Friday, February 8, 2008

SP former office awarded

Blue Sky Home Center has been awarded for its renovation of several buildings in Brickelltown, on the west side of downtown Truckee.

A panel of eight building and design professionals selected the project as the top historical renovation for Tahoe Quarterly’s Mountain Home Awards (article). Judges said the project, which was six years in the making, “breathes new life into Truckee’s west end.”

The project area includes the Sassarini-McQwinn House, which is Blue Sky’s current base of operations, the Titus House, the Titus Garage, and the Eaton Houses.

“I am honored to be recognized in the effort to revitalize Brickelltown,” said Mitch Clarin, owner of Blue Sky Home Center. “Thank you to Tahoe Quarterly for recognizing our project and to SmallPond Studio Owner Meg Raymore for submitting the application.”

The highlight and “most historically faithful” piece of the project, according to the panel of judges, was the Titus Garage, former home to SmallPond Studio.

“This recognition is long-deserved,” said Raymore, who submitted the application to bring attention to Clarin’s contribution to the revitalization of downtown. “The restoration of this part of Brickelltown has given people a reason to venture beyond Commercial Row and will hopefully serve as a model for future projects.”

The restored buildings are now home to several retail businesses, including Riverside Studios, Fair & Green, and The Feather’s Edge. SmallPond Studio has relocated to a larger space in the East Eaton House in the project area.

Established in 1991, Blue Sky Home Center provides real estate, vacation rentals, ski leases, summer leases, long term rentals, property management, remodels, renovations and new home construction. For more information, contact Blue Sky Home Center at (530) 587-0943 or

SmallPond Studio Relocates and Welcomes New Member to the Team

We've grown and moved to a new office in Brickelltown.

Renee Shadforth Deinken joined SmallPond as director of Web development. Deinken will oversee all Web design and development projects, as well as assist in various areas of marketing and public relations for the company.

“We are thrilled to have Renee join our team,” said SmallPond Owner Meg Raymore. “She brings exceptional design talent and an extensive business background that will allow us to fully serve all of our clients’ design, marketing, and advertising needs.”

Prior to joining SmallPond, Deinken owned marketing and design firm The Buzz Design Group, and worked as the assistant editor of the Sierra Sun, where she led the newspaper’s redesign and managed special publication projects.

Deinken serves on the North Tahoe Business Association Board of Directors and also lends her design and marketing talents to the NTBA’s Promotions Committee. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

To accommodate its growth, SmallPond Studio has relocated to a larger office space in the recently remodeled East Eaton House located in historic downtown Truckee.

Raymore worked closely with the building’s owner, Mitch Clarin, to design the interior space in a “modern Victorian” theme that gives nod to the origins of the building, which was originally constructed in the late 1800s, while creating a welcoming and inspiring design studio.

Situated in the heart of Brickelltown, Truckee’s up-and-coming art and design district, SmallPond is an active participant in the area’s revitalization, and the firm’s central location and abundance of free parking offers convenience for clients.

SmallPond is an award-winning marketing and design firm dedicated to helping customers create and maintain a strong corporate identity through inspired design, creative strategy, and a unique understanding of the bottom line. For more information visit or call (530) 587-5625.