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Owners of local inns want out

John Hart
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Risky Business, the bed-and-breakfast inn at the corner of South Church and Walsh streets in Grass Valley, is for sale.

The proprietors of the Deer Creek Inn, a bed and breakfast along Deer Creek in Nevada City, say they want to sell too.

Pablo Lopez and Jayne Kelly de Lopez are asking $1.8 million for Risky Business and a three-bedroom house. The Lopezes, who moved to Grass Valley four years ago, decided to sell after a series of personal tragedies.

Daughter Daisy Switzer suffered multiple injuries when she jumped from a second-story window at the Nevada County Department of Behavioral Health Services in Nevada City on Jan. 10, 2001, to avoid alleged gunman Scott Thorpe. Two people were killed and a third injured by gunfire in the building.

The shootings occurred barely a year after the Lopezes’ 12 year-old granddaughter was struck by a vehicle on West Main Street in Grass Valley.

The last straw, they said, came in June 2001, when Pablo Lopez was beaten during an altercation in Nevada City.

“It just hasn’t stopped,” he said recently.

Chuck Matroni said Wednesday he and his wife, Elaine, want to sell the Deer Creek Inn for $1.5 million and take it easy. Chuck Matroni, who is about to turn 65, would like to retire and write a book on the innkeeping business.

Why buy a bed-and-breakfast?

MaryAnne Kelly, co-owner of Flumes End in Nevada City, said people enter the bed-and-breakfast business for the lifestyle and to meet the guests.

“For me, it was about being in nature, and having a business and being able to see the best in people – when they’re relaxing,” said Kelly, a former grief counselor who moved from the Bay Area in the 1990s. Flumes End sits next to Gold Run Creek. Running a bed-and-breakfast is for those who truly like people, she said.

Julie Wilson, marketing coordinator for the California Association of Bed and Breakfast Inns, a trade association near Santa Cruz, said people enter the business in part to work from home, avoid deadlines and set their own goals rather than a company’s.

“You go to work in sports clothes,” Wilson said. “The pace you set is yours.”

Yet the business is not for everyone, she cautioned.

“It’s a tremendous amount of work,” she said.

Deer Creek Inn is one of eight bed-and-breakfasts in Nevada City. Risky Business is one of three in Grass Valley.

Nevada County’s display at the California State Fair features small replicas of some of the county’s bed-and-breakfasts.

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