The charming business district of Truckee is only a couple of blocks long, but it’s filled with great boutiques, galleries and shops where you can pick up a mountain souvenir or furnish your entire house.
The next time you’re on your way to Tahoe, take a little detour into historic downtown Truckee. The charming business district is only a couple of blocks long, but it’s filled with great boutiques, galleries and shops where you can pick up a mountain souvenir or furnish your entire house.
By Marybeth Bizjak
Photography by Kat Alves
Truckee Variety Co. (see featured image)
This store is an upscale version of the old-fashioned five-and-dime, packed to the gills with things that make kids go nuts with delight: windup toys, plastic zoo and farm animals, change purses, play sheriff’s badges and handcuffs, and so on. (You get the picture.) You can also stock up on postcards and Tahoe souvenirs. 10088 Donner Pass Road; (530) 587-3117
This shop looks like a new-age general store, with a well-trod wood floor and wares casually displayed on vintage stoves. It carries rustic home accessories and kitchenwares, including Linda Fahey ceramics and woven pie baskets from Peterboro Basket Co. 10130 Donner Pass Road; (530) 582-5500; bespoketruckee.com
Word After Word Books
It’s a pleasure to find an independent bookstore these days. This one is small but well stocked, with a nice selection of design books geared toward the mountain set, bearing titles such as “Cabin Porn” and “American Rustic.” 10118 Donner Pass Road; (530) 536- 5099; wordafterwordbooks.com
Half of the space is a workshop offering classes in knitting, calligraphy, basket making and more. The other half is a store that sells woodworking tools, paint supplies, calligraphy equipment, American-made yarns from Swans Island Company and other materials for the artistically inclined. 10128 Donner Pass Road; (530) 386-2700; ateliertruckee.com
High Camp Home
This full-service interior design company also operates a retail shop, selling embroidered linen cocktail napkins, massive wood dining tables and everything in between. The furniture is large scale and rustic with a modern twist. 10191 Donner Pass Road; (530) 582-6866; highcamphome.com
Owned by five local artists, this cooperative art gallery sells hip, handmade items such as jewelry, paintings, pottery, leather goods and metal sculpture. 10076 Donner Pass Road; (530) 587-3789; riversideartstudios.com
This two-story shop is heaven for the home cook, full of things both decorative and useful for the kitchen and dining room. You’ll find everything from inexpensive kitchen gadgets to name-brand equipment by Cuisinart and Le Creuset. A whimsical ceramic pitcher shaped like a squirrel would be just perfect for your cabin table. 10084 Donner Pass Road; (530) 587-8303
This chic womenswear boutique carries clothing from LAmade, handsome leather satchels and “feel good” products from companies with a social conscience, such as Tahoe Timber sunglasses and The Giving Keys jewelry. The store donates $1 from every sale to local nonprofits. 10056 Donner Pass Road; (530) 563-3512; elachapman.com