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A racer navigates a corner while racing through downtown Chico. Taken by Toby Neal on March 10.

Chico Downtown Criterium, one step closer to bringing back Chico Stage Race

Toby Neal, Reporter // March 13, 2024

Cyclists raced through the streets of Downtown Chico on Sunday, as the Chico Downtown Criterium returned after a four-year break, following the pandemic. It marks the first step in bringing back the full...

Upper Crust Bakery and Cafe patio and entryway. Taken by Jessica Miller on Feb. 19.

So, you have an hour? Let’s eat!

Jessica Miller, Food Editor // March 9, 2024

Though for some it may be a rarity, occasionally students find themselves with an hour between classes to grab a meal. Here are a few options to think about for your next long lunch break: In walking...

 Downtown restaurants are happy to help college students with inexpensive and tasty options. Taken at Madison Bear Garden by Alina Babajko on Feb. 29.

Student deals and cheap meals

Alina Babajko, Reporter // March 7, 2024

Celestino’s Pizza  Celestino's is located on East Avenue and First Street across from the Ayres building. Their student special offers a slice of cheese, mushroom or pepperoni and a medium fountain...

Customers enjoying food in the seating area of Mas Amor Mexican Food. Taken by Jessica Miller on March 2.

Mas Amor Mexican Food’s grand opening is just the beginning

Jessica Miller, Food Editor // March 4, 2024

The smell of handmade tortillas and salsa filled the inside of the Phoenix building at 300 Broadway St. just across from Jon and Bon’s. Less than a 10-minute walk from Chico State campus now resides...

Collage of restaurants in downtown Chico. Created by Jessica Miller, Feb. 24.

OK, where can we eat in 30 minutes?

Jessica Miller, Food Editor // February 24, 2024

It may seem like 30 minutes is a fair amount of time to grab a bite to eat between classes, but lunchtime in Downtown Chico can slow students down. While not all restaurants can handle the lunch rush,...

Small businesses in Chico are struggling during COVID-19 pandemic

Marco Day, Staff Writer // April 19, 2020

Local businesses are struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to apply for federal aid to continue operations. There are two programs in California developed for small businesses to obtain...

The Jesus Center is located on Park Avenue in Chico. Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Firefighters respond to Jesus Center incident

Jessie Imhoff // November 16, 2019

The fire department was called Friday for a small, smoldering fire that broke out at the Jesus Center.According to Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge, there was a hot water heater on the second floor of...

Sweet Chico Confections participated in Treat Street annually with other downtown businesses. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Treat Street brings families downtown on Halloween

Jessie Imhoff // October 28, 2019

Downtown Chico is well known for being a hot spot of college parties on Halloween night. But before all the partiers come out in droves, Downtown Chico is home to an event called Treat Street in which...

Annual Harvest Sale highlights downtown businesses

Jessie Imhoff // October 14, 2019

Merchandise and autumnal decorations lined the streets of Downtown Chico for the annual Harvest Sidewalk Sale, hosted by the Downtown Chico Business Association.An outpouring of shoppers came to the event...

Max Palmer working as a scooper during the soft open. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Doc Burnstein’s has soft opening in new downtown location

Jessie Imhoff // October 1, 2019

Despite Cold Stone Creamery closing, Chico did not go without an ice cream place close to campus for long. Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab opened in its place, holding its soft opening on Thursday...

Upper Crust happily handed out cupcakes. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Taste of Chico celebrates food

Jessie Imhoff // September 23, 2019

There was much to see when walking down the streets of downtown Chico on Sunday. The Downtown Chico Business Association held their annual Taste of Chico, hosting a variety of vendors, including local...

From left to right David Theissen, Christine Wilhoyte, and Steve Lawson play “Back to the Bar Room” for an enthusiastic crowd at Tender Lovin’ Coffee. Photo credit: Emily Neria

Chico State students play live Bluegrass music in downtown

Emily Neria // September 2, 2019

A new local bluegrass band performed at Tender Loving Coffee in Downtown Chico last Thursday night. The band Green Mountain Bluegrass consisted of a guitar player and two Chico State students on banjo...

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