The COVID-19 pandemic completely shut down business operations in downtown Sonora for some time, but a handful of new projects suggest commerce is alive and well. 

Three soon-to-open businesses in downtown Sonora are in various states of construction, with all set to be opened in the coming months and into 2022.

The Bract House

The second recreational cannabis dispensary in the City of Sonora, located at 10 Calaveras Way, is seeking to open its doors to the public by the end of the year.

“There’s a lot of bad apples out there. We’re not one of them,” said Tom Calmese, director of operations. 

Calmese is a co-owner of the site with other investors, which include Raphael “Ralph” Calderon, of Valley Springs, who owns several cannabis businesses in Calaveras County and Northern California.

Calmese is an owner at Green Gold Calaveras in San Andreas, a recreational and medical dispensary. 

The work has taken many months to complete on the building, which is over 100 years old and once operated as a machine shop and foundry.

Calmese said equipment inside, including refrigerators, freezers and a school bus, were removed before renovations such as painting and flooring.

In the next two weeks, they plan to install 30 security cameras and move

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