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Business Beat: 10/01/2018

Business Beat for Oct. 1, 2018

Harry Beal Carrie Beal Amaro and Jeff Beal
Harry Beal (left) of Beal’s Moving will hand the reigns over to his adult children, Carrie Beal Amaro and Jeff Beal.

Beal's Moving - a family legacy

Beal's Moving has been headquartered in the Beal family's Kenwood home since 1971, and now the reins are being turned over to a new generation.

Patriarch Harry Beal is retiring, and his adult children, Carrie and Jeff, are taking over the nuts and bolts of the moving business.

For years, the business side of Beal's moving was handled by Harry's wife of almost 45 years, Bobbie. Unfortunately, Bobbie passed away earlier this year.

“She ran everything,” said Carrie. “She did 10 different jobs while raising five kids and running the business out of the home.”

Jeff has actually worked for the business for 20 years, driving and supervising employees out in the field. The company not only works in Sonoma County, but also the greater Bay Area and will even go to and from Southern California.

Pianos, organs, antiques, expensive electronics, family heirlooms - there's nothing that Beal's Moving hasn't been able to move over the decades.

“People feel comfortable with us and trust us,” said Jeff, emphasizing the benefits of a small, family-run business. “At the end of the day, customer service is always number one.”

Eighty-five percent of their business is repeat clients and referrals, said Jeff.

Jeff and Carrie, who now handles the financial side of things, are planning for some expansion, adding another truck and hoping to get into the storage business.

“We're going to build the business together,” said Carrie, ensuring that Beal's Moving might be around for decades to come.

To reach Beal's Moving, go to, or call 585-3280 or 935-3429. You can get a free estimate.

Joseph Gruchawka

The Law Office of Joseph Gruchawka

Kenwood resident (and Kenwood School graduate) Joseph Gruchawka just opened his own law office in Santa Rosa, specializing in wage and hour claims, judgment collection, and construction contract disputes.

Gruchawka earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, Colorado in 2014, after graduating from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Political Economy in 2011.

He most recently worked for Smith Dollar PC in Santa Rosa, a full-service law firm initially founded as a financial services law firm that broadened its practice to focus on real estate, business, employment, wills, trusts, probate and personal injury.

The Law Office of Joseph Gruchawka can be found at 725 College Ave. and

Seamus Wines a winner!

Kenwood-based Seamus Wine's “Olde Sonoma” Cabernet Sauvignon 100 - Atwood Ranch Vineyard, was awarded Best of Class at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair, the largest regional Professional Wine Competition in the United States for more than 44 years, with more than 1,000 entries, recently announced their 2018 awards. Since Seamus' first entry into this competition in 2016 it has won a total of 11 medals including three Golds, and two Double Golds, three Silvers and two Bronzes.

This year's accolades:

Best of Class: 2015 “Olde Sonoma” Cabernet Sauvignon 100 - Atwood Ranch Vineyard.

Double Gold: 2015 “Olde Sonoma” Cabernet Sauvignon 100 - Atwood Ranch Vineyard

Gold: 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - Atwood Ranch Vineyard

Bronze: 2016 Buena Tierra Vineyard Chardonnay.

Look for details about Seamus' Grand Opening Weekend, scheduled for Oct. 12-14, at

Seamus' tasting lounge is located in the Kenwood shopping center at 8910 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.

Corvettes at the Castle

Corvette enthusiasts can enjoy an afternoon mingling with Steve Ledson and other Corvette lovers among the classic cars lining the circular driveway in front of the Ledson Castle at Ledson Winery & Vineyards during the 12th Annual Corvettes at the Castle extravaganza, Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Northern California Corvette Association and Ledson Winery will be giving out prizes for this Type 5 car show. The first place prize is a 3L etched bottle of 2015 Ledson Alexander Valley Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, recently rated 96 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate; second place prize is 1.5L etched bottle of Ledson Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, winner of multiple gold medals; third place prize is a bottle of Ledson Sonoma Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 95 points and a platinum award winner; and fourth place is a tasting for four highlighting a variety of highly acclaimed wines. There is no cost to attend or to enter your car. Ledson Winery will provide complimentary tastings for each driver and passenger who enter their car into the show. To pre-register your car, contact George Robinson,, or 650-291-4601. For additional information visit

Belos Cavalos annual Barn Dance fundraiser

Belos Cavalos in Kenwood is having its annual Barn Dance fundraiser, an evening of local wines, music and dancing on Saturday, Oct. 20, 6-10 p.m.

The event supports Belos Cavalos' equine-assisted healing programs, serving foster children and at-risk youth in transition at Valley of the Moon Children's Center.

Tickets are $100, beverages and appetizers are included. Music and dancing with the Callahan's band.

Enjoy a magical evening while helping kids live happier and healthier lives. Buy your tickets now - this event is limited to the first 150 tickets sold. Go to Belos Cavalos is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For more information, call 758-7715, or email

Business Blurbs

Oakmont General and Implant Dentistry is offering free dental care on Freedom Day, Oct. 12, for all active military, veterans and first responders. Tell a friend! Call 539-8956, or go to Oakmont General & Implant Dentistry is located at 6575 Oakmont Dr. in Oakmont… Wednesday, Oct. 3 through Friday, Oct. 5 VJB Vineyards & Cellars is donating 10 percent of its sales at the VJB & Wine Country Truffle Boutique to the Kenwood School Association. Any chocolates, gelato, wine or food you purchase those days benefits Kenwood School students. VJB is located at 90 Shaw Ave… TIPS Roadside at 8445 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood, thanks to the generosity of Intelisys in Petaluma, is offering a free meal to first responders and their families on Monday, Oct. 8, in gratitude for their tireless efforts during last year's fires. Limited to four people per group, must make a reservation, good for lunch and dinner, and does not include alcohol. 509-0078, or www.tipsroadside.comPalooza Brewery and Gastropub will also host a special day of remembrance on Oct. 8, marked by free pizza all day long, and a potluck dinner with music at 5 p.m. Share your stories and your favorite dishes. If interested, send them a message on Facebook ( with what you plan to bring. Palooza is located at 8910 Sonoma Hwy. 833-4000… The Jami Jamison Band will be playing at Muscardini Cellars, Oct. 6, 5:30-8 p.m. $3 admission and $10 wine purchase required for admission (includes free stemless logo wine glass). Muscardini Cellars is located at 9380 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. www.muscardinicellars.comLandmark Vineyards in Kenwood is having its Annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 6, showcasing fall released wines, oysters, BBQ, and music, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $35 for wine club members (limit four), $50 for non-members. Go to

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