It may be the last holiday weekend until Thanksgiving, and the unofficial end of summer, but today is also the first Monday of September and it’s time to talk about five things to know in the new month. I also have a bonus at the end for you.

More National Hotel Sale News

Last week I talked with Rick Lahkar, who is a hotel broker for Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates and the broker for the National Hotel in Jackson. He gave me several reasons why owner Stan Lukowicz is selling the hotel.

“The National Hotel is an iconic hotel that has been very meticulously renovated and restored by the current owner,” Lahkar said. “It needs dedicated and experienced hotel and food and beverage owner-operators to take the hotel to its next level.”

He added that the hotel has immense potential. “The current owner feels a new owner with a background in hospitality with the right team in place will do better justice to this landmark business in Amador County,” Lahkar said. He added that as a lodging business owner, he’s maintained a good relationship with Lukowicz over the years, which explains why Lahkar is the broker.

In the end, Lahkar said, “I have the responsibility to find a buyer who can do justice to the hotel and will take it to the next level of success. And I am being very selective about pre-qualifying prospective buyers.”

Blue Door Open

Blue Door Bakery Jackson September 4 2021Every summer, the owners of Blue Door Bakery in Jackson take a month off to visit family in Europe. As of Saturday, September 4, the bakery is open so you can get the baked treats you crave. Their Google business profile says they’re open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Blue Door Bakery is closed on Sunday. As today is Labor Day, you may want to give them a call at 209-609-2978 to find out if they’re open before you go.

Electric Avenue

While I was running errands on Main Street last Friday, I noticed a new sign hanging from the balcony at 162 Main Street. Powers Electric is the name on that sign, and the company’s Facebook profile page says they are an electrical contractor. When I opened the website from the profile page link, the site says they provide residential and commercial electrical services including wiring smart homes, standard wiring, and 24-hour emergency service. The company was founded in San Jose and now serves Amador County, though neither the website nor the Facebook profile shows a physical address yet.

Much Ado About Nothing

Reader Cynthia Montague wrote the Ticker asking about bulldozers, plastic pipes, and other homebuilding stuff at the corner of Bowers Road and Valley View Drive in Sutter Creek. She wondered what was going on, so I contacted Sutter Creek Amy Gedney and asked. Gedney said there wasn’t much there there. “They are just tidying up that space,” she said. “It was previously approved for an apartment complex, but the developer decided not to go through with it.”

Blue House Coming

Home Inspired 85 Main Street Sutter CreekDuring my Sutter Creek walkabout last month, I talked about the Home Inspired store that’s being set up at 85 Main Street. I drove through Sutter Creek last week and saw that the building has been painted navy blue with white trim. That’s a color scheme that I haven’t seen anywhere else in the county, and at least people will be able to find the building. The business has yet to open its doors, and no online presence has yet been established.

Bonus Points

Tomorrow is the last day to fill out a two-question survey about the future of the Amador Business Ticker. I’m thinking about adding more community features beyond the website, and I’d like to know how much support there is.

Just click here to take the two-question survey.

If you fill out your name and e-mail address at the end of the survey, you’ll also be entered to win a copy of one of my books:

  • Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing
  • Instagram for Business for Dummies, 2nd Edition
  • One of the three books in the MCA Microsoft Office Specialist Study Guide series—you can choose the Word, Excel, or PowerPoint book

I’m going to draw more than one prize because I’ve received almost 20 entries as of this writing, and there’s still time to enter to win. The deadline is tomorrow, September 7. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 8. Thanks in advance for filling out the survey, and I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about how the Ticker should grow.

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