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Halloween fun without knocking on doors

There’s another option for South Lake Tahoe ghouls and goblins this Halloween.

Bob Dog Pizza at the Tahoe Keys and Bear’s Den Inn are organizing the first Treat Street, a business-sponsored carnival that offers a one-stop source for safe Halloween fun on Oct. 31. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

Over a dozen South Shore businesses plan to occupy the rooms of Bear’s Den Inn at 2244 Lake Tahoe Blvd. to give out candy and minimal promotion for their organizations.



Participating businesses include Bob Dog in Meyers, Brookstreet Securities, Century 21 Tahoe Paradise, KMTN-TV, KRLT Radio, Dr. Glenn Miller, Mountain Arts and Crafts, Nails by Lyndy, Resort Sports Network, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Dr. Elizabeth Swope and Taylor Creek Auctions, among others.

Organizers plan to also set up a carnival that features a ring toss game, face painting and mini putting green.




Mercedes Delaney and Maggie Appl, owners of Bob Dog at the Keys, brought the idea from their home state of South Dakota.

“It provides a great opportunity for local business to be involved with the community,” said Delaney, who rents Bob Dog’s space from Bear’s Den Inn.

That’s a major reason why this real estate agent-turned-motel co-owner and operator Vienna Bertolano donated 20 rooms and the parking lot for the night.

“I want to contribute something to the community. It’s one way to promote my business and meet other business owners,” she said.

Bertolano, who splits her time now between the Bay Area and Tahoe, originally hails from the Philippines, where residents cook for each other in their homes for the holiday. This nation’s version of Halloween is called Fiesta Minatay — fiesta of the souls.

Bertolano bought the acre and former Western Inn out of foreclosure in May for $800,000, and since then has been on the fast track to get the motel up to a livable standard, she said.

The $200,000 remodeling job required new carpet and paint, replacing furniture, heater overhauls and a thorough cleaning that filled 15 Dumpsters, she said.

Bertolano said Thursday she’s awaiting the last approval from the city to open.

In the meantime, she’s willing to donate her space to welcome the community.

Susan Wood may be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at swood@tahoedailytribune.com


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