South Shore Tahoe businesses come together
April 8, 2009
A couple of long-time South Shore business owners are working together to cut costs and keep their businesses open.
Linda Spivack, Focus On Interiors owner, and Tom Otomo, Artrageous owner, decided to join forces and cut overhead costs by splitting the same commercial space.
Spivack’s business focuses on custom sewing for the home, affordable fabric for home decor, cleaning and organizing and real estate staging.
Otomo’s business offers custom framing.
Spivack said the two businesses complement each other because they’re both service-oriented and enhance home interiors.
The two have known each other for a long time, and they are in the same bowling league, which is where they began discussing the idea of renting out a space together.
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“The move is keeping our costs down, and it’s a bigger space,” Otomo said. At his old location, the ceilings were only seven feet high. The new location has much high ceilings because it’s in a warehouse.
There’s even enough space upstairs for a television and playroom for Spivack’s granddaughter and Otomo’s daughter.
So far Spivack is mostly moved in, and Otomo said he’ll have his side ready by April 15.
They are planning a grand opening celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. on April 22.
Both shops are at 2227 James Ave., No. 4, behind Kings Trading Post. Focus On Interiors has irregular hours, and is open by appointment. Call (530) 545-2818.
Artrageous will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and on some Saturdays. For more information, call (530) 541-3744.
Apres Wine Co. will host its spring Winemaker Wednesdays series, with the first event on April 15.
The store will feature Ventana Vineyards from California’s Central Coast from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at door. Appetizers will be served.
Apres Wine Co. is at 3668 Ski Run Blvd., Suite G, in the Ski Run Shopping Center. To reserve a spot, or for more information, call (530) 544-9463.
The South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on April 9, with the chamber’s regular meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. at Murphy’s Irish Pub & Rockwater Restaurant, 787 Emerald Bay Road.
For more information, call (530) 542-5060.
Paradise Auto moved to 1000 Herbert Ave., Suite 5, off the corner of Herbert Avenue and Lake Tahoe Boulevard. For more information, call (530) 541-1960.