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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.

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
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Open in 2009  Michoacana Natural Ice Cream shop on Highway 12 in Sonoma has become so popular that o...
Open in 2009, Michoacana Natural Ice Cream shop on Highway 12 in Sonoma has become so popular that owner Teresita Fernandez wants to open another shop, in nearby Marin County.
Courtesy of Michoacana Natural Ice Cream, Sonoma, CA
Even with things still in preparation mode  Studio 35 was already at full capacity as artists from a...
Even with things still in preparation mode, Studio 35 was already at full capacity as artists from all over Sonoma put their art up on the walls for the grand opening that last week of July.
A view of the garden next to the cottage house that London and his second wife lived in while Wolf H...
A view of the garden next to the cottage house that London and his second wife lived in while Wolf House was being built.
Alex was preparing the grill that day  when this reporter stopped by on March 31  2014. He managed t...
Alex was preparing the grill that day, when this reporter stopped by on March 31, 2014. He managed to get some grilling done before a down pour of rain.
For more than two weeks  artist Kathryn A. Lewis has been setting up her painter s easel and paint p...
For more than two weeks, artist Kathryn A. Lewis has been setting up her painter's easel and paint palates to capture the fall colors of the vineyards of Sonoma, CA.
Inside the Roche Winery tasting room on West Spain Street. The tasting room offers food and accommod...
Inside the Roche Winery tasting room on West Spain Street. The tasting room offers food and accommodations for a delightful experience of wine tasting and picnic basket afternoons.
Sidewalk in front of Napa s 140-year-old Sam Kee Laundry Building is covered with debris from the Au...
Sidewalk in front of Napa's 140-year-old Sam Kee Laundry Building is covered with debris from the Aug. 24 earthquake.
Jim Heaphy/Wikimedia Commons
John Emil Brians is the owner of The Frame Factory in Sonoma  CA. He is looking for a new location. ...
John Emil Brians is the owner of The Frame Factory in Sonoma, CA. He is looking for a new location. Walking into his shop is like walking into an art gallery. Easy to talk to, he will happily give a tour.
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.
Jack London Village pays homage to Glen Ellen s most famous resident.
Jack London Village pays homage to Glen Ellen's most famous resident.
Interior of the church at Mission St. Francis Solano. The church is now only used for special occasi...
Interior of the church at Mission St. Francis Solano. The church is now only used for special occasions and festivities with regards to its sacred use as a chapel for religious purposes.
While accommodations might not be what is offered at the latest cineplex with High Definition and ul...
While accommodations might not be what is offered at the latest cineplex with High Definition and ultimate stereo surround sound, the audience is still just as pleased. For many among them remember what movies were like way before many of today's high tech and digital capabilities.
Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack ...
Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma.
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.
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.
The stables or livery at the Mission. Part is now used for the Mission gift shop.
The stables or livery at the Mission. Part is now used for the Mission gift shop.
Sonoma Sky Park Aviators provided the annual  fly-over  during the riffle salute and the signing of ...
Sonoma Sky Park Aviators provided the annual "fly-over" during the riffle salute and the signing of "God Bless America" as the annual ceremony observance came to a conclusion.
Making sure all systems were running smoothly for the busy opening day  Chris from Boden Plumbing of...
Making sure all systems were running smoothly for the busy opening day, Chris from Boden Plumbing of Sonoma was called to check the water in the kitchen. Like the hundreds that stopped by for Opening Day on May 16, Chris was treated to a free cup of fresh-brewed, fresh-roasted ice coffee. A refreshing break on a warm summer day, that Friday.
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.
 These crepes are delicious   said Shirin Kerimova  who stopped by on her way into town from San Fra...
"These crepes are delicious," said Shirin Kerimova, who stopped by on her way into town from San Francisco. She was the first customer of the day. She had the breakfast crepe of scrambled eggs, jack cheese and green onions. "Avocado and ham or beacon can be added upon request," said Reed.