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Biz Bits

Bob Nicholls can remember when people used to gather on Sunday nights at Gra-Neva Appliance and TV on East Main Street to watch “Bonanza” on one of the few color television sets in town.

“‘Bonanza’ was one of the few TV shows on that was in color in the early ’60s,” he said. “That’s how they promoted color TV then, which was very costly.”

The business was started by Bob’s father, Cliff Nicholls, who is closing the retail operation in the Pine Creek Center June 1 and retiring after 45 years in business.

Cliff Nicholls started out in Grass Valley in the repair business, and Bob Nicholls has returned to the business’ roots by opening a service operation at 605 S. Auburn St. at East Empire Street.

Bob Nicholls, who worked for General Electric Factory Service in Denver for 10 years before joining the family business, said the new operation will sell parts over-the-counter in addition to making service calls to repair appliances.

The new store is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number is 273-6183.


Looking for something different to do on Tuesday night? Sierra Cinemas Inc. – which owns every movie screen in Grass Valley – has a suggestion.

Tuesday is now Date Night at the Movies, which means two movie tickets for $10 and handmade sushi from Way Yum Sushi on sale for $5 a roll. The new promotion starts tonight at Sutton Cinemas, Sierra Cinemas, and the Del Oro Theatre and runs through May 17.

“It’s far better than sitting on the couch clicking channels,” said Mike Getz, co-owner of the theaters.


The geotechnical lab of Vector Engineering, Inc. has moved into a new 5,000-square-foot facility next to corporate headquarters at 143E Spring Hill Road in Grass Valley.

The new facility has a rock mechanics laboratory, and the company can now perform LA abrasion tests to measure wear and durability of aggregates, and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity tests.

Vector offers civil, geotechnical and geological engineering services and has offices in Nevada, Colorado, Central and South America and the Philippines. Additional information is available by phoning Ken Criley at 272-2448 or by e-mail at


The main office escrow department of California Land Title Co. has moved into adjacent space at 464 Brunswick Road in Grass Valley, and the company will celebrate the expansion with an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The company’s escrow and title departments have also added new employees: Kriss Bross, escrow officer; Melissa Pelton, escrow assistant; Shannon Ferrier, receptionist/escrow assistant; Kim Johns, title officer; and Jeanette Smith, customer service.

California Land also has an escrow office at 167 S. Auburn St. in downtown Grass Valley, and in Truckee.


The sixth edition of INSIGHT Directory, a resource guide to healing arts practitioners and businesses in Nevada County, will be available in area retail outlets in June.

Additional information is available by calling publisher Suzie Daggett at 265-9255, or online at


Who says nothing is free anymore?

The Staples copy and print center at 646 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, will make copies of your 2004 income tax returns free of change through Friday.

The store notes that even people who file their returns electronically should retain a paper copy for their files. Getting a copy from the Internal Revenue Services costs $39.


Flip4Mac export software is now compatible with Apple’s Final Cut Express HD video editing software, providing support for all Mac OS X video editing products, Telestream of Nevada City announced. The software allows output of standard or high definition Windows Media formatted files directly from Macintosh computers.


Got local business news? Contact George Boardman at or 477-4236.

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