Did you know that in 2018 local VFDs (volunteer fire departments) dedicated well over 100,000 volunteer hours to keep our communities safe? Their dedication to our communities is amazing. Many of our local VFDs make do with aging equipment and apparatus; they continue to patch together repairs on deteriorating fire houses; and, it’s a challenge to find, retain and train volunteer fire fighters. Time and time again these committed individuals help us out of disasters of all shapes and sizes. Let’s do them a solid; pick a firehouse and send them some monetary love. Just do it. Donate today!! It’ll make you feel good and it assures that these VFDs continue to be available to help. And, if you have it in you, volunteer!!
PO BOX 164
PO BOX 1249
PO BOX 4
PO BOX 33
320 S. FORTUNA BLVD.
FRUITLAND RIDGE FIRE
PO BOX 87
MYERS FLAT, 95554
PO BOX 288
PO BOX 160
MYERS FLAT FIRE
PO BOX 131
MYERS FLAT, 95554
PALO VERDE FIRE
P O BOX 1381
PO BOX 39
PO BOX 695
RIO DELL FIRE
50 WEST CENTER ST.
RIO DELL, 95562
SALMON CREEK FIRE
PO BOX 662
SHELTER COVE FIRE
9126 SHELTER COVE RD.
SPROWEL CREEK FIRE
PO BOX 2122
TELEGRAPH RIDGE FIRE
PO BOX 1152
WHALE GULCH FIRE
76850B USAL ROAD
PO BOX 485
KETTENPOM ZENIA VFD
PO BOX 100
By choosing local and independent businesses, you not only enjoy a more personal experience, you help!
BUILD COMMUNITY: The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood-scale businesses and the public space around them build relationships and community cohesiveness. They’re the ultimate social networking sites.
STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY: Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain—a benefit we all can bank on.
SHAPE OUR CHARACTER: Independent businesses help give your community its distinct personality
YOU CAN BUY IT WHERE YOU TRY IT: Local stores enable you to try on and try out items before you buy—and get real expertise—saving your time and money.
CREATE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT: Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.
LOWER TAXES: More efficient land use and more central locations mean local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower.
ENHANCE CHOICES: A wide variety of independent businesses, each serving their customers’ tastes, creates greater overall choice for all of us.
INCREASE WEALTH OF RESIDENTS: The multiplier effect created by spending locally generates lasting impact on the prosperity of local organizations and residents.
CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES: Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY: Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses.
ENHANCE LOCAL DEMOCRACY: Local ownership of business means residents with roots in the community are involved in key development decisions that shape our lives and local environment.
ENHANCE HEALTH OF RESIDENTS: Research shows a strong correlation between the percentage of small locally-owned firms and various indicators of personal community health and vitality.
This article was originally published by the American Independent Business Alliance. (AMIBA.net/localhero)
Our beautifully strong Southern Humboldt community is beginning to open up after the Shelter In Place rules all but closed most businesses in our area. Some of our favorites are back with new and creative solutions to safely serving locals and visitors. Check it out!!
Benbow Historic Inn
A beloved treasure of Southern Humboldt, the Benbow Historic Inn is open for lodging and dining. The restaurant, under the leadership of returning Executive Chef George Tannehill, is offering limited meal service with a new menu featuring many Humboldt County-sourced ingredients. And, don’t forget the golf course is also open! You can check out their website at https://benbowinn.com/ for more info.
Gyppo Ale Mill
Gyppo is California’s most remote brewery with stunning views of the Pacific, cold beers and warm welcomes. Julia Peacock and her crew bend over backwards to provide great service while remaining attentive to the health and safety of their customers and employees. Because too many go hungry, Gyppo Ale Mill is proud to “pay it forward” through the SoHum Full Belly program; to donate go to https://gyppo.com/sohum-full-bellies. Make a reservation by calling (707) 986-7700. For more information about the brewery https://gyppo.com/
Briceland Vineyards Winery
Briceland Vineyards is also open by appointment for outdoor wine tasting most weekends this summer. You can taste their award-winning wines, including Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, in a beautiful garden setting. Don’t delay and make an appointment with Andrew Morris, winemaker, today. Contact him at (707) 923-2429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about the winery http://bricelandvineyards.com/
Above all, Southern Humboldt is ready to help you discover your journey. Because that’s what life’s about.
Click here for more dining choices https://garberville.org/single-category/dining/ and here for lodging choices https://garberville.org/single-category/tourism/
Click here for a listing of Humboldt County businesses certified to open https://humboldtgov.org/2770/Certified-Business-Lists