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Downtown Grass Valley, Nevada City offer gifts for mom

Whether your mom likes to cook or decorate, wants to rock out on a guitar or needs a new trinket to adorn her office or home, the specialty shops and boutiques in downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City have a host of last-minute gift ideas for Mother’s Day with a range of prices.

For a higher-end gift, jewelry can be a good option, and some local jewelry stores are offering new and uniquely colored stones.

Utopian Stone Custom Jewelers at 301 Broad St., Nevada City, features items handmade by the store’s jewelers, which makes each piece unique and attractive for those interested in local, hand-crafted goods.

The store offers an array of stones with varied colors, some of which include the gold- and quartz-swirled pieces, which uphold the store’s focus on gold items.

Customizations are also offered, which distinguish the store’s jewelry from larger big box stores, said Patrick Dyer, co-owner.

“We are different than main stores,” Dyer said. “Our mothers around here are more special than that.”

Stucki Jewelers in Grass Valley has, among other fine pieces of jewelry, necklaces with gold webbing detail offered for about $295 and morganite jewelry, which is similar to emerald or aquamarine but pinkish in color, in the $195 price range, said Damien Reyna, sales associate.

For a mother in need of cute and comfortable pajamas, Top Drawer is offering 15 percent off a single item with mention of the Mother’s Day sale, said Kelly Seolas, co-owner.

For the trinket-loving mother, Heart and Home at 129 Mill St. in Grass Valley offers 15 percent off the entire store, except for locally handcrafted items, said Stacy Hereford, co-owner.

“This year, the quail metal wall hangings ($28.99) have been popular, as well as tea-related ceramics,” Hereford said.

Yuba Blue has a special on Camille Beckman gift baskets for $38 that are pre-arranged with a bubble bath, body cream, glycerin hand therapy and travel-size glycerin hand therapy.

The store also offers the option to mix and match three regular-sized scents, lotions and soaps, which can be custom wrapped for the same price.

For the music-savvy mom, some music stores are offering specials on instruments and equipment.

Clock Tower Records will offer 10 percent off to anyone who mentions Mother’s Day, said owner Curt Smith.

Foggy Mountain Music is featuring Fender guitars for $99, D’Addario guitar strings for $15, brand-name drumsticks for $17 and other specials and promises to match Internet prices, said Mary-Ellen Sorcy, owner since 1974.

For the mom with a sweet tooth, Lazy Dog Ice Cream and Chocolateria can customize a box of truffles, candy or other specialty sweets, using the multitude of colored ribbons the store has, said Mia Addington, sales associate.

“We’ve made quite a few boxes so far,” she said.

J.J. Jackson’s at 244 Commercial St. in Nevada City has a variety of aprons, soaps and scented products and cookbooks, which comprise some of the most popular items, said owner Teresa Berliner-Mann.

“It’s going to be an exciting weekend,” she said.

Nevada City Crystal and Glass has all sorts of handmade and local specialty items, from wine glasses and jewelry to miniature sculptures and pieces of art. Some of the standout pieces include the green stacked glass trees and buildings displayed in the window for about $50 to $100, depending on size, and themed hand-blown glass figurines by locals Michael Schmidt and Sonia Rhea of Schmidt Rhea Glass, which cost about $140-170, depending on the size, said Dave Iorns, owner.

“I see a lot of people pass by and look without entering the store because they think everything is more expensive than it really is,” Iorns said. “If you average out the jewelry and everything in the store, the average price is about $55.”

The traditional gift of flowers is also available last-minute, as Foothill Flowers, 102 W. Main St. in Grass Valley, will be open and delivering through Sunday.

“It’s always a busy time of year, but we try our best to accommodate our local customers,” said Julie Lukela, sales associate.

After speaking with multiple businesses, it seems that spring is off to a good start, as some businesses noticed an improved economy.

“Things are definitely getting better,” Berliner-Mann said. “They have to.”

“I think around tax time in April, people get nervous about how much they are getting back or have to pay, but I think once that psychological feeling goes away, people are coming out,” Iorns said. “Things are definitely looking up, and sales are up from last year.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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