Small Business, Big Applause: Truckee recognizes local business innovation during pandemic

Grocery Outlet was recognized with one of Truckee’s Small Business, Big Applause awards during Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.
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The town of Truckee continued its new Small Business, Big Applause program this week, recognizing a duo of local enterprises that have been innovative during the outbreak of COVID-19.

The town recognized Grocery Outlet and its operators Ryan and Shannon Parrish, as well as W&T Graphix and its owners Wes and Tonya Beyer.

During the pandemic, Grocery Outlet, which opened its doors in June, has helped provide meals to those in need by donating excess food items.

“We’re grateful to be here. The response from the community has been fantastic,” said Ryan Parrish. “Food security is a big deal for us … it’s a big piece of what we do.”

Truckee also recognized W&T Graphix, which has served the community for more than 30 years. The company remained open during the pandemic as an essential business, and provided services to the hospital, the town, the police, and others.

“We would just like to thank this community that we’ve been a part of for most of our lives,” said Wes Beyer. “Everybody pulled together and did the best we could, and we’ve all come out the other side intact.”

Tuesday’s awards marked the second installment of Truckee’s Small Business, Big Applause.

“It’s so nice to have the opportunity to find the positive in all that we have been through over the last year,” said Truckee Mayor Anna Klovstad.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at or 530-550-2643.

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