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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.

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.
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Jack London Village pays homage to Glen Ellen s most famous resident.
Jack London Village pays homage to Glen Ellen's most famous resident.
Equipped with the latest  Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Sonoma has individual exam rooms to help c...
Equipped with the latest, Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Sonoma has individual exam rooms to help calm pets when making a visit. Dr. Vallard Christopher Forsythe takes time with each pet patient to ensure each pet gets full and undivided attention.
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."
Abstract artist Sonja Bakalyar and writer-poet Steve Bakalyar coordinated an evening event of art an...
Abstract artist Sonja Bakalyar and writer-poet Steve Bakalyar coordinated an evening event of art and poetry on Oct. 10, 2014 at Sonoma's Studio 35 gallery.
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.
In addition to pork  Rob and his crew offer high quality poultry and beef as seen here.
In addition to pork, Rob and his crew offer high quality poultry and beef as seen here.
Courtesy of Rob Larman and Cochon Volant
Owner Nick Grimm of Sorento Imports specializes in customizing Italian motor scooters into food cart...
Owner Nick Grimm of Sorento Imports specializes in customizing Italian motor scooters into food carts. "I have designed and customized about a dozen so far, each one very unique," he said.
Signs in back of the Riverside complex (formerly a turkey ranch) tell customers that the other busin...
Signs in back of the Riverside complex (formerly a turkey ranch) tell customers that the other businesses impacted by the November fire are still there, eager to keep going.
 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.
General Vallejo was very successful and powerful  mostly because he was very prudent and wise. The f...
General Vallejo was very successful and powerful, mostly because he was very prudent and wise. The fine home he built in Sonoma was brought over in pieces by ship from Boston and then assembled. No saw mills existed at that time. He would marry and have 15 children. Because of the hot summers and mild but chilly winters in Sonoma, Vallejo had adobe brick installed as insulation.
Sorento Imports used to rent out motor scoters  now owner Nick Grimm only sells and repair them.
Sorento Imports used to rent out motor scoters, now owner Nick Grimm only sells and repair them.
With paint donated from Sonoma Paint Center and others  participants in the  splatter paint party  h...
With paint donated from Sonoma Paint Center and others, participants in the "splatter paint party" had a fun time creating a grand piece of art that was later divided up into various sizes and sold to raise money for the "Art for Elders" program at Vintage Sonoma.
 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.
Owner John Brians explained   a long time ago this used to be a mechanics garage and then for some t...
Owner John Brians explained, "a long time ago this used to be a mechanics garage and then for some time it was a metal-smith shop." He pointed to the evidence of metal work above the door and then continued to say that behind the walls of the La Haye building is what he called, "a hidden little Sonoma, where artists work."
Store manager Bobbi McJunkin takes a moment to show the exquisite detail of the Robert Graham line o...
Store manager Bobbi McJunkin takes a moment to show the exquisite detail of the Robert Graham line of shirts. "These are like works of art," she said.
Ramni Levy provided the food and catering. Fresh crab cakes  empanadas  stuffed mushrooms and petite...
Ramni Levy provided the food and catering. Fresh crab cakes, empanadas, stuffed mushrooms and petite twice backed potatoes topped with just a tiny dab of sour cream and golden caviar. The food also included an array of fine California wines from the Sonoma, Napa region
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.
Coincidentally  The Real Estate Guide of adjacent Mendocino and Humboldt Counties  near Sonoma  had ...
Coincidentally, The Real Estate Guide of adjacent Mendocino and Humboldt Counties, near Sonoma, had modern yurt dwellings as the cover story for its January 2012 issue. Weissmann said that yurts are great but Tumbleweed Tiny Homes designs homes from start to finish. Usually, a yurt, shed or shack is converted into a home.
 Everyday  these vineyards change  their color palate changes  just as nature changes   said  artist...
"Everyday, these vineyards change, their color palate changes, just as nature changes," said, artist Kathryn A. Lewis.
Whether simple every day shoes or fancy expensive  haute couture  Vinny s A-1 Shoe Repair can handle...
Whether simple every day shoes or fancy expensive 'haute couture' Vinny's A-1 Shoe Repair can handle them all. According to the Shoe Repair Service Institute of America, having shoes repaired actually saves money, rather than going out and buying another pair.
Courtesy of Vincent Pacheco

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