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Meet your merchant: Love of area leads to setting up shop

March 17, 2019 — In the mid-1980s, the summer after high school, Jeanine Hull was ready for an adventure. She packed up and moved from her hometown of Fair Oaks to Southern California where she landed an office manager job at a company that put lettering on T-shirts, jackets

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Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows receives $17 million in investments from parent company

March 11, 2019 — The string of upgrades and renovations at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will move forward this summer with a $17 million investment into both mountains from Alterra Mountain Company. Following a $1.4 million lodge renovation at Alpine Meadows last year, the mountain will be getting

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Economist: Nevada County job market could be outpacing employment

March 10, 2019 — A higher unemployment rate is not always a bad thing. That's at least according to Dr. Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of Pacific. Michael was referring to the Nevada County January 2019 report, released by California's

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Meet Your Merchant: Eager to keep bicycles out of the landfill, Aaron Hotchkiss wants to fix your old bike

March 10, 2019 — For Aaron Hotchkiss, it's always been about bikes. But as he grew up and became a more sophisticated cyclist, he was eager to experience more than the flatlands of his hometown of Sacramento. He set out to explore the beach towns of California, where he

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Elixart opens second location in San Francisco, invites Branch Ellison for July Exhibit

March 5, 2019 — If you haven't been down to Bay Area since November, you may have missed it. Elixart, Nevada City's local tea shop, opened at a second location in the SoMa District of San Francisco. The new tea shop is located within the lounge of Onedome, an

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Calla Lily Crepes plans move down the street into Nevada City storefront

March 4, 2019 — Those looking for crepes in Nevada County are often pointed in the direction of Calla Lily Crepes. Soon those folks might still be directed to the same restaurant, but in a slightly different direction. Calla Lily Crepes has operated from a heated tent in Nevada

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Meet your merchant: Dreams of architecture sidetracked by second passion

March 3, 2019 — While growing up in Nevada County, Natalie Wengryn Browning was sure she wanted to escape small town life and become an architect. So after high school graduation she went off to college to pursue her dream. But, like many foothills natives, two years later she

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Innovation leads to starting a business for Grass Valley duo

February 25, 2019 — Like so many modern inventions, Ray Van Lenten's innovation began in a garage. Working out of his home in Grass Valley, Van Lenten and his friend, Andrew Slane, were tinkering with a more efficient way to extract cannabis with ethanol. Van Lenten remembers Slane commenting

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Meet your merchant: Nevada County family has built internationally-known fencing company

February 24, 2019 — In 1966, Jack and Nancy Henderson moved to Nevada County from Southern California. For 10 years, they ran Hendersons' Hardware on Mill Street in Grass Valley, with an accompanying traditional fencing business. But after learning about new fencing technology at the Tulare Farm Show one

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Cook family to sell Friar Tuck’s restaurant in Nevada City

February 20, 2019 — After nearly fifty years of business in Nevada City, the Cook family has decided to sell Friar Tuck’s restaurant. The family said it has already found a buyer. In a letter to the community sent to The Union, Rona and Carissa Cook wrote: “We would

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Meet your merchant: Retired nurse finds a new calling working with pets

February 17, 2019 — Growing up in San Francisco, Cheryl Robinson always knew she had a gift for healing, whether it was animals or people. That's why no one was surprised when she became a registered nurse, and went on to thrive for many years working in the trauma

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Limited editions: Nevada County natives meet up to create business in Santa Barbara

February 11, 2019 — Adam Verhasselt, Ryley Peterson, and Will Young began working together a short time ago, to solidify a dream. The trio of Nevada County natives wanted to create a clothing brand that showcased artists with unique styles. The dream started to materialize around a year and

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Meet your merchant: Family of three redheads founded a successful baking company from their home kitchen

February 10, 2019 — When Brianna McKinley was in the sixth grade, her mother decided it was time for home school, as she wasn't impressed with the public schools in southwest Florida. But spending more time at home proved to have its perks, as Brianna, or "Bri" would soon

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Meet your merchant: From young age, Grass Valley salon manager knew her path

February 3, 2019 — While still a junior at Nevada Union High School, Marcie McClure jumped at the chance to enroll in the regional occupational program and attend cosmetology school in Marysville. On weekdays, a group of six classmates were bussed to beauty school classes. But on Saturdays, they'd

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Meet your merchant: Just like grandpa used to make at Penny’s Dinner

January 27, 2019 — As a child, Michelle McConnell remembers watching her great grandfather busily cooking in his kitchen at home. "He would never feed us anything he didn't make himself," she said. "I remember him kneading dough, churning butter and making his own pasta and ice cream. The

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Machen MacDonald: Be BRAVE to succeed

January 27, 2019 — In order to grow, succeed and prosper, we need to step into our greatness and to do that we need to be brave. Bravery is like courage in that it is not void of fear. Being brave is noticing the fear, feeling the fear and

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Meet Your Merchant: Business started when owner found a niche during the Great Recession

January 20, 2019 — Back when he was in his early 20s, Pat Herbert kept running into a girl named Sarah whenever he stopped by The Yankee Peddler, a Grass Valley convenience store. There was something about Sarah, and before long the two became a couple and eventually moved

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Meet Your Merchant: Summer-school out leads to passion for cosmetology

January 13, 2019 — Sarah Cranston received some alarming news when she was a junior in high school. She was short on school credits. If she was going to graduate on time, she only had two options: take a Regional Occupational Program class (a course through a career preparation

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NC Kombuchary brings kombucha brewery to Grass Valley

January 6, 2019 — It was a high school friendship that led Sean Millar to take his kombucha passion to the next level. A Grass Valley resident since he was 5 years old, Millar has brewed kombucha — fermented tea — for seven years. The fermentation process intrigued him,

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Meet your merchant: Player’s Pizza a community hub with a new sports bar, live music and upcoming microbrewery

January 6, 2019 — In 1998, Dave Nelson was living in his hometown of Santa Barbara when he got a call from one of his oldest friends, former NFL player Rob Woods. The former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman had opened Player's Pizza, Pasta & More in a small town

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