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Biz Beat: Tune into funk vibe at The Thrifty Hippy

Sara Thompson

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Monique Azlant picks up her 2-year-old son, Phynn, after the boy finishes his nap in her new store.

“I call him my business partner, because he’s always at work with me,” Azlant said.

Azlant started The Thrifty Hippy thrift store about three weeks ago. She has lived in the area for 13 years and got the idea for the store about a year ago.

The whole operation is a family-and-friend affair. Azlant’s daughter, Ivy, 10, also helps out.

“I like helping put stuff on hangers, and I help with Phynn,” Ivy said.

Azlant’s husband, Sam, helps on the weekends. Since she can’t afford to pay employees right now, friends are donating their time to help run the store.

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Sometimes, Azlant is a little bit picky about what items are in the store, because she wants the inventory to fit with the theme of The Thrifty Hippy.

“The stuff in here is shabby chic,” Azlant said. “It has a funk vibe.”

One of the hardest things is not to keep the inventory, Azlant said. Sometimes she has to buy some things.

And The Thrifty Hippy has unique finds for everyone, including clothes for men, women and children, toys, Halloween costumes and jewelry.

Every month, the store will donate 10 percent of its profits to a different charity. Azlant also has a giant Coke bottle where people can drop cash donations. This month, donations are going to help a woman who needs a liver transplant.

Anyone can sign up to be on the donations list, as long as the money is going to a good cause, Azlant said.

The store is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. all week and is at 2122 Lake Tahoe Blvd., near Fourth Street. For more information, call (530) 416-7375.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Summit Restaurant closed its doors Friday.

Because of the state of the economy, the restaurant was only operating Fridays and Saturdays, said John Packer, Harrah’s Harveys Lake Tahoe regional director of entertainment and public relations.

Friday’s Station Steak & Seafood Grill at Harrah’s still is going strong, so people seeking dining venues still can eat there, Packer said.

The plan is to reopen The Summit seasonally when business picks up, Packer said. Cliche, the cocktail bar across the hallway from The Summit, will remain open, he added.

Jennifer Alksnoras of Svadhyaya Yoga, and Brian Kelly, a certified physical therapist, are offering a workshop on “Asana and Physiology for Winter Sports.”

Participants will learn about improving their balance and gaining control of their body to prevent injuries and strengthen muscles, among other topics.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1. Pre-register at svadhyayayoga.weebly.com or call (617) 962-7735.

The IT @ LT group will hear from loan specialists on different types of loans that are available for information-technology professionals. Details will be shared on loans to help small businesses conduct research and prototype development studies. All California and Nevada IT and IT-dependent businesses are welcome to attend.

The group will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today at the chamber offices, 169 Highway 50, Stateline. For more information, call (775) 588-1728.

– Have information on your business that you’d like to share? Call reporter Sara Thompson at (530) 542-8009 or e-mail sthompson@tahoedailytribune.com.

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