Town talk: Miller/Lamphier, Logue/Pruett, Tess’ Kitchen/Mill St. Fabric

I got bored with The Union’s “Town Talk” feature — “guest 1” arguing with “guest 2” and the pop-up ads — so I decided to start my own, as I said last week. This Town Talk offers real news and information, most of which the “mainstream media” will follow (as they did last week). But you read it here first — for free:

•According to my sources, longtime Grass Valley Council member Dan Miller is thinking about running against Terry Lamphier for District 3 supervisor and support is lining up. Lamphier’s term doesn’t come up until 2014, but some longtimers can’t wait for change soon enough. My two cents: Terry’s been doing a good job.

•Barry Pruett, who ran for county clerk-recorder in a “mud slinging” campaign, has relocated from District 2 to District 4, where Dan Logue now resides. I don’t know what this means politically, but my sources think Barry still has political ambitions. His political blog, which he once said was going on hiatus, is “alive and well.”

•And some exciting news on the business front: I hear Fabrics on Mill St. plans to close its “brick and mortar” store on Mill St. and concentrate on online-only sales (just like Jordan Wood has done successfully). It’s an understandable move. The high-quality fabric store was featured in a national TV show, as you might recall, and is drawing business from all over.

But here’s the kicker, which makes it exciting: Tess’ Kitchen Store is planning to relocate into Mill St. Fabric’s space at 115 Mill St. from down the street, partly because it could provide the additional space to open a “demonstration” cooking station, according to my sources. I’m all for that. The owner is a good marketer, and this should provide him with a “unique” offering — building a “community” around cooking. Nowadays, you have to provide this kind of experience to shoppers.

We enjoyed the potato latkes demonstration during Hanukkah — and bought some cool salt and pepper grinders, among our other purchases in downtown Grass Valley this holiday.

Good luck and/or kudos to all! The Internet is redefining how we communicate (though my longtime former colleague Herb Caen at The Chronicle was the “three-dot” journalism pioneer)!

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

One thought on “Town talk: Miller/Lamphier, Logue/Pruett, Tess’ Kitchen/Mill St. Fabric”

  1. The little I have been following the BOS Terry Lamphier has been doing a very good job, coming into meetings very well prepared. I think the board is a much better place with him on it.

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