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New professional dog grooming service opens in Glen Ellen

By Melissa Dowling

Kacy Blaisdell always knew she wanted to work with dogs and worked hard to land her dream job. Originally from Santa Cruz, Blaisdell attended Sonoma State, then the Northern California Grooming Academy in San Jose to train under master dog groomer José Marquez. She has also worked at boarding and grooming facilities to refine her craft.

Blaisdell operates her dog grooming salon under the shade of a sycamore tree on her family’s property on Dawn Hill Road in Glen Ellen. She offers full-service grooming, including ear-cleaning, teeth-brushing, nail-trimming, as well as bathing and traditional grooming.

The Kenwood Press asked Blaisdell which dog breed is her favorite to groom. “I can’t identify one — I love them all,” she replied.

Contact Blaisdell at (707) 303-0677 or email her at [email protected] to make an appointment for your pooch. You can view a photo gallery of “primped pups” and a price list on her website, www.

Oak at Valley of the Moon Club now open for inside dining Southern chef elevates clubhouse fare By Paul Goguen

Southern chef elevates clubhouse fare

By Paul Goguen

What seems like an eternity ago there was a functioning bar and restaurant at the main golf course in Oakmont, a fun place to visit even if you didn’t live in Oakmont or play golf. Grandiose stories of eagles and birdies, recounted with a post-round G& T at the bar, were frequent. I once heard about a melee that ensued after some Trumpian bar patrons were confronted with facts deemed “alternative” — the winner of the dispute is contested to this day. Regardless of political persuasion, the bar and restaurant, now called Oak, is an oasis in a valley community that has been dry in more ways than one for some time.

The facility has seating for about 35 in the dining room, another 20 outside, plus a banquet hall, the Aspen Room, which can seat 40. On one recent visit, the venue was hosting a ladies’ golf tournament with a ‘70s hippie theme.

The food is no joke; I was impressed by chef John Norman’s shrimp and grits dish. It reminded me of something I might have photographed at chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster in Harlem, New York, when I was the food photographer for Bloomberg News’ food critic, Ryan Sutton (I usually got to eat the food after I shot it). The seared salmon was just as described, with a light crisp on the outside but perfectly medium inside, served with veggie perloo, lemon, and herbs. While there, I overheard a table of two ladies claim that the coleslaw was better at KFC. It was then that I knew this was a very good restaurant.

Grand opening celebration at Wine Country Décor

By Paul Goguen

The Wine Country Décor home and patio furnishings store at Melita Road and Sonoma Highway in Santa Rosa invites one and all to its grand opening celebration on Oct. 3 from noon to 3 p.m. The shop has been open for almost a year, but the celebration was delayed, like everything else, by COVID-19.

Jorge Martinez, the owner and designer, will be on hand to provide free consultations and information about custom commissions. Check out special discounts throughout the store and visit the Picazo food truck with awesome snacks. Wine Country Décor features impressive works of functional art made from exotic, large-scale wood slabs and thoughtful metal work. Custom orders can be almost anything you can imagine.

Wine Country Décor is located at 6001 Sonoma Hwy. in Santa Rosa and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every weekday and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.

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Buckley, age 7 months, gave Kacy four paws up and 10 tail wags after his first-ever grooming. Photo by Paul Goguen


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The dining room and bar at Oak. Photo by Paul Goguen


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Photo by Paul Goguen Dishes by Chef John Norman at Oak include shrimp and grits, quinoa and stone fruit salad and seared salmon.


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Custom furniture at Wine Country Décor.