By Meg Upton
If you were out and about in Indian Valley last week you may have noticed something a little different from these past few months. Indian Valley is now open for business.
While many of Indian Valley’s businesses were deemed essential during lockdown, stores that primarily sell gifts and goods of that nature were not.
Sterling Sage reopened on May 27 and reports seeing some steady customers. The hours for the store have now changed to Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We’re seeing visitors again from Chico, Sacramento. We had some from Big Bear and of course people staying at Lake Almanor,” said proprietor Josh Huddleston from behind a mask, “we’re seeing locals too.”
Crescent Country reopened as well and had its first Saturday Market on June 6. Lisa Forcino reports having steady customers and nearly a full parking lot of vendors for the event — many of whom were also from out of the county. Forcino started the Saturday Market event last summer where the first Saturday of the month features vendors in the parking lot out in front of the store from around the area selling their wares.
Crescent Country is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 pm. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will begin showcasing artists of the month in July. “Please stop by to see one of Plumas County’s longest running businesses,” said Forcino.
Indian Valley Thrift Store has seen an influx of volunteers since the article that was published regarding their need to close because of a lack of volunteers. They are currently training new volunteers and setting up new schedules and recruiting new board members in hopes of remaining open beyond June 30. It remains open at this time.
Village Drug is no longer open on Saturdays, but is open during its usual hours Monday through Friday.
Restaurants and food sellers seem to be back in one way or another — either on takeout only or dine in and spaced. Rose Water Café, which was opening at the time of lockdown, is now open for dining-in at a distance with tables outside on the sidewalk. Genesee Store, Young’s Market, and Gigi’s Market, Mountain Valley Pizza and Papenhausen Pit Stop are all serving take-out or dine-in but spaced accordingly.
It’s best to still call ahead as store owners and stores adjust to new schedules and often shorter hours of operation.