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Nevada City business is booming

Business is hopping in Nevada City, where new additions include an unconventional soap shop and quick, convenient ways to eat a raw, vegetarian diet.

Here’s what’s new in the Seven Hills business district, tidily tucked between Zion Street and Searles Avenue at the south end of town:

• S.O.A.P. – for Save Our Ailing Planet – started a “refill revolution” Feb. 22. Impassioned with the idea of reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in the trash, owner Lori Largent is urging locals to bring in their used plastic containers and refill them with her earth-friendly shampoo, dish soap and laundry detergent.



Pricing is competitive, she said, and since the store opened, 46 bottles and counting have been saved from the garbage can.

“We want to save people money and eliminate the one-time-use of plastic containers,” Largent said.




She hails from the San Juan Ridge and is an aromatherapist. Her cheery storefront is at 104 Argall Way. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. (530) 265-2210.

Johnny the Barber made the move to a nook inside Shear Bliss Salon at 110 Argall Way. After years of operating his own storefront, he downsized to a spot he dubbed a “man-cave,” lining it with Oakland Raiders paraphernalia.

Barber Johnny Permenter cuts hair for men, women and children between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. (530) 265-2484.

• The Fix for Foodies just introduced take-out options to its raw, vegetarian menu. Specializing in uncooked items that keep the food’s enzymes alive,

The Fix carries salads, entrees and smoothies and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at 205 York St., Nevada City. (530) 478-1333.

• Bel Capelli Salon and Spa moved from Grass Valley to its new location at 227 Broad St. in January.

Massage service is a new addition. Keep an eye out for the salon’s grand opening, set for sometime in April.

The salon opens at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday, with evenings by appointment, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. (530) 265-3200.

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To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail mrindels@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4247.


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