Union Democrat staff

Sierra Survival

Sierra Survival will have a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 3 at 24272 Highway 108, Sugar Pine.

The store, which opened Aug. 11, carries numerous emergency and outdoor supplies, like sleeping bags, backpacks, cookware, clothing, freeze dried food and survival books.

Owned by Scott, Sidni, Jennifer and Jair Richards and Donovan Cupp, who previously owned the Long Barn Lodge, they have lived in Tuolumne County since 1975. They decided to open Sierra Survival because – living in uncertain times – they wanted to start a business focused on emergency readiness.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, call 586-7700 or go to www.sierra-survival-resources.com.

New businesses

The Beautique is now open in the Copperopolis Town Square, 310 Town Square Road, Copperopolis.

It offers clothing, jewelry, hats, shoes, beauty products and a salon that specializes in peninsula hair extensions.

Owner Dana Eldridge, who moved to Copperopolis in April 2010, worked in a corporate buying office for almost 15 years. Her new boutique now allows her to buy for herself and style hair as well.

For more information, call 785-9600.

Sierra Naturals, the bath and spa specialty store, at 22500 Parrotts Ferry Road in Columbia, now has a juice bar.

All drinks are 100 percent natural and organic and are made fresh per order.

Drinks include orange juice, lemonade and vegetable juice. Coffee and other hot drinks are also available.

The business is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and is closed Sundays.

For more information, call owner Cathy Flynn at 533-4886.


The Professional Referral Organization of Sonora hosts a business meeting at 7 a.m. every Tuesday at Perko's Cafe, 824 Mono Way, Sonora.

The September guest speakers include, Ira Uslander, of Seniority Life Care at Home, Sept. 6; Tamara Dockstader, of State Farm Insurance, Sept. 13; and Mike Wagner, of Westwood Custom Homes, on Sept. 27.

There will be a business forum Sept. 20.

Local business owners are welcome to attend in consideration of joining the group.

For more information, call Kathie Danicourt at 743-5737 or visit www.sonorapros.com.