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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 4, 2015 5B Wall hangings are also big sellers for Quincy Hot Spot. In addition to the items on this One wall of Quincy Hot Spot's back room is dedicated to kitchen linens. The placemats, napkins religious-inspired wall, wooden plaques with humorous and witty sayings priced at $6.95 sell and other items were big sellers during the holiday season. Photos by Debra Moore very well. Quincy Hot Spot offers new line of furniture, decor Debra Moore Staff Writer Walking into Quincy Hot Spot is like entering someone's home. The cozy sitting room to the right of the front door boasts a couch, coffee table, a couple of comfy chairs and an ottoman. There is a similar grouping in front of a toasty fire a little farther into the store. Those who haven't been in the market for a wood stove (the Hot Spot's primary business) may have missed the new additions to the East Main Street storefront. Owners Don and DeeDee Driscoll now sell furniture made by Best Home Furnishings. "It's all made in America," DeeDee said during a recent visit as she showed the sturdy components of the bottom of a recliner. The store has several pieces on the floor, but most of the store's sales come from special orders. Customers can choose from a wide array of styles and fabrics, which can be daunting. 'J st,bring in' something fr6m yb ar house I'll elp you,"DeeDee Said. Ordering and selling furniture has become DeeDee's favorite part of the business, and she labeled two buying trips to Las Vegas -- one with her husband and another with a another Quincy business owner -- "fun!" Quincy Hot Spot began selling furniture last March to fill a void left when La Casa Bella, Quincy's only furniture store, closed its doors. While that store sold a variety of furnishings, including mattresses, the Driscolls are sticking with the couches and chairs made by Best Home, and unique pieces provided by sisters Judy Wells and Sherry Johnson. DeeDee points to a large blue trunk that hag been beautifully restored and provides a lot of storage, but also can double as a coffee table. The price tag reads $65, a fraction of what she said it would cost her to order a similar item new. For all your construction needs, give us a call todayJ State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recently announced the availability of an online tool to help school employees receive the annual training they need to identify and report suspected cases of child abuse and/or neglect. "Nothing is more important than the safety of our students," said Torlakson. "The new online training lessons will help school employees carry out their responsibilities to protect children and take action if they suspect abuse or neglect." Starting this year, Assembly Bill 1432 (Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles), which was strongly supported by Torlakson, requires every DeeDee Driscoll reads a cookbook in a recliner displayed in Quincy Hot Spot. The chair is so comfortable that she has even fallen asleep there on a cozy winter afternoon. The cookbook, also for sale at the store, features authentic Italian recipes, and she can tell you which are her favorites. PROFILES IN BUSINESS QUINCY HOT SPOT While wood stoves continue to be the backbone of Quincy Hot Spot's business, the furniture is becoming increasingly popular as people discover that it's available. DeeDee has also expanded other areas of the store, including her kitchen section, which features linens such as placemats, napkins, aprons, hotpads and towels. There is also an area dedicated to candles, which are very popular during the winter months. "We sell a lot off the inspirational wall," Driscoll said, gesturing to a variety of art, crosses and angels. Also very popular are the wooden plaques that feature catchy, humorous and sentimental sayings. Their $6.95 price tags make them inexpensive, but personal gifts. She just recently added a line of greeting cards featuring the original art of a Grass Valley woman. The store still offers the ever-p0pular wind chimes, garden d cor and barbecue-related items that it has stocked for years. And, of course, there are wood stoves, pellet stoves and all of the accessories. But it's clear that DeeDee is enjoying the store's newest offering. "I'm having fun," she said. local educational agency to train all its employees each year on what they need to know in order to identify and report suspected cases Of child abuse and/or neglect. "All employees" is defined as teachers, teachers' aides, classified employees and all other workers whose duties bring them into direct contact and supervision of students. Local agencies must also develop a process to provide proof that employees received training. The California Department of Social Services, with input from the California Department of Education, created the online child abuse mandated reporting training lessons. They teach school employees how to identify suspected cases of child abuse and/or neglect, the obligation they have to make a report, and the appropriate process to follow when making the report. The self-paced lessons are continuously available at no charge to the public. The state agency also updated its child abuse prevention Web page to provide local agencies with resources on training, reporting guidelines and procedures, and other information to create safe environments for children. Torlakson said he has urged local agencies to provide school employees with training on the duties of reporting child abuse and/or neglect long before it became mandated. His support for AB 1432 was part of his "A Blueprint for Great Schools" initiative, designed to meet the needs of the whole child. Quincy Hot Spot displays and takes orders for couches, Ioveseats, chairs and recliners from Best Home Furnishings, based in Indiana. The store also features restored furniture, such as this side table, provided by Judy Wells and Sherry Johnson. DeeDee Driscoll said that the pieces are sold for a fraction of the cost of ordering such items new. General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 f to PST is proud support our communities with better broadband