KVMR receives support from WILLIAMS STATIONERY - An independently owned, family operated, full service office supply company; carrying janitorial supplies and office furniture. 112 West Main Street downtown Grass Valley; serving Nevada County for 69 years. www.williamsallvalue.com
For Dave Williams, one of the best aspects of the 36 years working the family business are the relationships created, cultivated and enjoyed. Dave, and his wife Sue, now own the 69-year-old, home-town, office supply company his family successfully began operating on April 1, 1949. And even though the store anniversary is April 1st, being an independent business-owner is no joke, but mostly a lot of fun!
Williams Stationery has been operating at the same location since opening at 112 West Main Street, downtown Grass Valley. The building constructed in 1854, is considered the second oldest building in downtown Grass Valley. It is quaint and old-timey with high ceilings, creaky old oak floor boards and a set of “door bells” that clang and jingle as familiar-faced customers come and go. It is really the past meeting the present in many ways. With “big box” corporate stores, retail chains and the online explosion of Amazon.com and the like, Dave recognizes that there really needs to be that “extra-something” to forage new relationships, service walk-in customers and maintain the clients that exist.
"If you're a small, family-owned independent business that has stayed afloat during the economic downturns, that has to mean you have competitive prices and unparalleled customer service," said Dave. "We wouldn't be here if we couldn't compete. We have a lot of things Staples doesn't have, such as fine writing paper, gifts, cards and social stationery — plus the customer service."
And for Williams Stationery it is also a family affair. Dave and Sue are currently the only, full-time employees of the business. Dave’s parents, Elton and Helen acquired their business from the Tresize Brothers who opened their office supply store in 1902. Many people in Nevada County knew and revered Helen Williams, whom was known as “the matriarch of Grass Valley,” to some. She worked happily at the family store until she was 92, before passing away in 2012. She was said to “hate 3-day weekends” as she missed working and being with people and the customers she served.
Dave can be found working six-days-a-week, most weeks, offering jovial banter and generously helpful attention. There might not be a friendlier greeting than walking into Williams Stationery (think Cheers without the bar). He and Sue, together, wear and share the many hats of running a business.
Then, there is his “General Manager,” 2-year-old granddaughter, Piper, dropping in weekly to “help” around the store. She is as charming and friendly as Dave. And watch-out, she now is in charge of a cash register.
Both the Williams’ daughters, Courtney and Vanessa (also Piper's mother), assist in the business from time-to-time for part-time help, special projects, additional seasonal assistance and window-front creativity. It is always interesting to see what the Williams Stationery storefront window display is each month. (Currently, creatively depicting “time flying,” as we enter into one more New Year.)
Dave says that nearly 70 percent of their business is commercial accounts, ranging from daily, to weekly, to monthly deliveries and invoicing. Williams Stationery offers a full line of most office supplies, clocks, calendars, gifts, journals, and cards for all occasions. Hard to find items for home or office use and janitorial needs, cleaning & break room supplies, as well as office furniture for home or business are available in store and for order. In keeping up with the corporate, commercial competition, Williams can also offer customers the advantages of national distribution and pricing, while maintaining local service and support. And don’t forget about the free, next-day delivery for all account orders.
The Williams Family has been part of the Grass Valley community since the 1800's. Grass Valley is their hometown. They cherish and value the sense of community and our local, small town.
“We especially value and support our local businesses and community service organizations,” said Dave. “Money that is spent with local businesses stays in the community and benefits everyone. We are all helping each other out.”
"My plumber, electrician and tire store are all family-owned, independent businesses," he said. "We are grateful to all the loyal customers who have been with us during the good times and the bad. This is a real giving community."
KVMR wants to honor the Williams Family and their generosity to our community. Thanks for being KVMR Community Radio business supporters, Dave & Sue. KVMR Community Radio is proud to have a relationship with you, too!
PS> And don’t forget to stop in and say ‘Hello’ to Dave during Giants Season. Dave is certain to be wearing his Giants tie or other representing attire on game day. . . It is always fun to stop into Williams Stationery, like I said!
Art King is the king of bowling in Nevada County.
And Prosperity Lanes is the only game in town!
It all started when his wife Sylvia noticed the Grass Valley Family Food Store on Henderson Street at Colfax Ave. was for sale and had the notion of converting it to a bowling alley. (The things you do for love!) And since that moment, Art foraged forward with a $5,000 down payment, a few investors and he hasn’t looked back.
Art is an avid motorcyclist, as well as bowler, enjoying annual northwest road trips to his childhood corner of the world in near Vancouver, British Columbia. After bowling it is biking. He moved to Grass Valley in the 60s with his parents and has made Nevada County his home ever since.
Art is a kind, jovial man with a fabulous sense of humor and it is obvious he found his niche working with the public, all for fun. Family bowling, weekly league bowling for Senior to seniors in high school, to large-group parties and bowling in the dark to the glow of the pins with Saturday night "Blacklight Rock 'n' Bowl" from 10 p.m. to midnight. There are many options at Prosperity Lanes.
Prosperity Lanes also offers a pro shop with bowling ball sales and service, a video arcade for when your wrist needs a rest and a concessions bar serving beer, wine, burgers, Mexican food and his wife, Sylvia’s homemade soups during the winter months – which is right about now!
Since September of 2001, Art has maintained a dedicated staff of employees, some who have been with him for almost a decade. It’s all about fun, socializing and keeping moving. Seniors enjoy mid-week leagues and open bowling and younger people and families enjoy weekend birthday parties or late night hanging out.
Art believes he is providing our community with a necessary asset and social outlet. "A city needs a bowling alley — it's important." And even though he has had interested parties inquire as to him selling the building, he isn’t ready to hang up his bowling shoes just yet!
KVMR wants to honor Art as a dedicated supporter, underwriting KVMR for many years. Thanks for being KVMR Community Radio fans, Art & Sylvia! KVMR Community Radio is proud to have your support.
“All in the Family”
Fit Culture Studio & Mike Bratton State Farm Insurance
If you have lived in Nevada County for any length of time you know the Mike Bratton Family.
Mike has been a key, and visible, Nevada County community member for many years. He has resided in Nevada County since 1979, beginning his career as Mike Bratton State Farm insurance agency in 1984. His business has grown to eight employees who are very much like family, if not family!
Mike Bratton is known for his generous community contributions, professionally and philanthropically. He is an active 49er Breakfast Club Rotarian, Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce member, the president of A New Day mental health counseling non-profit and the founder of the MEB II Turkey Trot. (Established in 2006 after one of his sons, Michael Edward Bratton II, took his own life at the age of 25, heartbreakingly.) Besides being seen often at local charitable functions and supporting positive, local causes, Mike can be found early mornings at Fit Culture Studio in Nevada City.
Mike’s son, Joey Bratton, is the founder of Fit Culture Studio located at 75 Bost Ave. #4, just off Searls Ave. Joey takes pride in motivating his clients by encouraging them to achieve their personal goals and do their best. His passion for functional movement, athletic performance, and overall wellness are what inspired him to pursue a career in fitness and wellness. A graduate with a degree in Applied Nutrition, B.S. from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Joey focuses on inspiring wellness in others who enjoy living a healthy, active lifestyle. He optimizes his client’s fitness and wellness through a specialized signature approach that incorporates five different elements of fitness principles that include upper body strength, lower body strength, heart health conditioning, core and balance, and stretch and recovery. Joey loves his what he does and shares his life with his beautiful wife, Amanda, and young son, James.
Fit Culture Studio and Mike Bratton State Farm been a generous KVMR Business Supporter since 2015. Mike and the entire Bratton Family are community-minded and generous people contribute who actively participate in many things that makes Nevada County so special and so very much a Community.
“I love being a part of this community. And KVMR is one of my many partners,” said Mike Bratton. “We are rich with so many different interests and types of people that live here and that is what makes our community what it is. Sports. Music. Culture. Nice people. And KVMR reaches those people. It is a privilege to be a part of KVMR and being a business sponsor of KVMR.”
In 2015, Mike donated his famous Nevada City Soap Box Derby art car “Tow Mader” to KVMR Community Radio, which is being “upgraded” for this fall’s 2017 event. The kids love “Tow Mader,” so look for him this September.
Thanks for supporting KVMR Community Radio Mike & Joey. KVMR Community Radio is proud to have your support.
PS> Mike just turned “another year wiser” just this past Sunday! So here’s to you Mike and Happy Birthday, too!
Automotive, Parts & Repair Services
KVMR Community Radio is proud of the business relationships that have been cultivated over the past 38 years. The commitment our business supporters give to our community through underwriting KVMR makes it possible for us to bring you, our listener, music and talk variety and the many independent voices and perspectives you experience. Please support those businesses who support the station you love and appreciate.
When you need automotive help, look here first! Tell them that KVMR sent you!
Ken Cook, owner. Grass Valley, (530) 273-3195
Automotive City was incorporated in 1967 in San Francisco and was purchased by Ken Cook in 2005. There are 4 full-time mechanics on staff and the lead mechanic is an ASE Master Mechanic and Licensed Smog Technician. Automotive City is AAA Approved and an accredited member of Better Business Bureau with an A+ Rating since 1998. Located at the Brunswick “Y.”
Alex Douglas, owner. Nevada City, (530) 265-5120
Douglas Automotive is owned and operated by Alex and Summer Douglas since January of 2005. Located off Gold Flat Road in Nevada City. Offering customer shuttle serve, friendly service and is ASE-certified. Working on domestics and imports, alike.
Tom Lucas, owner. Auburn, (530) 268-0406
Tom Lucas bought his first car, a 1967 Ford Mustang GT, 390 Fastback 4-speed at the age for 16 and hasn’t looked back. Rebuilding engines, not limited to Ford, is his passion and hobby. He has been racing and building engines for over 30 years building highly engineered engines with the latest technology. Tom loves KVMR Community Radio and chose to become a business supporter to his commitment to community and great music programming.
Clay Shaake, owner. Grass Valley, (530) 477-1394
Clay Shaake is a 3rd generation auto body and fender repair and restoration specialist who began learning his trade while in 9th grade. Body and fender work is a vocation and honed skill Clay has been dedicated to for decades. Clay firmly believes in Consumer Rights and customer autonomy when it comes to accessing repair service providers. “You pay your insurance premium and you should have the right to pursue a repair that is satisfactory to you,” says Clay. “We encourage you to exercise your right.”
Mike & Mark Heauser, owners. NC, GV, PV and Colfax. (530) 265-4642
Plaza Tire and Auto Service has four locations providing quality automotive products and services to customers in Colfax, CA, Penn Valley, CA, Nevada City, CA, Grass Valley, CA, and has been serving Nevada County for over 35 years, employing ASE-certified technicians and have an extensive tire and parts recycling program. Support for the community has been a time honored tradition since the Heauser family first opened Plaza Tire and Auto Service. As a family owned and operated company, they are honored to give back to those who have given so much to them, including KVMR Community Radio.
John Volz, Sr. & Jr., owner. Grass Valley, (530) 273-3979
Specializing in Subaru, Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura and hybrids, and have highly trained and skilled staff that has been with them for an average of over 15 years. Volz Bros. has been at the forefront of environmentally conscious auto repair since 1982. As a technician in car dealerships for 10 years, John Volz saw how little the industry did to deal with waste, and how repairing automobiles promoted a harsh approach with chemicals. After moving to Nevada County, the beauty of the area re-enforced his idea to do things differently. Located off of Loma Rica Road, Grass Valley. Volz. Bros.
Independent, Local Businesses: the Heart & Soul of KVMR Underwriting.
Please consider supporting these local businesses with your holiday shopping dollars. And tell them KVMR Community Radio sent you!
The Alexander Gallery: Local and regional fine art (NC)
Asylum Down: Imported clothing & accessories (NC)
Bamboo Home Store: Everything made from Bamboo from clothing to home (GV)
Behind Closed Doors: Fun, fancy, sexy & exotic clothing and toys (GV)
Blue Lotus Exotic Imports: Hand-carved, hand-made Asian furniture, lamps & jewelry (GV)
Clocktower Records: Everything RockNRoll! Vinyl, CDs, memorabilia (GV)
Cult of Gemini: Inspirational, naturistic, shamanistic for home & mind (GV)
The Earth Store: Earth-inspired & friendly clothing, gifts, books & games (NC)
The Gray Goose: From wacky to whimsical -- a store of fun & funny gifts (NC)
Grateful Ink Tattoo: Tattoos & art (NC)
Goodtimes Skateshop: Clothing, shoes, accessories, everything skateboarding (GV)
Humble Fabrics: New, used, recycled fabrics, & crafting (NC)
LeeAnn Brook Fine Art: Fine, local art (NC)
The Magic Carpet: Fine Oriental rugs and carpets (NC)
Mama Madrone’s Eco-Emporium: Earth-friendly, natural clothing and home decor (NC)
Mint: Women's apparel, shoes & jewelry including local designs (GV)
Mountain Recreation: Everthing for outdoor enjoyment from clothing to gear to rentals (GV)
Neva Co.: Locally made clothing, gifts, jewelry, art & decor (NC)
The Phoenix Rose: Alternative yoga, dancewear & clothing designed locally (NC)
Sacred Skulls Art Gallery: artisan jewelry and sacred, elementally designed tattoos (NC)
Scraps Dog Bakery: Cat & dog bakery and pet store (GV)
SpiritHouse Import Gallery: fair-trade artisan clothing, jewelry & home decor from Southeast Asia (NC)
Tess’s Kitchen Store: Culinary tools & toys for beginning or expert chefs (GV)
Tour of Nevada City: Bike shop & accessories (NC)
Tribal Weaver: Body jewelry, spiritual books, fair-trade accessories & clothing (GV)
The Wooden Spoon: A toy store for cooks offering everything kitchen, cooking & canning (GV)
YaBoBo: International instruments, music, clothing and decor (NC)