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Luxury sales continue to drive Lake Tahoe housing market

November 29, 2018 — A strong luxury market propelled sales volume around Lake Tahoe in the third quarter as sales of single-family homes rose 26 percent from this time last year. The continued increase came primarily from homes sold for more than $1 million, which rose 32 percent to

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Guest column: How retailers can get ready for the holidays (opinion)

November 19, 2018 — It may only be early November, but if you're a small business retailer you know the holidays are right around the corner. Whether you're planning a big push to boost sales or working to make sure inventory can meet demands, preparation is key. From brick-and-mortar

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Wildflower Café in Incline Village closing after 3 decades in business

October 12, 2018 — INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Looking back on the 3½ decades in business, Wildflower Café owner Ellen Toto says the key to success is all about atmosphere. "You just have to treat your customers like friends and family, and treat your employees the same way and

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Crazy Good Bakery and Café opens in South Lake Tahoe

October 5, 2018 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A new bakery is open in town, and its name couldn't be more fitting. Crazy Good Bakery and Café quietly opened its doors at the end of September near The Y in the location previously occupied by MoonHouse Brewhouse. With

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Alibi Ale Works to open public house at site of Hacienda De La Sierra in Incline Village

September 26, 2018 — Plans for the new location resemble the Truckee location, which opened a little more than one year ago. It is a true public house — no TVs, lot of shared seating options and live entertainment.

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Chef at Big Water Grille meshes family experience with learned techniques

August 23, 2018 — INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Everyone has those favorite food experiences that bring back memories of home. Whether it's the distinct taste of mom's spaghetti and meatballs, or the company of Sunday night dinner around the table, chances are everybody has their own. For Executive Chef

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Olympic skier Ganong, snowboarder open Tahoe coffee shop

August 10, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — An Olympic skier and a professional snowboarder have teamed up to open a coffee shop near Lake Tahoe. Olympic skier Travis Ganong and snowboarder Ralph Backstrom recently opened Pacific Crest Coffee in Truckee. Backstrom told KOLO-TV in Reno he’s always had a

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Experts say legalized sports betting to have minimal impact on Lake Tahoe market

July 17, 2018 — On June 5, Delaware became the first state to legalize sports wagering after the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May. Just over one week later, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was the first in line to place bets

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Cities grappling with how to deal with electric scooters

July 14, 2018 — MILWAUKEE — Overnight in dozens of cities across the U.S., the electric scooters arrive, often without warning to public officials, parked along sidewalks and ready to be taken for a spin with a few taps on a smartphone. It’s not long before they attract attention

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Report: Median home price in South Lake Tahoe surpasses $500K

July 11, 2018 — The median price of a home in South Lake Tahoe has surpassed the $500,000 mark. That's according to a quarterly report released by Chase International. The Tahoe-based real estate agency compared all MLS home sales at Lake Tahoe from Jan. 1 through June 30 to

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Uber poised to make investment in scooter-rental business Lime

July 9, 2018 — Uber is getting into the scooter-rental business.The ride-hailing company said Monday that it is investing in Lime, a startup based in San Mateo, California. “Our investment and partnership in Lime is another step towards our vision of becoming a one-stop shop for all your transportation

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Craft beer taproom The Hangar opens on South Shore with dog park in the works

July 7, 2018 — Nearly two years after the idea for it was conceived, The Hangar is now officially open. South Shore's newest craft beer taproom opened its doors for friends and family on Saturday, June 30, and by the next day it was filled with a constant stream

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Tahoe Mountain News opens nanobrewery in South Lake Tahoe

April 28, 2018 — Walking into the first floor of the Tahoe Mountain News office, one might expect to find stacks of old newspapers and reporters hurriedly typing away — not a tasteful nanobrewery bustling with locals. "It's been a long time coming," said Taylor Flynn, publisher of Tahoe

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Pot tourists can smoke it where they buy it in San Francisco

March 15, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary’s marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors. “There’s nothing

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Tahoe Convoy now serving all North Lake Tahoe communities; looks to reach South Lake by June

February 28, 2018 — Following a successful maiden voyage earlier this month, a Bay Area-to-Tahoe luxury transportation service is expanding its stops to include the entire North Shore. And the company hopes to expand to South Shore by June. Tahoe Convoy officially hit the road on Feb. 2, as

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Airbnb unveils new category of rentals rated by inspectors

February 22, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate thousands of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they’re booking nice places to stay. The Plus program, unveiled Thursday, is aimed at winning over travelers who aren’t sure they

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Squaw aims for 100 percent renewable energy

February 4, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — One of the largest ski resorts at Lake Tahoe has entered into a collaborative agreement with an area utility to identify energy resources to meet its goal of using 100 percent renewable, clean energy as soon as the end of the year.

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Cal Neva Resort & Casino acquired by investment firm for $35.8 million

January 16, 2018 — A Silicon Valley billionaire has acquired the storied Cal Neva Resort & Casino in Crystal Bay for $35.8 million, an official said Friday, Jan. 12. Lawrence Investments LLC, a venture capital investment firm headed by Oracle Corp. co-founder Larry Ellison, bought the property via bankruptcy

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Create a Customer-Centric Marketing and Advertising Strategy

January 5, 2018 — As a business owner, you know customers are the make-or-break factor for your business. A solid business plan, a great product or service, and a prime physical location are all extremely important, but they're all meaningless if you can't attract and retain customers with your

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Big labor sees growth potential in California pot workers

December 25, 2017 — GOSHEN, Calif. — Unions have caught a whiff of a rare opportunity to organize a whole new set of workers as recreational marijuana becomes legal in California. The United Farm Workers, Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers are looking to unionize the tens of

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