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Op-Ed: Despite obstacles one woman is bringing Gymnastics to Sonoma Special

Sonoma - Cartwheels, flips, fitness and fun are what Sonoma resident and business owner, Mary Alice Jambon wishes to firmly establish at the Carneros Corporate Park on 8th Street.

Op-Ed: Small California town mourns the loss of Postal worker Special

Sonoma - The little U.S. Post Office station at the west end of Sonoma is perhaps the least of the 31,662 post offices nationwide.

Op-Ed: Coffee cart owner sells biz and is now the Go 2 Gal for concierge Special

Sonoma - Something new has brewed for Sonoma's JOE-2-GO coffee bar owner Heidi Stearn. She sold the successful sole-proprietorship which has been a fixture at Freidman's Home Improvement Center for over five years.

Op-Ed: Retired teacher believes more is in store on his life journey Special

Sonoma - The Alumni of Pater Noster High School in Los Angeles had a benefit dinner in October of this past year to raise funds for the remaining Brothers of St. Patrick that staffed the school.

Op-Ed: Valley of the Moon Ensemble prepares for holiday concerts Special

Sonoma - The winter season brings people together and singing fosters a holiday mood. Yet whether young or old, there is something about a vocal choir or group that everyone appreciates, even for those who are not much for singing.

Op-Ed: Sonoma bookshop is thankful for its 24th Anniversary/'birthday' Special

Sonoma - Owner of Readers' Books, Andrew Weinberger had much to celebrate as well as be thankful for this Thanksgiving season as his bookstore has its 24th anniversary.

Op-Ed: Broadway in Sonoma, Transcendence Theatre's gift for the Holidays Special

Sonoma - The beauty of the wine country attracts and inspires many people, among them is Transcendence Theatre Company. For over four years, this eclectic group of Broadway-based performers have won over the Sonoma Valley.

Op-Ed: From a wheel cart in Boston to Wine Country, pickles are here Special

Sonoma - Customers at Whole Foods in Northern California's wine country got a chance to sample Grillo’s Pickles this month. Savannah Hoffman, sales and merchandising coordinator for Grillo’s was eager to present both the savory and the sweet versions

Op-Ed: A soap made from love has turned into an all-natural Day Spa Special

Petaluma - When something is made out of necessity it can require pushing oneself to simply do what has not been done before. Yet when something is made out of love, it's ability to excel has no bounds. This could be said of one local product, MoonEssence.

Review: California Ceramic artist is a potter's alchemist for glazes Special

Sonoma - The second floor Gallery at Sonoma Community Center is currently featuring watercolor painter Dick Cole and ceramic artist Chic Lotz. Her work shimmered and gleamed as lights from above gave her work a certain twinkle.

Review: A Cup of English Breakfast leads Sonoma man to tea business Special

Sonoma - One young man took his enjoyment of tea, saw a need and in meeting that need has embarked on an entrepreneurial path. His purpose is to provide the best high quality-organic tea in Sonoma County.

Review: Illustrator/Watercolor artist is a 'Renaissance man' friends say Special

Sonoma - To say that artist Dick Cole is a Renaissance man is about right. Because as friends and colleagues have pointed out, Cole has a vast array of experience, interests and talent.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Valley Jazz Society is a tradition for nearly 30 years Special

Sonoma - The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society is pleased to announce that vocalist Tiffany Austin will be the featured artist at the annual members and sponsors event on Oct. 17 at The Woman’s Club on First Street, East.

Op-Ed: Solar is Green and it's the sign of the times, says one man Special

Sonoma - It used to be that electric cars and things powered by the sun was something way off in the distant future. But if you were to speak with Anthony Abate, "the Solar Hamlet" he would argue that the time for alternative forms of energy use is now.

Review: Jazz is alive and thriving in a little town like Sonoma Special

Sonoma - One of the reasons why someone like artist Jan Small was pleased to move to Sonoma from San Francisco was because of the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society concerts that go on during the summer.

Op-Ed: Sonoma artists share gallery space with much success Special

Sonoma - Sharing wall space and the spotlight is something that participating artists at Studio 35 are getting accustomed to very well. Setting aside egos and temperaments, the gallery/studio collective continues to thrive.

Op-Ed: Chips and salsa man learned all his savvy from sales with IBM Special

Sonoma - Meeting Ron Cuda is like talking to a friend and catching up. His easy-going demeanor makes anyone feel at home. His office on Fifth Street West across from Safeway is small but his La Casa Foods business is growing.

Op-Ed: Realtor leaves city to pursue artistic dream in small town Special

Sonoma - Art and commerce were in abundance at the Plaza on Tuesday evening and while the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel played to an enthusiastic crowd, artist Jan Small was delighted because she has now settled in Sonoma to pursue her life-long passion of art.

Op-Ed: Interior designer on quest to bring more art programs to seniors Special

Sonoma - Over a year ago, when some of the seniors at Vintage Sonoma Assisted Living Center wanted to do more art work, interior designer Bonnie Walner realized something.

Review: Sonoma has a man of intrigue, or at least in Avery Mann's books Special

Sonoma - Avery Mann, a nom de plume for international law attorney Bruce Janigian, may seem ordinary. But once you delve into his his two books “Angel Landing” and “Persona Non Grata” you are taken from the local to the global.

Review: A Denver couple goes West to pursue dream of Ice Cream Special

Sonoma - It's not everyday that a young couple would move over 765 miles just to follow a dream to open an ice cream shop. Yet that is what Joe and Ramie Hencmann did, leaving their well-established lives in Denver to venture to a place unknown, like Sonoma.

Op-Ed: Little art Gallery in California wine country celebrates 1st year Special

Sonoma - Despite the woes of the economy and the rising cost of real estate and retail space, not far from the center of town is an art gallery called Studio 35. Rather ordinary from its cottage-like exterior, it has become a center for the arts in Sonoma.

Op-Ed: 'Retiring early may hurt you' says advisor. 'Know the options' Special

Sonoma - With the baby boomer generation now moving along into retirement, financial advisors like Daren Blonski are trying to get word out that baby-boomers need to understand the complexities of retirement in today's society.

Op-Ed: He left a Hollywood life to become a shoe repair man Special

Sonoma - Some of the most interesting lives can be hidden in ordinary places. Such is the situation of a small business owner who left the excitement of the Rodeo Drive scene in Hollywood to take over the family business.

Op-Ed: caféMac provides support to Apple lovers of Sonoma Special

Sonoma - As our society and everyday world becomes more dependent upon computer and mobile technology the need for reliable and trusted technicians reaches from major cities to small towns like Sonoma.

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.
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Jay Shafer is the founder and president of Tumbleweed Tiny Homes an enterprise that is more than a b...
Jay Shafer is the founder and president of Tumbleweed Tiny Homes an enterprise that is more than a business it is a calling. He sees compact houses and living spaces as the wave of the future.
An art eisel is out in the backyard at Studio 35 in Sonoma  ready for any artist to use. All availab...
An art eisel is out in the backyard at Studio 35 in Sonoma, ready for any artist to use. All available space is being used, including the backyard.
Four of the five bubbly wines featured that evening were from different parts of Spain  the fifth on...
Four of the five bubbly wines featured that evening were from different parts of Spain, the fifth one was from South Africa.
Pointing to the large expanse of ruins that had once been stables converted to a summer lodge before...
Pointing to the large expanse of ruins that had once been stables converted to a summer lodge before being destroyed by fire in 1960, the park's Executive Director, Tjiska Van Wyk noted that this spot is where the annual "Broadway Under the Stars" is held in summer time.
At the Sonoma Community Center on  All Souls Day  the evening was filled with a remembering of the m...
At the Sonoma Community Center on "All Souls Day" the evening was filled with a remembering of the many souls that have lived in Sonoma.
Kathy Ostram talked about her recollections of guitarist Sam Andrew while at Mary s Pizza Shack on t...
Kathy Ostram talked about her recollections of guitarist Sam Andrew while at Mary's Pizza Shack on the plaza in Sonoma. Many of her memories of that time, were when San Francisco was filled with the sounds of the rock and roll music that attracted thousands to the City.
Flag Emporium of Sonoma can have any flag made upon request  just about any size. Seen here is the C...
Flag Emporium of Sonoma can have any flag made upon request, just about any size. Seen here is the California bear flag in shower curtain size, or so.
 Not having a beneficiary clearly stated on a fund or on an account can be frustrating. People don t...
"Not having a beneficiary clearly stated on a fund or on an account can be frustrating. People don't realize that if a beneficiary's name is not on that account or fund, and the official will says something else, we as financial advisors can do nothing," he said. Daren Blonski of Edward Jones Investments
 John has been looking for a new location for at least two years   said fellow artist and frame shop...
"John has been looking for a new location for at least two years," said fellow artist and frame shop competitor Scott Sherman. "It really helps when the proprietor owns the shop, saves on over-head costs," he said.
Financial advisor and consultant for Edward Jones Investments  Daren Blonski provided a lecture on t...
Financial advisor and consultant for Edward Jones Investments, Daren Blonski provided a lecture on the subject of "A Woman's Financial Independence." Fellow financial consultant Jacques Finn of the Hartford Funds was guest speaker.
Since 2000  Vincent Pacheco  owner of Vinny s A-1 Shoe Repair has been tending to soles and heels of...
Since 2000, Vincent Pacheco, owner of Vinny's A-1 Shoe Repair has been tending to soles and heels of Sonoma for over a decade. This June will be the shop's 15th Anniversary.
Sculptor  painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down just as artist Sonja Bakalyar was coming in...
Sculptor, painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down just as artist Sonja Bakalyar was coming in to put hers up that day when this reporter stopped by in July.
Jack London Village pays homage to Glen Ellen s most famous resident.
Jack London Village pays homage to Glen Ellen's most famous resident.
Above the shoe racks on the wall of Vinny s shop are the many photo mementos of Vincent Pacheco s da...
Above the shoe racks on the wall of Vinny's shop are the many photo mementos of Vincent Pacheco's days as a fitness trainer in Hollywood. Some were good acquaintances and others were his clients.
Kevin Hillburn with Prudential was the guest speaker of Edward Jones Investments financial advisor D...
Kevin Hillburn with Prudential was the guest speaker of Edward Jones Investments financial advisor Daren Blonski on Aug. 15 at the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce. The topic that Thursday morning was "knowing your Social Security Benefits."
Classes are on going at the Veterans  Memorial Hall Building in Sonoma. But owner/founder Mary Alice...
Classes are on going at the Veterans' Memorial Hall Building in Sonoma. But owner/founder Mary Alice Jambon wants to move her gymnastics academy to a permanent home at the Carneros Meadow Corporate Park. Delays with the City and County only make her more determined to reach the goal.
Courtesy of Sonoma Gymnastics Academy
Cynthia Owings is the creator and owner of Cynthia s Scones. Made fresh daily  from all natural ingr...
Cynthia Owings is the creator and owner of Cynthia's Scones. Made fresh daily, from all natural ingredients, owner Cynthia Owings would like to turn the café/kitchen she now works from into a community kitchen, inviting chefs and food artisans an opportunity to make and feature their goods there.
Writer and poet Steve Bakalyar was among the four poets featured that evening of poetry reading and ...
Writer and poet Steve Bakalyar was among the four poets featured that evening of poetry reading and art at Sonoma's Studio 35 art gallery and exhibition center.
Passages from Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir  author Catherine Sevenau  includes family photos ...
Passages from Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir, author Catherine Sevenau, includes family photos in her book and blog.
Courtesy of Catherine Sevenau
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.