Profile in Business - Young's Market in Taylorsville
With a goal of combining her experience in organic foods and restaurant management, Tan decided to purchase the historic Taylorsville grocery store after longtime owner John Taborski moved to Southern California to be closer to his two daughters. Taborski managed the store from 1978 through 2012, and after several years of battling a terminal illness, passed away in October 2013.
As a beloved member of the community known for his passion for barbecuing and his “charm and smile (that) were truly unique and always sincere,” Taborski leaves behind big shoes for Tan to fill within the community. By expanding the services available at Young’s Market and providing an atmosphere where people are always welcome to come relax and chat with the locals, Tan has been doing just that.
With help from her parents, Jack and Karen Wood, and her daughter Lee Crosse, Tan has built upon the historic charm of the 152-year-old variety store by renovating the upstairs living quarters into its original state and transforming it into a banquet hall; bringing in a variety of unique foods from around the world; staging in-store and patio dining areas; and adding a mini coffee shop where visitors can order any type of espresso drink they desire.
The upstairs renovation included preservation of its beautiful gold leaf and copper trim, brick walls, chandeliers, wooden floors and vaulted ceilings. Cooking classes and private parties have since been hosted within the stunning banquet hall and it is available for other events as well. The market also has a full kitchen, which Tan uses for catering services.
Community members are no strangers to transformations of this store. Since its opening in 1862 Young’s Market has been used for many different purposes including selling groceries, feed and tack, hardware and clothing.
Tan’s passion for food and sharing it with others caused her to broaden the store’s offerings by visiting food shows and doing market research about new foods. Although the variety is not necessarily evident when first entering the store, it contains a huge mixture of traditional grocery as well as organic and gluten-free products. “It’s a little tiny store but you can find just about anything in it,” said Tan.
They currently stock more than 30 types of tea, 20 types of crackers, 20 types of dried mushrooms, a huge selection of artisan cheeses, seven different salts from around the world, four different types of pepper and a variety of other spices not typically stocked in standard grocery stores. They even have everything needed to make sushi.
There are at least 20 different flavors of high-end jam, alternative flours and sugars. Tan said they offer several types of sugar, including coconut and date sugar, that are a good alternative for diabetics. For anyone allergic to gluten, she offers six different flavors of gluten-free flour.
The family also grinds and seasons their own meats, and prepares ready-to-go meals for those moments when spending hours in the kitchen is just not an option.
“People come from all over and are always amazed when they see the variety of products we offer,” said Tan. She said people often return over and over again from Quincy and even Chico just to purchase some of the store’s unique items.
Tan relayed the story of a 12-year-old girl who visited the store from Chico who had never eaten a sandwich before because of her gluten allergy. She said the girl did not like the alternatives available but after visiting Young’s Market, she finally found a bread she could stomach, thanks to the variety offered there.
After several trips to the store just to purchase the bread, Tan provided her with the name of her supplier so she could order it on her own. “That is the kind of stuff we like to do for our customers. I like to share food and happiness with the community — that is why we moved here; we wanted to create something special, while enjoying a good quality of life and brining the same to other people,” said Tan.
Tan said that because it is a family-run business she is able to keep items affordable, despite being located in such a small community. She said in many cases items at the market are several dollars cheaper than from other stores in Plumas County.
Since moving to Taylorsville Tan said her experience with the community has been like none she has ever had. “I have learned so much since I have been here but the most important is that it is a very close-knit community. Everyone will come to you in a moment’s notice for anything you might need.”
In addition to experiencing what it truly means to be a part of a rural community, Tan said that every single day living in Taylorsville and running Young’s Market is “different and interesting.” She said the people who come through the store, whether locals or visitors, teach her something new every day.
“Some are the strangest people you will ever meet, some are funny, some are crabby and some are walking history books.” She said the variety of visitors is what keeps life in Taylorsville interesting. “You never know who you are going to meet, and what you are going to learn; it’s wonderful.”
4368 Main St., Taylorsville, CA
Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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