It is the lone store in the historic district dedicated to ice cream, an important item for a walkable, tourism oriented city such as my hometown.
The highly visible corner store at 236 Broad St., at Broad and Pine, specializes in handmade ice cream bars, drumsticks, handmade chocolates, coffee drinks, milkshakes and toys.
The ice cream and other items are being sold at 50 percent off. The store could close as early as this weekend.
You might want to get down and support the owners and help them clear out the ice cream cooler at half off. We will. My wife, son and I frequented the place when it wasn’t half off.
Ice cream sales typically are a recession-proof business, but the Confectionary Mine depends on tourists coming to our small town.
Broad Street — the showcase of downtown Nevada City — is looking awfully bleak nowadays: The storefront across the street has long been vacant and the Broad Street Furnishings building remains empty.
But the downtown buildings that are empty are among the highest profile ones in town. It’s a sad state of affairs.
It’s too bad more landlords can’t cut their tenants some slack on the rent.
It’s also sad how the merchants can’t work together to make the city better. There’s so much infighting. As one put it: “We thought we were moving to Mayberry, not Stepford.”
For the most part, the Chamber and Downtown Association need “new blood” too, with fresh, innovative ideas. Trouble is, we’re an insular bunch and not open much to new ideas.
It’s elsewhere too: Look what it took to shake up GM’s entrenched management: The U.S. government.