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A major downtown Grass Valley event that actually got its start in Nevada City will be held for the 100th time Friday.

That would be the Friday Night Market, started in 1996 and now – it is safe to say – bigger and better than ever.

The annual staple started in Nevada City in 1991, when Ray and Cheri Diggins of Grizzly Hill Productions helped organize a Thursday Market. The event moved to Grass Valley five years later.



“People had to get used to farmers markets,” Diggins said last week. “It has evolved organically on its own. … We work off a consensus, listening to people and taking advice.”

Diggins has spent more than 30 years promoting downtown events and other activities and is convinced that achieving consensus is the key to success.




“We’ve always kept in mind that the merchants are the No. 1 priority,” he said. “We’ve spent a lot of time turning people with doubts into believers.”

Organizers estimate that the Friday Night Market brings in more than $1 million to downtown businesses and vendors during its 10-week run. Diggins said they plan to make the event bigger next year when they expand down E. Main Street toward City Hall.

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Grass Valley has a new fish and chips restaurant, London Best Fish and Chips, at the Grass Valley Shopping Center on McKnight Way.

This being America, it shouldn’t surprise anybody that the outlet for British fare is owned and operated by a couple that emigrated from South Korea in 1988.

Young Park and his wife, Namyon, started serving up combinations of fish, chips and other dishes Aug. 5 for dine-in or take out. This is their second outlet; the first is in Placerville.

Park said he learned the cuisine from a British chef before venturing out on his own. He chose Grass Valley for his second outlet “because I like this area very much … the people are good and kind.”

The family-run restaurant, open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, is located at 151-I McKnight Way, 274-1314.

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A seminar on the use of variable data in direct mail advertising campaigns will take place Thursday at LectraMedia, 650 Gold Flat Road, Nevada City.

The all-day program will feature presentations on various aspects of direct marketing and a luncheon to announce the winners of a design competition sponsored by LectraMedia. The top prize is $1,000 and a plaque.

Designers and representatives from San Francisco and Sacramento are expected to attend, according to Teri Paulus-Bershaw, agency and broker liaison for the firm. Information on the program is available by contacting her at 478-8300, ext. 11, or teri@lectramedia.com via e-mail.

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The Nevada County Board of Realtors will hold a membership breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 30 at the Nevada City Elks Club. The cost is $9, and reservations must be made by Aug. 25. Phone 272-2627 for more information.

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Got local business news? Contact George Boardman at georgeb@theunion.com or 477-4236.


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