It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot, and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.”
— Charles Dickens

Spring Greetings, Main Street Gardnerville!

We are MARCHING right through the year. We survived daylight savings time, and our recent time travel forward on Sunday sprung us right into Tuesday’s first official day of spring! Spring is the most beautiful season, welcoming the faint, sweet smell of spring in the air, the sound of birds chirping, jackhammers, and the official state flower starting to bloom. In this case, it’s not the sagebrush—it’s the construction cone.

Pardon our dust; NDOT is paving the way to a smoother future. If you have ventured downtown lately, we are amid a major reconstruction of HWY 395 through our downtown core. The Repave Project is long overdue, addressing the road surface, infrastructure upgrades, and curb and gutter repairs. As much as it causes us grief with the ever-changing active construction sites, road closures, lane diversion, and traffic backups, the end product will be well worth it.

Main Street Gardnerville is working closely with the Nevada Department of Transportation and Sierra Nevada Construction, contracted to do the work, to get as much information as we can out to the public regarding the current active construction sites, potential disruptions to business access, and suggested alternative routes to reach your favorite local merchants and services downtown. Thank you, NDOT and S.N.C., for all you are doing and investing in our community. We are very grateful that they are taking on this daunting task (this project is HUGE) and allowing us to be a mouthpiece to the public in sharing the information.

If you want to learn more, we have created a landing page on our website for weekly project updates, F.A.Q.s, and a map of affected areas. We will keep this updated as active construction sites pop up and continue to share recommended alternative routes and parking hubs to access your favorite spots.

You can find the landing page here: HWY 395 REPAGE PROJECT.

Construction did not curb the attendance last night; we had the most AMAZING Discover Downtown and Mingle last night! We visited two of our historic buildings, which are homes to some of the most unique businesses right here on Main Street. Our hosts were gracious, offering a beautiful spread of delicious nibbles and refreshments, and the conversations and connections were the icing on the cake.

We began the mingle at the old C.F.W. “Fritz” Dangberg homesite located at 1456 HWY 395 Gardnerville, Nevada. The home was built in 1895 for Dr. Franklin of Genoa and later owned by C.F.W. “Fritz” Dangberg. It was the home to different residents and businesses over time, and now this unique location hosts four businesses, including the new Dragonfly and Lotus Salon. Owners Erica and Brandon have done a beautiful job of repurposing this space to host other businesses that include Amy with the Hitch Boutique, Kristian and Jasmine with Margot Blues Vintage Denim, Stacy the Sea Wytch, and soon to come a masseuse and permanent make artist.

Next, we ventured next door to visit Rielynn at her unique Tin-Type photography studio, Eye of Rie, located in what was once part of the famous American School of Diamond Cutting (behind the Van Rensselaer Jewelers). Rie shared about this vintage form of photography, which dates back to Gardnerville’s and even Genoa’s founding, and her love for incorporating this vintage art with her modern touch to create a keepsake to last the test of time.

Thank you to our incredible hosts for sharing their space with us. If you missed the mingle, don’t worry; these businesses are here for you to visit anytime. We will be posting event highlights on our Facebook and Instagram, so keep an eye out!

We have one more event for you in March. Next Saturday, March 23rd, is the Heritage Park Garden Spring Forum and Expo at 10 am at the Gardnerville Station. This is the official kick-off to spring and gardening season by providing newcomers and our faithful followers with information on how to grow flowers and vegetables successfully in our area. This year, we feature guest speakers Carol Sandmeier, Cathy Fields, Tiffany Jones with Blomma Flower Farm, and self-proclaimed resident celebrity Craig Witt with Full Circle Compost. This lineup will provide tips and best practices for growing. We will also have information about our community gardens, workshops, garden goodies, and fun prizes. It’s going to be a packed house, so arrive early! Check out the flyers below for more info on the Spring forum and HPG Growing Bed Rentals.

Well, Main Street, we have come to the end of our time together. If you made it this far, thank you! There always seems to be so much to share – we have a lot going on downtown!

Now that spring is here, it’s time to ditch the car and get off the beaten path, take advantage of our beautiful Martin Slough Trail, or take a stroll down Main Street. While here, you will discover some truly unique experiences, meet some incredible small business owners, and hopefully make some Main Street Memories.

As always, remember to support your local merchants and businesses, tip generously, and be kind to each other.

Until next time, Main Street!


Jen Nalder, Program Director
Main Street Gardnerville

Main Street Gardnerville is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to revitalize downtown Gardnerville utilizing design, organization, promotion & district vitality to develop a unique identity and preserve the historic nature of our community.