Sonoma Valley business news, Nov. 22


Salon move: Grazia Bianchi is now open in her new (old) location on 126 E. Napa St. She offers haircuts and color and is open Wednesday through Saturday, “from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. – a long day,” she said. She can be reached at 373-0022 or via her website at

Giant tent: HopMonk Tavern on Broadway has set up a much larger tent this year that now protects its entire beer garden from the elements. 691 Broadway.

Closing: Scott Lyall men’s clothing store expects to close its doors in Sonoma for good on Sunday, Nov. 24. Everything in the store is 60 percent off. 115 E. Napa St.

Open house: Becoming Independent, the Sonoma County based nonprofit that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is opening a new location at 777 Grand Ave., in San Rafael with a community open-house event on Dec. 5. The nonprofit’s Sonoma location is at 730 W. Napa St.

State of the Valley: The Chamber’s State of the Valley event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Presentations from key community leaders will provide an overview of community trends. The Sonoma Chamber will also present its 2019 “Business of the Year” Award at the event. Tickets are still available.

Caterer: Spread Catering, owned by Cristina Topham, now offers traditional holiday pies along with Lebanese sweets like baklava and knefeh. “We’re the only one doing Lebanese/middle eastern in town,” says Topham, who also offer drop-off mezze platters and meal deliveries. She expects to restart her pop-up season again in January, returning to such spots as Broadway Farm and the General’s Daughter.

Food tours: Madaylyn ReBell’s local Gourmet Food Tours is celebrating six years in business. ReBell offers three-hour walking tour around the Plaza, visiting three restaurants to try local dishes food paired with local wine. The tour ends at a tasting room with two red wines and a chocolate. They also briefly cover some of the wild-west history that took place around the Plaza. Locals get a discount.

Mattress event: The Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program and Zero Waste Sonoma are coming together for a free three-day mattress collection event. Only mattresses and box springs that are not excessively damaged, wet or soiled will be accepted at no-cost for recycling. Three max per vehicle. The event is Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W. See specifics of what can and cannot be recycled at

Scholarships: Francis Ford Coppola Winery is now offering full scholarships for employees interested in pursuing their education at Sonoma State. The first beneficiaries, dubbed the “Coppola Winery Scholars,” began their studies during the 2019 fall semester.

Mobile home park: There are 2.29 acres of commercial/multi-family/mobile home park development land at 171 Siesta Way is for sale. Part of the lot is currently used as a mobile home park. Current zoning allows 18-24 units. Agent is Jeff Lokey.

Open House: Cook’s Mercantile is having a pre-Thanksgiving Open House from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 with seasonal gifts and items available for tasting as well as candles, soaps and lotions, brewing supplies, wine making supplies, cheesemaking supplies, owl boxes and farming supplies. The Cook family will be serving complimentary beverages and bites. 19626 Eighth St. E., Sonoma.

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