Clear Capital Selected by Freddie Mac as Technology Provider

Clear Capital has been selected by Freddie Mac to power its collateral review of appraisals submitted through the Uniform Collateral Data Portal (UCDP) and to provide the company with in-depth feedback regarding the quality and accuracy of the appraisals. Clear Capital will integrate a customized version of its valuation review product, ClearQC, with the UCDP. Clear Capital is customizing its ClearQC workflow and business intelligence to align with Freddie Mac business requirements. “By providing a customizable version of ClearQC in the UCDP, we are working with Freddie Mac to provide a consistent approach to appraisal review and transparency on appraisal requirements,” said Clear Capital’s President Kevin Marshall.

Spindleshanks Moves to Kings Beach


Although Spindleshanks shut the doors on its Tahoe Vista location March 29 due to demolition of the building, the popular eatery will get new life at the Brockway Golf Course in Kings Beach. Set to open later this spring, the restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as an espresso bar. Owner Steve Marks said there will also be changes to the menu, and he hopes to create events at the location, including a bocce league and movie nights in the summer. The building is currently being remodeled to accommodate Spindleshanks. “I’m excited about the possibilities,” Marks said. “There’s so many more things we can do.” Info: ~ Kara Fox/Moonshine Ink

NLTRA Honors North Shore Businesses

At its annual Community Awards Dinner on March 27, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association recognized local businesses and members who have made positive impacts on the region. Businesses honored included Tahoe Tree Company as Large Business of the Year; Uncorked/Petra/Soupa as Small Business of the Year; Sierra State Parks Foundation as Nonprofit Organization of the Year; and Gary Davis as Citizen of the Year.

Backstreet Boutique Leaves Downtown Truckee

After seven years of doing business in downtown Truckee, Backstreet Boutique is moving at the end of April. Owner Kim Keese said she made the decision to move due to increasing rents at the current location. While Backstreet Boutique does not currently have a new location, Keese hopes to move her business to Reno.

In the meantime, she is offering 40 percent off all clothes and will stay open until inventory runs out. “The community has been wonderful,” Keese said. “It has been a great experience. We’ll miss it.” Info: ~ Kara Fox/Moonshine Ink

New Wine and Art Studio Opens in Truckee

The Painted Vine, slated to open April 25 in west Truckee, is a space to learn to paint while enjoying a glass of wine or beer in a relaxed, social setting. Local artists will demonstrate and provide step-by-step instruction to help customers create their own masterpieces to take home. Register online for individual classes, or reserve a private painting party.

The Painted Vine will host an open house and ribbon cutting with the Truckee Chamber of Commerce on Wed., April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 10770 Donner Pass Rd., Suite 103. Wine, beer, and appetizers will be provided. Classes start Friday, April 25. Info:

La Galleria Celebrates Earth Day with E-Waste Program

The long-operating gift shop in downtown Truckee, La Galleria, is conducting an e-waste recycling promotion. Owners Brooke and Chad Bentley have partnered with the Town of Truckee and the Truckee Donner Public Utility District to promote recycling and environmentally responsible living habits. La Galleria is accepting and recycling used batteries, cell phones, and small electronics through Earth Day, April 22. Customers who bring in their e-waste items will receive a gift voucher good for a discounted return visit to the store. Info: 10112 Donner Pass Rd., (530) 587-5444,

Sierra Sotheby’s Expands to Truckee

Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty recruited two Truckee agents in March in anticipation of the new Truckee office, slated to open at the beginning of summer. The Truckee office will be the fifth Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty office location in the Truckee/Tahoe area, with other offices in Squaw Valley, Incline Village, Zephyr Cove, and South Lake Tahoe.

Greg Boyle and Nathan Riedel join Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty as an agent team. Boyle has 16 years of real estate experience, preceded by a successful sales and marketing career in the greater Los Angeles area. A Northern California native, Nathan Riedel brings a lifetime of regional knowledge to his clients, including commercial and residential real estate. Info:


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