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Stories behind the numbers

It’s real people that fuel our economy. Here are some of their stories.


Happy Paddling with Billy Arana

Billy is the owner of North Pacific Adventure, which is an adventure tour operator that offers sea cave kayaking, kayak fishing, whale watching, and surfing tours for locals and tourists alike. As Billy says, “We have a passion for taking people out on the ocean to explore our beautiful coastline.”

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Rising Up in Downtown Ukiah: Schat’s Bakeries & Cafés

“If you make a bread customer, you have a customer for life.” Since 1991, Schat’s Bakery has been a fixture in downtown Ukiah. It’s the place where lawyers pick up…

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How to Grow Radically Sustainable Mushrooms

The Forest People

One of West Center’s success stories is The Forest People, a mushroom cultivation business located in Anderson Valley. Owned by Lama Nasser-Gammett and her husband Matthew, they work together to grow oyster mushrooms that are both delicious and healthy.

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The Search for The Bewildered Pig

Janelle Weaver and her life and business partner, Daniel Townsend, spent six years travelling in their 1978 VW Westfalia camper searching for the right place to open their restaurant, The Bewildered Pig.

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