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Business Beat: 08/01/2018

Business Beat for Aug. 1, 2018

McCormick's Mercantile has something for everyone

Sheryee McCormick at the new McCormick’s Mercantile in downtown Glen Ellen.
Sheryee McCormick at the new McCormick’s Mercantile in downtown Glen Ellen.
The newly opened McCormick's Mercantile is a welcome sight in downtown Glen Ellen, offering a variety of gift items for locals and tourists alike.

Proprietors Sheryee McCormick and Robert Howard moved from the Atlanta area to Glen Ellen to retire and be close to family. The two ran a similar store in Georgia, so they are well equipped to know what will attract the community to McCormick's Mercantile. Folks packed the store's grand opening on July 20 - a sign of good things to come!

The store offers a wide array of gifts, including beeswax candles, bath and beauty products, artisan bags and towels, colorful socks, artisan chocolate, hats, tableware, vases, and more.

In addition, McCormick's Mercantile is featuring the work of local artists, including paintings from Karen Niehoff from Sonoma and Diane Neuman from Gualala.

Sheryee said she and Robert have settled in and love the area.

“We have found Glen Ellen to be the most warm and welcoming of any community,” said Sheryee. “The small-town atmosphere is just unbelievable.”

McCormick's Mercantile is located at 13647 Arnold Dr., right next to the Garden Court Café. Plans are to be open every day except Tuesday.

For more information go to

Local restaurant supports Nepal clinic

Dine out at Yeti Restaurant in Glen Ellen on Aug. 1 and 2, and help support the Community & Disaster Response Team Ruth Weirich Clinic, located in Palati, Nepal.

In 2015, after a 7.9 earthquake hit Nepal, teams from the Sebastopol-based Community & Disaster Response Team (CDRT) assisted in the recovery efforts by running a 30-day search and rescue operation in the district of Sindhupalchowk, Nepal. After returning home, the CDRT team continued to help, raising funds to build and outfit the new Community & Disaster Response Team Ruth Weirich Clinic. It's mission is to provide free, high-quality medical treatment to help improve the overall health of the Sindhupalchowk community.

Yeti Restaurant will be donating 25 percent of all evening sales on Aug. 1 and 2 directly to the Nepal clinic operation. All diners on those nights will receive a free welcome drink, compliments of the Yeti Restaurant Family.

Yeti is located at 14301 Arnold Dr. in Glen Ellen. Reservations are required at 996-9930. Find out more about CDRT at

Schermeister Winery comes to Glen Ellen

Winemarker Robert Schermeister (right) and wife Laura on the porch of their Mount Veeder home.
Winemarker Robert Schermeister (right) and wife Laura on the porch of their Mount Veeder home.
Specializing in “native fermentation,” Napa-based Schermeister Winery is opening its doors this summer in Jack London Village in Glen Ellen. Native, or wild, fermentation uses wild yeasts already found on the grapes instead of lab-created or “cultured” yeasts. Wild yeast can produce complexity, like unique aromas, flavors and textures, but natural fermentation can also be unpredictable.

In deciding to open their creekside tasting room in Jack London Village, founder and winemaker Robert Schermeister said, “We are a very small winery, only producing 600 cases per year, mostly in Pinot Noir. We chose Glen Ellen as the location for our tasting room because it's a town that celebrates small business with a down-to-earth vibe. We also want to bridge the gap between Napa and Sonoma wines. Glen Ellen, central to both counties, is the perfect place to showcase the wines we make from Atlas Peak in Napa to the Sonoma Coast.”

The path to opening their storefront has been challenging. In October of last year, Robert and his wife Laura lost their home on Mount Veeder in Napa, just months after holding their wedding there. Burn maps of Sonoma County showed that their wine storage facility had probably burned, as well as the tasting room space undergoing construction in Glen Ellen. “We called it 'the devil's trifecta' - losing our home, all six vintages of our wines, and our tasting room that hadn't even opened yet.” The wines and tasting room turned out to be okay, with the fires burning 500 feet behind the storage facility in Coffey Park, and extremely close to Jack London Village as well.

The Schermeisters said the tasting room itself is a testament to the history of Glen Ellen. Old window boxes stamped with “Chauvet Sonoma” have been restored, and original redwood has been repurposed throughout. Exhibits by local photographers and vintage photos of the building pay homage to the preservation of Jack London Village and Glen Ellen.

Schermeister Winery will open its doors to the public in late August and will operate Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., with a tasting flight of five wines priced at $25. Private tastings with Robert will be available by appointment. The tasting room is located at 14301 Arnold Dr., Unit 28, in Glen Ellen.

Kenwood property on the market for $15.6 million

Well-known developer, lobbyist, and philanthropist Darius Anderson has put his 76-acre Sonoma Highway-frontage property in Kenwood up for sale for $15.6 million.

The property was once owned by the descendants of California real estate tycoon and entrepenuer William Davis Merry Howard, for whom Howard Street in San Francisco is named.

Located at 10420 Sonoma Hwy., adjacent to the Kenwood Inn & Spa, the three parcels currently have two residences as well as an additional building site with 360-degree views of the valley.

The property includes eight acres planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, extensive gardens, a groomed trail system, a left-turn lane off the highway, a site for a pool, and artisan stone, marble, and woodwork throughout.

For more information contact Tina Shone at

Business blurbs

Palooza Brewery & Gastropub's Summer Comedy Series continues with headliner Keom Polee on Friday, Aug. 3, 8-10 p.m. Polee has performed internationally including South Korea and Japan for the troops, as well as in Canada. You can see him on Aspire TV's We Got Next, Laughs on Fox, and Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks on TruTv. He is also featured on Pandora, Spotify and SiriusXM. Tickets are $20. Call 833-4000 or go to Palooza is located at 8910 Sonoma Hwy. in the Kenwood shopping center.

TIPS Roadside is off and running, attracting big, hungry crowds, and they have added a brunch menu that will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. From 2-5 p.m., enjoy their “Sips & Bits” menu. Regular dinner fare is served from 5-9 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. TIPS Roadside is located at 8445 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. Call 509-0078 for more information, or go to

Imagery Estate Winery is hosting a French Connection Wine Dinner on Aug. 11 from 5:30-8 p.m. Enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of an evening in France, featuring newly released Imagery French varietals, French-inspired cuisine, a family-style dinner, entertainment, displays of original artwork introduced by the artists, and more. Cost is $85 for club members, $100 for the general public. Call 1-800-989-8890, or go to Imagery Estate Winery is located at 14335 Sonoma Hwy. in Glen Ellen.

Simmer Down Saturday music series at Muscardini Cellars continues with Aidan and the Singed Whiskers on Aug. 4, T-Luke & the Tight Suits on Aug. 11, Jami Jamison Band on Aug. 18, and Trotta, Walters & Lewis on Aug. 25. Shows are 5:30-8 p.m. A $3 cover and $10 wine purchase per person required for admission (includes stemless logo glass to take home). Muscardini is located at 9380 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. Go to for more.

Kenwood Market has new summer hours. It is now open Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Market is located in the Kenwood shopping center at 8910 Sonoma Hwy.

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