Vince Dallugge stands in
front of Crazy Cow Yogurt, his new Commercial Street
Dallugge, whose father opened Chief Crazy Horse
Inn and Saloon, says he wanted to establish a more
Vince Dallugge knows
some members of the Nevada City community weren't happy when
he closed the doors to the Chief Crazy Horse Inn and Saloon
And considering his father was the one who first opened the
bar back in 1964, it wasn't an easy decision to make.
But, Dallugge says, it was the right one.
The rays of sun shining through the open doors at 230
Commercial St. beam about as brightly as the smile on
Dallugge's face when he talks about his new business, Crazy
Opening a family-friendly business was a complete departure
from his father's former saloon, but Dallugge said it's just
a much better fit for him and for a suddenly changing scene
on Commercial Street.
“When my father died in 2006, I felt like my obligation of
running my dad's dream was over,” Dallugge said. “And a lot
of people were upset that I changed things. But the bar
thing wasn't my cup of tea.
“And you know the saying ‘Find a job you love and you'll
never work a day in your life'? Well, I think that's true.”
After watching the Crazy Horse struggle to survive over the
past five years, Dallugge said it was time to make a clear
change of direction for the building. And he's spent the
last 10 months doing exactly that.
Pulling the pecky cedar paneling from the walls that Ray
Dallugge installed when he created his “Cowboy and Indian”
bar more than 45 years ago, Vince Dallugge transformed what
had been his father's dream into his own.
“I wanted to do something family oriented that would allow
customers of all ages to come in a find a quick treat or
something refreshing, as opposed to having to be 21 to come
in and have a drink,” Dallugge said. “I wanted something
that would appeal to everyone.”
He settled on frozen yogurt after a family vacation and went
with a self-serve approach, which is the growing trend for
“It's fun for the kids to be able to put on their own
toppings,” Dallugge said, noting he currently offers 32
toppings but has 10 empty bins awaiting suggestions from
customers, who are paying 35 cents per ounce with Crazy
Cow's introductory price in a “weigh and pay” approach.
The family-friendly theme extends beyond the frozen treats
offered, with the names of his own children on signs in
separate sections of the store, which carries more than
Along with “Tiffany's Toppings” and “Sierra's Self-Serve,”
there's also “Kelty's Koffee” across the room, where many
convenience store items are offered.
Yogurt is available at Crazy Cow from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday through Friday, while the shop opens at 10 a.m. on
Saturday in hopes of drawing the morning market customers.
The convenience store side of the business is open till
midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Commercial Street has been a regular topic of conversation
at recent City Council meetings and among community members,
as merchants regularly have complained about people
loitering and smoking — cigarettes and marijuana — in front
of their stores. But recently, Dallugge said, those problems
have not been as prevalent.
“I don't know what they're doing,” Dallugge said of the
Nevada City Police Department, “but it's working.”
Along with Dallugge's new business, two more are expected to
open soon on Commercial Street.
Clavey Vineyards has posted a sign in the window next door,
announcing a tasting room on the horizon, while Pete's Pizza
is planned to open across the street at 239 Commercial.
The Commercial Street Boardwalk project also offers reason
for neighboring merchants, like Dallugge, to be optimistic
about the future of the downtown area.
“Commercial Street is coming back to life right now, in a
very pleasing and family friendly way,” Dallugge said.
To contact City Editor Brian Hamilton, e-mail email@example.com
or call (530) 477-4249.