Historical General Store In Wine Country Announces Closure

Matt Bigler
December 06, 2019 - 2:14 pm
The Jimtown store near Healdsburg.

Few small businesses have been around for over 125 years, but the Jimtown store near Healdsburg, has lasted that long. Now, however, it’s closing its doors due to the new reality of life in Wine Country. 

A general store and coffee shop that first opened in 1893, Jimtown has been called a historical landmark. But three years of wildfires, the recent PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs and a lack of affordable housing have made it too difficult to continue. 

“Pretty much everything is singed here,” said Julie Brown, the store's general manager.

Brown said local children used to come work in the store, after school. Now, thanks to rent prices, it’s hard to find employees who can afford to live nearby. 

The autumn is typically a busy time for Wine Country businesses, but in the general store has lost money as wildfires and power outages have kept customers away. 

Brown’s sister has been the owner of the shop for the past 28 years, and she wants to sell to someone with a commitment to the community. 

“I can definitely tell you that it’s kind of like Cheers around here,” said Brown. “Pretty much everybody that walks through the door, you know, I know their name.”

Jimtown will remain open through Dec. 30.