Truckee’s Coffeebar Expands to Reno

Coffeebar is now serving its Italian-style coffee in Reno, where it opened a new coffee shop on Jan. 18. Its first location, in Truckee, opened in 2010. Coffeebar serves organic coffee and espresso, homemade pastries, panini sandwiches, gelato, handmade European crepes, organic loose-leaf tea, mate and chai, Italian sodas, beer, wine, and more. Coffeebar’s proprietary, organic coffee blends are selected and roasted in Reno by master roaster Carl Staub. Greg Buchheister, who leads the Coffeebar team, is one of the top independent coffee retailers in the country, with industry experience dating back to 1998. Reno’s Coffeebar is the 17th store Buchheister has opened. Info: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, 682 Mt. Rose St., Reno, (775) 800-1090,

Mexican Restaurant Marg’s Opens in Truckee


Marg’s Taco Bistro opened Dec. 26 in downtown Truckee, serving housemade margaritas and Mexican food with worldly flair. Chef Bryan Brutsch blends traditional Latino flavors with global ingredients and cooking techniques to create unique tacos like the banh mi, Korean pork, and the vindaloo. Margaritas vary from the traditional Cadillac to the fruity strawberry-basil to the spicy habanero. This is the fourth Marg’s to open since 2011; the other three are in Denver, Colo. Info: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, 10164 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-6274, ~ Kara Fox/Moonshine Ink

Morgan’s Reopens After Summer Fire

Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market reopened in January after a fire destroyed the interior of the building in August; the restaurant had just opened two months prior. With fresh fish arriving almost daily, the restaurant and seafood market offers lobster, scallops, halibut, swordfish, salmon, and shrimp, as well as East Coast fare like lobster rolls, New England clam chowder, and fried clams. Info: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10087 West River St., Truckee, (530) 582-5000, ~ Kara Fox/Moonshine Ink

North Shore Shop Local Contest Tracked $150,000 in Holiday Spending The seventh annual North Lake Tahoe Shop Local Contest, held Thanksgiving through December at retailers in Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Incline Village, Squaw Valley, and the Village at Northstar, was a success according to participating businesses and program coordinators. The program was developed to encourage reinvestment of dollars into the local economy during the holidays. Shop Local contest cards turned in proved that nearly $150,000 was spent at 90 participating North Shore retailers during the holidays.

“Supporting local business ensures that more money is reinvested in our communities,” said Steve Hoch, executive director of Tahoe City Downtown Association. Info:, (530) 581-6900

Tahoe City Organization Seeks Executive Director

The Tahoe City Downtown Association (TCDA) has a full-time position available for an executive director. TCDA is seeking a qualified individual who has a passion for Tahoe City. The executive director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization, as well as the primary contact with the community.

A degree is required in nonprofit, public, or business administration, community development, communications, or a related field. Interested applicants should send a resumé and cover letter via email by March 1. Info: Kathy Nicholas,,

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Cedar House Sport Hotel on ‘Best Hotels’ List

For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report named the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee to the list of Best Hotels in Lake Tahoe. The privately owned Cedar House Sport Hotel, opened in 2006, ranks second out of 45 Lake Tahoe hotels based on expert ratings, awards, and user reviews. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, ranked first.

“We are honored that our guests and travel industry experts recognize all of the small touches that make a big difference when they stay at the Cedar House Sport Hotel,” said owner Patty Baird.

U.S. News evaluated 1,693 U.S. hotels. Hotels named “best” in their destination are typically the properties that have ranked in the top 30 percent of evaluated properties in that region. Info:

Kelly Brothers Painting Explores Solar Energy

The solar panels on the new Kelly Brothers building have offset 2.4 MWh, or the power consumed by 80 homes in one day, since it moved into the building in December, which would have otherwise cost 43 trees or 1.67 tons of carbon to produce. Mark Dickson is the lead solar professional of Simple Power, a new division of Kelly Brothers. Simple Power and Kelly Brothers have completed residential and commercial solar projects in Tahoe, including for the Mark Tanner Construction building. Dickson will be organizing educational events surrounding solar power in Tahoe, and about the federal and state incentives available. Kelly Brothers’ construction division designed and built the new building, which is California Green Building Code compliant.

Kelly Brothers Painting invites the community to visit its new solar building on March 13, 5 to 7 p.m., at 11020 Trails End Ct. in the Pioneer Center in Truckee. Info: (530) 550-0806,

CATT Announces Annual Award Winners

The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe announced the winners of the 2013 CATT Annual Awards Competition. The winners were nominated by fellow members for superior craftsmanship, excellent customer service, innovative design, devotion to CATT and community, or other outstanding characteristics. Forty nominations were made in six individual achievement categories, and those winners were chosen by CATT members. Sixteen nominations were made in five project categories, and a three-person panel of independent judges from Reno and the Sacramento area selected the winners.  

The winners included L+P DesignWorks, Heller Construction, Mt. Lincoln Construction, Elise Fett & Associates, Gordon Cross of Lake Tahoe Designs, Aaron and Paul Griggs of Griggs Custom Homes, Marylee Glace of The Office BOSS, Ryan Swenson of Simpson Strong-Tie, and Gary Crosswhite of Meridian Concrete. Info: (530) 550-9999                                                   


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