The Kenwood Press
Business Beat: 07/01/2017

Business Beat for July 1, 2017

Kenwood pair opens comedy club

“Wine Country’s laughter headquarters!” That’s how Kenwood residents Lisa and Carlee Pidge describe The Laugh Cellar, a comedy club venture going into the Skyhawk Village complex at the corner of Sonoma Highway and Mountain Hawk Way in Santa Rosa.

“We want to really build the stand-up comedy scene in Sonoma County,” said Lisa, who has produced a number of comedy shows in Sonoma Valley over the years, including at Deerfield and Landmark wineries.

The Laugh Cellar, part of the Crushers of Comedy stand-up comic production company, is having its first event, the Sonoma County Comedy Fest, on July 13, 14, and 15. But, alas, it’s already sold out.

Don’t despair, though, as The Laugh Cellar plans to have comedy shows every Friday and Saturday night. The venue is also a wine and beer lounge open every day, noon to 9 p.m., except for Tuesday and Wednesday. From 5 to 9 p.m., you can enjoy wood fired pizza, salads and more.

The facility will offer more than just comedy, as a full-service coffee shop will open on Aug. 1, and be open daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lisa envisions a version of Napa’s Oxbow Public Market, with a number of vendors subleasing space and offering a range of things, like ice cream and sweet treats, scones, collectible toys – all the fun stuff. The goal is to have a family-friendly place to go and hang out (except for show nights).

There will be outdoor patio seating, happy hour, a big screen TV to watch sports, mobile device charging stations, and signature wine events. The Skyhawk Village also has an outdoor amphitheater, so plan on enjoying some of the best comics in the Bay Area under the stars.

To find out more and to buy tickets to future comedy shows, go to There is also an information line at 843-3824.

Interns working on Wine Country Film Festival

The 31st Wine Country Film Festival (WCFF) takes place Sept 21-24, in venues in Kenwood and Glen Ellen, and has just accepted two interns to help run the event.

WCFF is Wine Country’s oldest and original celebration of world cinema and the arts, and brings attention to important social and environmental issues. Its internship program offers a rewarding experience for college age students. Two talented interns have been accepted and two more positions are still available.

Joel Guiness from Berlin, Germany, is managing much of this year’s film programming. He holds a diploma from European Film College Ebeltoft and recently met up with WCFF founder Steve Ashton at the international film festival in Cannes, France. His father, Andrew, will join the all volunteer nonprofit team in September to help manage the event.

Lillian Stanwick, a first-year student at U.C.L.A., has studied film by taking courses in both American and French cinema. She heads up the marketing and PR committee.

There is a minimum commitment of six weeks and interns must have access to a car or public transportation. If you are interested in event production and management, please contact the festival office at or send a text to 933-6177.

WCFF offers Sonoma County residents a Local Pass for just $75 (a $100 value). The Local Pass is good for all films, seminars and workshops during the four day event. It does not include food, beverages or special presentations. Purchase at For more information, go to

Outdoor film festival at St. Francis Winery

Speaking of films, bring a blanket and join St. Francis Winery on the lawn outside their tasting room for a film under the stars.

Back for its eighth year, the Stars Under the Stars Outdoor Film Festival takes place every Thursday night at the Winery, July 6-27. Seating on the lawn begins at 7 p.m. with a pre-show concert and wine reception. Delicious Mexican food from El Coyote Food Truck will be available for purchase. Featured wines are $10 a glass, $8 for refills.

Films begin at dusk. Festival sommelier and film aficionado Christopher Sawyer will pair St. Francis’ world class wines with world class films.

The movie line-up? The Breakfast Club on July 6; Grease on July 13; Some Like it Hot on July 20; and Good Will Hunting on July 27.

St. Francis is located on Pythian Road off of Sonoma Hwy.

“Pink” green wine at Horatius in Glen Ellen

Horatius in Jack London Village recently unveiled a “pink” green wine or Vinho Verde.

Not all green wines are green... they also come in pink for those who love rosés. After a successful launch of Vinha Real® Vinho Verde at Horatius, the next step was to bring the pink version to the Horatius Wine Bar in Jack London Village.

“I fell in love with this pink Vinho Verde in my last trip to Lisbon... and of course I had to have it at Horatius,” says Horacio Gomes, the owner of this popular new spot in Glen Ellen that specializes in Portuguese wines only.

Sales of Vinho Verde have increased dramatically at Horatius, and those who have become fans of this Portuguese varietal say that there’s no better wine than Vinho Verde to drink on a warm day. “Vinho Verde is a great wine to refresh, relax and reflect about life,” added Gomes.

Horatius is a coffee, eatery and wine bar, open six days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays. Horatius also runs wine specials daily including Vinho Verde.

Horatius can be reached at 934-8496. Check out the website at

Tree talk at Wildwood Nursery

Wildwood Nursery will host a “Mid-Summer Tree Talk” on July 8 with Joe Monte, who has more than 15 years of experience growing and caring for trees in the Bay Area.

There are two seminars on July 8. July is an opportune time to review your irrigation and mulching practices, as well as an important time to shape various trees, including Japanese maples. Learn the difference between starting with a young seedling versus a more mature tree.

Monte will touch on a variety of trees that thrive in our Mediterranean climate, from oaks to arbutus to maples.

The morning session will start at 10 a.m. with a focus on watering and irrigation. The second session starts at 1 p.m. with a focus on pruning and shaping.

Bring lunch or a snack and picnic under the oaks. Picnic areas have limited seating; bring a chair. Admission is free.

Wildwood Nursery is located at 10300 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. Go to for more information.

Business Blurbs

Swede’s Feeds , 9140 Sonoma Hwy., is having a 20 percent off sale on plants and pots July 1-9. Also, if you buy three bags of EB Stone Organics Edna’s Best Planting soil, get the fourth bag free… Comedy at Palooza Gastropub & Wine Bar on the evening of July 7 features funny man Butch Escovar. And don’t forget, Palooza has a wood-fired pizza oven, ping pong, darts, and oysters Thursday through Sunday. Located in the Kenwood shopping center… Spann Vineyards tasting room in the Kenwood shopping center is still having its Locals Thursday deal – 20 percent off all wines every Thursday in July for Glen Ellen, Kenwood, and Oakmont residents… Kenwood Farmers Market is ongoing every Sunday through Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 9000 Sonoma Hwy… B.R. Cohn Winery , 15000 Sonoma Hwy., has music every Sunday afternoon. Ricky Montijo and band plays July 2; guitarist, Don Trotta on July 9; The Cork Pullers on July 16; Falcon Christopher Duo on July 23; and Lorin Rowan on July 30.