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Business Beat: Coastal River Farmhouse offers lodging

Christine Walters

Pamela Gianola and Craig Strong recently restored the 1907 farmhouse at the corner of Moseley and Bailey Roads in Fort Dick, opening it for guest lodging at the beginning of June under the name Coastal River Farmhouse. Located in a rural area of primarily cow pastures, the B&B is close to the Smith River and not far from the ocean.

"It's a beautiful old house that was originally built for cattle ranchers," Gianola said. "We tried to keep the original look. It has a nice front porch and is totally cozy."

The house offers three bedrooms and two hall bathrooms, with a continental breakfast included and a garden of fresh vegetables available for guests.

"We are looking for people moving to the area who need temporary housing, as well as over-nighters," Gianola said. "We welcome pets, and provide laundry, housekeeping and yard maintenance services. We even have a paddock and stall for one or two horses."

Strong and Gianola are interested in developing eco-tourism in the area and plan to offer easy float trips down the river with commentary from Strong, who is a marine biologist.

For further information, call 487-0246.

Telemarketing firm opens

Starr Ortloff used her telemarketing experience in Washington State to open her own telemarketing firm here this month. Operating out of an office at 508 H St., Oceanside Marketing employs three additional people setting appointments for people to visit timeshare resorts.

"We offer a trip to Las Vegas or a dinner out for people to preview a resort showroom," Ortloff said. "The resorts are everywhere, and the showrooms are scattered around the country."

Because her work is done by telephone, Ortloff can set up office virtually anywhere in the country.

Having never run her own business before, Ortloff enlisted Roger Click at the Workforce Center and Barbara Burke at the Small Business Development Center to provide planning assistance.

Hiouchi contemporary jazz

Although Hiouchi Music owner Kim Hernandez is still working out the details of her new business, she knows she will be focusing on bringing contemporary jazz to Del Norte County. Her husband Sam, whose stage name is "Mombo," plays percussion on instruments he has collected from all over the world.

"He says he adds the spice to the music," Hernandez said.

Mombo has led music workshops at local schools through DNACA over the past five years, and is now semi-retired. Having moved here a year ago from the Lodi area, the Hernandezes hope to bring other musicians here to perform.

"My husband played with Peter White and other well known names in the contemporary jazz sector," Kim said. "Music has always been a big part of our lives."

In Lodi, the musicians performed at the Hernandez's restaurant, but the venue here is yet to be determined.

For further information, call (707) 458-3381.

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