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'Your Twist On Frozen Yogurt'


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Vince Dallugge stands in front of Crazy Cow Yogurt, his new Commercial Street business.
Dallugge, whose father opened Chief Crazy Horse Inn and Saloon, says he wanted to establish a more family-oriented business.

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 last July.

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 Cow Yogurt.

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 such shops.

“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 frozen yogurt.

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 or call (530) 477-4249.


Artist Sandy Lindblad currently has her work on display at the Crazy Cow Yogurt shop. Sandy Lindblad creates custom pet portraits, (from your photos or digital images) cows, cats, dogs etc. using acrylics or pastels in almost an impressionistic, unique style, yet realistic.

For more information on Lindblad's work visit or or contact Lindblad Studios at (530) 913-0679


Crazy Cow Yogurt
'Your Twist On Frozen Yogurt'

230 Commercial Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-4000

Vince Dallugge, Proprietor
Mobile: (530) 559-7766
Facsimile: (530) 265-1951


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