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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.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 2 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

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
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

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
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

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?
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

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
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

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."
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Op-Ed: Summer school for financial topics now in session in Sonoma Special

Sonoma - 'Investing for the Long Term' was the theme of financial advisor Daren Blonski's talk on June 3 held at the Sonoma office of Zainer Rinehart Clarke.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Op-Ed: Seeing a flying pig in Sonoma, means a BBQ is happening Special

Sonoma - If driving along Highway 37 to or from Sonoma, and you see a smoking pig with wings, chances are a Barbeque event will be taking place. "Follow the Cochon Volant van if you love BBQ and enjoy some of the best BBQ pork, beef and lamb in the Bay Area,"
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Sonoma gathers for 56th annual Memorial Day ceremony for Veterans Special

Sonoma - Hundreds showed up on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park to honor all those who have served the nation in military service. This past Monday was the 56th annual Memorial Day Observance for Sonoma Valley.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Sonoma Job counselor with a pioneering journalist past Special

Sonoma - Ah the wine country! Beautiful vineyards, charming boutiques, with fine restaurants this region is a weekend get-a-away. And, what more perfect example than in the Old Mission town of Sonoma,
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 4 comments

Op-Ed: 'Buddy-poppies' appearing, it is Memorial Day, time to reflect Special

Sonoma - As summer approaches, just about everyone knows that Memorial Day is the official day that ushers in the summer season. But for veterans and those that still remember the wars Americans fought in to preserve freedom, Memorial Day is one of honor.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

New drive-thru coffee roaster is in town, Sonoma meets Dutch Bros Special

Sonoma - It was a festive, carnival-like atmosphere as Dutch Brothers Coffee moved into 711 Broadway and had its official Opening Day on May 16. Staff started serving free coffee to all at 4 AM and would continue till 10 PM.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Hand cyclist is eager to go even further to help End Polio Now Special

Glen Ellen - With the completion of his 900 mile End Polio Now bicycle tour this past fall of 2013, Glen Ellen/Sonoma resident Steve Brumme is preparing for his next bicycle tour adventure in May of 2015.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Frame shop owner finds new spot; an oasis for local artists Special

Sonoma - While it took some time to move, frame shop owner, John Emil Brians is pleased and honored to have his shop in the midst of artists and their work.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Op-Ed: Cheesecake maker hopes to get some help with his cafe Special

Sonoma - For cheesecake lovers, there is two basic styles of cheesecake, East Coast or "New York style" and of course "West Coast" or as cafe owner Kevin Fay would call his version, "California style" cheesecake.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Wine Country Deli reopens, aims to please with BBQ 5-days a week Special

Sonoma - Nestled on a corner along a stretch of road in the Wine Country of Sonoma is Vineburg Deli and Grocery. Amid busy commuter traffic, over the years it has retained much of its rustic charm, even when it seemed to have its best days behind it.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Wine Country Bakeshop not typical bakery, celebrates 2nd year Special

Sonoma - On any early morning in Sonoma you will see locals flocking to their favorite spots for coffee and pastry. Certainly there are the usual franchises (the one's we know like Starbucks, etc.) and the long-standing bakeries in town.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

Op-Ed: An unassuming little shack opens the door to a world of wines Special

Sonoma - Just about every Wednesday night an unassuming cottage along West Napa Street called Valley Wine Shack has a tasting room gathering.
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Op-Ed: 'The Wittiest Artist' in Sonoma, is looking for a new shop locale Special

Sonoma - Walking into The Frame Factory shop on Broadway, next to the Post Office in Sonoma, original art is one of the first things seen. The framing shop’s owner John Emil Brians is quick to show his work to any interested visitor.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Financial advisers point to the New Retire-mentality Special

Sonoma - With the Baby Boomer generation now entering into retirement, the future of retirement will be much different than what it has been for previous generations.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

Op-Ed: An organizer a person needs the most, especially in an emergency Special

Sonoma - There are lots of "organizers" out there both, personal ones and the "system-type" of note books or electronic devices we buy that help us plan out our day, alphabetize files, recipes and so on.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

The 'Plein Air' of Sonoma is filled with hues of Autumn Special

Sonoma - While some people may say New England is the best place to be in the fall, artist Kathryn A. Lewis would disagree. She is inspired by the very evident signs of autumn, especially as the abundant vineyards throughout Sonoma are changing color.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Estate Planners say, be clear and define your Legacy Special

Sonoma - When people think of a legacy they usually think of someone important leaving behind some special bequeath or monument. Yet according to estate planners like Jennifer Hainstock of Sonoma, anyone with some assets can provide a legacy.
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Reed was eager to pass out menu-flyers to the locals like Miriam who walked by with her friends that...
Reed was eager to pass out menu-flyers to the locals like Miriam who walked by with her friends that Tuesday morning. "We offer both savory and sweet crepes," said Reed. One of chef Mark's specialities is the 'veggie feta' and yes crepes with hazelnut chocolate are also made.
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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.
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Roger Rhoten is manager/operator of the Sabastiani Theater in Sonoma. He was pleased to feature Wood...
Roger Rhoten is manager/operator of the Sabastiani Theater in Sonoma. He was pleased to feature Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."
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Owner Nick Grimm and servers Lauren Henriksen and Bri Miller were greeting customers and serving cof...
Owner Nick Grimm and servers Lauren Henriksen and Bri Miller were greeting customers and serving coffee the day after Halloween. The motor scooter sales and repair shop offered coffee when business slowed down. Grimm and wife Carissa immediately thought of using Grimm's talents as a coffee barista to help keep business going.
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Johnny Khoury who works with brother Michael  was eager to talk about the sandwiches on the menu. Se...
Johnny Khoury who works with brother Michael, was eager to talk about the sandwiches on the menu. Seen here with Khoury are Justine and Nelly who help make the sandwiches and salads.
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The cinnamon-almond role is one of the fresh baked items that Scandia Bakery serves up fresh everyda...
The cinnamon-almond role is one of the fresh baked items that Scandia Bakery serves up fresh everyday. Artist, Larry Murphy enjoys all the baked good that Scandia creates. It is the place where locals like Murphy go to for morning coffee and catch up on chats with friends and neighbors.
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While sales have been busy  staff is never to busy to let customers try a taste of any of the dozens...
Courtesy of Michoacana Natural Ice Cream, Sonoma, CA
While sales have been busy, staff is never to busy to let customers try a taste of any of the dozens of flavors the shop has to offer. Here, owner Teresita Fernandez and clerk Maria Valencia are ready to greet customers.
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Tequila Plaza has a very nice patio area and no doubt on warm evenings this is ideal for an evening ...
Tequila Plaza has a very nice patio area and no doubt on warm evenings this is ideal for an evening out .
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While maintaining a sense of rustic-rural charm  Fat Pilgrim general store is also part art gallery ...
While maintaining a sense of rustic-rural charm, Fat Pilgrim general store is also part art gallery and home design center.
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The foyer of the old Mission. It its heyday  the Mission was home to more than 900 native peoples.
The foyer of the old Mission. It its heyday, the Mission was home to more than 900 native peoples.
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Bathrooms have full size tub  plenty of light from sky light and complete modern amenities.
Bathrooms have full size tub, plenty of light from sky light and complete modern amenities.
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Joseph Shoemaker and his wife Mackenzie are the owners of the Sonoma location at 711 Broadway. It re...
Joseph Shoemaker and his wife Mackenzie are the owners of the Sonoma location at 711 Broadway. It replaces a similar coffee venue that was there previously. Yet, Shoemaker said customers can expect high quality and exceptionally roasted coffee made fresh each day.
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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.
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Guest of Honor and key note speaker for the program that Monday May 26 was General Joseph P. Hoar  U...
Guest of Honor and key note speaker for the program that Monday May 26 was General Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.). He noted that "War is not an easy business."
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The most important thing says Jennifer Hainstock with regards to estate planning is  get organized.
The most important thing says Jennifer Hainstock with regards to estate planning is "get organized."
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A nice collection of miniatures can be found at Bon Marche as well as dishes  flat ware  linens and ...
A nice collection of miniatures can be found at Bon Marche as well as dishes, flat ware, linens and even drapes.
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Dave Redden coordinates the agricultural program at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma  CA. This year they ...
Photo by Jim Deely, courtesy of Hanna Boys Center, Sonoma, CA
Dave Redden coordinates the agricultural program at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, CA. This year they will be participating in the livestock competition both county fairs of Sonoma and Napa and will also be selling the livestock they raised.
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For spring time  Wine Country Chocolates created Easter bonnets to compliment the traditional chocol...
For spring time, Wine Country Chocolates created Easter bonnets to compliment the traditional chocolate Easter Bunny.
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While orders for American Flags are common  especially during civic holidays like 4th of July  Flag ...
While orders for American Flags are common, especially during civic holidays like 4th of July, Flag Emporium can have a flag made for any occasion or event.
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Now that spring time has arrived the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market is eager to bring f...
Now that spring time has arrived the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market is eager to bring fresh produce, dairy, olive oil, nuts, fresh soup stock and a host of many other locally grown and made products to the people. Open on Tuesdays the market is very popular and yes, some of the vendors do take credit/ATM cards.
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