New hostel, dollar store, toy store and more |

New hostel, dollar store, toy store and more

Griffin Rogers
Artemis kitchen manager Nelson Sagastume prepares a meal Friday. The business will be one of many restaurants serving food at "An Evening of Food & Wine Tasting."
Griffin Rogers / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

A new dollar store, hostel and toy store are preparing to open in the South Shore this summer, as a new FedEx Office opens near the state line and an established restaurant celebrates a recent expansion.

The 9,922-square-foot Dollar Tree store, located at the Round Hill Village Shopping Center in Zephyr Cove, is currently hiring and will ultimately provide an additional 28 jobs to the area.

District Manager Tom Nobriga said it has been an extensive process transforming the store’s new space, which was built years ago and never occupied.

“The only thing that was there was the cement floor,” he said about moving in.

With the nearest Dollar Tree currently located in Carson City, the new store in Zephyr Cove will make it easier for customers in the basin to do their shopping, Nobriga said.

Meanwhile, a new hostel in South Lake Tahoe might make overnight stays easier on customers’ wallets.

Mellow Mountain Hostel has replaced an old motel located at 4081 Cedar Ave. Work on the building is currently ongoing, but the hostel will feature seven private rooms and 11 dorm-style rooms when it’s finished.

It will also have a pool table, a foosball table, music, a lounge area, computers for guests and a 1,200-square-foot common room with a balcony and kitchen.

Co-owner Elias Small said it will be a great place for travelers, locals and anyone who wants to meet new people.

“It’s sort of a way to break a stagnant feel in Tahoe,” he said about the concept for a hostel.

Small said he and co-owner Wolfie Shapiro are aiming for a 4th of July weekend opening.

Similarly, a toy store halfway across town also plans to open at the beginning of July. Tahoe Toys and Treasures, located at 3053 Harrison Ave., will feature a reading nook, board games, a variety of children’s toys and more.

The toy store is filling a vacancy that was made from the closing of an AT&T store at the same location.

Additionally, FedEx Office will celebrate the grand opening of its new storefront at 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd on June 23. The store offers several services to local businesses, including copy shop printing, shipping, computer rentals and office supplies.

The services will enable business owners to get more done with less time and money, according to a TahoeChamber press release.

Furthermore, Artemis Mediterranean Grill has expanded its business to include a second restaurant at Ski Run Marina.

Artemis Lakefront Café features an expanded menu with breakfast and coffee, along with an extensive beer and wine menu, indoor and outdoor dining and the usual menu items the restaurant is known for.

Owners Angela and Brian Luke celebrated the grand opening of their second restaurant Tuesday.

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