Nevada County has a hidden secret – phenomenal shopping!
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Antique shops and trendy boutiques neighbor used bookstores, eco shops, sporting good stores and galleries. The three historical downtown corridors are teeming with goodies, gifts, and gadgets that may just keep you from the slopes, streams and trails.
Nevada County has cultivated more than its fair share of artists and art lovers. Galleries and unique home décor stores are as prolific as ski shops and browsing guests should have no problem finding their own little local treasure to take home. Truckee is home to galleries showcasing landscape photography, Southwestern art, Native American jewelry, and on-site glassblowing. Dozens of local artists present their paintings, ceramics, furniture, and sculptures at Grass Valley’s Art Works and the Alexander Gallery in Nevada City features contemporary works and attracts national and international collectors to its spacious space on Broad Street.
Trendy boutiques and outerwear specialists make it easy to stay fashionable around town and comfortable in the outdoors. From Carhartts to MEK jeans, Nevada County keeps you covered. Scotch Broom in Nevada City and Kalifornia Jean Bar in Truckee are a few of the clothiers that stay ahead of the fashion trends and the aptly named Hat Store and others help keep you accessorized. For active apparel and year-round trail gear, Truckee offers Pacos Bike and Ski and The BackCountry while South County visitors can peruse Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop and Mountain Recreation.
Gifts used to be about giving, but Nevada County shopping makes you want to keep it all for yourself. Why take home a t-shirt when stained-glass snowflakes can be found throughout the year at Joanne’s Stained Glass in Truckee? Fine bamboo bedding is only a sampling of the home products from the nearby Gratitudes Gifts and Home Décor while the Cooking Gallery is just one of several boutique kitchen emporiums. Grass Valley is home to Tess’ Kitchen and the Wooden Spoon while Nevada City boasts JJ Jacksons, where trendy aprons and funky stemware sit amidst a bevy of blankets, books, cards, toys and accessories. And a visit to Grass Valley simply isn’t complete without a stop into the wildly popular Yuba Blue (from intimate apparel to garden stones) and the Foothill Mercantile where fudge, toys and goodies for the home appease shoppers of all ages.