'Taking the leap': New Nevada City Elixart location will open in 2 months – The Union of Grass Valley

Elixart partners Judy Merrick, from left, brother Colter Merrick, and Brett Bold stand where it all started at their Nevada City herbal lounge within the New York Hotel. Elixart will be moving to the site of the former New Moon Cafe around the corner on York Street.
Photo: Elias Funez

The Nevada City location of Elixart celebrated its final night Wednesday during Nevada City’s Summer Night festivities.

Today, Colter Merrick, who has owned and operated the Broad Street location since 2012, will begin moving the tools used to mix potent, plant-based elixirs to the lounge’s new location one block away on Spring Street.

Over the last year, Merrick opened a new location in Grass Valley, a retail space he hopes regulars will frequent in the two-month interim before the new Nevada City Elixart opens one block north of its birthplace.

The move, albeit small, signifies a deepening of Elixart’s roots in Nevada City.

“Taking the leap to enter a 30-year mortgage with the (New Moon) location, owning the building as opposed to being a tenant, having complete agency over the creative part of what we do and the costs associated — the ability to have permanence is very exciting,” Merrick said, adding that he intends to use both the inside and outside of the building to continue hosting events.

Elixart owner Colter Merrick prepares a kava drink within the Broad Street herbal lounge Wednesday, the final day open at this location before making the move to 203 York St.
Photo: Elias Funez

Merrick said the permanence is important to him and the community as it faces inward and outward.

“We see the New Moon spot as a

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