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Page 3 The Ferndale (California) Enterprise

Lowell Daniels and Jenny Oaks, 15-year owners of Ferndales great Victorian Inn, are proud of their latest enterprise, The VI Restaurant & Tavern. This is truly a labor of love, not only for Jenny and Lowell, but also for their staff. The entire staff is a charming bunch of people whose greatest joy is seeing their guests happy and enjoying their creations. The VI is a delight for the senses. It brings its guests a dining experience that is unparalleled in Humboldt County. Conveniently located in the Victorian Inn in the center of Ferndale, the VI is an invitation to explore new standards of culinary creativity while providing a variety of the traditional classics. The VIs menu fuses the innovation of California culinary cuisine with the classic staples of the Pacific Northwest. From the popular Iron Skillet Steak to the mouthwatering Paella Portuguese, there is something for every culinary palate to enjoy at the VI Restaurant. For lunch, enjoy a traditional tavern sandwich,

Your table is waiting at the VI Silvas Fine Jewelry is home to unique collection of rare gems
The former front parlors of the historic Victorian Inn now house one of the largest and most luxurious collections of rare gems and fine jewelry in Northern California. The unique collection of specially designed pieces from around the world displayed in the rich comfort of this landmark building make shopping for fine jewelry an experience to be remembered. Lowell Owners Daniels and Jenny Oaks relocated their highly successful fine jewelry business from the gold country of Sutter Creek, where it flourished for 18 years. On a trip to Humboldt County, they the encountered enchanting village of Ferndale and the historic Victorian Inn. They immediately fell in love with the area and purchased the building in January 1999. The store is named after Lowell's grandfather, Joseph Rose Silva, born in the Portuguese Azore Islands. Lowell's grandfather immigrated to California and, although born here, Lowell treasures his Portuguese heritage. An original portrait of his grandfather overlooks the beautiful setting of the store. Lowell is a graduate gemologist and a certified gemologist appraiser. He spent several years obtaining his formal education from the Gemological Institute of America. He has a large following of regular clients from across

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The VI Restaurant & Taverns dining room.

the getting famous VI Burger, a comforting artisan mac and cheese crock or one of many other delicious choices. At dinner, choose from an inspired presentation of unusual dishes including a cold water Lobster Tail and guest favorite Lemon Herb Roasted Half Chicken. Always at the top of the favorites list are our mouth-watering steaks and filets. The Victorian Inn and VI Restaurant also house facilities for larger functions. The Conference Room will seat up to approximately 40 guests for a very private meeting or group dinner. The Banquet Room, while still very
perature is maintained between 68 and 70 degrees. Approved museum methods are used to preserve old clothes, including wedding gowns, leather goods, books, an extensive photograph collection, dolls, china and crystal. Newspapers dating back to 1874 are kept on microfilm for public research. Boasting a volunteer crew of over 75 people, the museum is supported by the generosity of volunteer, community and visitor donations. The museum is located one block off Main Street at

private, will accommodate a great many more. Whether you choose The VI for lunch, dinner or cocktails your meal will be accompanied by exquisite presentation, choices from an award winning wine list, an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere and gracious professional service.

Photos courtesy of Silvas Fine Jewelry

VI Restaurant & Tavern 400 Ocean Avenue Your table is waiting Tel. 707/786-4950

Jenny Oaks and Lowell Daniels moved their highly successful fine jewelry business, Silvas Fine Jewelry, from Sutter Creek to Ferndale.
the U.S. and Europe. Lowell's buying trips throughout the world have allowed him to collect a selection of rare gemstones, unique original designs and many, many friends and fans over the years. Because the couple rarely buys from factories or sales representatives, their costs are far below market average, hence their large client following. Jenny has also studied gemology and her style, insight and grace make selecting a special piece of jewelry a memorable experience. The store specializes in custom designs and repairs and features one of the few Computer-Aided Jewelry Design systems in Northern California. It takes only moments with Lowell to design, graphically visualize, then print a photograph of a specially created piece. Along with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and other precious gems, the large varied inventory includes cameos, jade, pearls, tourmaline, tanzanite and many other rare and lovely gemstones from around the world, along with many other works of art and treasures. The beautifully appointed, specially lit surroundings make selecting a special piece of fine jewelry an experience to remember at Silva's.

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dale and the lower Eel River Valleys past. The Joe McIntosh annex houses a complete working blacksmith shop, fishing, logging, farm and dairy equipment (powdered milk was invented in Ferndale), a cross-section of a 1,237-year-old redwood tree, a huge solid 6 x 12 x 3 redwood board, and other vintage tools and equipment. Artifacts are stored in a humidity-controlled storage room, where the tem-


the corner of Shaw Avenue and Third Street. Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 4 pm and Sunday 1 to 4 pm. We are closed on Tuesday from October through May. We are also closed the month of January to change exhibits. If you like Ferndale, youll love the museum.

THE FERNDALE MUSEUM 515 Shaw Ave. Tel. 707/786-4466 museum@ Find us on Facebook

SILVAS FINE JEWELRY 400 Ocean Avenue Tel. 707/786-4425

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