El Dorado Hills biz wants you to be EnergyWise

EnergyWise Solutions Inc. announces the formal opening of its offices in Sacramento and El Dorado Hills. Formed by a trio of professionals from El Dorado Hills — Dave Sipes (GC), Allan Priest (REM) and Robert Wellman (MBA) — EnergyWise Solutions is a residential energy assessment and retrofit firm. “We know energy costs will continue to […]

April 11, 2012 | Posted in Spring Home Improvement 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

A dreamy setting for a wedding

Nestled just a few short miles off Highway 50 in Shingle Springs is picturesque Cielo Estate Vineyards and Winery. Originally home to the Hodgkin and Spinardi families, the estate still boasts the historic Victorian house from the 1800s which is now used as a guest house and venue for smaller functions. Cielo’s 41 acres include […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Wedding Planner Feb. 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Realtor-rancher Maxine Hurley knows country and city living

Raised in Garden Valley and trained in Fair Oaks, Realtor Maxine Hurley is comfortable in Western boots and high heels. She operates her real estate business, Hurley and Associates, from her 60-acre ranch in Garden Valley. She was brought up on the cattle ranch, which was owned by her grandmother. It is called Irish Creek […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Women In Business 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

3 Brothers is award-winning restaurant

Take three brothers and combine that with good food and you get 3 Brothers Restaurant in Shingle Springs. Owned and operated by Michael, Tony and Keres Koutsos, the restaurant earned the Best of the Best Award for Best Breakfast in 2011. “We used to have another restaurant in Sacramento,” said Michael, 57,  of Plymouth. “This […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

True Value Hardware prides itself in customer service

True Value Hardware, located at 4751 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville, won’t just sell you a table saw. It will plug it in, fire it up and make sure it works before you ever think about taking it home. Because for the local business that’s been around for 32 years, it’s not just about selling […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Prepare your home for winter

Extreme temperatures are not only uncomfortable, they’re hard on the wallet as homes work overtime to keep the heat in and the elements out. In today’s challenging economic climate, homeowners are looking for ways to cut home operating costs and keep more money in the bank. With almost half of home-energy costs going to heating, […]