C&C Candy takes the place of Shasta’s Chocolate Emporium. The treat shop will be open Saturdays through Mondays for now. Daugherty and her one employee hope to keep the service open for walk-ins as long as the situation allows.

On Saturday, the streets of downtown Yreka were practically empty of pedestrians as people practiced social distancing and most shops closed. Self-isolation orders from the president and Governor Newsom, the confirmation of COVID-19 cases in Siskiyou County, and the Siskiyou County Health Emergency had taken effect. None of this stopped local business owner Christine Daugherty from pressing ahead with the grand opening of C&C Candies, a new food shop on Miner Street.

“Along with candy, we have hot dogs, soups, chili and corn dogs,” said Daugherty, who also serves breakfast sandwiches and bagels for the early risers at the shop located in the historic Franco Hotel in downtown Yreka. “We carry a little bit of everything.”

C&C Candy takes the place of Shasta’s Chocolate Emporium. The treat shop will be open Saturdays through Mondays for now. Daugherty and her one employee hope to keep the service open for walk-ins as long as the situation allows.

“They are cutting hours, but not laying people off at my other job,” said C&C employee Dani Cushman. Cushman, who also works at a local hotel, is thankful that her employers are searching for ways to keep workers employed, even if it means less hours. “There is nothing they can do about it.”

Other small businesses on Miner Street are cutting hours, ceasing in-store service or closing all together. Zephyr Books & Coffee will stay in operation. Etna Brewery & Taphouse will offer curbside pick-up or delivery.

The nice weather was still a draw, though, and Miner Street Park was busier than usual. Local drumming group Djembe Caliente set up in the spring weather with plenty of space between drummers. The group of women from Yreka, Mount Shasta, Montague, and the Scott Valley played their Afro-Cuban beats for passing families. For the most part, families stayed apart, trying to keep six feet of distance between groups. The number of COVID-19 cases in California continues to rise, and cases were detected in Siskiyou County over the weekend.