The Rebirth of Main Street

ONCE THE EPICENTER OF RETAIL, America’s malls are struggling: “An Ode to Shopping Malls — farewell, pleasure palaces of days past,” The New York Times reported. “A historical anachronism,” the New Yorker declared. “The culture that spawned satire like Mallrats seems increasingly dated, ever cartoonish,” The Guardian concluded. Our historic downtowns across America — including […]

Food, Glorious Food: What’s new in our region

PINE STREET BURGERS This all-natural burger restaurant has opened in Grass Valley, and it’s one of the best burgers in the region. (We eat them all: at Burger Me in Truckee and Reno, Lefty’s Grill, Ike’s and Matteo’s Public in Nevada City, and Dine N Dash Cafe in Colfax, among others). Pine Street Burgers are […]

Artisan Treats: Nevada City rocks the food world

Nevada City offers an idyllic lifestyle. Now, thanks to innovative entrepreneurs and laws such as the California Homemade Food Act, it is home to more artisan foods. Some examples: From Beans to Bar In 1997, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker helped revolutionize our appreciation of fine chocolate. It changed chocolate from being seen as a mere […]

“These are a few of our favorite things”

These are a few of our favorite things for the holidays: Foothill Flowers An institution since 1966, the Johnson’s family-owned shop creates exquisite arrangements with hand-picked flowers from the San Francisco Flower Mart. Foothill also offers a selection of fine wines to compliment your bouquet. The holiday window displays are among the best in the […]