New owner takes over Tess’ Kitchen Store Oct. 1 |

New owner takes over Tess’ Kitchen Store Oct. 1

After cooking up a successful business for more than 14 years in downtown Grass Valley, Rita Burns has sold Tess’ Kitchen Store.

Burns bought Tess’ Gift and Card Shop in 1996 and turned it into a premier local source for both practical and gourmet utensils. Most recently, she moved into a larger space at 153-A Mill St.

Steve Rosenthal of Lake of the Pines will take over the store starting Oct. 1, she said.

Burns would not reveal the sales price or yearly volume of sales.

“We do a nice business,” she said.

Rosenthal and Burns will jointly offer a pressure cooker demonstration from 12 to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at the store.

“I’m excited about” the sale, said Burns, 64, of Grass Valley. “I get to retire, and I feel I have gotten a good buyer for the store … He’s got the energy and the enthusiasm.”

Rosenthal “will keep it as Tess’ Kitchen Store,” Burns said. “All of my (six) employees are going to stay with him, at least through the end of the year.”

Burns has been active in community events and often donates gift baskets and items to be raffled at fundraisers.

“That’s just been part of it for me. It’s been about being part of the community and making a difference,” she said.

“It’s been a great ride,” Burns added. “I’m just ready to move on to the next thing, which right now is nothin’.”

She is looking forward to celebrating the year-end holidays as “a normal person,” rather than devoting long hours at the store during a busy sales season, she said.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call (530) 477-4230.

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