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Grass Valley’s Cafe Tara offering raw, vegan fare

September 2, 2018 — Nevada County native Justina Dunne admits that although cooking is part of her heritage — her family at one time owned both Peterson's Corner and Northridge Restaurant — she had not considered food as a career. But it was during a stint at military school

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Cake bakery set to open in Grass Valley’s Nevada County Bank building

August 21, 2018 — Inside the newly refurbished Nevada County Bank building in downtown Grass Valley, there is one still-vacant space. What little can be seen through the papered-over windows is designed to pique the curiosity of passers-by, with gorgeous vintage-look pendant lights hanging from the ceiling and a

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Phased renovation in the works for Grass Valley’s historic Holbrooke Hotel

August 20, 2018 — California Klondike. That's the aesthetic mash-up new owner Jordan Fife is shooting for with his planned renovation of Grass Valley's historic Holbrooke Hotel, with decor ranging from pure kitsch to more authentic pieces and even modern interpretations of a Western theme. That renovation will roll

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Stand by your ham: Specialty meat market to open in Nevada City

July 10, 2018 — In a chilly, windowless room, carefully monitored to maintain a temperature of exactly 55 degrees and a humidity level of 75-80 percent, Jason Jillson is showing off his edible wares. Hanging from a series of metal racks — each with a weight capacity of 300

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Grass Valley’s The Center for the Arts launches OnTheGo series

June 27, 2018 — The Center for the Arts will shutter its iconic building in historic downtown Grass Valley for the next six to eight months during an extensive renovation. But its programming will not suffer, and instead will shift to a host of other venues such as the

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The more, the merrier: Make Local Habit/Kiya’s Naturals expand to Nevada City

May 30, 2018 — Aria Griffis and Kiya Rios have made an impression on downtown Grass Valley with their unique, dual-purpose, often whimsical storefront, Make Local Habit and Kiya's Naturals. Recognizing an unfilled niche in the landscape of Nevada City retail, the two opened their second location on Commercial

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Penn Valley’s Blue Cow Deli’s new owners are inspired to build upon an already successful menu.

May 27, 2018 — Food has always played a big role in the lives of Sarai and Gabriel Simning. For Sarai, organic farming and raising her own meat became a passion after moving to Nevada County from her native city of Sonoma. Gabriel had been farming since he was

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A little creek goes a long way: Wolf Creek Trail opens

May 8, 2018 — A one-mile stretch of trail along Wolf Creek has opened for public use. The creation of the trail was made possible through the efforts of the Wolf Creek Community Alliance, the City of Grass Valley and various other public and private property donations and easements.

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Time to wine down: Smith Vineyard and Tasting Room to shutter

April 12, 2018 — After over 30 years in business, Smith Vineyard & Winery and its accompanying Tasting Room will be closing its doors at the end of May. The closure is bittersweet for owners Christina and Gary Smith, who have been running the winery and vineyard — 10

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A new flair at a local favorite: Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar’s first new chef in 20 years

April 10, 2018 — Overlooking downtown Truckee sits one of the locals' favorite eateries and one of the most historic sites in the region. The Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar is steeped in ski history dating back to the town's Winter Carnivals more than a century ago. Inside the walls

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Three new eateries on tap for Grass Valley’s Mill Street

March 12, 2018 — A restaurant renaissance of sorts is taking place in downtown Grass Valley, with three new restaurants slated to open this summer. All three eateries are moving into spaces that have been vacant for months. Cafe Tara, which reportedly will serve vegan and raw food, has

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Five national travel sites give Truckee “Best of” title

December 17, 2017 — Truckee pride is stronger than ever, after five national travel sites and their readers have associated it with the title of "best of." Truckee was recently named "Coolest Ski Town in North America," but has also been awarded top honors as destinations for "Best Ski

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‘The Christmas Card’ continues to bring to bring tourists to Nevada City

December 12, 2017 — "It's the biggest promotion this town has ever seen." That's how Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cathy Whittlesey describes "The Christmas Card," the 2006 Hallmark Channel holiday movie filmed in Nevada City and featuring Victorian Christmas. "It's unbelievable to me," said Whittlesey. "Every

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Culture Shock

November 30, 2017 — For the past nine years, whenever we are craving something creamy and sweet, we have been able to go to Culture Shock and create a frozen yogurt sundae creation that can run the gamut from healthy to tangy to chocolaty to sinfully decadent. Now, you

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Tahoe National Forest recognize top photos in 2017 contest

November 28, 2017 — The Tahoe National Forest this week announced the first, second and third place winners of the 2017 Tahoe National Forest Photo Contest. According to a news release, first place is "Celestial Wilderness," by Joseph Dondelinger. Second place is "Dreamy Nights," also by Joseph Dondelinger, and

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Nevada County Captures: Scenaries and the art show at the Elks Lodge

November 21, 2017 — SUBMIT A PHOTO Have you captured the faces, places and events of our lovely community as well? Then submit your own photos to The Union's "Nevada County Captures" page to be published in our print edition. Send submissions to photos@theunion.com, or post photos on social

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No matter which direction you choose, Bear Yuba Land Trust hopes you #OptOutside

November 15, 2017 — Two years ago, REI did something different on Black Friday — they shut their doors and spent the day outside. This year they're closing their doors again on Nov. 24, making it now the third annual #OptOutside. Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and 52 Hike

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Nevada County Captures: Champion Falls, a buck and GiGi the goose

November 14, 2017 — SUBMIT A PHOTO Have you captured the faces, places and events of our lovely community as well? Then submit your own photos to The Union's "Nevada County Captures" page to be published in our print edition. Send submissions to photos@theunion.com, or post photos on social

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Delivering pizza with a side of love

October 12, 2017 — At Miner Moe's Pizza in Nevada City, you can feel the love. Whether it's in the fresh ingredients in the salad bar, the pizza dough and sauce handmade each day, or the delicious baked sandwiches and calzones, you can taste the care and attention that

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Frank’s Pizza expands hours

September 20, 2017 — Frank's Pizza co-owner Hollie Klauer knows the reputation acquired by the Grass Valley institution, which has been open at 122 E. Main St., barring a few hiccups, for more than 40 years. "It's still Frank's," she said, adding that retaining the feel — and the

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