COARSEGOLD — A pair of giant scissors clipped a lot of ribbons Thursday at Coarsegold’s Historic Village.
Amid a festive atmosphere, the Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce hosted its biggest-ever ribbon cutting this week, officially welcoming three new businesses — Thicket + Vine Nursery, Yosemite Drug and Mountain Medical Supply — to the Historic Village.
The popular Wild Fig Kitchen, which has actually been open since 2017, also received a “belated” ribbon cutting Thursday (Aug. 15) from Chamber officials.
The afternoon event drew dozens of people to the 25-acre Historic Village, home to a growing collection of eclectic shops and businesses — as well as the host of popular events like the Peddlers’ Market and the Coarsegold Tarantula Festival.
Diane and Richard Boland, who own and operate the Historic Village, were on hand for Thursday’s festivities, which also featured live music, free food and drinks and a raffle giveaway.
“It’s so great to see so many new businesses opening up up here,” said District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler, who helped each of the new business owners to clip their ribbons. After each ceremony, area officials and the new business owners signed pieces of the yellow ribbons.
“Seeing such an infusion of new businesses coming into the Historic Village is so exciting,” said Deniece Busse, president of the Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce. “Drawing new business and young people to the area is the lifeblood of our community.”
At each of Thursday’s ribbon cuttings, Busse presented the new owners welcome proclamations from Assemblymen Frank Bigelow and State Senator Andreas Borgeas.
The first of Thursday’s ceremonies took place outside The Wild Fig Kitchen, which has been open for several years now but, according to Busse, never had an official ribbon cutting.
The Wild Fig’s owner and chef Marc Neff introduced his staff and then wielded the giant scissors.
“The Fig Kitchen has really revitalized this area.” Busse said. “So many people love this little restaurant.”
The Wild Fig Kitchen, which features both indoor and outdoor seating, offers Coarsegold a premier patio dining area. It features a friendly staff and Chef Neff’s fresh interpretations of breakfast and lunch favorites.
The new owners of Mountain Medical Supply said they chose to locate in the Historic Village because of its unique mix of businesses and its lively atmosphere.
“We were looking for a community with a strong family environment where we could start our business and make an immediate impact,” said Liz Vargas, who, together with her husband Jose, are the new owners of Mountain Medical Supply, located just north and up the hill from Camarena Health.
Vargas said the medical supplies, beds, walkers and other health aids sold in the store “will give people access to medical equipment and supplies that will allow them to stay in their own homes longer.”
Katie Bass, the pharmacist/owner of Yosemite Drug, echoed Vargas’s sentiments at their own business’s ribbon cutting.
“We’re so excited to be part of this community,” Bass said. “We know how disappointed everyone here was when the old pharmacy closed.”
Like all of Thursday’s featured new businesses, Yosemite Drug is also family-owned and operated. The Bass family has run San Joaquin Drug in Planada for nearly 20 years.
Coarsegold’s newest business, Thicket + Vine Nursery and Supply Co., opened this week in the nearly century-old red barn overlooking the Historic Village.
Thicket + Vine’s owner Alex Davis said he felt very fortunate to be able to open his business in such a historic location.
Davis said Thicket + Vine will sell “an eclectic selection of area-appropriate plants,” including a variety of succulents, cacti and house plants.
The store will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and Davis said he also plans to stock a colorful selection of pottery, terrariums, macrame, and more.