Business notes for February 8, 2012

Union Democrat staff



Diestel Family Turkey Ranch recently donated 500 pounds of turkey to Revolution Foods, an Oakland-based organization that provides healthy meals to school children.

Diestel Family Turkey Ranch ran a one-month promotion on its Facebook page asking customers to "like" its page in return for a donation to Revolution Foods. In just one month, Diestel Turkey gained 1,500 Facebook fans.


group meets

The Sonora Gold Founders Chapter of Business Networking International hosts business meetings at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Tuolumne County Association of Realtors office, 14195 Tuolumne Road, Sonora.

Matt Faust of Faust Heat, Air & Refrigeration and Mariza Cortez of A.P.S. Solar will be the speakers on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Each meeting features two member speakers, an educational presentation addressing the "how to" of professional networking, announcements of community events of benefit to the business community, and independent time for networking before and after each meeting.

For more information, call Jim Schultz at 532-9300; email him at; or go online to .

Gypsy Shack


A new hangout spot has opened in the heart of downtown Jamestown.

The Gypsy Shack opened early this year on Main St. serves up coffee, hot tea, muffins sparkling apple cider and cold beer.

"It is not just a 'bar,' " said owner and Sonora resident Tina Shackley, 36. "It is set up to be a family hangout."

The business has a fireplace, fountain and wine barrel swing. There are also guitars and a piano for musically inclined customers to use. Artwork, classic statues fill the room along side a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and neon signs. Newspaper clippings and pictures of past Mother Lode Roundup queens adorn the walls.

According to Shackley, the building was built in 1854 as a hotel and is the oldest stone structure in town. The formerly two-story hotel burned down and now it is a one-story building with an indoor balcony.

The business is at 18145 Main St., next to the Jamestown Hotel. For more information, call 984-4445 or visit the shop's Facebook page.

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