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Meet Your Merchant: Salon de Soleil tanning salon now in its 12th year

January 21, 2018 — Jane Liron grew up in northern England — the land of fog and drizzle. So perhaps it's no wonder she would be drawn to the world of tanning salons, where on any given day, year-round, one can seek out that bronzed, sun-kissed glow. When she

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Meet your merchant: Owner of Joy of Life Events strives to create the perfect day

January 14, 2018 — Donna Nice-Hoekstra was born on Christmas Day, baptized on Easter, and — as she likes to say – has been celebrating ever since. Growing up in Ventura County, she discovered early on that she loved the process of organizing events. At her high school prom,

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Meet your merchant: Raised on off-roading, Lance and Jennah McIntosh now have their own store catering to dirt bikers and ATVs

December 24, 2017 — It was a perfect first date, but not the kind one would expect. Jennah and Lance McIntosh had both grown up on dirt bikes, so it only made sense to hit the back roads while getting to know each other. Each was impressed by the

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Meet Your Merchant: History helps draw future for Nevada City tattoo artist

December 17, 2017 — Michael Bartkowiak was just 7 years old when his parents told him they were packing up the car and secretly fleeing their native country of Poland, possibly to never return. It was the early 1980s and the government was determined to crush political opposition, threatening

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Meet Your Merchant: Grass Valley couple takes over Cosmetique Spa and Boutique

December 10, 2017 — Lacey Cuisinot is careful not to leave her purse unattended, even at home. On the rare occasions she has, she's always come back to a little surprise — four little girls wearing her make-up, applied with varying degrees of expertise. Soon enough, however, Cuisinot and

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Meet Your Merchant: Owner of Asylum Down takes over the adjacent business of an old friend

November 19, 2017 — When Peggy Peterson first met Terry Mohr he was sitting on the grass selling crystals off of a blanket in Sonora. Little did the two know they would go on to forge a friendship that has lasted more than 40 years and own successful Nevada

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Meet your merchant: Despite the big name, the Sears Hometown Store really is a family-owned business

November 5, 2017 — At the age of 16, Debbie Kratz landed her first job at Sears in Yuba City. She worked as Santa's helper, helping children pose while getting their holiday photographs taken. As luck would have it, there was a handsome young sales associate named Allen in

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Meet your merchant: Grass Valley (more than just a) skateboard store evolves over two decades

October 29, 2017 — Since Goodtimes opened in 1997 as a small skateboard store in Nevada City, it has evolved into far more than a shop for young skaters. Located on Mill Street in Grass Valley since 2001, today the shop has become the go-to place for current styles

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Meet Your Merchant: Tropical Tans

October 22, 2017 — There are certain people who just seem to stand out, looking like the picture of health in the darkest, dampest weeks of winter. Look closer and you'll see that it's the tan — that bronzed, even glow that extends beyond the neckline. If they haven't

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Meet your merchant: Tucked away, Royal Dragon II popular for 22 years

October 15, 2017 — Roger La was just 13 when he first arrived in the United States in 1981, and he spoke no English — only Cantonese. Born in Vietnam to Chinese parents, he had already moved to China and Hong Kong before settling in the suburban American city

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Meet your merchant: Tragedy leads woman to start healthy pet food business in Nevada County

October 8, 2017 — An adventurous soul, Lindsey McClerin was living in Cancun, Mexico more than two decades ago when she and her husband, Kip, adopted a female Pekinese-Maltese mutt. Inspired by her religious studies classes in college, she named the dog Shinto, after a Japanese religion that translates

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Meet your merchant: The Vintage Menagerie brings an earlier time back to life

October 1, 2017 — Some things just seem to happen organically, which is how Marcie Beaver got into the business of selling vintage items. It started out as a hobby. After working at her husband's law firm during the week, she'd spend weekends driving out to estate and garage

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Meet Your Merchant: Ron Quintana rides the wave of the vinyl revival

September 24, 2017 — If you can pull yourself away from the Elvis, Muhammed Ali and Donny Osmond dolls and weave your way around the Road Runner and Return of the Jedi lunch boxes (before you get to the Monkees plastic guitar and "Mötley Crüe Greatest Video Hits"), chances

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Meet Your Merchant: Shooting Ink owner turns passion into profession

September 17, 2017 — Henry Kistenmacher was still in high school when he started hanging out at a Petaluma tattoo shop owned by his friend's uncle. The "uncle" kept shooing him away, as no one under 18 was allowed in. But Kistenmacher — a natural artist and always one

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Meet your merchant: Grass Valley’s Salon Empire — where everybody knows your name

September 10, 2017 — There's a good reason Tina Charnett became so interested in the field of psychology. Having been a hairdresser for nearly three decades, she's had to be a counselor, comforter and confidante — or often just a sympathetic ear. When she decided to go back to

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Longtime pet groomer takes over Paw Spa in Grass Valley

September 3, 2017 — Robert Lapp was a race car driver at Daytona International Speedway in Florida when someone in the pit offered to pay him $500 to name his newborn daughter "Victory." He took the offer. What he also did was kick off a lifetime for Victory of

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Meet Your Merchant: Pool business a right fit for young entrepreneurs

August 27, 2017 — The year was 2002 and Adam Litke was failing biology at NU. His dad was furious. At the rate things were going, a "D" would be a gift. Litke's father offered an ultimatum. "Either you get a C or better or you're getting a full-time

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Meet your merchant: Nevada City fashion designer creates wearable art from vintage recycled afghan blankets

August 13, 2017 — Growing up in Nevada City, Schuyler Ellers was always drawn to art, color, theater and the unconventional. Although he went on to major in English at Columbia University, he fell in love with costume design. Upon graduation, Ellers landed a job teaching English in Spain,

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Meet your Merchant: The Studio Collective offers unique space to work

August 6, 2017 — Nicole Wright moved to Nevada County seven years ago, after her husband left the military, to help her mother start the Bamboo Home Store and to raise a family. "When he decided to get out of the military, we wanted to start a family," Wright

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Meet your merchant: Jenny’s Paper & Ink Books

July 30, 2017 — After spending a full 12 years homeschooling her three children, Jenny Wells was ready for a new challenge. She'd always been an avid reader, and had essentially built her children's early education around literature. That's why it made sense when a friend called her up

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