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Only In Nevada County – Must See To Believe Stores In Person

You may come for the outdoors but you'll stay to explore Nevada county's charming towns. Pick up honey from bees that gathered pollen locally from a variety of foothill flowers in Nevada County. Create a lifelong memory by having a local skate shop setup your kid's first skateboard. From creatives to mountain adventurers, you’ll find a shop or twelve that are you to a tee in Nevada County's towns.

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Pick up a one-of-a kind gifts from Kitkitdizzi like plant potions made locally by Fat And The Moon for your bod garden.

Bring out the inner avalanche dog in your pup and stop by Wild & Ruff with products designed and based on feedback from search and rescue teams on how their current gear was lacking or could be improved.

Get your kids excited for their 1st skateboard and stop by Good Times Skateshop in Grass Valley.


By Alex Silgalis

To say this part of the Golden State is a hidden gem is like saying the Eiffel tower is just a cool building. There is so much more to Nevada County outside of the main attractions like its state parks and mountain biking trails. These may be your reasons to come visit, but after you’ve taken in the longest wooden bridge in the South Yuba River State Park or cruised the waters on Donner Lake, take a moment to explore the quaint towns.

An Attraction In Its Own Right

Shopping in Nevada County isn’t just a thing to do in between activities, but an experience of its own. Find funky hard to find vintage threads, dig through 1st edition books from the 19th century, or get fitted for an outdoor adventure. From creatives to mountain adventurers, you’ll find a shop or twelve that are you to a tee.


Nevada City

Pronounced kit-kid-dizzy but without over annunciating those four syllables. A hub for local emerging artists. Kitkitdizzi is named after an evergreen shrub only found on the western side of the Sierra Nevada. And even more specifically at elevations between 2,000 and 7,000 feet. It’s the perfect name to symbolize that this store at its core is the essence of Nevada County. What you’ll find is an eclectic mix of local artists’ crafts next to vintage finds, a hot water bottle, and incense sticks. You never know what you’ll find, but we guarantee it’ll be worth the visit.

Wild & Ruff


Inside Wild and Ruff best pet store for dogs and cats in Truckee Tahoe California
Photo by: Nicole Dreon – Image appears courtesy: Visit Truckee-Tahoe

Truckee is a town that’s gone to the dogs… as in it’s dog friendly. From pet friendly patios at places like Alibi Ale House to the sniff-tastic trails of the Tahoe National Forest, it’s a pup’s heaven. Whatever you do, be sure to make a stop at Wild & Ruff. A brand and store that’s developed their products with the mindset of being an outdoor loving, adventuring dog owner – built to last and have a nature-based aesthetic. Even if you don’t have a dog as a family member, Truckee is bursting at the seams with unique shops that any audiophile, art lover, or outdoor junkie will love.


Grass Valley

I still remember my first time in a skateshop as a young kid. Seeing dozens of brightly colored decks on a wall like flavors of ice cream. Each with a different shape and size. The employees being just as excited as I was to setup my first skateboard – a Santa Monica Airlines skateboard. Good Times skateshop is one of those rare skateshops that provides the positive shopping experience that even if you aren’t a skater anymore, you’ll still want to pick something up.

Arbor Tahoe


Image appears courtesy: Arbor Tahoe

One of only THREE flagship stores in the world. The Arbor Collective is the 1st action sports brand that was established to consider the environment across everything they do. If you love looking after our shared playground – the planet, a stop to this store in Truckee is in order. The Arbor Tahoe store carries the entire Arbor Snowboards and Skateboard line as well as winter snowboard outerwear and apparel for all seasons. Gain some stoke through the never-ending pursuit of snowboarding, skateboarding, and the good times that happen along the way.

JJ Jackson’s

Nevada City

Image appears courtesy: J.J. Jackson’s

Established in 1978 in the charming downtown area of Nevada City, J.J. Jackson’s transcends the ordinary retail experience. While offering a thoughtfully curated array of textiles, tableware, body care, travel gear, greeting cards, toys, books, candles, and baby essentials, it’s more than just a store. At its core, it’s a creative haven where both the local community and visitors can connect and truly become a part of something special. Every detail tells a story, making your shopping experience not only enjoyable but also a journey into the rich history and community spirit that exists in Nevada City.

Gather and Mill

Grass Valley

Image appears courtesy: Gather and Mill

Their story begins with the aspiration of two friends to create a captivating space where the community could come together and find inspiration. As the co-founder and current owner of Gather and Mill, Erica possesses a discerning eye for items that deserve a second life, whether an aging house, quirky dresser, or scraps of fabric. Drawing from her experiences and expertise, she skillfully restores and uncovers hidden gems, offering a collection of products that truly come to life when seen up close.

After exploring her curated treasures, extend your experience by venturing next door into the historic Holbrooke Hotel and settle in at the iconic Golden Gate Saloon. It proudly boasts one of the longest-running barrooms west of the Mississippi. A unique opportunity to soak in the rich history and ambiance of the region.


Alex Silgalis

Alex founded Local Freshies® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.

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