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Review: Local clothier opens second store amid skepticism Special

Sonoma - Just around the corner from the plaza near some of Sonoma's finest eateries is Scott Lyall Clothes for Men. It opened in October of last year and has some of the most stylish and stunning men's attire seen anywhere.

Op-Ed: Author of 'Wild Soul' talks about a need to plug into nature Special

Sonoma - As our high-tech world gears up to go to the next level of advancing technology, author and public speaker Mary Reynolds Thompson believes if humanity is to survive it must include nature in the problem-solving.

Op-Ed: Small businesses struggle after fire, landlord indifferent Special

Sonoma - As empowering as small business can be, it can also be very unnerving when a family business or proprietor suffers an unexpected set back, such as a fire. Even if the damage is not extensive, the complications from it can interrupt a small business.

Op-Ed: Local small business has support of extended family Special

Sonoma - According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 23 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales. Furthermore, notes the SMBA, the small business sector is growing rapidly.

Importance of Interest Rates is lesson in itself, advisor says Special

Sonoma - Often times when people invest they do not pay much attention to interest rates unless the rates jump up real high or drop real low. Yet, financial advisors like Darren Blonkski of Edward Jones Investments believes people should take the time to learn.

Op-Ed: Do Tenants have rights? Some in Sonoma wonder if anyone cares Special

Sonoma - The holiday season does not look too bright for the tenants of the Casa de Sonoma apartment complex not far from the main plaza or as some call it, 'The Square.' Long-time residents like John Emil Brians are perplexed

Op-Ed: Docent at Jack London State Park says why Jack remains so popular Special

Sonoma - At the Day of the Dead memorial earlier this month, there was a photo of Jack London. While his death was almost 100 years ago,

Review: Author of family memoir deeply moved by show of support Special

Sonoma - Local author and longtime Sonoma Valley Broker/Realtor, Catherine Sevenau, was deeply moved by the friends and family that showed up at her book reading and signing event on Nov. 13 at Readers' Books in Sonoma.

Op-Ed: Studio 35 where artists of the canvas and of the page converge Special

Sonoma - There's that old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Words and images often go together so it is no surprise that Studio 35 would have a poetry reading on Oct. 10 to compliment its art display.

Op-Ed: Jack London State Park open thanks to public-private partnership Special

Sonoma - Back in 2011 the California State Parks and Recreation announced that it would have to shut down 70 parks due to budget cuts. Over the past two years, public-private partnerships were formed to help keep the state parks open. Among them was the

Op-Ed: Father is proud of son's career path as Flight Instructor Special

Sonoma - Receiving his Federal Aviation Administration Airmen Certification, two years ago was an honor and a proud moment for Sonoma native John Philip Cabaud, Jr. He is now a flight instructor at Sonoma Skypark Airport.

Op-Ed: Santa Rosa cafe is 'like home' to many who enjoy home cooking Special

Santa Rosa - Walking into Sam's For Play Café has that diner feeling to it. Yet amid the memorabilia on the walls, there is a sense of family here that is more than just another family-style restaurant.

Op-Ed: Movie night at Sonoma Skypark flickers with aviation history Special

Sonoma - For those who fly planes and love aviation, any excuse to talk about or study air planes is a welcome activity to the daily routine. This is especially so for the pilots and members of Sonoma Skypark air field.

Mentoring program receives gift from Sonoma Skypark Special

Sonoma - In a community like the wine country of Sonoma, each business and organization impacts one another in a variety of ways. Yet no matter how small or everyday, the connections they make touch so many lives and make all the difference in the world.

Op-Ed: Two sisters sell their designs to feed the hungry, in gratitude Special

Sonoma - Sisters Pam Arnold and Kim Courier love to make jewelry and both have been doing so for decades. Yet even with the struggles they have faced, they still make time to donate their time and crafts to help feed the hungry of their parish and community.

Sonoma requests millions for damage caused by Napa quake

Santa Rosa - A third county in Northern California's wine country has declared a state of emergency following last week's 6.0 earthquake that caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to the city of Napa.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Writers Group has the 'Write Stuff' for over 15 years Special

Sonoma - Perhaps their longevity as a group is a generational thing? Yet, if that were so, then the group would be simply social and not an outpouring of literary treasures. The moods can vary as do the styles, but each month the group presents original work.

Op-Ed: Unit Trusts and global investing are of merit says advisor Special

Sonoma - While regional VP Zack Clow of Invesco was eager to talk about some specific financial products that Invesco offers, he wanted to share with his audience the importance of recognizing the global market that is now part of most investment portfolios.

Op-Ed: Sonoma's Studio 35 is more than an art gallery, it's community Special

Sonoma - With a bundle of canvas in her arms, artist Sonja Bakalyar was literally just walking in the door of Studio 35 on Patton Street as sculptor/painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down off the wall.

Op-Ed: Winemaking family now in second generation a Sonoma gem Special

Sonoma - On warm evenings there is always a gathering of people outside a cottage-house just off the square on West Spain Street. Unassuming, yet friendly and inviting, the Roche Winery tasting tour is low-key and unpretentious.

Op-Ed: Sonoma State Historic Park a tour package deal for only $3 Special

Sonoma - For those who like bargains for travels and love history, this reporter stumbled upon a neat little tour-package deal in Sonoma, the heart of California's wine country.

Ice cream shop shares its space for new crepe business Special

Sonoma - Thanks to some very neighborly help and some wise merchant ingenuity, one local family business is helping another, get its start in the community.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Thrift store helps those in need in Rwanda Special

Sonoma - In need of something stylish, or something casual? Something for the house or something for the yard? Are you looking for a collectable, either rare, unique or even valuable? Well, then stop by Bon Marche.

Op-Ed: The Stars & Stripes not just for the 4th, says Sonoma flagmaker Special

Sonoma - As Independence Day approaches, lots of people are eager to display the old "Red White and Blue," and one little business in town is busy filling last minute requests for an American Flag.

Organic Sonoma produce opens crepes and coffee brunch place Special

Sonoma - Focusing on a very simple menu of crepes, coffee and salad, The Divewalk Cafe is open only for three days a week. "That's just for now to get started," said owner Lorene Reed

Op-Ed: Mel's might be closing, but Pearl's in Sonoma is going strong Special

Sonoma - In a place where just about everything is for tourists, this reporter often asks, "where do the local people go?" Many go to a little diner called "Pearl's." Away from the square in an almost non-descript corner

Op-Ed: Bubbles for summer are in sparkling wine, not just soda Special

Sonoma - Like the lyrics in the Gershwin tune, "Summer time and the living is easy," what can be more relaxing and refreshing about summer time than a cool drink. Usually when most people think cool drink, they grab for a beer or a soda. But what about wine?

Op-Ed: Vella Cheese of Sonoma is home to a 'dry jack' sealed with cocoa Special

Sonoma - Away from the town square or plaza is the other cheese maker in town, Vella Cheese Company who like the Sonoma Cheese Factory was also founded in 1931. But uniquely Vella has its own signature cheese

Op-Ed: Architect envisions a community kitchen while baking scones Special

Sonoma - Putting on an apron, Cynthia Owings owner of Cynthia's Scones was eager to get to work. "I have some standing orders to fill and then I got to pick up the kids from school. Oh and try my latest scone, 'gluten free' peach raspberry," she said.

Op-Ed: Fill your retirement bucket before you kick the bucket Special

Sonoma - In the second of his "summer school" for financial success talks, financial advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones said, "Think about how you want to fill your bucket of retirement money before you 'kick-the-bucket?' It is important to think about this."
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 I am a vegetarian  said long-time resident Kathy Ostram  the  Veggie Feta  is delicious. And being ...
"I am a vegetarian, said long-time resident Kathy Ostram, the "Veggie Feta" is delicious. And being a fan of anything apple, the blintz crepe is yummy," she added.
An artist from the  get-go   Frame Factory proprietor  John Emil Brians enjoys snapping photos of ob...
An artist from the "get-go," Frame Factory proprietor, John Emil Brians enjoys snapping photos of objects and scenes he finds interesting. He then turns them into greeting cards to sell in his shop.
Sia and Ashish are the proud owners of their newly restored and renovated Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen  ...
Sia and Ashish are the proud owners of their newly restored and renovated Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen, CA in Sonoma County, on Warm Springs Road.
Sorento Imports sells Italian motor scooters. Opened in 2008  Owners Nick and Carissa Grimm started ...
Sorento Imports sells Italian motor scooters. Opened in 2008, Owners Nick and Carissa Grimm started serving coffee shortly there after and that has proven to be successful.
Some of the hidden spaces appear small and very  private  yet there is enough space not only for sev...
Some of the hidden spaces appear small and very "private" yet there is enough space not only for several artists to work in but also to display their works.
Artist  Larry Murphy is well known around Sonoma. He served as Mayor and owned Murphy s pub for more...
Artist, Larry Murphy is well known around Sonoma. He served as Mayor and owned Murphy's pub for more than 10 years. Now retired he wants to focus on his art work.
Wiley and his wife Kelly bring a bit of the spirit of San Francisco to Sonoma with their extensive a...
Wiley and his wife Kelly bring a bit of the spirit of San Francisco to Sonoma with their extensive array of beads and bead-accessories for sale.
Charming little cottages as well as the  main house  provide a quiet get a way for city weary travel...
Charming little cottages as well as the "main house" provide a quiet get a way for city weary travelers at the Olea Hotel located in Glen Ellen, CA only minutes from Sonoma, part of Northern California's wine growing region.
Studebaker Cheese Cake on West Napa Street in Sonoma offers what some locals consider  the best  che...
Studebaker Cheese Cake on West Napa Street in Sonoma offers what some locals consider "the best" cheesecake ever.
Courtesy of Studebaker Cheese Cake, Sonoma
Since the fire Andy Smith  owner of Imperial Services has had to use a generator to clean rugs and u...
Since the fire Andy Smith, owner of Imperial Services has had to use a generator to clean rugs and upholstery. This lavish Persian rug has an estimated price tag of over $80,000.00. "Not having full power has really set me back and is hurting my business," he said.
Eager to please  owner Lorene Reed made a latte with French press steeped coffee. Delicious!
Eager to please, owner Lorene Reed made a latte with French press steeped coffee. Delicious!
Clothes of all sorts are abundant at Bon Marche  everything from casual and leisure wear to formal a...
Clothes of all sorts are abundant at Bon Marche, everything from casual and leisure wear to formal attire.
Matt Clasen of Quintessential wine importers served six selections that owner Denise Bolek and Winde...
Matt Clasen of Quintessential wine importers served six selections that owner Denise Bolek and Windee Smith wanted to feature for that Wednesday evening tasting on Jan. 15, 2014. The wines were from Spain and Portugal, with an aperitif from Argentina.
 This year  noted Marcia Kunde Michelson of Kunde Family Winery Hanna will have 14 market lambs and ...
"This year, noted Marcia Kunde Michelson of Kunde Family Winery Hanna will have 14 market lambs and five steers to show at the county fairs this year." And, they aim to sell them, she said.
Photo by Jim Deely, courtesy of Hanna Boys Center
The old Mission is adjacent to other historic buildings  all part of the Early California experience...
The old Mission is adjacent to other historic buildings, all part of the Early California experience of Sonoma.
The Mission in Sonoma was the last mission built and the only one built during the Mexican rule and ...
The Mission in Sonoma was the last mission built and the only one built during the Mexican rule and governorship of California.
Tequila Plaza Restaurant  Bar and Grill in Sonoma  CA offers a traditional Mexican menu of tacos  ta...
Tequila Plaza Restaurant, Bar and Grill in Sonoma, CA offers a traditional Mexican menu of tacos, tamales and enchiladas, along with margaritas.
Founded in Grants Pass Oregon in the early 1990 s  Dutch Brothers is making a name for itself as an ...
Founded in Grants Pass Oregon in the early 1990's, Dutch Brothers is making a name for itself as an outstanding "drive through" coffee franchise establishment in the Pacific Northwest. On May 16, the Sonoma location of Dutch Brothers open with free coffee for all, all day long from 4 AM to 10: PM.
Anna Bimenyimana is the owner and manager of Bon Marche.  In French  Bon Marche  means good bargain ...
Anna Bimenyimana is the owner and manager of Bon Marche. "In French 'Bon Marche' means good bargain," she said.