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4B Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Genesee store recognized for outstanding performance PROFILES IN BUSINESS GENESEE STORE Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer Being a former elected official, as well as a rural area business owner, comes with its challenges. Despite those challenges, Genesee Store owner Robert Meacher, along with his wife Carol, have persevered through the chaos and were rewarded for their efforts. Tucked away inan area that is a bit "off the beaten path," the Genesee Store Bistro/Deli/Caf6's location has been both a hindrance and a blessing, said Meacher. "Location, location,. location," he said. Meacher believes that part of the charm is that the business stands alone in an area about 15 minutes outside of Taylorsville. Not only do visitorvdine on handcrafted food and award-winning soups and chowders, they also benefit from fresh mountain air and breathtaking views of Genesee Valley. Although the Meachers do not have a background in culinary arts, Robert Meacher's "palate education" is extensive. During his 13-year career as a merchant marine, Mr. Meacher dined on foreign cuisines around the world. When he returned home he would experiment with these Genesee Store owners Robert and Carol Meacher chat with Karen Juska from the Mt. Hough Ranger District about the thunderstorm raging over Plumas County on July 3. The Genesee Store BistrolDeli/Caf6 Owners: Robert and Carol Meacher Addressi 7201 Genesee Road, Taylorsville, CA 95983 Phone: 284-6361 Open: May through December; call for hours dishes, making them for his friends and family. He said the concepts he picked up during his travels were incorporated into the restaurant menus with "the understanding that my taste is a little more exotic than my average customer." In the early 1990s, he recalled an experience where . Northeastern Rural . 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Main St., Quincy Genesee Store owners Robert and Carol Meacher. Photos by Samantha P. Hawthorne customers would complainare what keeps customers that his bread was stalereturning year after year-- because it was "too chewy even those who travel from as arid crusty" -- the way a far as Sacramento and Reno. sourdough roll is supposed tO The Meachers purchased taste. "But, that was then. the historic 1800s building in Now, I get pushback when I 1990 after it had sat vacant for serve a chilledfresh 10 years. The country-style strawberry borscht with store was established in the sweet corn sorbet topped with historic 1880s building, and a chocolate mint sprig as a holds true to the essence of soup on a hot summer this period in time. evening?' Since the building is His award-winning clam considered historic, the chowder has been,referred to Meachers are unable to make by critics as being '~as good any significant structural as, or better than, any modifications. This in itself chowder in San Francisco." has proved a challenge as the In addition to its current heating and air award-winning menu, the system is a bit outdated, Genesee Store also offers which in turn makes their on and offsite catering, onsite operating costs higher. contracted dinner parties, The picturesque views and special event coordination historic atmosphere, and planning, and food however, are part of what service consultations, makes the Genesee Store the While their mission is to perfect dining destination for provide good food at those touring Plumas County, reasonable prices, the and for locals looking for a Meachers said their No. 1 quiet escape. goal is to provide "quality, Soon after opening the quantity, and a perception of store, Robert Meacher was value for our customers." elected as Plumas County Meacher said those :values : ;. supervisor for District 2. He related that by joining the world of politics'he and his family business became a tool for ridicule by his opposers. "My detractors not only wa.nted to hurt me politically, they also wanted to ruin my family business," said Meacher. In an attempt to run him out of office, some of his attackers made claims that his business was a front for drug trafficking. "When you are faced with that sort of character assassination, it's hard for your business to absorb the negativity. But we did survive, because of our supporters and loyal customer base," said Meacher. Despite the slanderous allegations, the Meachers continue demonstrating exceptional service at the Genesee Store. Because of this, in June the Genesee Store was awarded the "2013 Small Business Achievement Award" from the Sierra Economic Development Corporation. Help for businesses About 2-1/2 years ago, the Genesee Store was at risk of closing. Meacher said, "Without the help of the Alliance for Workforce Development I would not be in business today." Traci Holt, who heads the organization, helped him THE USA MADE PANELS WE USE ARE MADE IN OREGON. WE BUY IN QUANTITY SO WE CAN SELL C THEM FOR THE SAME PRICE AS .............. 'v ..... -'I--=-'~ FOREIGN PANELS. SUPERIOR EFFICIENCY ( l 6-1-%), WARRANTY 284.7849 (zs yR.) ANO OUALITY. ANDERLINI & EMERICK LLP Terry Anderlini is a Northern California Super Lawyer, a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney and Past President of the State Bar of California. We specialize in wild fire litigation and serious personal injury cases. Local Referenc'es Call 650-212-0001 and ask for Terry Anderlini or Chris Andersen Fmaail: or candersen@aelawllp'cm with employee training and introduced him to the Sierra Economic Development Corporation. "At that time, I found it odd that SED Corp. had been aroundTor over 40 years helping micro and room and pop businesses in our region; after being in business for 20 years I had never heard of them," said Meacher. The Genesee Store was able to utilize two of the three core ervices offered by SED Corp., specifically, their access to capital and business educational services. "Chief Executive Officer Brent Smith and his crew at SED Corp. were absolutely topnotch in getting to work for us. Without.the business loan we received from them we would have been further in debt than I think the business could tolerate." The third core service the group offers is help for local governments (cities, counties and special districts). Meacher said it works as an extension of staff toward getting various loans, for various needs, from a variety of sources. "At this point in time, I do not believe an'90f.our local jurisdictions are taking advantage of these services," he said. Through the help of SED Corp., the Meachers were able to continue business, and they invite everyone to join in their success by "sitting back and enjoying the good times at the Genesee Store." ter .M, Ta!ia Attorney at Law 257-5199 Bow Wow At Na orna Golf Resort "Cure' n The Blues" A benefit for High Sierra AnimalPg.scue Saturday, 2Oth, 2013 6:00p.m. to 11:00p.m. 348 Bear Run (A15) Clio, CA Dinner Prepared@ The Dragon at NaF(orna Golf Resort, Includes cri.Tip, Chicken Vegetarian Plate & More No-Host Bar, Music, Raffles andSilent Aftction With Something for everyone! TIckets available at: HSAR in DelleF(er Graeagle Mill Works in Graeagle Na oma Golf Resort Quincy Drug in Quincy Grateful Dawg GeneralStore in Porto&