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Update on upcoming downtown Grass Valley businesses, events

The Grass Valley Downtown Association is welcoming some changes in businesses and events to the downtown area.

The annual Taste of Grass Valley event will be canceled and replaced with the Harvest Festival.

The timing of the tasting event was difficult for the Sierra Vintners, who partner with the event, and the downtown association decided other organizations already have similar events, said association Executive Director Julia Jordan.

“We refocused our energy into the farmers aspect and concept, and it works for Sierra Vintners to be involved in the spring, so we decided this was going to be best for downtown,” she said.

The local wineries will be involved in the Foothills Celebration March 1, she said.

The Harvest Festival will take place weekly after Thursday Night Market ends from Oct. 3-31.

“We’re still going to have all of our farmers with vegetables and fruits, eggs to beef, lamb and chicken, as well as anything else considered a food product,” Jordan said.

The event will be hosted at the parking lot at Neal and South Auburn streets and will be planned in coordination with the safe trick-or-treat day Halloween.

The Oct. 31 event will include pumpkin paintings, candy and toy offerings from local merchants and a window decoration and costume contest, Julia said.

First Five Nevada County will rent out the Center for the Arts for an English and Spanish book giveaway as well.

“It’s amazing how much work the merchants put into giving back to the community,” Jordan said. “The main thing is it’s so hard to get the preschoolers out late at night, so this gives them an opportunity to know their candy is safe. The merchants enjoy doing it. We’ve been doing it for probably 15, 20 years.”

Subcommittee meetings for another long-standing tradition, Cornish Christmas, will begin 8:30 a.m. the first Monday of the month at Tofanelli’s at 302 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

Applications to participate in Cornish Christmas have been available since Aug. 1 and close Nov. 1. Visit for an application.

Cornish Christmas will continue to remain as it has in recent years with crafters and vendors, except the traditional Cornish tartan will be part of costume requirements to emphasize Grass Valley’s Cornish history.

“I really want people to know there won’t be any changes to Cornish Christmas,” Jordan said. “It’s a time-honored tradition.”

Changes will be made in some local downtown businesses as The Artist Workshop relocates from 134 E. Main St. to the former Relic 120 location at 120 Mill St.

A new silversmith shop will open at 127 Neal St. and Good Times Board Store will open Mint, a women’s clothing store, in September, Jordan said.

For information, contact the association at 530-272-8315 or visit http://

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

“We refocused our energy into the farmers aspect and concept … we decided this was going to be best for downtown.”
Julia Jordan
Grass Valley Downtown Association executive director

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