“TAILS” of a Mountain Dog Groomer ~ Head to Tail ~ Crestline

Meet Tony Leonhardt, the Owner and Master Groomer of Head to Tail Pet Grooming in Crestline.  He has a heart of Gold, loves Crestline, is an awesome Father and Husband, and loves Jesus!  Here is Tony’s story…

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Head to Tail can be located at:
23972 Lake Dr, Crestline CA 92325; Phone: 909-338-5407
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Tony was a Navy Rescue Swimmer right out of High School.  His “at the time” girlfriend’s parents owned a pet grooming company and on Saturdays when he was home, they told him, “you have two options, stay home and clean the house or go to the shop and bathe dogs.”  I think it is pretty clear as to what Tony’s decision was.

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Tony bought Head to Tail in 1992 at the young age of 22.  He has now spent over half of his life grooming dogs.  Tony states, “It is better to love a clean dog than a dirty dog!”  He has been in the business since 1989 where he first worked for a shop that groomed 100 dogs a day.  Currently he has three employees, Shane, Noreen and Leslie (Master Groomer), and he has been in his current shop since 2004. Combined there is a total of 70 years experience!

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I had a chance to talk to one of Tony’s longest customers while I was interviewing him.  Cherie Radley said, “Tony is the best groomer on the mountain, I have been coming to him for 22 years.”  She says, her dogs get excited to see Tony, and it is his service that keeps her coming back!

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On average Tony grooms 25-30 dogs a day… Okay, I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty impressive.  The shop is open from 8-5 Tuesday through Saturday.  When I asked Tony about making an appointment, he says it is not really necessary, although you can make one he states, but this is one of the things that makes him so great, he will not turn down a customer.   If you call that day, he will say, “yah bring him/her in, in about 30 minutes (or a specific time).”  For Tony his business is all about the customer and the service!

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HAHA!  This picture (above) cracks me up.  There is so much hair flying around in the wash and dry area, that the dryers come in handy!

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When it comes to pricing, each dog is priced different, and although some may say he is more expensive than other groomers, it is Tony’s service and ability to get your dog in and out quick!  Also there is NO cage drying done at Head to Tail. Your service will include; Wash, Cut, Nails, Pads, Ears, and Annal Glands (gulp, eww).

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All it takes is one trip in to Head to Tail and you will see just how great this Grooming shop is.  The Service, the personal touch and the friendships.  Tony may not remember your name but if you tell him that Lassie is coming in, he knows exactly who you are, and he says he will see you soon!

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I had fun chatting with Tony and watching him in action, although I know I held him back a little on time, I am thrilled that he took the time to tell me his story.  Tony, I think you are such a great person and you have touched so many lives over the years.  Keep on keeping with your energetic and happy self!  I wish you many more years of continued success.  Thank you for your grooming shop and what you do for the community! I’d also like to give a thanks to the pups in the pictures 😉 Can you tell they were thrilled to be on camera! 

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Pictures are provided by yours truly, Michelle Calkins

Email me at: michelle@michellecalkinsrealtor.com for blog ideas!

 

Arrowhead Professional Partners 2014 SOLDS

I am extremely excited to show off these beautiful color maps of Lake Arrowhead, Crestline and Running Springs.

This all started with a little idea back in the Fall of 2014.  We, “Arrowhead Professional Partners,” wanted a tool to use for our clients and for a visual display of all our SOLD properties. The hard part was, there were no maps anywhere to be found that we could use.  So what do you do when something does not exist?  You make it your self.

A very good friend of mine poured his heart, soul and artistic talent into these drawings.  Thank you Michael Lardi for your dedication and creative genius ability and skills.  Sophie, Michelle H. and my self worked on these maps along with Mike for months, perfecting every inch, making sure to cross our T’s and dot our I’s… or in our case, cross our streets ;-).

It is my pleasure to present to you Arrowhead Professional Partners SOLDs for 2014.  Below you will see 64 pins, representing all our solds throughout the 2014 year.  We would like to thank each and everyone of out clients for their business and for making 2014 such a HUGE success.  Yours could be NEXT, let us put you on our MAP for 2015!

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Running Springs Map with Pins

If you are interested in one of these maps in full color and without the pins, just email me and let me know you want one.

See you around town!

Love at the Lake

Are you looking for something to do on Valentines Day?  Check out what the San Moritz lodge is doing for Love Day! There is Dinner, Dancing and a Photo Booth!  It is so great to see Lake Gregory and San Moritz hosting such a fun event.  For more info remember to call 909-744-0567.  Have fun and enjoy the Romance at San Moritz Lodge!

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Crestline Family Christmas BONFIRE ~ Saturday December 6, 2014

This year marks the third year that Crestine joined in on the BONFIRE fun!  On December 6, 2014 join the San Bernardino Firefighters along with SANTA as the community helps provide for local families during the holidays.

This event is from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on December 6th.  There will be a free Community Bonfire with hot cocoa, hot dogs and a visit from Santa, in the north shore parking lot of Lake Gregory.

Remember to bring and unwrapped toy or canned good item(s).  Remember to dress warm, and bring your christmas list for Santa!  Have fun and hope to see you there!

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Pictures Are Worth a Thousand Wor… DOLLARS

My team mate Michelle Hutton just got a new listing in Crestline… A: The property is awesome, a mountain gem with good bones and is super clean.  B: The price is right C:  The area is quiet and the house sits in the trees! AND D: The pictures are worth thousands of dollars 😉

This listing was listed with another agent for the past year and did not sell.  Now that Michelle H. has the listing here is the change already.  Here is an example of the service you will get when you list with myself or one of my team mates.  Arrowhead Professional Partners does it right the first time and every time!

Which would you choose to represent your home?  HOME LISTED FOR $172,000 (Oh and these pictures were taken by yours truly, me… Just another service I offer to my clients and my team)!

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For more info on this house, contact me at 909-336-7989 or send an email to michelle@michellecalkinsrealtor.com

Here is a little blurb about the property: A SWEET GETAWAY RETREAT, TUCKED IN THE TREES. A FEELING OF SECLUSION ON 2 LOTS, WITH GREAT YEAR ROUND ACCESS. 3 BD, 2 BATHS, FAMILY RM, & LAUNDRY. HOME HAS NEW ROOF & SEPTIC TANK. GREAT CABIN FEELING WITH LOTS OF WOOD PANELING & T&G. DECK WAS EXPANDED & UPGRADED WITH TREX TYPE DECKING. EXTRA LOT INCLUDED FOR LOTS OF SPACE OR ROOM TO ADD A GARAGE. GOES ALL FURNISHED AND READY TO ENJOY TODAY!

Here is the virtual tour: http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=1259617&idx=1

 **********NEW LISTING/ 4/2/2015***********

27406 North Bay: Listed at $632k, 4 bed/ 4 bath, Level Entry, 2 Car Garage, LAKE VIEW, Built in 2000 and 3488 sqft!

Take a look at the old pictures and the new!

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Virtual Tour can be seen here: http://www.tourfactory.com/1323159

For more info on this listing, email me today: Michelle@MichelleCalkinsRealtor.com

 

See you around town!

6th Annual Taste for Literacy ~ Crestline, CA

This Saturday, October 18th is the 6th annual Taste for Literacy in Crestline! This event will take place at the San Moritz Lodge and starts at 5:00pm. 100% of the proceeds will go the Crestline Library for new materials!

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Tickets can be purchased at the door for $35.

Here are a list of the food vendors that will be providing the food… This info was found on ROTWNEWS.COM.

FOOD PURVEYORS

The food vendors are: Arturo’s Restaurant (Blue Jay); Bill’s Villager Coffee Shop (Blue Jay); Lake Gregory Recreation Company – California Parks Company (Crestline); Chef Cindy’s (Crestline); Crestline Cafe (Crestline); Crest Forest Seniors (Crestline); Goodwin’s Market & the Oak Trunk (Crestline); Hungry Bear Sandwich Shack  (Sky Forest); Paradise Coffee (Crestline); Pazzo’s Italian & Pizza (Crestline), and Roadhouse Pizza (Crestline).

Other food vendors include: Texifornia Tamale Company (Blue Jay); The Grill At The Antler’s Inn (Twin Peaks); The Stockade (Crestline); Thousand Pines Christian Camp/Conference Center (Crestline); Toni’s Kitchen (Crestline); Tudor House Enterprise (Lake Arrowhead),  and Woody’s Boathouse Restaurant (Lake Arrowhead).

Have fun and enjoy the great food and good company!

 

Buck Energy is giving away a FIVE DOLLAR Wood Burnign Stove

Buck Energy has donated a Wood Burning Stove to The Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Chambers efforts towards future marketing of Chamber Members.  This awesome Napoleon wood burning stove will keep you warm all winter long and it could be yours for only $5… FIVE BUCKS, this stove alone has a value of $2900!!!  For more info on who Buck Energy is, click the link here: http://buckenergy.com

Read the flyer below to find out more about the opportunity drawing.  If you are in need of a wood burning stove or know someone who is, then contact the Chamber office today and get your tickets!

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Here is the link to Napoleon Fireplaces, you can find more info on the model that is being donated on that site.

http://www.napoleonfireplaces.com/products/1150-wood-burning-stove/

Here is a picture of the stove that is being donated.  The door is not exact, but you could have this look.

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*Installation not included

The Average Sold Home in Crestline is Rising

Here is the Crestline Market Analysis for the YTD (Year to Date):

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As of October 9, 2014 Crestline has sold 124 properties.  According to our local RIM MLS statistics you can see that the average home has sold for $168,918, the average days on the market were 94.  Last year at this same time there were 145 properties sold and the average price was $145,668, the average days on the market were 75.  Prices are rising, but it seams to be taking longer to sell.

If you are interested in a free market analysis on your home, send me an email at michellecalkins@cbskyridge.com and I will let you know where your house stands in the current market and how much it will sell for.

Happy home buying/selling, see you around the mountain! ~ Michelle

These are Lake Arrowhead’s Surrounding Communities

Sky Forest, Crest Estates, Agua Fri, Blue Jay…. These are just a few of the communities surrounding Lake Arrowhead.

The question always arises when the “locals” mention or talk about other communities in Lake Arrowhead.  Lake Arrowhead is the BIG city but did you know that there are over 15 other small communities that make this mountain range what it is?

You might hear, “let’s go to Lou Eddies in Sky Forest,” or have you tried the Duck Fat Fries at Stone Creek Bistro in Agua Fria?”  Did you know that my office, Coldwell Banker is located in Blue Jay?  If you work with me in Real Estate you should know that the area I cover ranges from Crestline to Running Springs.  This general Lake Arrowhead area covers State Highways, County Roads and Access Roads from a Birdseye view of 50+ miles.  Those neighborhoods are spread from Cedarpines Park in Crestline through Green Valley Lake in Running Springs.  I have attached a map that I put together to help show you the areas my colleagues and I cover img001Here is a list of the surrounding communities in Lake Arrowhead: Blue Jay, Agua Fria, Twin Peaks, Rim Forest, Sky Forest, Crest Park, Crest Estates, Arrowhead Villas, Cedar Glen, Deer Lodge Park.

In Crestline: Arrowhead Highlands, VOE (Valley of Enchantment), CPP (Cedarpines Park), Dart Canyon, San Moritz.

In Running Springs: Smiley Park, Rimwood Ranch, Arrowbear, GVL (Green Valley Lake).

The more you get to know the mountain, the more you see how each community plays its roll and makes these San Bernardino mountains pretty awesome! If you are curious about the population in these communities, click here: POPULATION

If you have any further questions on any of these communities, do not hesitate to contact me and ask away!