Biz Buzz: Furniture donated to foster transitional home

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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Granite Bay residents Liz and Jim Reego, owners of six La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores in Northern California, recently donated nearly $12,000 worth of furniture to a privately-funded home for recently-emancipated foster youth in Placer County.

The couple donated a sofa, leather chair, chaise lounge, two fabric chairs, an English hutch/TV cabinet, five ottomans, a bedside chest, two rugs and a variety of home decor accessories to Taylor House.

Taylor House is a six-bedroom, newly remodeled home located in downtown Roseville.

Once furnished, the home will welcome its first young women residents — all of whom are no longer able to stay in a foster care environment after turning 18 years old.

Local McDonald’s restaurants will be kicking off the new year by offering a free small cup of coffee to its customers in the greater Sacramento area, including throughout Placer County. 

The free coffee program began Monday and will continue until Jan. 15.

No purchase is necessary and the program is local McDonalds’ way of saying “thank you” to their customers and offering a helping hand at the start of the new year, according to a news release.

There are seven McDonald’s locations in Roseville.

US Cryotherapy in Roseville has been getting some star-power clientele of late.

The business, which specializes in cold therapy treatments for athletes and active people, was visited by two NBA teams last week, with more scheduled in the near future.

“I think whole-body Cryotherapy is really picking up in terms of level of awareness and what it can do for athletes and recovery,” said Kevin Kramer, chief operating officer for US Cryotherapy.

A typical Cryotherapy session consists of the patient sitting in the freezing chamber at negative 166 degrees Fahrenheit for three minutes. The therapy reduces swelling and aids in recovery.

The business was visited by the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 26 and the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 28. Photos of the players can be seen on the company’s Facebook page.

Kramer said the company has made contacts with athletic trainers not only in the NBA, but also the National Football League and Major League Baseball.

Telefunken Semiconductors America, Sims Recycling Solutions and Pacific Records Management are partnering with the city of Roseville for a free electronic waste collection and document shredding event on Jan. 14.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Telefunken, located at 7501 Foothills Blvd.

They’ll be accepting electronic waste such as TVs, computers, cell phones, printers, radio and stereo equipment and will also shred up to three file-size boxes of confidential paperwork for free.  

For more information contact Sims Recycling Solutions at (916) 772-5681.

The Roseville Theater Arts Academy is launching a new business sponsorship program for 2012.

Packages start at $500 and include advertising in all of the theater’s programs throughout the year, logos and links on the “Friends of the Theatre” page of the theater’s website, as well as tickets to shows. 
One package offers naming rights to the stage.

For more information visit the “Friends of the Theatre” page at or call (916) 772-2777.

Entrepreneur, author and speaker Shari Fitzpatrick, founder of the Shari’s Berries brand of gourmet chocolate-dipped strawberries, will share her story of business triumphs and travails at the quarterly luncheon of the Christian Business Roundtable.

The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 at Granite Bay Golf Club in Granite Bay. Tickets are $29 online at, and $35 at the door.

This luncheon is open to the public and is for business persons interested to hear how Shari’s Berries was started with a passion and a $1,500 cash advance on a credit card.

And for the first time publicly, she’ll also delve into the failures, betrayals, and struggles that come with growing a company and bringing on business partners.

This will be the first time that most will hear the true story behind her losing the company that bears her name.

For details, contact Aric Resnicke at (916) 342-4502.

The State of California Auto Dismantlers Association (SCADA) has elected Jeffrey Buchanan, second-generation owner of BW Auto Dismantlers in Roseville, to serve as president in 2012.

Buchanan began his career in automotive recycling when he was 18 years old after his father, Dee Buchanan, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 47.

Buchanan was still in high school at that time, and he chose to take over the business months after high school graduation.

The State of California Auto Dismantlers Association (SCADA) is the statewide trade association of licensed dismantlers, with about 200 members throughout the state.


Dr. Benjamin Valdez has recently joined Sutter Independent Physicians. Valdez is a board-certified pediatrician who opened his Roseville practice, Professional Pediatrics, in 2008.

Prior to opening his own practice, Valdez worked as a private pediatrician in practices in Sacramento and Placer counties.

Born and raised in Sacramento, Valdez received his medical degree from the University of California at Irvine and completed his residency and internship in pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

In his practice, he emphasizes health maintenance and stresses good nutrition and physical activity. For Dr. Valdez, the actual “medicine” of pediatrics is ongoing and foundational to the practice.


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