An employee of Greenshops has purchased the store, which had previously announced it would be closing, and plans to keep it open.

Susanne Dilley is taking over the shop at 4821 Stockdale Highway. The boutique sells a wide range of eco-friendly products, from toys that don't have lead paint to allergen-free bedding to non-toxic cleaning products.

A champagne reception is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at the store to celebrate. Dilley and former owner Jennifer Jordan will be there.

taking advantage of an opportunity to remodel after a kitchen fire earlier this year.

The nearly 6,000-square-foot restaurant was badly burned in March after a fire broke out at a deep fryer. The blaze was confined to the kitchen but there was smoke damage throughout the restaurant, causing about $150,000 in damage, the Bakersfield Fire Department said at the time.

The eatery is owned by Temecula-based BMW Management, which runs 24 restaurants across California, including the Mount Vernon and Real Road Sizzlers in Bakersfield. Until about three weeks ago it also operated a Sizzler at the Ice House in Bakersfield, but that location shut down after the company lost its lease.

Because BMW had to repair the Mount Vernon restaurant anyway, it decided to upgrade the location to a "new generation" Sizzler, said vice president of marketing Sally Myers. The eatery now has upgraded craftsman style decor, murals, a "demo" salad bar where guests can watch employees prepare food, and an outdoor barbecue grill for wood-smoked tri-tip, Myers said.

There are 80 employees at the newly refurbished site, Myers said.

New eatery Chat N Chew will hold a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 5141 Ming Ave .

The roughly 2,300-square-foot restaurant serves southern cuisine, including seafood and barbecue.

All purchases are 10 percent off all day Saturday, said co-owner Manuel Elijah.

The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon seminar on "creating a buzz at your business" at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the chamber, 1725 Eye St.

Speakers are Kevin Bartl of the Bakersfield Condors and Kevin Burton of San Joaquin Community Hospital.

Cost is $30 for chamber members, $60 for non-members.

Call 327-4421 for information.