Brew Bakers makes move, stays in downtown Grass Valley |

Brew Bakers makes move, stays in downtown Grass Valley

Gary Spencer waits on a customers during the grand reopening of Brew Bakers in Grass Valley Thursday.
Photo by Liz Kellar/ |

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What: Brew Bakers Family Cafe  

Where: 209 West Main St., Grass Valley

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

For info: Call 530-272-7168 or go to

“Coffee first, cake always.”

That’s the motto emblazoned on the website for Brew Bakers Family Cafe, and it couldn’t be more appropriate.

The bakery/coffeehouse had Temple coffee and a wide selection of tempting goodies to offer during its grand re-opening Thursday, celebrating its move from Mill Street around the corner to West Main Street.

Cinnamon rolls and cookies vied with bite-sized cream puffs and a four-layer cranberry cake to catch the attention of the customers who crowded into the cafe to check out the new space.

“It’s a fun family ambiance,” said long-time customer Sparrow McKay. “You feel that when you walk in.”

Brew Bakers closed down its old location at the beginning of September and reopened at 209 West Main St., replacing Avanguardia Winery’s tasting room (which has moved to Mill Street), around Halloween.

“This is a better location, with a little more room,” said Robin Spencer, who runs the family business with the help of husband Gary and daughters Britni McKinney and Michelle Murdock.

“This has a better feel,” Spencer continued. “We like the exposed brick and the old wood floors. It has a lot more character, it’s a lot more inviting — people want to come in.”

When Brew Bakers first opened it doors in 2014, Spencer told The Union she moved to Nevada County because she fell in love with its small-town feel.

“We want to bring just fresh, home-style baking goods, like if you would go home to your mom and she bakes you a cookie; we want to bring that flavor in,” McKinney said at the time. “It will be like a home-away-from-home for us because every other night we just go home and cook dinner and just bake and hang out. So this will be a place for us to just come and bake for other people and do what we do at home for the community.”

Those baked goods are still Brew Bakers’ staples, McKinney said, adding that with the move has come an increase in business.

“We are getting more foot traffic, a lot more new people,” she said.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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