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Nevada City/Grass Valley Chamber Business Showcase & Mixer
Thursday, March 21st 5:00pm- 7:30pm

Hosted by: Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Hwy 49, Nevada City

Questions?:  Contact Theresa Scicluna
530-368-1797 or

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Renewing Members


California Gold
Emily’s Catering & Cakes
King Cleaning Services
Nevada City Classic Café
North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
The Magic Theatre

CATS Celebrates Year of Snake

Traditional Chinese Lion-Dancing Rings in the Year of the Snake!

Eastern Ways Martial Arts from Folsom dazzled the approximately 500 men, women, and children last Sunday afternoon, Feb 17th , at the Robinson Plaza in Nevada City. There were five ceremonial lions that “chased off” evil spirits and blessed the crowd, bringing forth prosperity to all in the Lunar New Year, Year of the Snake.

Festivities continued at The Stonehouse with food, entertainment, mahjong, an art exhibit, a calligraphy demonstration, a slide show, and arts and crafts for children. The family event was produced by Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS), Kwong Chew of Asia, and Nikko Wu of The Stonehouse.

Photo by David Wong

The Magic Carpet Re-Opens Under New Management

While planning for their retirement, Paul and Eileen Jorgensen, founders of The Magic Carpet, began a conversation with two of their friends and rug lovers who like many customers expressed their desire to see the rug shop, a landmark of Nevada City, somehow continue. That conversation grew into a plan, and then became a reality!

With great excitement and joy, Paul and Eileen announced the re-opening of The Magic Carpet under the capable management of Peter Cohen and Carolien van Straten starting February 15, 2013.

In celebrating this new beginning, The Magic Carpet is offering a sale of 25% off all rugs, statues, pillows and textiles, and 10% off rug washing services until May 1, 2013.

Paul and Eileen will continue to support the store’s success as buyers, appraisers and consultants, traveling the world and sending back beautiful hand-knotted rugs and ethnic artifacts for The Magic Carpet’s distinctive customers.

Peter and Carolien will bring their enthusiasm and expert guidance to customers at the store and they invite you to stop by and say hello

Paul and Eileen wish to express heartfelt gratitude for all the wonderful support received and delightful friendships enjoyed during their long journey as owners of the Magic Carpet in Nevada City for the past 33 years.

And now the magic continues!

Stonehouse for Lease/Sale

Stonehouse is for lease/sale, at $1.25/psf or $1.3 M.

Anyone would like to share Stonehouse space to start your own business? Big or small, different days, different hours. Healing, shared office, Food, Drinks, goods, service, yoga, dance class, lecture, retreat or performance, breakfast, lunch, dinner, cafe at Stonehouse? With very reasonable rate. We support you with the space we have, the people coming here for events as potential customers, the marketing, and we got entertainment from Thur. through Sat. Let us know, if you’d like to start your breakfast, lunch, dinner, cafe, theater, bar, event business.

Please contact Nikko at 530-265 5050,

More info

The Stonehouse, a massive, romantic, fully restored 1800´s stone and timber structure located in the charming California gold rush town of Nevada City. Both the building and the town are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Free standing, 10,000 SF, 3 story building with Cave, 2 patios, located in historical down Nevada City, with a private parking lot, by Little Deer Creek, Pioneer Park, B&Bs, walk to Cafe. theater, book stores and restaurants. It’s a red-hot event venue now, booking many events and banquets.Joint ventures welcome!

Spa? Boutique Hotel? Private Castle? Market Place? Yoga/Dance Studio? Retail? Office?  Dreaming of having your own business? How about reviving the brewery and let the golden beer flow again? Built in 1852, The Stonehouse

Leasing the facility — The former Stonehouse Restaurant boasts a great bar/wedding/banquet/conference facility with $1.8 million annual gross sales. 10,000 SF of space, it may also be divided into multiple enterprises offering many possibilities. A full liquor license is available.

If taking over the whole building, including all equipment, furniture and inventory, it is a turn-key operation.  Or breaking down the space to accommodate multiple tenants, rates are negotiable.

The facility — Whole facility:10,800 sq.ft.Includes all $700,000 of improvements

1st Floor:4,000 sq. ft.The cozy pub has a fireplace, a beautiful, carved back bar from the 1800’s and antiques. The dining room has an open kitchen with an oven and wood-fired grill, a performance stage and a floating dance floor, great for concerts and dance club events.

2nd Floor:4,000 sq. ft.This space is divided into a 900 sq.ft.commercial kitchen with access to the Granite Room, a carpeted banquet room featuring a huge showcase wine rack, granite walls on three sides and tall, carved, gilt and painted Victorian doors. The adjacent Timber Room, located at the top of the open stair, features stone walls, timber posts and beams, a cozy alcove, and a small dance floor and is suitable for banquets, intimate weddings, and service club meetings.

3rd Floor:2000 sq. ft Pent HouseA beautiful space, with a wrap-around deck for office, gallery, private club, cigar room, manager’s quarters, bridal suites.

Stone Patio:1200 sq.ft.With rock wall and cascading vines, a beautiful tree-shaded setting for outdoor dining or wedding ceremonies.

2nd Floor Patio1000 sq. ft.An outdoor seating area edged with beautiful brick wall and greenery, up an outside staircase leading to the Timber Room entrance.

Wine Cave:The entrance gate opens onto the stone patio. The cave is a hand-dug tunnel into the hill and connects to other mine shafts. It was brewery storage for 150+ years.

Basement:1000 sq.ft.Intimate space for wine cellar, wine tasting or Parisian-styled speakeasy,

See all our fun events at Free Hot Salsa Night Fridays, very popular, thank you! Also can’t wait to hear sultry, soulful Blackbird Quartet! Follow by Symboria House & Dub.

Saturday, Award Winning Blues Band, Pinkie Rideau & The Blind Resistance -award winning blues band! Follow by A BASS ODYSSEY, DR.KNOBZ, SMASHEL.TOOTH, AZ.REDSMOKE, SATCHI.OM, WOLF.RUNNER, PHIL.HARMONIC, FIRE DANCE, LIVE ART, GO GO DANCERS

Call to book your event! Set your memory in Stone!

Nikko Wu 1-530-346 1188

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Music at Nevada Theatre Feb 22 & 23

Paul Emery Music presents…

At the Nevada Theatre…Mark Growden will perform on Friday Feb 22 with Chris Brady on Trumpet and Daniel Fabricant on upright bass and our own Rick Kirkpatrick and his band will play on Feb 23rd with Paul Cogley opening. All shows start at 8:00 with doors at 7:15.

The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, is in downtown Nevada City and is the oldest continuously operated theater in California. Tickets for all shows are $20 and are available at the Nevada City Box Office at the Miners Foundry in person, online at, or by calling 530-265-6462. Tickets are also available at BriarPatch Market , 530-272-5333. You can get tickets on line through Vedini at the Miners Foundry.

For more information go to

Sierra Commons Open House Feb 21st

Sierra Commons, in conjunction with Samantha Hinrichs of Mud and Pearls, is having an open house. We recently moved to the Seven Hills Business District in Nevada City and want to show off our new digs.

Sierra Commons is a cooperative office space, where your office mates see, support and help with your business. Mud and Pearls has benefited a thousandfold from this experience.

Please join us and bring your friends. See what the excitement is all about!

Thursday February 21st
4:30 – 7:00
Sierra Commons
792 Searls, Nevada City

Hope you can make it. And if you can’t, feel free to drop on by any time.

sierracommons, 792A searls avenue, nevada city, CA 95959
(530) 265-8443 // //

New & Renewing Members


Nevada City Timeshare Rentals
Sierra Photo Booth

Bubbles & Bows Pet Salon
Dennis Cassella
Fifthframe Photography
Malakoff Diggins Park Assoc.
Michael Merrill
Nevada City Self Storage
Nevada City Winery
Sierra FoodWineArt
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
The Truffle Shop
Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro
VOICI Recycled Designer Apparel

Nevada City Romantic Dates

Broad Street, Nevada City

contributed by Erin Thiem, of Outside Inn

Nevada City’s historic charm leads to a perfect romantic getaway, whether it’s an intimate evening for two or a party with your all of your friends and family.  With so many choices, it’s hard to figure out how to fit it all in one date.  So here are a few options, depending on what type of adventure you’re looking for.

New Moon Cafe

If you’re the type of couple who likes to celebrate a special occasion with a nice meal out, start your date with a reservation at New Moon Cafe.  Treat yourself to a roasted beet salad, fresh fish and a decadent dessert.  The seasonal menu is made of fresh ingredients, with a wine list to impress even the most educated wine drinker.

South Yuba River, Edwards Crossing

Perhaps your idea of the perfect couple retreat is a strenuous hike down by the South Yuba River, followed by a couples massage and then take out pizza from the Northridge and a night in.  Start your date day off with a hardy breakfast from Ike’s Quarter Café and then head out to Edward’s Crossing and head downstream along the South Yuba Trail.  Make sure to take your camera for the picturesque view point 45 minutes downstream from the bridge and if you’re feeling up to you can continue hiking all the way down to Purdons Crossing, 4 ½ miles downstream, but remember, you’ll have to turn around and walk all the way back, as the hike is an in and out, not a loop.  If you’d like a little bit of pampering check out the Insight Directory for Healthy Living for a list of local body workers, or refer to the Nevada City Chamber’s list of personal care businesses in both Nevada City and Grass Valley.

Lefty's Grill pizza
Crazy Horse Saloon

Or maybe you want to have a night out with friends to celebrate an occasion, meet your friends down at the Mine Shaft and then head over to Lefty’s Grill for a casual bite to eat.  Check the latest music listening and head over to Haven Underground, the Miners Foundry, The Stonehouse or The Center for the Arts to listen to some live music.  Perhaps finish your night out with some live music and a drink at Coopers or the Crazy Horse Saloon.

Clavey Vineyards, Szabo Vineyards, Indian Springs and Nevada City Winery

Perhaps you and your partner would like a day of exploring local vineyards.  Downtown Nevada City has a number of tastings rooms including Nevada City Winery, Clavey Vineyards and Szabo Vineyards.  Grab a cheese platter and watch the foot traffic on Broad Street out the windows from Szabo.  You could also check out the wine club events at Nevada City Winery and chose a date when they’re either having their bottle your own wine event or one of the many Sierra Vintners or Nevada City Chamber Wine Tasting events.  There’s something for everyone, so sample away, you’ll probably end up with a bottle or two to take home with you to help remember your Nevada City.

Nevada City is constantly hosting events, workshops, theatre productions and more, so whether your getaway is an organized event, or a self-created itinerary, there’s always something special to do.

Erin Thiem is the owner of Outside Inn, a small hotel in a quiet neighborhood in downtown Nevada City.  Erin is a passionate supporter of everything Nevada City.  She publishes articles on many local sites in town, including her own blog Innside Nevada City.

Fat Tuesday Hymnal Feb 12

Fat Tuesday Hymnal

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Nevada City United Methodist Church
433 Broad St., Nevada City

Nevada City United Methodist Church invites the community to join us in our Fat Tuesday celebration on February 12th at 7 pm in our sanctuary located at 433 Broad Street. Mardi Gras, (Mardi in French means Tuesday, Gras translates as Fat) is celebrated in many ways. In our community, we have masquerades, dances, and a parade. Fat Tuesday is the evening before the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. Because Lent is a time of introspection and fasting, Fat Tuesday is a day of celebration and feasting. One of the Fat Tuesday traditions is called a “Hymnal”. The people gather for a celebration of Music while singing and hearing the “good old hymns” of the faith played in Dixieland Jazz Style. A free will donation will be taken for the band.

Our musical guests will be the Fulton Street Jazz Band from the Sacramento Area. Bob Ringwald leads the group in its distinctive driving Dixieland style.

For more information contact, call 530.265.2797 or go to the website at


Open House at Miners Foundry Feb 15

Miners Foundry Cultural Center Open House and Community Party

Friday, February 15, 2013, Doors 5:30pm, Demonstrations 6:30pm, Music 8pm
Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA

Tickets: Suggested Donation of $10 at the door, no one will be turned away

On Friday, February 15, 2013, The Miners Foundry Cultural Center will host an Open House and Community Party at the historic venue to celebrate the new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall and recognize those that have contributed to make this major, yet necessary, facility upgrade a reality.

With the support of private donors, businesses, Nevada City, Nevada County and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Foundry has raised 95% of their goal and hope the Open House and Community Party will help with the final amount needed. Last week the new wood floor was installed by Youngs Carpet One. Youngs Carpet has been instrumental in helping the Foundry select the new wood floor. With their guidance the Foundry selected a Kahrs Activity Floor. In addition to installing the floor, Youngs sealed and leveled the existing concrete floor and installed a moisture barrier.

There is still time for individuals, families, and businesses interested in donating $1,000 or more to have their named imprinted on the floor for generations to see and enjoy.  To make a tax-deductible donation you can do so online at or simply call (530) 265-5040. You can also mail in your donation to Miners Foundry, attn: Osborn/Woods Hall Floor, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA, 95959. For questions or additional information please contact Gretchen Bond at (530) 265-5040 or

Interested in Hosting a Mixer?

Mixers are an excellent way to keep your business top-of-mind, introduce a new business to influential business leaders, showcase a change or renovation, and more. If you are interested in hosting a mixer, contact Cindy at the Chamber office at 265-2692 or email



Food & Film Series Presents “Chocolat” Feb 12

Food & Film Series presents…

“Chocolat” plus Q&A with Ken Kossudji of Dorado Chocolates
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Film 7pm, Theatre/Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to the film

Tickets: $8/Members, $10/Non-members, Tickets are limited to 60.
Advance Tickets at The Magic Theatre during business hours or call (530) 362-8601

Celebrated, revered, and constantly photographed, food is the new rock n’ roll and chefs are the new rock stars! The Food & Film Series, a popular monthly event presented by the Nevada City Film Festival and Magic Lantern Film Society, returns for a second year, but with a twist. This year the series pairs a popular foodie film followed by an intimate Q&A and tasting with a local or regional chef, mixologist, brew master, chocolatier, or forager. The series kicks off on Tuesday, February 12, just in time for Valentine’s Day, with the sinfully delicious film “Chocolat” starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche, followed by a Q&A with Dorado Chocolates owner and chocolatier Ken Kossoudji, at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City.

This year, the series will be held at The Magic Theatre, a charming 62-seat art house movie theatre located in the 7-Hills Business District and at the Miners Foundry for the larger, more dinner theatre specific screenings. The Magic Theatre boasts new Dolby surround sound, a new screen, new state of the art DCI projection, new red velvet plush seats and organic concessions.

The series’ first film of the year is “Chocolat”. It is the endearing story of a young mother, played by Juliette Binoche, who arrives at the fictional, repressed French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her six-year-old daughter and opens La Chocolaterie Maya, a small chocolaterie. Her chocolate quickly begins to change the lives of the townspeople. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It was also nominated for eight BAFTAs, and four Golden Globes. It won a Screen Actors Guild Award. The film also stars Judi Dench, Leni Olin, and Alfred Molina.

Following the film Ken Kossoudji from Dorado Chocolates in Grass Valley will be on hand to talk about the process of making chocolate, how one becomes a chocolatier, and share some of his delectable chocolate. According to Lonely Planet, “Ken Kossoudji creates incredible handmade chocolates at this temple of indulgence. There’s amazing coffee drinks and, yes, hot chocolate.” Dorado’s hot chocolate is so famous Oprah’s team picked it as a top 5 in the USA. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

New & Renewing Members

Casa del Campo Guest House
Real Graphic
The Magic Carpet – New Managers Peter Cohen & Carolien van Straten

API Marketing
Lost Mine Retreat
Nevada City Advocate
Scott Jackson’s Real Life Fitness
Sperry Van Ness-Highland Commercial

Summer Camp & Activities Fair

Nevada City Parks & Recreation is partnering with Parents’ Resource Guide to offer the 2nd Annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair. The Fair is designed to allow parents the opportunity to meet camp directors and activity providers; ask questions about their programs and find the best match for their child. Last year’s vendors said the event had a constant flow of parents, the registration price was reasonable and that it was a great place for parents to get information in one place. There are so many opportunities for school-aged children during the summer; we are giving parents the opportunity to meet many of those providers on one day in one place, so they can make informed decisions about which activities will best suit their child and their family’s summer schedule.

The event will be held at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building, on May 4th; from 10am to 2pm. Currently we are asking for summer camp and activity providers to contact us about being a vendor at the fair. This is a chance to meet parents and accept registrations for your program.

For more information contact Nevada City Parks & Recreation at 530-265-2496 x129.