Blue Cow Deli opens local gift shop |

Blue Cow Deli opens local gift shop

Penn Valley’s Blue Cow Deli has opened a new shop inside the restaurant where visitors can find unique local gifts.

The Milk Room opened Oct. 1 in a large converted office space inside the deli, which is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It’s stocked with Penn Valley-branded items, such as canvas bags, key chains and tea towels, local artisan products, such as jewelry and soap, and some unusual items, such as barbecues shaped like bulls.

“It’s a nice, eclectic variety — a little something for everybody,” said Sara Laurin, who owns the deli and gift shop with her husband, Jeromy.

The Laurins opened Blue Cow Deli on 17500 Penn Valley Drive in 2010, after having previously opened and sold Summer Thyme’s Bakery in Grass Valley and Caleb’s Creamery & Coffee in Penn Valley.

“It’s putting Penn Valley on the map a little bit as a fun place to eat and shop.”Sara Laurinco-owner of Blue Cow Deli

Sara Laurin said she wanted to expand the deli by opening a gift shop that would draw both visitors and locals, and help establish Penn Valley’s identity.

“It’s putting Penn Valley on the map a little bit as a fun place to eat and shop,” Laurin said.

Though the store has been open since October, Laurin will hold a more official grand opening for The Milk Room on Nov. 21, the same day the deli will celebrate five years of being in business.

Laurin said customer response to the new gift shop has been positive, and called the community support the business has received “phenomenal.”

“People really believe in you and what we’re doing here,” Laurin said.

She hopes that support continues to grow with the gift shop. “I’m really hoping to be that place people can trust to come to for quality gifts,” she said.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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