Welcome to the fourth quarter of 2021, intrepid readers. There’s been a lot going on in the last half of September and the first few days of October, so let’s get to it.

One Chocolatte, Two Chocolattes

A second Chocolatte location has opened inside Hein & Company Used and Rare Books at 204 Main Street in Jackson. The café is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily and serves various coffees and sweet treats that you can enjoy while you read a book or two. Hein & Company is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The original Chocolatte is still open at 51 Main Street in Sutter Creek. You can visit the Chocolatte Facebook profile page for more information, or you can give them a call at 209-267-4111.

Open Harmony

Cultivate Harmony Sutter Creek CAThe Cultivate Harmony gift and trinket shop is now open at 16 Eureka Street in Sutter Creek. The store has gift boxes, cosmetics, pillows, and more, and the store offers fast shipping and free same-day local delivery. Owner Marquesa Versola told the Ticker that signage will go up sometime in October once the city approves her request. Versola also said that her store’s grand opening will be held on Saturday, October 16.

Cultivate Harmony is open on Wednesdays through Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The store is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but you can visit their website anytime. If you have questions, you can call Cultivate Harmony at 209-267-8173.

Resistance is Futile

It’s scary to realize that Halloween is less than four weeks away, but kids and parents will have their yearly treat back in 2021: The Halloween Parade on Main Street in Jackson is scheduled for Halloween evening. As in every year since 1965, the parade is produced by the Jackson Lions Club.

There will be a costume contest for kids from pre-school through eighth grade, and parade entrants, as well as contest contestants, will meet at the Main Street Jackson Fire Department station at 5:00 p.m.

The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. and proceed south on Main Street until it ends at the Civic Center. After the parade, there will be a free hot dog party where kids will also get free bags filled with candy. For more information, e-mail Parade Chair Tim Knittel or call him at 209-712-4512.

Launch Abort

Vextor Boba Tea Lounge in Martell had its soft launch last Friday, and it was a big hit with lines of customers out the door. The soft launch was scheduled to last all weekend. Just before the store opened on October 2, the owner realized that the staff may have been exposed to COVID-19 and immediately closed the store.

Vextor Boba Tea Lounge Martell CA soft opening October 1, 2021On the Vextor Facebook profile page, the tea shop’s social media manager said that the store would be closed for 14 days, and though they were sad, safety comes first. The tea shop will exit the quarantine period on October 16, so check the Vextor Boba Tea Lounge Facebook profile page for the latest information or call them at 209-304-4323.

Jackson Christmas Plans

It seems odd (except to retailers) to talk about Christmas weeks before Halloween, but Main Street Jackson is currently planning its Christmas activities. Christmas Delights will take place on Saturday, November 27, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Coordinator Jeannette McDonald said plans are to keep Christmas Delights as a one-day event from now on.

McDonald has also announced plans for other events in downtown Jackson on the first two Saturdays in December. Movie Night is scheduled on Saturday, December 4, and this event will screen a family-friendly holiday movie. You can watch this movie for a small donation or for free if you provide a receipt from a Main Street business. Drinks, popcorn, and snacks will be sold to support Main Street beautification. The movie and the venue are not confirmed as of this writing.

If Movie Night is successful, McDonald said, “I would love to do it a few times a year, and move it outdoors during the summer!”

People who like singing Christmas carols will be able to do so on Main Street and around the downtown area on Saturday, December 11, starting at 5:00 p.m. Main Street businesses will be open late that day to provide carolers and shoppers with warm drinks and the opportunity to buy local gifts for the holidays.

You can get more information and updates on the Jackson Main Street Facebook profile page, and you can ask questions on the profile page or by e-mailing McDonald.

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