Population wise, Truckee is a tiny town. Yet, it boasts a vibrant collection of restaurants, galleries, clothing and gift stores, entertainment venues, and lodging options. The heart and soul of the iconic Downtown Historic District has long been known as “Commercial Row” and it is an easy stroll from end to end. There is no better place than Commercial Row to start your exploration of Truckee.
What many visitors do not realize is that Truckee has several very distinct business areas in addition to Commercial Row. Today’s blog post will feature two of these areas.
The Rock on Brockway Road
Located at 11197 Brockway Road, off of Highway 267, The Rock is home to offices, dining, and retail establishments, including Fifty-Fifty Brewing Company, the Drunken Monkey, and Thai Delicacy. It is also the Home of Mountain Valley Meats, an awesome place to get antibiotic, hormone free, pasture raised meats. Don’t forget to check out Rebel Fitness Academy, Truckee Massage, and Coupe-Sixty One Salon.
Just a stone’s throw west of Commercial Row is an area known as Brickelltown. Brickelltown is home to Burger Me, a Triple D hotspot featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
After enjoying a famous burger, you can then stroll eastward toward Commercial Row where your first stop should be the Bolam Gallery. The Gallery is home to resident artists Andrew Bolam and Annie Hooker. Annie’s monochromatic paintings and prints are visual poems of a bygone era while Andrew’s powerful and striking paintings depict the American West through the lens of a young English boy fascinated with cowboys and Indians. They also feature the work of other local and nationally acclaimed artists.
Right next door to the Bolam Gallery is Indigo Truckee, home to jewelry artisans Laurie Mello-Ginsberg, Colleen Blinoff, and Rebecca Sugg. This is a working studio and retail shop all wrapped up in one of Truckee’s smaller retail spaces. Laurie, Colleen, and Rebecca are having so much fun creating their jewelry, it is almost hard to call it work. Yet, they are working hard to showcase hand-crafted sterling silver and semi-precious stone jewelry in a variety of price points and styles. They also have a small collection of work by other artists including wooden earrings made by yours truly along with mirrors by Nikki Riley and boxes by Carole Sesko.
Another few steps east and you will come upon the Split Rock Music Company, a full-service retail store complete with lessens, rentals, and repairs.
Have we mentioned the rise of cafe’ culture in Truckee? Stay tuned for the best places to enjoy coffee, tea, and social interactions.