Foresthill spotlights business on the Divide

Showcase to feature booths, entertainment, food, raffle prizes
By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
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Foresthill will put local commerce on display at the Divide Home & Business Showcase Saturday. The Chamber of Commerce event, now in its third year, will have as many as 40 booths. “It’s a combination of (storefront) and home-based businesses since we have so many home-based business up here,” chairwoman Laura Nelson said Monday. There will be products and services from local entrepreneurs as well as nonprofit informational displays, wine and beer garden, food vendors, workshops, entertainment and raffle prizes. “We want to let people know we have lots of businesses up here they can utilize, but it is mostly for our 6,000 residents (in Foresthill),” Nelson said. The show attracts from 300 to 600 attendees, Nelson said. One of the participating businesses is Roof Saver Sprinklers. “It’s a fire-prevention sprinkler system that attaches right to your roof in case of wildfire,” Nelson said. Owner Tim Gunn, who started the company last year with his patented rooftop sprinkler system, said this will be his first time at the show. “We’ll have sprinklers and hoses there and we’ll have some photos and video of how it works,” he said. “It’s homeowner-installed and takes only 15 to 20 minutes to set it up. It takes standard home water pressure. If (the homeowner) has an alternative water supply like a pool or pond, we offer a pump and motor system so they can be independent from the city water supply.” Gunn developed the concept because of the wildfire danger in the foothills, he said. Another business participating in the show, Secure Records Management, will bring its mobile shredding truck. “One standard box of documents will be shredded for free. Each additional box shredded will be a $5 fee,” showcase Debbie Griffin, publicity spokeswoman, said in a press release. Chiropractor and certified hypnotherapist Ron Berg will offer a “mind massage” at 1:30 p.m. “It will be for anyone who wants to participate,” Nelson said. “It is a stress-reliever, group-hypnosis session.” There will food and beverage booths, too, including Chefs Orlando Sanchez and Foresthill Joe’s Coffee House. Auburn winery Viña Castellano will be in charge of the wine garden. “This is our first year having a real winery sponsoring (the garden),” Nelson said. Viña Castellano’s vintages will be available by the glass to drink onsite or bottled to take home. “(Owner) Teena (Wilkins) spoke at a Chamber (of Commerce) dinner in April and she did just a fantastic job,” Nelson said. “We all really enjoyed it. I asked if she’d like to do the wine booth and she was thrilled to do it.” Among the nonprofits participating will be Elijah’s Jar food bank and the Todd Valley Miwok Maidu Cultural Foundation. Nelson has collected more than a dozen raffle prizes. The largest will be a “passport drawing” for more than $300 in merchandise from Foresthill businesses. She’s also bringing in entertainment. The Foresthill High School dance team will perform at 11:30 a.m. and the local Junior Jazzercise group takes the spotlight at 12:30 p.m. For Nelson, the event is a good way to bring the community together. “It is just getting the word out to our residents of all the business we have available on the Divide, right here in our own backyard,” she said. Reach Gloria Young at ------------ Foresthill Divide Home & Business Showcase When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14 Where: Carpenter’s Place, 5845 Sunset Drive, Foresthill Admission: Free