FoodWineArt Insider: What’s Up In Our Region

CHRIS STEVENS COURTYARD A walkway in downtown Grass Valley has been dedicated in honor of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens—epitomizing the spirit of coming together in small towns. The Chris Stevens Courtyard is a 10-foot wide by 100-foot long walkway, decorated with a bronze plaque and archway, in the middle of Mill Street. The location dates […]

Tasting Notes

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION Now in its 18th year, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of the region’s premier wine and food events. On Saturday, March 2, from 1-4 p.m., participants gather to sip wine from foothill wineries while sampling chef specialties and sweets from local restaurants. Attendees also can shop at the clothing […]

The Olive Groove

Like His, The Olive Groove is a store that reflects the revitalized retailing scene in Grass Valley. The Olive Groove is an oil and vinegar taphouse that provides the freshest extra virgin and infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars available. It also offers gourmet sea salts, loose leaf teas, olive-oil soap and skincare products, accessories […]

His: A Gentleman’s Sundry

Downtown Grass Valley is going uptown, thanks to imaginative local merchants. New stores are opening that offer some of the freshest and most innovative ideas in retailing — without traveling “off the hill,” let alone to a big city. Nowhere is this more apparent than at His. A Gentleman’s Sundry, which opened last fall at […]

Below the snow belt: Satellite ski towns

“SATELLITE SKI COMMUNITIES ARE THE new dream,” according to Powder magazine Though a little farther from the ski slopes, so-called satellite ski towns still have easy access, a vibrant cultural scene, and are more affordable. The foothills is blessed with an abundance of them: AUBURN ExploreAuburnCa.com Auburn helped bring skiing to the Sierra. The Auburn […]

Phoenix Humidor: Helping to revitalize downtown Grass Valley

LESS THAN A YEAR AGO, Stucki Jewelers opened Phoenix Humidor, the biggest walk-in cigar humidor in the foothills. Owners James and Nichole Arbaugh stocked the humidor with premium hand-crafted cigars along with loose-leaf tobacco and accessories such as cigar cutters, lighters and ashtrays. Their new venture has been a major success, making Stucki one of […]

Stucki Jewelers: Free if it snows

“I’m dreaming of a White Christmas” – Bing Crosby Imagine receiving free jewelry if it snows one inch during any 24-hour period in December. The crooner himself surely would have applauded that. For the 10th straight year, Stucki Jewelers of downtown Grass Valley, the region’s oldest continually operating jewelry store, is offering a “free if […]

The Olive Groove: Partnering with local artists, farmers and chefs

“Partnering with local artists, farmers, and chefs is a big part of why we love this work. By focusing on local talent, we are able to offer unique products for our customers and support the thriving creative scene in Nevada County.” — Christina West, owner of the Olive Groove The Olive Groove located in downtown […]

Tasting Notes

FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian tradition. It features seven courses of fish and seafood dishes on Christmas Eve — the freshest catch of the day, as well as clams, oysters, mussels, squid, shrimp and lobster, for example. Avanguardia’s Cristallo is the perfect wine for the occasion. […]

The Center for the Arts begins its multimillion-dollar upgrade

The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley, one of the region’s premier performing arts venues, is undergoing a much-anticipated multimillion-dollar renovation. The capacity of the venue is increasing from 310 to 492, with a flexible floor plan that will allow The Center to program more events in its own home. With the square […]

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