Filled with unique stores, art galleries, coffee shops, and wine tasting rooms, historic downtown is a pleasure to experience. Summer festivals, such as the Thursday Famers’ Market, further enhance the community’s historic charm. Shopping can be a festive experience in Grass Valley during the times of year when special events line the streets of historic downtown. Lights adorn downtown during the Christmas season, which kicks off in December with Cornish Christmas.
The downtown area has changed very little in 150-years. In 1981 the retail merchants formed the Grass Valley Downtown Association, and in 1986 they incorporated the National Trust for Historic Preservations the Main Street corridor.
Since that time a vibrant historic downtown Grass Valley embraces the incredible legacy of its historic past in a modern-day setting. Complete with a famers’ market event, wine tasting rooms, coffee shops, clothing stores, and art galleries, downtown maintains a classy setting for shoppers and families.
Few historic downtowns offer the variety of shopping one can find in Grass Valley. Minus the overabundance of t-shirt and souvenir shops often found in tourist locations, Grass Valley maintains a unique flavor of variety, style, and casual ambiance.
Stores include toys, women’s clothing, toys, lingerie, furniture, gifts, men’s clothing, home and garden décor, jewelry, and kitchen accessories. So, take an afternoon or an entire day, and immerse yourself in Grass Valley’s unique shopping district.
Historic downtown offers a highlight of arts community through several galleries, featuring displays by local, regional, and international artists. The gallery at the Center of the Arts serves as an intimate venue for artist receptions, literary and dramatic readings, fine art, music, and dance.
Grass Valley’s local artists include famed sculptor Todd Andrews, who created the 44-foot long Gentle Giant draft horse statue at the fairgrounds. Other local artists include muralist John Pugh, glass artist Garrett Keisling, and watercolor artist Loana Beeson.