We can’t believe how fast the year has flown by! Just one year ago we opened our doors and it’s been a great first year. We’ve learned so much and can’t wait to learn more. From the beginning, we’ve aimed to be eco-friendly which has been challenging in some ways, but always fun. It required thinking outside the box every once in a while. As we have watched the inn transform, we have seen an old empty Victorian turn into an aged-yet-fresh inn that is always full of life. Our guests are often excited that we don’t serve breakfast because they love starting their day with Ike’s Quarter Cafe or South Pine Cafe. We always enjoy hearing feedback from our guests. Since we aren’t the ones sleeping, eating, showering, and lounging in the rooms, hearing from the people who do is always good. With the great help of our guests, we’ve learned what needs to stay and what needs to change. The inn is always adapting and adjusting, but our good intentions will always stay the same. We are so happy to be able to accommodate the great visitors of Nevada City. Our first year has passed and we look forward to the years to come.
These photos show the changes and improvements we’ve made over the past year. The ones dated March 2010 were taken before we had purchased the house.
Each day at the Broad Street Inn, we strive to be as eco-friendly, or green, as possible. When the weather is enjoyable, we line dry the linens and open the windows and doors and turn off the thermostat. We have ceiling fans in every room to reduce the A/C usage. In the cooler months, we have small space heaters in each room to help heat the room for those who prefer a warmer room. We use energy efficient light bulbs, and have most lights on sensors to save energy. We always encourage our guests to walk to town for dinner, shopping, wine tasting and plays (plus we’re so close, why drive?). All of our cleaning products are eco-friendly and purchased in bulk to reduce waste. When deciding what kind of products to put in the bathrooms, we opted for a wall-mounted dispenser instead of small, disposable bottles. All of the bath products–the lotion, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash–are all natural or organic. We have appliances throughout the inn, for guests and ourselves alike, and we purchased as many Energy Star appliances as possible. We also encourage our guests who stay more than one night to reuse their towels to save water. We have applied to many green programs and are now members of the Sacramento Area Sustainable Business Program, Keep the Sierra Green, Think Local First, Green Life Pages and It’s a Green Green World. Whenever possible, we try to make any purchases from local and green businesses. When we opened our doors, we committed ourselves to be as eco-friendly as possible while still maintaining quality, comfort, and cleanliness.
This past weekend, we went to the Green Life Eco Fest. We had a great time. Many local merchants and businesses were there to offer their information. The A.P.P.L.E. Center for Sustainable Living was there as well as Reinette Senum, a local who is very involved in the community, who shared her new portable shelter for the homeless. The local co-op, Briar Patch, attended and displayed the healthy food they provide in their grocery store. Nevada County Grown, a local non-profit, was there sharing their information on how they connect local farmers and ranchers to the community. There was plenty to eat at the festival, like Horn of the Bull, a local taqueria. A family-owned frozen yogurt business, Yotasia,was selling a few of their frozen yogurt treats. Each of Yotasia’s flavors are hand-crafted and homemade with no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Each of their locations is on a college campus in the dining halls. We had a great time meeting other “green” businesses and getting new ideas on what we can do to be more eco-friendly.
A new store opened in downtown Nevada City this past weekend called Abstrakt. Roi Lynn Arnold and her daughter Lize Hottegindre have been working hard the past few months to put together a store of fresh and trendy clothing, plus the all the accessories (belts, purses, jewelry, scarves, etc.) to make an outfit complete. After spending quite some time in their shop, I couldn’t leave without one of the many cute things I found. The prices were very reasonable and the clothing is excellent quality. They also carry a wide variety of gifts and home goods. From the start, they aimed at providing only American-made clothing. They found it a little challenging to keep the prices affordable on merchandise made in the U.S. but still try their hardest. They also own another store, Contrast, which carries jewelry and other accessories from the U.S., France, Israel, and other countries. Contrast is located at 234 Commercial Street with the outlet store across the street. Abstrakt is located next door to Gray Goose at 228 Broad Street. For more information, click here. The pictures were taken by Lize Hottegindre and more are available on her site.