Grass Valley mainstay to shut down, mailer says |

Grass Valley mainstay to shut down, mailer says

Dovetail Design, a mainstay on Mill Street in Grass Valley, is shutting its doors after 15 years, according to a brochure being mailed to customers.

“After serving thousands of the region’s finest citizens, the owners of Dovetail Design Furniture have decided to close the doors forever,” the mailing said.

The 10,000-square-foot furniture store said it will offer a “private” four-day going-out-of-business sale from Feb. 28 to March 2, it continued. “No reasonable offer will be refused.”

A telephone recording said the store will be closed Sunday through Wednesday “as we prepare for the largest sale ever in the history of Dovetail Design.” The retail store will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday.

A sign in the front of the store read “To all our valued customers: We will be closed Sunday-Wednesday, Feb. 24 – 27, preparing for our biggest sale ever. See you Thursday.” The windows were covered with brown paper from the inside.

The owner, Tim Kincaid, is the former owner of an Ethan Allen franchise in Sacramento.

The news caught Howard Levine, executive director of the Grass Valley Downtown Association, by surprise. “I have no idea,” Levine said. “I know they’ve struggled with the housing situation what it is.”

The shutdown and planned sale is similar to the previously announced closure of Hedman Furniture down the street ” one of the area’s oldest businesses. Hedman since has reopened as Ashley Furniture with the same owner.

The slowing economic climate has been generating more vacant storefronts in the historic downtowns. In Nevada City, two real estate offices on lower Broad Street vacated and relocated.

The closure of Dovetail also comes amid a renewed debate about diversifying the area’s economy to attract more businesses that pay higher wages and reduce dependency on tourism.

Dovetail generated business from both tourists and locals.

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