Two interesting things about living in a smaller town intersected in my mind this week. One is how much I form relationships with buildings. People do this in cities, too, but because there are so many options in cities, it can be overwhelming. In smaller places, your choices are more manageable. There are five buildings in Nevada City, CA that I especially like, and one is an old stone brewery.
The other feature of small-town life is that if you stay somewhere long enough, everything changes around you. I’m now in my twentieth year in Nevada City, watching this particular building be turned into a bar and restaurant by its fourth owner during my tenure. It was built in the 19th century, so there were obviously many proprietors before, but that fact seems very different when you watch the changes taking place with your own eyes.