keep John’s rice farming operation running in peak condition with minimal maintenance for a long time to come. The money saved can be invested right back into the farm to increase production, revenue and subsequently profits. In a world of uncertainty, it’s nice to have savings you can count on monthafter-month, year-after-year and with this new solar installation in place, those savings are a guarantee John can take directly to the bank.

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By Emily Spesert | Photograph by Clark Miller

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hen homeowners Lauren and Mike O’Donnell decided to remodel their kitchen, they made their first call to Granite Transformations as they already knew exactly what they wanted, having already lived through the experience with a different home. Lauren, a design associate at Nantucket Home, taped up big sheets of paper and drew lines to represent her ideal kitchen, including every single cabinet and drawer, complete with a list of contents. From the very beginning, the O’Donnells wanted Granite Transformations to make their kitchen project dreams come true. Co-owner Zaher Murad (aka “Z”) had worked with them

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previously, so they were excited to ask him to work his magic once again. In a collaborative effort, Mike, his father and Z went to work on creating the kitchen of the couple’s dreams. The O’Donnells’ kitchen started out as a shabby French café, with blue Formica countertops, three different paint colors, and lots of wallpaper. It was transformed into the upgraded and elegant heart of the O’Donnell home where they can do everything from working on crafts and folding laundry to preparing meals for friends and family. None of this would have been so enjoyable without the glass countertops that Granite Transformations installed along two walls, on a small peninsula, and on the oversized central island. Made from up to 72% post-consumer recycled glass, the countertops are making life very easy for Lauren and Mike by being seamless, non-porous, and resistant to stain, scratch, heat and bacteria. Adding in a lifetime warranty and keeping demolition debris from making its way into our local landfill makes these countertops even more valuable. After just one day of countertop installation (and no tear-outs), Z had the O’Donnell kitchen completed, even providing their cabinets’ hardware and Brizo faucets. Renovations and upgrades require lots of collaboration and the Upgraded Living staff commends the O’Donnells and Granite Transformations for working together to create a beautiful home environment. In the end, the kitchen was a complete success; it’s golden retriever tested, and O’Donnell approved.

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Contact Granite Transformations: 629 Entler Ave Chico, CA 95928 (530) 892-1600 | granitetransformations.com/chico


Clean as can be, the O’Donnells chose the Nero Maltese countertops to finish off their stunning black and white kitchen.


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MUG SHOTS

2040 Montgomery Street (530) 538-8342

Walking into this coffee house was like walking into an old, European bakery. A swarm of sugar cookie scent met us right at the door, and led us to an array of homemade baked cookies and delectable cinnamon rolls. Standing by tradition and philosophies of quality cooking, Mug Shots provides healthy lunches, tempting desserts, and one fantastic Mexican mocha. No syrups or artificial sweeteners can be found, setting the bar when it comes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Vegetarian as well as custom orders and catering are always available, so anyone and everyone can have a taste of what Mug Shots has to offer. Stop in on a Saturday morning to hear a harpist strum as seconds pass and admire work from local artists as you and your drink share a table for two. 30

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Naked Lounge 118 West 2nd Street (530) 895-0676

No cafe crawl would be complete without a tasty stop at this local diamond in the rough. With every drink decorated with swirls of latte art, Naked Lounge is an everyday necessity for some loyal locals. A cozy interior with a vintage twist and no sight of automated machines makes this cafe anything but corporate. The best people-watching in town, doughnuts for sale from Donut Rising, and showcased artwork each month, this place will make you want to say “no” to “to-go.”

TIN ROOF

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627 Broadway St (530) 345-1362

CHICO

Born as a wholesale bread bakery, the Tin Roof Cafe has grown into quite the operation. Aside from their rich roasted coffee, the Tin Roof is famous for their mouth-watering cupcakes and pastries that will have you on your knees. But before you start drooling over the baked goods, you may want to start with a fresh, locally grown, organic salad. The Tin Roof has a menu that rolls with the seasons, and will even cater for your next event. Don’t miss them at Thursday Night Market! They will be waiting with freshly baked breads for you to take home.

Cafe Coda

265 Humboldt Avenue (530) 566-9476

Picture in your mind your favorite meal. At Cafe Coda, they make it a goal to top whatever that favorite may be, bringing new concepts to classic dishes. You won’t be able to resist their eggs Benedict or chilaquiles paired with a cup of French pressed coffee. With breakfast creations that sing praises of unbelievable flavor, live music three nights a week, and beverages (including craft beer and wine!) to get you from morning to night, you’ll never be disappointed.

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Beatnik’s

1387 East 8th Street (530) 894-2800

Nothing gets you in the rhythm like a delicious plate of Huevos Rancheros or a famous Beatnik’s Breakfast Burrito. There isn’t a thing that doesn’t fit the description of incredible at this Chico coffee and breakfast spot. All prepared by celebrity chef, Dean, you are sure to feel satisfaction from the moment you walk in the door. Chef Dean has catered to stars like Britney Spears, The Black Eyed Peas, and The Eagles. With his heart tied to Chico, Dean has given all his favorite recipes to Beatnik’s in hopes of making you feel like a million bucks.

The Good Earth

980 Oro Dam Boulevard East (530) 538-8544

Sometimes all it takes is a deep breath and a cup of tea. At The Good Earth, you’ll feel refreshed in the tranquil, Japanese gardenlike atmosphere alongside a Coco-mint tea. If you have a few extra minutes to spare, enjoy reading or writing your own entry into the customer journal. However, if you’re pressed for time but in need of some calm-in-a-cup or a caffeine buzz, skip ahead and take advantage of the drive through service.

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Coffee’s On 6344 Skyway (530) 877-7578

For coffee that just gets to the point, head over to Coffee’s On in Paradise. This is your essential get in-get out morning or afternoon stop, giving you coffee just the way you like it. Take a pastry and a lid and you’re armed and ready to make the most out of your day! PARADISE


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1382 Myers Street (530) 534-3444

PARADISE

Juice and Java 7067 Skyway (530) 872-9633

A country cabin tucked away in Paradise houses coffee and smoothies that have given some Paradise residents the motivation to face the morning everyday. Fresh pressed juices and shots to boost your health will kick any cold or a simple case of the Mondays. A drive-through, a lovely patio to spend a summer day on, and a back room with couches to snuggle up in, give you three reasons to take a coffee break and visit Juice and Java! Remember to snap a photo to post on the wall timeline; pictures have filled the space since day one!

Who can live ‘Carpe Diem’ without coffee... or a jalepeño cupcake? At this cafe, you are in for a tasty adventure with inventions such as the Chocolate Bacon Muffin, Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip Cookie baked with potato chips and pretzels, or the Sausage Apple Caramel Muffin. If you’re not the daring type, not to worry. Coffee Diem has something for everyone, including the best chai tea latte Upgraded Living has ever sipped on! Aside from it’s topnotch dark chocolate mochas, this coffee nook keeps a book exchange shelf, handmade jewelry for sale, and a table just for kids.

CHICO

Upper Crust 130 Main Street (530) 895-3866

Proudly awarded “Best in Chico” nearly every year, Upper Crust Bakery couldn’t be more satisfied to make you smile. From tiny desserts gobbled up in one bite as a child, to your custom made wedding cake, Upper Crust is eager to please every twist and turn of life. For a casual lunch or a special occasion the variety available will keep you coming back for more!

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On the corner where Chico meets... Italy by Emily Spesert

ultum in parvo” is latin for “Much in little.” That is one of the several inscriptions included on the wall of Chico’s new eatery, Grana. That is also what owner Jeff King appreciates about traditional Italian cuisine: fresh bread might be seasoned with only a few sprigs of rosemary; a choice cut of pork might be simply wrapped in bacon. Since moving to Chico ten years ago, the success of Chico restaurants in featuring fresh, local, organic food has inspired Jeff King. “We have a responsibility about food choices,” King said, to make them healthy and local. He also values recipes that are made from scratch with seasonal ingredients. So, after living in the tight-knit community that is Chico, King felt compelled to put aside his career in the construction business and experience restaurant ownership for himself. Grana is located in the old Grand Auto building, next to North Rim Adventure Sports and has all the attributes it needs to showcase the intersection of Chico life with Italian culture: a patio café, real food, wine, and a central location across the street from the Farmer’s Market – with plenty of bicycle traffic finding its way up and down the street. Since the beginning of January, this open-plan industrial-style space has been providing customers with delicious Italian versions of pizza, salad, and appetizers. The walls of windows are reminiscent of the building’s repair-shop history and are perfect for people-watching (if you’re indoors) or investigating the origins of that detectably mouthwatering aroma (if you are unfortunate enough to be standing outside). A Valoriani brick oven works prominently behind the counter, better than any full-time employee, and is Grana’s biggest attraction. Imported from Italy and fueled exclusively by local almond wood, it cooks nearly every item on the menu and imbibes them all with a slightly smoky flavor, perfectly complementing the authentic-style meats (such as duck bacon, guanciale, and boquerones) and wine pairings. Future plans include opening the patio to the public and possibly providing catering services. But, in the meantime, Grana is already much more than just another pizza and salad shop – it’s a big taste of Italy. 44

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(top and left) Reminiscent of restaurant styles in the bay area, this industrial space screams chic and the food echoes that sentiment. (bottom) Grana’s chef extraordinaire prepares some of the evening’s most sought after offerings.


(right) One of Sin of Cortez’s many delectable menu items. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a bite at this restaurant is worth a million. (left) The Sin of Cortez logo.

Sin of Cortez by Aveed Khaki | Photography by Erin Wenham

There’s good food and then there’s great food; Sin of Cortez finds itself categorized under the latter. pened by Danielle Ius in July of 2002, Sin of Cortez on the Esplanade has quickly become a favorite among Chico residents and visitors alike. Probably best known for their deviously delicious breakfast menu, this local destination has found its way to the top of the list for foodies whose taste buds know a thing or two about the subject. Promoting a custom menu handcrafted by renowned chef Isabel Cruz (known for her restaurants that cover the entire west coast, including Portland’s Isabel Pearl, Ashland’s Dragonfly, Stargazer Farm in Sandy, Oregon, La Jolla’s Coffee Cup and San Diego’s Isabel’s Cantina, Bario Star and Seaside Cantina), Sin of Cortez brings the not-oft-found taste of beautifully-plated gourmet cuisine to our cozy little town. Perhaps most striking though, is Sin’s penchant for local everything. Produce

from S&S, Comanche Creek Farms and Danielson Co. align to build masterpieces from local farmers’ harvests while the University Farm provides sausage and other hearty products that further fortify the menu’s selections. All bread offerings are baked fresh in-house daily, while all salsas, sauces, granola and cereal are painstakingly created day-after-day by Sin’s incredible kitchen staff to maintain the highest standards in freshness and quality. When it comes down to it, the food speaks for itself, but at Upgraded Living we take notice of the more intimate details. For a restaurant to be truly great, the staff must be as memorable as the food, and in this area as well as all others, Sin of Cortez delivers. Day-after-day, month-after-month, year-after-year, this fine establishment has provided us with familiar faces that stand the test of time. It has often been said that the turn-over rate at a restaurant is inversely proportional to how popular they are with the

general public, the greater the turn-over rate in staffing, the lower the popularity. If our observations are correct, the turnover rate at Sin of Cortez seems to float slightly above zero, and their popularity proves the adage correct. Undoubtedly comprising one of the hardest working staffs in Chico, the servers here seem to make this their work-home throughout their entire college career. They provide unbeatable customer service year-afteryear and, through that, build long-term clientele and friendships that exist on a first name basis. Whether you’re looking for an excellent breakfast or lunch that will allow you to escape the ordinary, or are in need of a quick cup of artisan coffee to go (yes, they have a drive-thru!), Sin of Cortez delivers in spades, 365 (and sometimes if you’re lucky 366) days a year, from 7am-2pm. Stop by and see for yourself, your taste buds will be glad you did. 45


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Hello movers As you form your mental picture for how you want to look and feel for 2012, let’s consider a few guidelines to help with this process in order to ensure that you make quality, healthy decisions as you get the ball rolling on this years resolution. Learning and applying quality information is a must when it comes to preparing for any life change. As Socrates said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” So take this time to line up those repeated healthy decisions. In the coming year, this column will discuss a balanced mental, physical, and emotional paradigm that will include healthy physical habits, how to be nicer to yourself, and how to set attainable goals all while moving through life as smart and safely as possible. I hope you will use this column as a source of information to help address many of the common mental and physical patterns in local sport, exercise, and around the town activities that can lead to pain and discomfort. I will take a nose-to-toes approach in order to have a physical landmark to begin our balanced mind and body goal setting for 2012. By combining local sources, industry best practices, and a few of my time tested techniques, we will be able to scan the mind and body for potential areas of improvement. In the next three months we will discuss: • The neck and causes of Forward Head Posture (FHP) and Dowager’s Hump • The shoulder girdle, and which stretches will improve posture • The chest and ribs-- the 2 to 1, frontto-back training principle Until then, Move with Intention.

Scott Amick, CPT

Advanced Body 2201 Pillsbury Rd #138, Chico, CA 209-603-4660

with Michael Burke

What can we do with so many severe weather changes to keep our skin, hair and bodies hydrated and moisturized? Dear Michael:

Drinking water is a must, staying out of the sun and using sunscreen daily and immersing your face and body with non-pore clogging, hydrating skin moisturizers is key. Getting yourself through this season and staying moisturized is your gift to yourself. Body creams and lotions are mainstay products since they hydrate and nourish the skin. I recommend Molton Brown vitalizing vitamin AB+C body hydrating gel or Fake Bake-mistifier oil free moisturizing spray. Dullness, rough texture and redness can hinder the skin’s ability to glow. Try MuFace daily moisturizing complex. When applied topically, the herbs, plants, and fruits meld together to create overall skin health. Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer gives your complexion a healthy glow overnight by gently polishing and hydrating dull rough skin. Once again you can

achieve beautiful texture, beautiful skin. As far as I’m concerned the lip must-have for the season is Nivea’s “Kiss Of Moisture.” This rich formula provides long lasting moisture to protect lips from dryness. Enriched with natural Jojoba oil and Shea butter leaves lips feeling soft and smooth looking. I have about 8 tubes throughout my home, salon and automobile. After all this winter dryness, your hair could end up paying the price. The good news is that any hair can be repaired-all you need are the right products. I recommend Moroccan oil or Schwartzkopf BC Time Restore Shampoo with CoQ10. You’re never too young and you’re never too old to begin a skincare regimen. By protecting your skin with broad-spectrum SPF and using daily moisturizer, you’ll help stave off the signs of dry, rough, and blotchy skin from our ever changing weather. Burke’s on Broadway, 530-680-6002

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The Dreaded, but Necessary Conversation

Financial advice from Renee Michel, MBA, Financial Advisor

As you get ready to make the promise “to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer” it’s important to sit down and discuss finances; your personal financial situation as it currently stands as well as your financial expectations as a couple. It is not easy but it is necessary. A divorce attorney out of Washington, D.C. recently revealed that financial issues were the primary reason for 90% of the cases he handled in the last year. Don’t put it off – do it now so down the road your marriage has one less hurdle to overcome. Start by setting a date for the talk. Pour each other a glass of wine or a cold beer and come prepared. The following is a list of items you need to have available.

Income (Gross Annual and Net Monthly Take Home Pay) Credit score Monthly, quarterly and annual expenses Student loan debt Credit card debt Personal loan debt Auto loan debt Mortgage debt Savings (retirement and personal)

Be honest and open about your financial health, concerns and goals. Begin your conversation by asking and answering the following questions. 1. Should we combine bank, credit and savings accounts or keep our money separate? 2. Is it important to create and stick to a budget? 3. Does each person’s debt remain his/her

own or does it get paid from a combined account? 4. How can we make our goals a reality? 5. Who will pay the bills? Do you handle this task together, take turns or assign it to one party?

These are just a few questions to get you going. Don’t short change yourself and keep debt or worries to yourself. Marriage is hard work. Start yours out on the right foot by making this discussion a top priority. Salud!

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Bad Breath By Dr. John Nelsen, DDS

omance is in the air, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and with it the expectation of that fateful kiss from our special valentine. Preparing for that once-a-year evening can be easier than you might think, with a little planning. All you need to do is make that reservation early, not just at your favorite restaurant, but with your favorite dental office as well. In planning for these special dates we often concentrate the details like where to go or what to wear, and what to do after dinner. We often overlook the one thing that could bring the most romantic of evenings to a grinding halt: bad breath. Thankfully, this powerhouse of romantic destruction is easily prevented and if you’re already at odds with it, easily treatable as well. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is mandatory to maintaining proper dental hygiene and with it, fresh breath. Each time we sit down for a meal, particles of the food we eat remain in our mouth. Failing to remove these food particles by brushing and flossing encourages bacterial growth on

our tongue, especially the back of the tongue, between our teeth and around our gum-line. This bacterial growth causes bad breath, and the smell of lingering food particles in between your teeth will only make it worse. Nothing will keep your mouth healthy and your breath fresh as regular dental cleanings. The American Dental Association recommends at least two professional cleanings a year to maintain optimal dental health. These cleanings remove the bacteria and plaque that reside deeper in the gingival pockets. Bad breath can put an early end to even the most romantic of plans. Keep your breath free and clear this Valentine ’s Day by avoiding odorous foods like onions or garlic both before and during your date. Remember to brush and floss before dinner and it might not be a bad idea to pack a travel toothbrush for a quick trip to the bathroom before you leave the restaurant. Keeping that breath fresh and clean will ensure the sweetest Valentine’s Day possible and even improve your love life later on!

Your eyes have more to say than you may think! By Dr. Randy Landis, DDS, OMS

One of the nicest things you can do for yourself is to make sure that you are being the best you can possibly be! Do you take note of dark circles under your eyes or extra skin that hangs down over your eyelids? Do you raise your eyebrows to lift up your forehead in the mirror in order to see what your eyes look like? Do you feel like you look tired even though you don’t feel tired? If you answered yes to any of these questions you could be experiencing loss of elastic fibers in the facial skin. Our diet and lifestyle can play a major role in the creation of dark circles or puffy skin around the eyes, and there are almost endless non-surgical options to help. For a quick fix though, there are also a number of non-invasive, outpatient procedures that will get the job done nearly overnight! There comes a time in each indi-

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vidual’s life when enough is enough and a consultation for removal of the excess fatty tissue and skin is the right choice. One of the most common facial cosmetic surgical procedures we perform is cosmetic eyelid surgery. Over the past 24 years we have brought some of the latest technologies and techniques to Northern California. Few other areas of your face can define your mood, energy level and overall state of being as well as your eyes! When the contours of your eyelids are bright and sculpted you have a new, refreshed, and vibrant facial appearance. More importantly, you’ll find that you are looking forward to seeing yourself in the mirror each morning and that newly found interest in yourself will translate directly to increased confidence throughout the day. Do something nice for yourself or a friend and see how your eyelids can be the best they can be!

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Renewing Your Vows By Dr. Michelle L. Anderson, D.C., B.S. & Vincent Commendatore, D.C., B.S.N., R.N. ith January we rang in the New Year and you may be like the millions of Americans that hope to rejuvenate themselves with New Year’s resolutions: already forgetting your resolutions or, worse, moving in the opposite direction of achieving them. February, the month of declaring love, is your time to renew your vows to yourself. Most people want to be better, stronger, faster, smarter, more successful and happier, and New Year’s resolutions can be a good way to realize those goals. In order to have even a chance of succeeding you must first decide what your priorities are in life. Before setting any goals or resolutions, create a precious list of 4 to 6 priorities that describe your meaning for life, defining who you are and how you live. These precious priorities then can direct you in formulating precise and congruent macro-goals. Macro-goals should have concrete parameters and completion dates. They should be lofty yet realistic, and when you obtain each of these goals they should bring you closer to living true to your priorities. When your goals and priorities are in line, you will find it easier to stick to the game plan. Finally, where the rubber hits the road is creating the daily, weekly and monthly micro-goals and tasks to actually achieve your macro-goals. It is this punch card, action list or “to do” list that keeps you honest and focused for weeks and months to come. Without the simple steps listed above, your resolutions can appear like pleasant yet unattainable ideas. I invite you to renew your New Year’s vows or write some for the first time. Incorporate all three VERY important steps: Create your precious priorities, set macro-goals and come up with your daily punch card of micro-goals. May 2012 truly be your best year EVER!


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Restoring History By Restoration Company’s Royce Peterson

am about to embark on the total restoration of a project that my client and I agree is a “Basket Case”. At first glance it doesn’t appear to be a promising endeavor as it is quite far gone. But there is hope! This classic mid 1800’s walnut library table has good “bones” from which to rebuild. We all have or have Royce goes to work had one or more of these restoring pieces of a once projects sitting around beautiful walnut library table. in our garages for so long that we have lost parts, pieces and perhaps, interest in reuniting them into a finished form. They deserve a second look as many of these seemingly hopeless projects can be brought back from the dead. What seems daunting to you may be relatively routine to me. When it comes to these types of projects, I’ve seen almost everything over the years. So, this table has some major struc-

tural problems. The drawers are worn and sag because their runners have been ground into dust over the years of carrying a heavy load. The face of one drawer is oak, which doesn’t match the two other walnut drawers. Missing parts have been recreated along the way using dissimilar woods and crudely nailed in. The glue has given up and the finish needs to be removed and a new one applied. Is it worth the effort? Sentimental value plays a big role in answering this question, as does antiquity. We consider these to be heritage pieces and as such deserving of our attention. Made early on in our country’s history by craftsmen, these pieces have value and tell a story worth hearing. Time to get to work! I’ll be busy with this table over the next few weeks. As it comes together, I’ll photograph the process and detail the efforts for you in next month’s issue. Stop by with your project and have a look as I restore this piece of history.


"Beary" Kirshner Updates by Desireé DeLattre

he Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation is here for Valentine’s season with “bear-hugs.” Irresistibly adorable, this cuddly bunch can’t wait to show off during your visit to the foundation this winter! Meet Tom, BooBoo and a young, female cub waiting to be adopted and given a name. All three European Brown Bears were born into great danger of being euthanized, that is, until The Kirshner Foundation came to the rescue. With Kirshner’s expertise, knowledge, and dedication, these cubs have received a second chance to thrive, continuing the reputation the foundation has upheld for over 15 years. However, just as a child needs a family to grow in order to be happy and healthy, these cubs are looking for a family to support them. With even a small donation, you can help give these baby bears the quality of life they’ve been promised. In addition, you, your family, or organization has the opportunity to sponsor and name the female brown bear cub. This February, give some love to the wild side of life. After the post-traumatic stress your wallet may still be experiencing from the holidays, a sponsorship may be out of the question, but you can still help! In order to give their animals a new life and home, The Kirshner Foundation needs to have an on-site home for education. They are looking for a portable classroom to teach volunteers in, so any donations or leads for that would be greatly appreciated. Tours to visit the cubs are also easily affordable for the whole family, and volunteers are always in need. Detailed information regarding tours and other opportunities can be found at www.kirshner.org or via telephone (530) 345-1700. Visit Kirshner today: 4995 Durham-Pentz Rd., Oroville CA. 55


CA-DRE lic# 01257669

Vikki Reimer (530) 894-4515

vikkireimer@yahoo.com www.VikkiSellsChico.com

Very Nice Mobile Home in one of Chico’s nicest senior parks!! Featuring an open floor plan, spacious kitchen, appliances included. Seperate living & dining room. Big lot with mature trees and landscaping, nice fenced yard and extra parking. Please call for a private showing. Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0

SqFt: 1,128 Price: $25,000

Opportunity Awaits! Great home in a great location! Well maintained one owner home. New interior paint and new flooring. Huge Barn and Shed. Approved map for a 4 parcel split on file with the county. Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.5 SqFt: 1,601 Price: $365,000

CA-DRE lic# 01297683

Katherine Ossokine

Chico Charmer! Great investment opportunity! Extremely well maintained 3 bedroom/2 bath home. Shows pride of ownership! Located near CSUC. Central heat and air.

Cell: (530) 591-3837

kossokine@century21chico.com www.KatherineSellsChicoHomes.com

Drive Up To This Beautifully Appointed Tudor Style Home! The views are incredible! This 3 bed, 3 bath, custom built home on 4.75 acres was designed to bring the outdoors in. Includes an office/study off the master bedroom. Sewing/art rm. upstairs. The 3rd. bedroom has a redwood deck and stairs going down to the backyard. Walk-in closets in 2 bedrooms. A very cozy family rm. with a vaulted knotty cedar ceiling & a wood stove(alcove) that invites you in with a “Tahoe feeling”. Unique indoor garden/ spa room set w/a watering system. Call today to see more of this great home! Bed: 3.0 2

Bath: 3.0

SqFt: 2,541

Acreage: 4.75 Price: $549,900

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Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,117 Price: $235,000 Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,117 Price: $235,000

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DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS WONDERFUL HOME! Located in one of Chico’s most desirable areas. Close to Bidwell Park and shopping. This home boasts an open floor plan, high ceilings, & a formal dining room. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths with split floor plan. Bed: 4.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 2,230 Price: $385,000

Located in one of Chico’s most desirable neighborhoods. Upper Filbert Ave. is a well established and very desirable area. Close to Bidwell Park and Sierra View Ele. School. If you’re looking for a spacious and charming home, this home has it all! Bed: 5.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 2,697 Price: $350,000


A Top Ten Agent in 2011

Sherry Landis (530) 514-4855

landis4sale@aol.com www.SherryLandis.com CA-DRE lic# 01084946

DON’T MISS OUT ON THESE NEW YEAR’S DEALS! One Owner Custom A1 Vial Home with very open floor plan and a contemporary feel! Special faux painting, brand new carpeting throughout and upgraded features make this home a real find! Large kitchen with eating bar open to family room area with walls of windows. Inground gunite pool (fenced) with lush landscaping frame this beautiful home with 3 car attached garage. Other outbuildiings and shed with RV access on nearly 1 acre, cul-de-sac and close to town!

Bed: 4.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 2,726 Price: $475,000

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Beauty and architecture combine in this custom 4400sqft+ home on 4 acres. Features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, office and 3 car garage. Master suite with dressing room perfect for workout space, walk-in closet and bath that transports you to the spa. The kitchen is a chef’s delight with commercial range, pantry, and formal dining room. Basement perfect for wine cellar. 2 staircases, 10 ft ceilings, custom built-ins and architectural features throughout the home. Backyard resort setting with gorgeous pool and patios perfect for entertaining. This dream home can become your reality.

Bed: 5.0 Bath: 5.0 SqFt: 4,467 Price: $799,000


Alice Zeissler (530) 518-1872 CA-DRE lic# 1312354

Century21 Jeffries/Lydon

(530) 345-6618

(530) 570-1944

Joyce Turner

(530) 924-4097

Leslie Moller

Kiersten Morgan (530) 895-3063

CA-DRE lic# 1516350

CA-DRE lic# 01109119

CA-DRE lic# 01808835

Century21 Jeffries/Lydon

Moller Realty Group

NorCal Chapter

Crane Realty

(530) 899-5360

Bed: 5.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,869 Price: $249,000

Large front deck great for entertaining or just having a relax cup of coffee and watch the sunrise over the foothills. Specious living room with two glass doors leading out to the deck. The club house is close by with a park like setting.. Call Alice (530) 518-1872 Bed: 2.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,248 Price: $25,000

Don’t miss out on this Woodoak condo with a view of One mile. Sunny balcony over looking beautiful Bidwell Park and just minutes to Down Town Chico. Call Alice (530) 518-1872

Bed: 2.0 Bath: 1.0 SqFt: 902 Price: $139,900

Wonderfully maintained & centrally located on a large, nicely landscaped lot on paved street. Features include; large bonus room, master bedroom fireplace, granite countertops, upgraded finishes, front porch, back patio, metal roof, and more! Call Kiersten (530) 895-3063 Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.5 SqFt: 2,374 Price: $298,000

Remodeled Cabin on 2 parcels in Butte Meadows. Newer metal roofs and Cedar siding on main house, 12x16 workshop, pumphouse and garden shed. 20x8x8 cargo storage unit included. All inclusive pkg.; hand-made pine livingrm & bedrm furniture, stackable W/D, portable dishwasher, newer Frig & stove and owner will carry! Call Leslie (530) 924-4097

Price: $209,000

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Great Home Across from Lindo Channel! Nice central location close to schools. Ready to more into!! New roof put on just a few months ago, dual pane widows, newer heat/air refurbished Kitchen, bath and refinished oak floor. Call Alice (530) 518-1872

Bed: 3.0 Bath: 1.5 SqFt: 1,560 Price: $219,000

Very Nice Level Lot located on a nice residential street. Close proximity to Schools, Churches, Shopping and Dining. Once had a home on it but now it is ready for a new lovely home for you. Also, owner states; City says property can have a duplex, and is a H-3 lot, buyer to verify with the city. Call Joyce (530) 570-1944

Price: $28,500

Overlooking Little Chico Creek, this privately situated home on 1 ac. boasts lovely views. Goldman’s 2002 remodel, showcases views & natural light. Wrap-around deck, office, spa, wood finishes, end of cul-de-sac, & HOA w/pool & 80 acres of open space. Call Kiersten (530) 895-3063

Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 2,182 Price: $395,000

** 5 acre view property! Deep well, power & septic. $85,000 ** Ready for your Dream Home! 2.79 acres w/ septic, power & well $109,000 ** Outstanding view acreage w/ deep well. $149,000 Call Kiersten (530)895-3063

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Owner financing available! Fenced grassy yard. Large patio with double full length awnings. New HVAC. Nice open floorplan. Roomy kitchen w/newer appliances included. Separate large living & family rooms. Active 55yrs+ park. Call Leslie (530) 624-6111

3 Bedroom, 1990 Fleetwood! Spacious home with separate living and family rooms. Kitchen has been upgraded and remodeled with newer cabinetry and solid surface counters, tile flooring and fixtures. Refrigerator and W/D purchased in 2007. Energy efficient with dual pane windows, ceiling fans, and vaulted ceilings. Call Leslie (530) 924-4097

Looking for a family to RENT, BUY or LEASE OPTION on this 1995 home on quiet long term neighbors culdesac. Tile, fresh paint, & pellet stove. Oversized garage w/workbench area. 2 covered porches on a big lot room for pool and garden. Call Leslie (530) 624-6111

Bed: 2.0 Bath: 2.0 Price: $23,000

Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,344 Price: $27,000

Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0 Price: $239,000

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SqFt: 1,312

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CA-DRE lic# 01119659

Mary McGowan Anderson (530) 518-8888

mary@marymchico.com www.marymchico.com

COMING SOON! Two brand new 3 bed, 2 bath homes with large lots fully landscaped w/ auto sprinklers, tile, laminate wood and carpet floors, granite counters, beautiful wood cabinets, stainless appliances, inside laundry, 9 ft ceilings and higher, 2 car garage. These won’t last! To be complete in the middle of February! $218,000 and $239,900.

Rare Opportunity! Let yourself melt in this charming and classic cottage style home. Beautiful wood floors, loads of built-ins, designer lighting and bath fixtures, plantation shutters, beautifully remodeled bathrooms and kitchen w/ shaker style cabinets, granite counters, eating bar, microwave, oven, 5 burner gas range, and so much more!

College Investment Property! Just blocks from CSU Chico. Sellers did extensive remodel 2 yrs ago– tile kitchen, new cabinets, new appliances including washer, dryer and refrigerator, tile baths, new roof, new HVAC, new dual pane windows, and so much more! Gross rents currently at $27,000/yr ($2,250/mo). Don’t miss out!

Bed: 4.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 2,223 Price: $339,000

Bed: 5.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,869 Price: $249,000

All the Bells & Whistles! 2 acres and over 5,000 sq ft of amazing! 4 bed, 4 bath, huge gourmet kitchen, granite, 8 person eating bar, walk in pantry, loads of storage, split floor plan, surround sound, vaulted ceilings, woodstove, office area, large laundry, guest quarters, oversized 3 car garage plus lg. shop, near horse facility for riders, and so much more Bed: 4.0 Bath: 4.5 SqFt: 5,000+ Price: $639,000

Rare Find on the Park! Large .36 ac. Lot on a wonderful cul-de-sac of newer custom home right across the street from Bidwell Park and near downtown. Beautifully landscaped street with guest parking area. Acreage: .36 Price: $235,000

Amazing Bidwell Park Property! Nicely remodeled down to the studs! New wiring, plumbing, walls, windows, roof, etc! Inside laundry, gourmet kitchen w/granite, gas range, oven + microwave, spacious island, gorgeous cork floors, designer light fixtures, open kitchen/family rooms, .41 ac & tandem 4 car garage! Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.5 SqFt: 2,500 Price: $489,000

THE HOUSE PREVIOUSLY IN THIS SPOT HAS SOLD!

Wonderful Custom-Built Home on 10 acres not far from town. Recent updates include new hardwood floor, quartz countertops, tile floors, plumbing hardware, and outside paint, large bedrooms with a master bedroom upstairs and downstairs, downstairs den, and an open floor plan, a beautiful inground pebbletec pool with Baja shelf and rock waterfall.

Bed: 3.0 Bath: 4.0 SqFt: 3,750 Price: $825,000

WE CAN DO THE SAME FOR YOUR HOME! Golf course living at its best can be yours in this delightful Butte Creek Country Club home! Bamboo flooring and many other fine details throughout - just waiting for you to make it your own. Step out of the master suite shower (w/dual shower heads!) onto the heated slate tile floor and over to your huge walk in closet with built-ins. Recessed lights and coffered ceilings in the master bedroom make for a quiet retreat. The kitchen features granite counter tops, custom cabinets, GE Profile appliances (microwave, 2 ovens), KitchenAid refrigerator and ample storage in two pantries. There’s so much to say about this wonderful property and not enough space to say it all! Call today! Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.5 SqFt: 2,925 Price: $625,000

CALL TODAY TO LIST YOUR HOME AND SEE IT IN THIS MAGAZINE RIGHT AWAY!

CA-DRE lic# 1095047

Barbara Weibel (530) 624-6350 bjweibel@aol.com

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CA-DRE lic# 01724028

This architecturally designed very spacious custom home, built in 1980, is one of the finest custom homes in the area encompassing a marvelous open design and numerous amenities. The homes’ unique beauty and attention to detail shine throughout the entire property. Window views of the natural wooded foothills and landscape are beautiful and serene. Situated on 16.23 secluded acres! Call today!

Bed: 4.0 Bath: 3.5 SqFt: 4,873 Price: $597,500

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Brent McCarthy (530) 228-1232

brent.mccarthy@comcast.net

www.northvalleyforeclosures.com


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CA-DRE lic# 00784476

Perfect Ranchette on over 1/2 Acre! This spacious 4 br- 3 bath home has “Country” written all over it! Large rooms, oversized garage, and a huge yard for 4H, pets, extra vehicles or miscellaneous projects, plenty of room for a shop. Hurry to see! Call Mary Ann (530) 521-0297

Mary Ann Scott (530) 521-0297

madoremus@aol.com www.maryannscott.com

Bed: 4.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 1,792 Price: $259,950 Acreage: .57

FOUR GREAT MOBILES FOR SALE!

New on the Market! Freshly refurbished double wide mobile in quiet, convenient senior’s park in Chico. New paint, reconstructed porch, rock landscaping and more. Two bedrooms, two baths, 800 sq feet. Very neat and tidy! Priced to sell fast at $12,950. Call Mary Ann (530) 521-0297 Bed: 2.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 800 Price: $12,950

New Listing Best price around for a very neat and clean mobile in Senior’s Park in Chico. At $11,500 for a double wide, this home won’t last long on the market. Plus...it includes some great, newer furniture! Call soon for a peak! Call Mary Ann (530) 521-0297

JUST REDUCED TO $17,950!! Extra Large 2 Bedroom, 2 bath mobile in very nice, smaller senior park. Features include storm windows, seperate Living Room and Family Room, built-in hutch, indoor laundry, large bedrooms, master bedroom vanity, nice covered porch and storage shed. Bed: 2.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,440 Price: $17,950

JUST REDUCED TO $19,950!!! This spacious mobile home shows very light, neat and clean. Excellent placement in park, next to pool and clubhouse. Nice bonus room (not heated or cooled) is extra large. Bathrooms have been updated. A treat to show! Call Mary Ann (530) 521-0297 Bed: 2.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,248 Price: $19,950

Johnny Klinger

Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0 Price: $210,000

This fabulous custom home is situated on 4.36 acres, 4 of which are in 10 leaf walnuts, all on drip irrigation. The home features a 3 car garage, beautiful in ground pebble tech pool. Last year’s crop produced approximately 16,000 pounds and about $24,000 gross. Call Johnny (530) 864-3398 Bed: 4.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 2,917 Price: $595,000 Acreage: 4.36

19.54 Acres of Walnut Trees on Garner Lane. Zoned for 1 acre parcels, (SR-1). The possibilities are to split into 1 acre parcels and make a real nice subdivision, or build your dream home and have a real nice private lot. $525,000 Call Johnny (530) 864-3398

Clean, newer home in a super neighborhood, 3 beds, 2 baths, seperate living and family rooms with formal dining. Back yard build for entertaining with a dark bottom inground pool, gazebo and sundeck. Priced to sell at $329,000 Call Mark (530) 228-2229

Mostly Level 12 ac parcel in Cohasset, OWC to a qualified buyer, lots of sunshine and power is on adjoining parcel, very motivated seller! Call Mark (530) 228-2229

Price: $525,000

Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0 Price: $329,000

Bed: 2.0 Bath: 1.0 Price: $95,000

Bed: 2.0 Bath: 1.0 Price: $11,500

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Mark Reaman (530) 228-2229

MarkReaman@gmail.com CA-DRE lic# 01265853

Turnkey newer home in pristine condition, 3 bed, 2 bath, fresh interior paint & laminate floors in great room and hallways, immaculate through out, covered patio, nicely manicured front and back yard. ($210,000 1161 Viceroy). Call Johnny (530) 864-3398

(530) 864-3398

JohnnyKlinger47@gmail.com CA-DRE lic# 01251617 www.ChicoHomeSearch.com

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Sweet 7 acre ranchette. Newer 2100 sq ft home featuring 3 beds, 2 baths, separate living & family rooms with formal dining! Beautiful inground pool, Barnmaster with two stalls and loafing/feed area perfect for the 4H enthusiast, great house at a great price! Call Mark (530) 228-2229 Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 2,100 Price: $304,900

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Commercial Development Land 5.2 acres with 3 bedroom house on well and septic in area of extensive development along Hwy 32 corridor in west Chico. 330 feet of road frontage. Consists of two parcels. 4.67 acres without house could be sold for $380,000. Call Dennis (530) 899-2313 Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,365 Price: $525,000

New Canyon Oaks Custom! Wonderful new 4 bedroom 3 bath with fabulous views being built by Michael Galli is nearly completed. Great lot for pool with easy access from house. Granite counters, extensive tile floors, 3 car garage and more. Come pick granite, carpet, etc. Call Dennis (530) 899-2313 Bed: 4.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 2,633 Price: $489,500

On 9th Fairway at Canyon Oaks Marvelous 4 bedroom plus den on .49 acres being built by Michael Galli in Canyon Oaks. It features high ceilings with arches, lots of granite and tile, 3 car garage and fabulous views from living room, kitchen and master bedroom. Call Dennis (530) 899-2313 Bed: 4.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 2,780 Price: $535,000 9

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