Simply put, Clark’s Corner is a throwback to an era long past; a place where good food and drink are available, but the main course is community.
By day, regular customers are stopping by for their morning coffee, while others are catching up on email, or taking a break in their day with a good book. On any given afternoon, you'll find friends and business people, meeting for coffee, lunch, or nothing special at all – save for each other's company.
By night, gatherings of all types, from book club meetings to wine tastings to kick-boxing classes, attract people of all ages and interests. On most weekend evenings, the sound and energy of live music at Clark's Corner filters through the neighborhood.
Most of all, Clark’s Corner is a place where people can just be; together, as people have for countless generations, or as some prefer, alone, but in the company of others. Some come to visit, or reflect, while others to celebrate, or learn something new.
Whatever the purpose, everyone who walks through the door is welcomed as family.
Ione may be a small town, but that doesn’t mean it can’t host big events.
Since the opening of Clark's in December, 2008, we’ve hosted evenings with boxer Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, and endurance athletes Sally Edwards and Seattle's Barefoot Ted. Clark's has also turned Main Street into a region-wide gathering place with a Classic Car Show, and most recently a Cycling Challenge and dinner featuring Special Guest Chris Horner, a Tour de France cyclist who rode alongside Lance Armstrong as a member of the Radio Shack team.
And that's just the beginning. Check back often to see what events, gatherings and celebrations Clark's Corner has planned for the community!
Ione, like the rest of the Mother Lode region, has a rich history, in need of preservation. Part of our mission is to create a place where that history is easily accessible to all.
Our first effort captured the long-standing tradition of cattle ranching in the Ione area and give all who enter a bit of living history. Burned into a hardwood wall of the cafe are the brands of dozens of local ranches, placed there by the ranchers themselves. Another ongoing effort to preserve history is our collection of black and white photos displayed underneath the glass tops of almost every table. From local residents' private collections to reproductions of county archive photos, Ione's past lives on at Clark's.
Going forward, we will be creating other resources where future generations will be able to experience the stories and history of those that came before them.