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Paradise Lens Lab reopens in Chico

A small business destroyed by the Camp Fire has reopened in south Chico.

Posted: Mar 21, 2019 3:23 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A small business destroyed by the Camp Fire has reopened and the employees are relieved to still have a job. 

The Paradise Lens Lab reopened in south Chico.

Despite the fire setback, owner Gary Bates said they kept all but one employee who moved away and they only missed one pay period.

Scott Walters, an employee with Paradise Lens Lab, says he's appreciative to still be able to come to work.

"Gary called me up and said I found a place to reopen up, give me a few weeks to get the equipment back," Walters said. "I had a place to live with my son and it was nice to know I had a job still." 

The business opened up in a new location on the Skyway in south Chico.

Thanks to a couple of local doctors and a company based in Iowa, they got all new state of the art equipment. The Bates' kept their logo, but they added a phoenix to it to represent their rise from the ashes as well. 

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Aside from the haze and smoke, we've had beautiful weather in northern California today, and it will be just as nice tomorrow. A storm is coming our way, however, and we'll have very unsettled weather this weekend.
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