I don’t know if The Union’s Christopher R. is an earlier riser, but he’s welcome to join me and my son on our ride to his school in the morning, where we also get some business “scoopies.” My son is old enough to ride “shotgun,” but Chris could sit in the back seat. We often dig up news just by looking around the neighborhoods, and hopping out of the truck once in a while for follow-up. At 8 a.m., it’s quiet downtown.
Here you go (for free, too, no “paywall”):
•A new B&B is opening in downtown GV called Lamb’s Victorian Inn. The owners are John and Janet Lamb, who live behind the handsome Victorian at 304 S. Church Street — just down the road from Howard and Peggy Levine’s Swan Levine House.
This is good news for downtown, where some of the lodging fills up fast on the weekend. We need more lodging. The Lamb’s Victorian Inn is all “neat and tidy” in front, with cool landscaping, and I’m sure it will be popular — just like the Broad Street Inn has become in Nevada City.
The Lamb’s Victorian Inn is expected to open at the end of March.
•A shoe store called Sole Sisters is planned for the handsome building on Main and Richardson in downtown Grass Valley — one of my favorites. (I wrote about it the other day). This is going to be a store with some cool shoes, including fashionable ones. Its co-owner is Jeannette Little, a Nevada Union High graduate.
This is an example of young locals sticking around to become entrepreneurs and small business owners. This store will compliment, not compete with, Empire Shoes on Mill St., I am sure.
Sole Sisters is expected to open in March.
I visited with owner Randy Hodges, who showed me around. The restaurant is finished with stained wood and earth tones, and it includes an extra 2,000 square feet of space and a new banquet room for 50 people.
Humpty Dumpty Kitchen will employ 18 people. The staff has been kept on payroll since the fire that burned the building, Randy said.
There’s more good news down the road for our small business community, too.
All told, I’m becoming more hopeful that our local economic scene is perking up. A new restaurant is opening at Lefty’s former location on Broad Street in Nevada City, as I wrote the other day. Housing is rebounding too.