Sunday, November 23, 2014

Knotty Hair Salon in Suisun City - A Bit of History

 

Prior to the stock market crash of 1929, business in Suisun was booming. Local historian Jerry Bowen cites a 1925 edition of the River News, which noted that Suisun City's prosperity at the time was evident by the success of its banks. Specifically, the Bank of Suisun, which in 1925 had more than 10 times its original capital stock of $100,000 in its vault.

Founded by R.D. Robbins on February 7, 1876, the Bank of Suisun was the town's first bank and Robbins oversaw its growth as president until his death in 1919. The bank's first location was 607 Main Street.

By 1927, the bank was ready for a new home. It found it, a few doors down on the corner of Main and Sacramento Streets. According to The Heritage Collection, a historical book on Fairfield-Suisun sites and structures, the building was built on the site of the Rummelsburg Dry Goods Store. Typifying the Mediterranean style of the 1920s and 1930s, it was designed with high-arched windows, a low-pitched tile roof, stucco surface walls, and a rectangular floor plan.

Today, some 85 years later, these same architectural features can still be found at 601 Main Street. Paint may have given the exterior a brand new look, but the basic design of the historic 1927 building remains perfectly preserved as Old Town glamour. Fittingly so, since these days Knotty Hair Salon is what buzzes with commerce there.

New owners Justin and Emily Giangrasso set up shop at the corner of Main and Sacramento in 2009, converting the building into a modern beauty salon with vintage touches. Customers can take a step back in time with a visit. The lather room, for example, is built inside the Bank of Suisun's old vault - complete with the original bank doors.

Read more in the Downtown Suisun City Walking Tour Guide.

Knotty Hair Salon is located in historical Suisun City. They are directly across from the beautiful waterfront. In 1927, this building was home to the Bank of Suisun. In 2009, Justin and Emily Giangrasso (owners) transformed this charming old building into a lovely salon with a friendly atmosphere.

Clients are now able to enjoy a relaxing shampoo in the chandelier adorned "Lather Room." At one time this room was the vault of the old bank. Still standing are the vault doors with all of their character and interest. Knotty Hair Salon has experienced stylists who cater to all. They offer a variety of services and specialize in many different areas. We highly recommend scheduling your appointment in advance, but walk-ins are always welcome!

Hours
Tuesday thru Friday 9:00am ~ 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday & Monday By Appointment Only
 601 Main Street
Suisun City, CA 94585
 Emily Giangrasso, Owner 707-434-9100 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hodson & Mullin - "Best Family Law Firm"

 

Hodson & Mullin has been a premier law firm in Solano County for over 15 years. The firm has been recognized as the Solano County Bar Association “Firm of the Year” and was recently recognized as "Best Family Law Firm" by the Vacaville Reporter.  Both supervising partners, John D. Hodson, CFLS, and Samuel C. Mullin, III, CWCS, have been designated Certified Specialists by the California State Bar Association's Board of Legal Specialization in their practice areas. John Hodson has served as Judge Pro Tempore for the Solano Superior Courts, and is a graduate of Pepperdine School of Law’s internationally recognized Straus Institute Litigation Mediation Training Program. Samuel Mullin served as Assistant Suisun City Attorney, both Partners have served as Federal Prosecutors for the U.S. Air Force and Judge Advocates. The Partners’ extensive experience and expertise has earned them repeated honors as “California Super Lawyers.”

The firm’s associate attorneys also bring a wealth of experience to Hodson & Mullin clients. . David Flores-Workman is an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney and also assists clients with Social Security Disability matters and is a member of the California State Bar Association and the Solano County Bar Association

The firm’s focus is on serving the needs of its clients in the North Bay through their two locations at 601 Buck Avenue in Vacaville, and in their Fairfield office at 723 Texas Street, Fairfield. The Partners’ military service also equips them with special expertise in representing military clients. Hodson & Mullin is also one of the few firms in the county with Certified Specialists who are committed to providing expert legal services to Spanish speaking clients.

The firm offers a wide variety of legal services including all aspects of Family Law (Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce), Establishment of Parental Relationship (Paternity), Child custody and Visitation, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial Agreements, Guardianships, Step-parent adoptions, Contempt proceedings, post judgment enforcement, mediation and other Domestic Relations matters), Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation.

Hodson & Mullin has been a trusted presence in Solano County for years and the firm prides itself on its commitment to staying abreast of recent changes and current developments in the law through extensive continuing legal education to ensure every client has excellent representation. Much of our business is the result of referrals from former clients. Put our experience to work for you.

For more information, please visit http://www.hodsonandmullin.net

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Payroll Etcetera Services - Accounting

Payroll Etcetera will confidentially manage your payroll and bookkeeping services, including preparing payroll, W2's, quarterlies and monthly financial statements. We can help you save time by taking over these tasks so you can focus on what you do best, running your business. Serving all of Solano County; including Vacaville, Fairfield, Dixon, Suisun City, Rio Vista, Benicia and Vallejo.
 

Payroll Etcetera provides timely and accurate financial reports to help business owners make informed decisions. Services can be provided at your location or in our office.
 
  • monthly or quarterly reporting
  • bank reconciliation
  • invoice services
  • sales and use tax payment and reporting
  • forecasting, budgeting and business planning
  • seamless upload of payroll into your QuickBooks
  • 1099 preparation
     


Ewald Mueller has 20 years experience in finance. He earned his MBA from Duke and holds a PhD from the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany. As an active member of the community, Ewald is an ambassador and member of the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, an alumnus of Duke University, a member of the Suisun City Business Group, and teaches finance and economics at the University of Phoenix.
 
For more information, please visit http://payrolletc.org/

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Highest Credit Score Possible - Porter Report



How to have the highest credit score possible: this weeks Porter Report is the first of a series on improving your credit score. Call Solano Mortgage at 707-449-4777 for more information!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Holiday Open House at Green Valley Floral This Friday!

 
Friday, November 14, 2014
@ 5:00pm to 8:30pm
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 Please join us for an evening of merriment.
We will be celebrating the Holiday Season in typical
Green Valley Floral fashion.

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Come get the first look at all of our fantastic and unique
holiday merchandise. Find a special gift or find things to
adorn your home and impress holiday guests. 

Hope to see you here...Bring your friends!

* Drawing for a $100.00 centerpiece.

Green Valley Floral
4160-A Suisun Valley Road
Fairfield, CA 94534

(707) 864-0822

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fire Alarms & Inspections - Safe Side Security

 
 
 
Safe Side Security Inc. provides commercial fire alarms for any application; from voice evacuation to simpler water flow systems. Often times the fire alarm installation is the last thought during construction but is a requirement before the building can be signed off for occupancy. Local Fire Marshals, National Fire Protection Association and current Life Safety Code requirements can be confusing and difficult to interpret. Let our California Fire & Life Safety qualified technicians assist you in designing and installing your fire alarm system. We are also a listed U.L. (Underwriters Laboratories) installing Fire Alarm company.

Our company also provides Fire Alarm Inspection service for local & monitored fire alarm systems. We adhere to the inspection requirements as outlined in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines and provide comprehensive testing and maintenance of fire detection devices.

If you already have a fire alarm system, we can provide inspections and 24 hour U.L. monitoring by Total Monitoring Services, Inc. Call our office to speak with one of our qualified Fire specialists.
 
UL Certified Installers

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Forklift-Loadable Modular Rack by Rack-it



Gary is showing us a forklift-loadable in a modular system that can be shipped worldwide. These racks are truck specific to make fitting your truck a breeze. See more at http://www.rackitinc.com

Friday, October 31, 2014

Stop Into Yippie Yogurt Today To Try The Newest Flavor!

Come into Yippie Yogurt and try our newest flavor:

Pumpkin
our Halloween Special

Also Serving:

Fudge Brownie Batter

Original Tart

White Vanilla

New York Cheese Cake

Hawaiian Pineapple

Coming Soon!
Cookies n Cream

Strawberry (NSA)

Cinnamon Roll

And Only $.39 per ounce!

Our yogurt is high quality YoCream. YoCream is the world leader in the manufacture of frozen yogurt and frozen beverages for the foodservice industry. For 33 years, YoCream has pioneered the innovation, production and marketing of frozen yogurt. At their state-of-the-art production facility in Portland, Oregon, they manufacture "true" frozen yogurt, which contains the real yogurt that is fermented and cultured daily on site.

Yippie Yogurt Shop
1955 W. Texas Street #4
Fairfield CA 94533Next door to Nation's

Hours:
 
 Monday thru Thursday
12:00noon - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday
12:00noon - 10:00pm

Sunday
12:00noon - 8:00pm

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Commercial and Residential Restoration - Alltek Restoration Inc.



925-757-6000 Corporate   
510-473-5070 Alameda 
209-910-5070 San Joaquin
 http://ari247.com
 
Post loss conditions of a structure can be minor to severe predicated on the type of loss and its severity. Both small and large losses will require trained professionals to perform mitigation & restoration pertinent to the specific loss, followed by reconstruction to return property to pre-loss condition. It is imperative that your loss is assessed and the initial restoration efforts are performed correctly preventing further damage or distress to property and structure. Reconstruction is a very critical part in the process of restoring your property back to pre-loss condition.

All of our workers are trained, properly equipped and supervised by certified staff while handling all restoration & reconstruction projects. We produce high efficiency, quality work accompanied with superior customer service. We specialize in insurance restoration & reconstruction for damages resulting from Fire, Water, Smoke, Storm, Vandalism and Vehicle impact.


Water damage restoration: There are two large certifying bodies, the IICRC and the RIA, that recommend standards of care. Most companies in the restoration industry use the IICRC procedural standard, which is known as the S500. The S500 indicates the standards and techniques related to the current technology and proven service required to perform water restoration.


Fire damage restoration: Fire losses are often the most complex, after a structure or property has suffered fire damages they typically are accompanied by smoke and water damage. Smoke damage occurs as a direct result from the combustibles being burned and the water damages are a result from the excessive amount of water to extinguish the fire. The combination of these three can leave a property and structure severely distressed and damaged.

Smoke damage restoration: Smoke damage to a home and the restoration/remediation efforts used to properly restore structural or property are predicated and based on the type of combustibles that have produced the smoke and severity of the damage. Having a restoration professional performing the smoke damage remediation using the industries techniques and supplies will ensure the highest quality or removal of stain and odor removal.

Storm damage restoration: Structures or property damaged by rain, wind, hail, or the combination of any fall into this category. Storm damages often result in roofing components being compromised which could result in water intrusions resulting in interior damage. Strong winds can cause structural components to fail and long rains resulting in super saturated soils can also cause water intrusion. Storms can also cause trees to fall and impact a structure. The severity of damages a structure receives from a storm will greatly be impacted by the intensity of the storm and the deficient condition the storm has created. A timely response by trained professionals can often quickly remedy or reduce damages caused to a structure or property.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Commercial Foam Roofing - American Foam Experts

American Foam Experts

 800-281-2349 

If you have a flat or low pitch roof currently covered with tar & gravel or another product which is applied seam-by-seam, you might want to consider a sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) roof system. Because the SPF system is sprayed on as a liquid, when finished, your new roof system will be 100% seamless throughout the roof surface and insulated.

One of the main advantages of the SPF roof system is that your old roof does not have to be torn off. This means that 98% of the time, the cost of tear-off is eliminated and the environmental cost of disposing in a landfill is also eliminated. The only preparation of the roof prior to spraying is the manufacturer specifications regarding skylights, drains, roof vents, etc… (If your roof is tar & gravel, the gravel is removed prior to spraying.)

Another advantage to foam roofing is the insulation factor. When the SPF is fully formed, which takes about 3 minutes, it becomes a solid insulation which holds an “R” 6.5 value per inch. So, if the foam is sprayed at 1.5 inches, the insulation R value would be around R12. However, in the formula for R value, there is consideration for air passing through the insulation itself. This means that the R value is based on loose insulation (Pink Panther) not solid (closed cell) polyurethane. If we were to use the proper formula for SPF, we would use “K” value rather than R. The result of that formula would give SPF a much higher insulation factor if this were the common measurement for construction insulation values.

If you have a city or county requirement for a particular R value, you may be able to show the building department the difference between R & K and use less SPF than the required R value thickness. In any case, an SPF roof system will give you a huge insulation advantage over any other roof system, both interior heat loss and exterior heat transfer.

You can save up to 50% on your heating and/or air conditioning bills by installing an SPF roof system. PG&E also offers “cool roof” rebates as well as commercial and multi-unit apartment rebates up to .20 cents per square foot. If you’d like to know more about these rebates and your roof is in California, please call (530) 231-5349 or visit the PG&E website.

Ultimately, there are so many advantages to using an SPF roof system on your flat or low pitch roof, that it would be difficult to name them all and give explanations for each one in this article, so I will list a few of the advantages not aforementioned.

• Seamless – An SPF roofing system has no seams and can be sprayed thicker in low areas to promote drainage. There are no additional “weak” areas on the completed SPF roof such as caulking, nails, screws, tar, etc…

• Permanent – Unlike a conventional roofing system, the SPF roof never sees the sun. The sun is the enemy of all roofs as the UV breaks them down over time and requires replacement every 10-15 years. An SPF roof system is painted with a spray applied acrylic elastomeric paint which hides the SPF roof from the sun and reflects UV which slows down the deterioration of the protective coating. Depending on the thickness of the paint, this coating can last as long as 25-30 years without the SPF roof being affected. Most SPF roof warranties will run 10-15 years unlike conventional warranties where there is a product warranty of 20 years, but a workmanship warranty of only 2-5 years. An SPF roof system only needs to be re-coated, not replaced!

• 100% Green Application – Although the chemicals used to create an SPF roof system are petroleum based and is mildly toxic in its liquid form, the SPF roof application is 100% emission free, and there is no “off gassing”. In 2005, the EPA required all foam roofing companies to adjust or change their equipment to spray the new “emission free” formula. Once the application is complete, the fully formed SPF is inert & non-toxic. As a side note, you may hear of “Soy Based” SPF which doesn’t make the roof “more green”. There is a minute amount of soy in the chemicals and is strictly designed for marketing purposes. As mention before, there is a 98% chance that your roof will not need to be torn off and disposed of in a landfill, so even though this is a non-biodegradable product, if you take proper care of your SPF roof system by re-coating every 15 years or whatever the warranty calls for, there is no reason to ever dispose of another flat roof in our already bulging landfills.

• Does not add weight, only structure – SPF itself weighs only about 28lbs. per 100 square foot. However, when sprayed in a monolithic form from edge to edge on your roof, it does not add weight, but structure. You will increase the life and value of your home by adding an SPF roof system.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Allow Vaca Vet Striping to Make Your Business ADA Compliant

Allow Vaca Vet Striping to make your business ADA (Americans with Disabilities Assoc.) compliant. 

Vaca Vet Striping understands the importance of quality asphalt maintenance and the importance of leaving a lasting impression to prospective tenants, home buyers, customers and the general public.

V.V.S. strives to provide quality work and great service at an affordable cost. We provide services in Solano, Napa, Yolo and Sacramento counties. Our services include city, county, and state roads, highways, airports, commercial parking lots, driveways and racetracks. 


707-592-8331

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

SERVING NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cleaning Carpets for the Cure - Bell's Chem-Dry


With each purchase of Bell's Chem-Dry's PINK cans of World Famous Professional Strength Sport Remover, $1 is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help fund educational programs and mammograms. Get your can today and help improve the lives of women everywhere.

2 Rooms & Hall only $89.95
Up to 300 sq ft. Stairs priced separately. Expires 11/15/14

www.bellschemdry.net

Sunday, October 19, 2014

See Scott For Commercial Service at Larry Geweke's Service Department

 
Scott Babler has been with Larry Geweke's Service Department for over 11 years and is excellent at taking care of our customers. Scott is also our Commercial Truck/Fleet Service Writer and he knows what it means to get those folks who use their trucks everyday for work, to get them back in operation as soon as possible with the least amount of downtime.

So, where is Scott? He's in the back of the building on the eastern side of the service department where the heavy duty truck stalls are located. His office is right there.

Give Scott a call at his direct line: 530-821-4735 and let him know how he can help you get your vehicle in top working order.

Scott wanted to let all our customers know that Larry Geweke can work on all makes and models of trucks, including those with CAT, Cummins, International, and other engine makes.* So, if your fleet has a mix of trucks, bring them all here! Save time and money.

Friday, October 17, 2014

What to do After Getting the SitePro Inspection Report



A great SitePro Inspection is made up of three components; a snapshot of the building materials and systems in your home, a list of 'deficiencies' from correct or safe building practices, and an education on your homes major systems. The list of 'deficiencies' is often the most concerning to home buyers after a SitePro Inspection as this is what may break a sale or could involve unexpected expenses during the purchase process. So what should home buyers do after they get the SitePro inspection report?

Get All The Information
Everything about a home can be fixed except for its location and no home is perfect under the lens of a SitePro Inspection . Most home 'deficiencies' are related to changes made by amateurs after the home was built, neglected maintenance items, or aging systems needing replacement soon.

Read the SitePro Inspection  report and all the written comments from your SitePro inspector to get the most information from the report. Your SitePro inspector and your SitePro Inspection  report should be able to tell you what your next step is for each deficiency and the degree of urgency a defect has. Some 'deficiencies' are inexpensive to repair but urgent to repair as they may present a life safety hazard (e.g. exposed live wires). Other 'deficiencies' are not immediate life safety hazards but may require budgeting for the repair such as replacing an old hot water tank that is still fully functional at the time of the inspection.

Home sellers are also a great source of information on the home. For example, if the SitePro Inspector notices signs of a past oil heating system, the home seller should be able to identify if an oil tank has been removed from the site. Home sellers also should keep copies of warranties and guarantees on work done on the home. If the SitePro Inspector  identifies an installation defect on a new furnace, this may be repairable under the original warranty.

Talk To Your Realtor
You should have an excellent working relationship with your Realtor if you are going to have a successful real estate transaction. Experienced Realtors have dealt with many of the common home deficiencies found in SitePro Inspections in the past and they can offer solutions to you like:
  • ·         Arrange for the seller/builder to fix a deficiency before possession changes
  • ·         Helping you find a contractor or handy person who can fix the deficiency
  • ·         Arrange for more time before removing purchase subjects to investigate the problem(s)
  • ·         Re-negotiating the purchase price of a home
  • ·         Negotiating a Hold-Back in case of premature system failure or future Strata assessments
  • ·         Help You Decide when to remove inspection subjects

Your Realtor can also help give you guidance if the home deficiencies are beyond normal and reasonable repair and perhaps you should consider walking away from the home and looking for another one. Ultimately this decision is up to the client but your Realtor can help you understand what your options are.

Who Should Fix the Deficiencies?
Many home sellers are quick to suggest they will fix a deficiency rather than take a hold-back,  lower the purchase price, or lose the sale. While this method may solve the problem, the buyer does not have any control over who is fixing the problem and the materials used. As many 'deficiencies' in a SitePro home inspection come from amateur work, the last thing you want is for another amateur to 'fix' the problem. It is also important that all work is performed by licensed trades people and that any permits that may be needed are in place.

On existing homes, SitePro Home Inspectors typically recommend that the home buyer has the correct people come in to fix any deficiencies after the home transaction is complete. This allows the future occupant of the home to know that the repairs are done right and will be safe and solid for years to come. If the home is newly built, the builder and their trades people should correct any deficiencies before the transaction is completed.

Professional SitePro Home Inspectors  operate under standards of ethics which prevent them from quoting on, performing any repair work, or collecting referral fees for recommending any contractors. This is to protect SitePro home inspection clients who have a lot at stake based on the recommendations of a SitePro home inspection report. If your SitePro home inspector offers to do repairs or have a family member do repairs for a fee, you should throw away the entire inspection as suspect and bring in an independent professional SitePro home inspector for a new inspection.

Call in the Experts
All repairs should always be performed by licensed professionals. For minor fixes, many professionals will perform repairs based on an hourly labor rate plus repair material which they typically will have in their service vehicle. Don't be surprised if there is a minimum charge for showing up. Your Realtor or the Better Business Bureau can help you find a trusted professional if you don't have any personal connections.

If the repair job is beyond a normal service call, it may be necessary to get a few quotes from professionals in your area. Contractor rates can vary by as much as 300% and the quality of labor and materials can vary greatly.
 
 
Final Thoughts
As no home is perfect under the lens of a SitePro home inspection, clients will always have to make some decisions about 'deficiencies' found in a SitePro home inspection report and assume some of the risks and maintenance expenses with a home purchase. While in some extreme cases the deficiencies may be severe enough to walk away from a home purchase, most items are fixable for a very small percentage of the purchase price of the home or with just a little maintenance time from the new home buyer.


Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905
Florida-State Certified Master Home Inspector Lic. #HI89
Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector
203(k) FHA/HUD Consultant #A0900
WDO Certificate #JE190791 
NACHI #10071802
362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
850.934.6800  (Office)
850.485.3209  (Cell / Text Msg)
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DIVORCE !!! Easier than you think? - By The People Fairfield CA



Rene goes over how a divorce does not always need to involve a full legal team. He explains the process of how By The People can help file the paperwork necessary for the courts. See more at http://www.bythepeopleca.com

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Small Bathroom Update by Kitchen Tune-Up of Fairfield



Stu Reid of Kitchen Tune-Up of Fairfield CA shows off a small bathroom remodel and upgrade in a 39 year old home. The bathroom is about 95% done and Stu is showing off some of the highlights.

Call Stu at 707-422-7682 or visit http://www.kitchentuneup.com/franchises/Reid_Stu/franchise.html

Friday, October 10, 2014

About Precision Concrete Cutting

In 1992, the company founder opened a small trip hazard removal business in Provo, Utah. Over time he became frustrated with the poor results from conventional grinding methods, and began looking for a better way.
The company founder designed several unique machines that used a saw instead of a grinder. His efforts eventually led to today's design which was awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Now, over eighteen years since the company's founding, Precision Concrete Cutting has received six patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a fast growing nation-wide group of trip hazard removal specialists that have removed uneven concrete trip hazards from over 10,000 miles of sidewalk.

Our goal is to stretch your budget, increase safety, reduce liability, and bring your sidewalks into ADA compliance.

Servicing all of Northern California
Phone: (650) 867-8657
Fax: (650) 240-3866
Contact: Joe Fouret