Nevada City Furniture’s will celebrate its 14th anniversary Thursday with an annual barbecue.
The event will include sales from 10 to 15 percent off, as well as a barbecue with grilled sausages and hot dogs, salads, beer, wine and soda and live music.
Nevada City Furniture opened its doors July 11, 1999, in the warehouse near South Yuba Club, where it remained until moving to its current location behind SPD Market and across from ol’ Republic Brewery at 118 Argall Way.
“It was the best move I ever made,” said owner Jim Minasian. “It put me out in the open.”
The store is more diverse than a traditional furniture store, Minasian said, with new and antique merchandise.
“I tell people I have no limits,” Minasian said. “I’ve got a big mummy display case that supposedly came out of the Sutro Baths in San Francisco that stands 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide, old rusty tools, things of that sort. Just a wide variety of new and used. I’m not necessarily pigeonholed.”
Minasian grew up in the furniture business, bestowed with his parents’ love for furniture that was passed onto him.
He opened stores in the Bay Area and worked as a warehouse manager for Teddy Ruxpin toy company for six and a half years, until the company filed for bankruptcy in 1991. He then worked for Yes Entertainment from 1993 to 1999 until that company went bankrupt as well.
Finally, Minasian found his niche after visiting his brother in Nevada County and taking an interest in the area.
Minasian took over his brother’s best friend’s business, Nevada City Warehouse, in 1999 and turned it into Nevada City Furniture.
Fourteen years later, the business is still standing.
Minasian said part of his success is his knack for finding and fixing pieces to sell.
“A lot of times, I’ll save something from going to the dump and fix it up and make it into something better,” he said.
The barbecue serves as a way for Minasian to invite the public to the store and interact with people, one of his many passions.
“I’ve always been a people person, so this is a good fit,” he said. “It’s a neat little social event. People love coming to my mixers because it’s not all stuffy. It’s user-friendly, so to speak.”
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