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Biz bits

Avanguardia Winery, Nevada County’s newest winery, recently won five awards at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The contest is the largest for American wines, attracting more than 3,000 entries and 50 professional judges this year.

Avang-uardia is owned by Rob Chrisman, who grows and processes French, Russian, Italian and American grapes outside Nevada City. His wines are available in local stores and restaurants. For more information, call the winery at 274-9482.


Bridget Priest, a former elementary school teacher, has recently started a new business – Sierra Pet Sitters. Priest’s company is licensed, bonded and insured and provides daily or periodic vacation visits for pets. Also offered are mid-day dog walks, puppy socialization, and overnight stays.

SPS is a member of Pet Sitters International, as well as the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to make reservations, call 205-8050.


Larry and Lena’s Take N Bake Pizza’s new Nevada City location recently opened for business. Jamie and Russ Yokum purchased the restaurant franchise from friends Lena and Larry Martin, who own the Alta Sierra location. They offer take home and bake pizza, a salad bar, appetizers and ice cream.

The business is open from noon to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and noon to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. and is located at 102 Argall Way. For more information, call 265-6555.


Citronee Bistro, Market, and Wine in Nevada City has made several changes in recent months – most notably, the opening of a market and deli. Dinner will still be offered in the back dining room Thursday through Monday, but the market will feature meals to go, fine cheeses and other specialty items, such as pate, foie gras, truffle and olive oils, caviar and a greater selection of wines. Meats, fish and mussels will be available for purchase or order.

The wine bar will also be running again, along with weekly tastings at noon Saturday.

For more information, call 265-5697 or visit the bistro at 320 Broad St.


Got local business news? Contact Brittany Retherford at or 477-4247. Be sure to include digital photographs with submissions whenever possible.

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