Anyone that’s ever started a business knows the excitement of their ribbon cutting.  Come celebrate with us as we welcome new owners and locations. Not only is this a great opportunity to meet great people but often you get to see  “behind the scenes” of a new business.


July 26th – Elam Biggs Bed & Breakfast Inn

elam-biggs-rib-cutThe Elam Biggs Home was built in 1892 by one of Grass Valley’s foremost merchants. This beautiful Queen Anne Victorian is set amidst a large yard surrounded by tall old shade trees and a rose covered picket fence.

This grand hone is a perfect setting for that special time away, or a stepping stone to the history of the Gold Rush Era. When Elam built this house for his family it was said to be “the most modern and scientific of its time.” Each of the spacious rooms has a private bath, and either a king or queen size bed. Contact Peter and Barbara Franchino, Proprietors. (916) 477-0906 220 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley, CA 95945









August 8th – Delta Home Loans

delta-hl-rib-cutDelta Home Loans joins Comstock Mortgage

Grass Valley, CA – Grass Valley-based Delta Home Loans has joined Comstock Mortgage, a mortgage bank located in Sacramento. Comstock will serve as a direct lender for Delta which will keep its office locally on Nevada City Highway. The new alliance became effective on July 3, 2013.

According to Suzanne Voter, Delta’s branch owner and broker, there will be little change in the day-to-day operations at Delta. “We will continue to be a resource for home loans and look for the best possible financing programs for our clients,” Voter states. “The difference is more behind the scenes. As a mortgage bank, Comstock has more ability to secure financing quickly. This streamlines the loan process to make it easier and faster. It’s an enormous benefit for clients, particularly now that the real estate market is active again.”

Voter points out that there are other advantages of joining Comstock. “Delta Home Loans at Comstock Mortgage will have enhanced capabilities, products and resources while maintaining our small-town, personalized service,” she says. “It frees us from time-consuming administrative details so we can do what we do best, which is to serve our clients. We’ve been a part of the community for over 24 years, and the relationships we have established are important to us,” Voter points out.

Delta Home Loans was established in 1989 by Suzanne and John Voter. In addition to Voter, there are three loan officers and two administrative staff. The company offers a variety of home and refinancing loans, reverse mortgages, FHA, VA, HARP and 100% USDA rural loans. Delta has been voted Best Mortgage Company in Nevada County 10 times by The Union newspaper’s annual reader survey.

“The best just got better,” Voter comments. “Comstock offers us a unique opportunity to raise the bar of programs, service and timely loan closings. This is very exciting for us and the community, and we look forward to many rewarding years at Comstock.”

Comstock Mortgage has seven offices in the Sacramento area. As a direct mortgage banker, they are highly regarded for their ability to expedite loans efficiently and deliver on-time loan closings.

Comstock’s Vice President Craig Sardella says Delta Home Loans was the perfect match with their business growth as well as commitment to the community.

“Comstock is a local, community-oriented, family-oriented company,” says Sardella. “Delta Home Loans shares those values along with us. They are a natural fit for Comstock. We are proud to welcome them as part of our team, and we look forward to working alongside them in Grass Valley and the surrounding communities.”

Production Manager Tom Putnam stated, “While we value growth, we value our clients even more. We are careful to ensure that any additions to our team share our goals and values, and that continued exemplary service to our clients is not only continued, but enhanced.”

Delta Home Loans at Comstock Mortgage is located at 2428 Nevada City Highway in Grass Valley. For more information, go to or call (530) 478-8383.
NMLS # 165193 CA DRE # 01390474



August 14th – Lacey Bowman Insurance

lacey-bowman-rib-cutCompany Profile: Lacey Bowman Insurance Services

Lacey Bowman started working with medical insurance in August 2002. She has held positions in claims processing, appeals and working directly with doctors and their staff. In November of 2004 she got her insurance license and started working to help people find insurance solutions. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and animals.

Ashlei Thorn came to work with Lacey in 2009. She has a background in various professional occupations and has an eye for detail.  She is thorough and meticulous when it comes to various aspects of her job including explaining insurance products to clients.  Ashlei and her husband of 7 years are always kept busy with their two young boys.  Never a dull moment at “The Thorn’s!”

Michelle Lace has been working with Lacey since 2011. Michelle will most likely be your first contact with our office, being phone or walking in.  Her warm smile and kind demeanor are a direct reflection on the type of service you can expect to receive from our office.



August 16th – Casa del Campo Guest House

campo-rib-cutConveniently located on a quiet private lane just outside of downtown Grass Valley, the Casa del Campo Guest House offers short-term accommodations and vacation rental options for both local residents seeking a cozy getaway and out-of-town visitors looking for a unique, comfortable alternative to more conventional lodging.   Homeowners Peter Perkins and Catherine Ione-Perkins have spent a decade re-imagining and re-purposing their unique space, a true work of art featuring custom stone, tile and glass mosaics, decorative concrete, fabulous fabric creations and much more.  To visit the Casa is to be immersed in the creative processes of Peter and Catherine.  Guests are treated to a property brimming with eclectic accents and positive energy.  Whether sleeping in country serenity, relaxing in the lovely garden setting, or watching a favorite movie in the home theater, a “feels like home” experience is had by all.  Guest house, gallery, gateway to Grass Valley: the Casa del Campo is truly a hidden treasure in the California Gold Country.

For more information on the Casa del Campo Guest House, visit their website at  You may also view photos of completed and ongoing works at the Casa on their Facebook page: