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Jose Mendez Zapata’s Grill

Jose Mendez Zapata’s Grill

One thing we are all looking forward to in a post COVID-19 world: “We can’t wait to do music again. We used to have music and food and vendors kind of flea market-style. When we had the barn, we would have five bands come play an hour at a time.”

Flatbed Farm is located at 13450 Sonoma Highway, just south of Arnold Drive in Glen Ellen. Open yearround on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (seniors’ golden hour starts at 9 a.m.). — Paul Goguen Treasure House Consignment Shop – benefitting the community

Tucked in the northwest corner of Santa Rosa is a charming consignment shop called Treasure House. This non-profit resale store is filled with unique merchandise from furniture, rugs, lamps, and home décor to original artwork, jewelry, sterling silver, housewares, and antiques. A picker’s paradise, Treasure House is a favorite haunt of dealers, collectors, and other customers who appreciate quality merchandise and one-of-akind finds at affordable prices. With new items arriving each week, there is an ever-changing assortment of treasures to be discovered. Founded nearly 60 years ago, Treasure House is the oldest consignment shop in Sonoma County and is staffed by a knowledgeable and friendly team of volunteers. Proceeds from sales benefit local charities, primarily the YWCA Safe House. Despite a county-mandated COVID shut-down in the spring, Treasure House donated over $34,000 last year to help alleviate food insecurities and support victims of domestic abuse.

Treasure House makes consigning easy and offers the best consignment rate in the county. Whether downsizing, redecorating, relocating, or clearing out a family estate, Treasure House can help. Feel good about recycling your unneeded items, protect the environment, and make some money too!

Consignors simply send pictures of their items via email, and then call the shop for a consignment appointment. The shop is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. New consignments, donations, and volunteers are always welcome.

Visit Treasure House Consignment Shop at 3450 Airway Drive, Santa Rosa, 95403. For more information, call 707-523-1188 or email [email protected]

Jose Mendez

Jose Manuel Mendez has been a hard worker with an eye for numbers and a love of Sonoma County since he arrived here in his teens. A class preparing simple tax returns at Petaluma High School had a deep influence on his career arc. “I wasn’t even sure what income taxes really were” when he had to file his first return, and he needed someone to help him with it. That person was Grover Ayquipa of Grover Tax Services.

“Then I realized, I know this stuff,” Mendez said. Ayquipa encouraged him to learn more and Mendez applied for and was trained by H& R Block with an intense three-month tax preparation course.

He then worked with Ayquipa’s Grover Tax Services in Petaluma. “We opened an office in Sonoma over the Taqueria La Hacienda in Boyes Hot Springs.” Mendez ventured out on his own several years later, opening an office nearby.

Mendez has lived in Kenwood for the past 10 years and is happy to now have an office at the corner of Highway 12 and Cypress.

He has worked with Spanish-speaking clients (about 90 percent) for the past 13 years, many from the wine industry, helping them navigate the daunting paperwork people find distasteful no matter what language they speak.

“A lot of people just need a little bit of advice,” he said. “And it’s scary when you get a notice from the IRS saying you owe money. People can freak out.”

He has been busy enough to not keep regular office hours. He works by appointment only, and is extremely flexible in meeting clients’ needs. Many people in the wine industry work odd hours. “I need to be there for the client, not the other way around,” Mendez said. Mendez works on personal returns only and can be reached at (707) 478-4917, anytime.

Zapata’s Grill

Fresh, quick, kind, and tasty! That is what Kenwoodians are saying about Zapata’s Grill, the taco truck right in our village. If you haven’t been there, they are located where the old “Kenwood Farm House” used to be, across the street from the strawberry patch, kittycorner to Swede’s Feeds. The colorful decorations in their dining area parallel the pop of flavors you get with any order (with COVID, the dining room is temporarily unusable). When asked what their best dish is, Jesus, the owner, says, “Alambres, a mix of meat with bell peppers, bacon, and cheese with a side of beans.”

Perhaps the zesty food truck was named after Emiliano Zapata Salazar, who became a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution of 1910–1920 and the main leader of the peasant revolution. Or perhaps it was named after the occupational term for a cobbler or shoemaker, from zapato meaning “half boot.” Or yet another possibility: it’s taken from the places in Pontevedra and Ávila called Zapata. But whatever the reason, shoemaker or freedom fighter, we can all enjoy its great prices, fresh flavors, and friendly Kenwood hospitality.

Their hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 9:30-7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You can grab a breakfast burrito with potatoes, eggs, salsa, and cheese, or get dinner to go. — Bridget Paul

eggs from them.Photo by Paul Goguen

Mendez Tax office operated by Jose Mendez. Located at the corner of Sonoma Hwy. and Cypress Street in Kenwood.Photo by Jay Gamel

Customers C.J., Justin, Teddy the pup and Brandon wait for their order at Zapata’s Grille at 9255 Sonoma Hwy.Photo by Bridget Paul