Downtown Grass Valley Ornament - Tofanelli's (2017)
This unique collection of Christmas ornaments celebrates the spirit of Downtown Grass Valley through its architecture! A new ornament is released every year in the fall, just in time for the holidays. This fun tradition began in 2004 when Howard Levine and the Downtown Grass Valley Association found an ornament manufacturer that specialized in custom made ornaments. Though the manufacturers have changed throughout the years, the tradition has not.
All the ornaments are made of brass, and with the exception of the Ore Cart and the Stamp Mill, the ornaments are colored with enamel, and come in a presentation box.
The Tofanelli's ornament was introduced for fall 2017. Tofanelli's location "dates back to 1859 when it was first a law office. In the 1890s, Gino Tofanelli operated a grocery store and meat market. The overhead hook trolley system that carried large pieces of meat from the curb to the huge walk-in refrigerator is still there! In fact, Tofanelli's still uses the same huge walk-in refrigerator that was originally built for the meat market in the 1890s. Tofanelli's became famous through the 1900s as a café and then a restaurant under several owners. The current owners took over in April of 2006 with a mission of restoring the beauty of this historic property as well as the popularity of the famous Tofanelli's Restaurant that has become a Grass Valley tradition for great dining. "
The complete list of ornaments:
2004 : Holbrooke Hotel (sold out)
2005: Del Oro Movie Theater (sold out)
2006: Grass Valley Library Royce Branch
2007: Old Post Office
2008: Nevada County Bank (sold out)
2009: Foothill Flowers (sold out)
2010: Foothill Mercantile (sold out)
2011: The Union Square Building (sold out)
2012: Clock Tower (sold out)
2013: The Stamp Mill
2014: Ore Car
2015: Episcopal Church
2016: Elks Lodge
2018: Tess'/Mill St Clothing Co.
2019: Heart & Home
2020: Yuba Blue