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Business Beat: 02/01/2019

Business Beat for Feb. 1, 2019

Sun salutations and sauvignon blanc

Pair wine and yoga on Saturday, Feb. 2, when Lion Heart Yoga and Séamus Wines team up for a 75-minute VINyasa yoga practice where you will connect breath and movement as you flow into focus and align body and mind, leading into the perfect state of being to appreciate delicious Séamus wines. Yoga & Wine Tasting will feature two award-winning Sonoma wines. Cost is $50 per person. Yoga begins at 10:30 a.m., with wine and cheese pairing at 11:45 a.m. If you have a yoga mat, bring it; otherwise, mats will be available for those who don't have one. RSVP to or 337-5127. Space is limited, RSVP required. Séamus Wine Tasting Lounge is located at 8910 Sonoma Hwy. in the Kenwood Village Shopping Center.

Birthday party, chocolate decadence at Muscardini

Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood is celebrating its sixth birthday this year with a party on Feb. 2, 3-6 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from TIPS Tri-Tip Trolley, plus there will be live music from local favorites the Jami Jamison Band, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The tent is up, so this party goes on rain or shine.

Looking for a great event for the chocoholic in your life? On Feb. 9, 10, 16 and 17, experience the elation of decadent chocolate mingling with the rich flavors of award-winning wine during this wine and chocolate pairing. Cost is $45; $35 for wine club members. Muscardini Cellars is located at 9380 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. Contact 933-9305 or visit

New look for Vintage House

Vintage House, a membership-based organization dedicated to promoting life-long learning, enhancing well-being, supporting independent living, and creating a place of belonging for all Sonoma Valley seniors aged 55+, is starting the new year with a vibrant new logo and brand identity that reflects the shift in energy, diversity, and the sense of belonging that can now be found at “the House” on any given day.

Vintage House is currently working in collaboration with a social researcher who is conducting focus groups and surveys with seniors throughout Sonoma Valley to collect and analyze data on what our growing 55+ population needs now, and what their perceived needs are as they imagine aging in place in our community. The outcomes of the survey will inform the development of future fundraising and new program development to address the core needs identified.

Founded in 1977 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1983, membership is open to community members of any age. For more information about membership at Vintage House, or about weekly classes and activities, go to

Raise the woof!

On Jan. 27 Pets Lifeline, Sonoma Valley's only safe haven for stray and homeless cats and dogs, kicked off a capital campaign to raise funds for its new Animal Resource Center. A new, modern shelter will improve animal welfare and attract an increased number of visitors, expediting adoptions and reducing shelter stays. The new shelter will serve as a community resource with a dedicated education and training center where it will host onsite humane education programs, dog-training classes, certification for pet-assisted therapy and more. The total project cost is $3.4 million, of which $2.1 million is already funded. Groundbreaking is expected this June.

Since 1982, Pets Lifeline has played a critical role in Sonoma Valley by providing protection, love and care to cats and dogs with nowhere else to turn. In 1987, Pets Lifeline bought the property on which it now stands at 19686 8th Street East in Sonoma, and built the main shelter. Since then it has served nearly 19,000 animals.

The need for an expanded facility has never been greater. “Our shelter renovation benefits animals in our care and members of our community alike,” said Nancy King, executive director of Pets Lifeline.

The new building will be an open and light-filled space where community members can interact with the animals in comfortable dedicated spaces. Dogs will play outside or rest in their indoor-outdoor enclosures, and there will be a dedicated cat room for kittens, adult cats and ferals.

To help take part in this community effort to build a modernized Animal Resource Center, contact Nancy King at 996-9982, ext. 102. Your tax-deductible donation will be used towards the construction of the new Animal Resource Center. For more information, visit

Rebuild Green Expo

Get answers on how to build more sustainably, with an eye towards resilience, at the Rebuild Green Expo at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building on Feb. 22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The expo is a showcase for all aspects of how to build homes that are healthy for people and the planet. It will feature information for everyone, from homeowners seeking clarity about what green building is, to professionals looking to learn about the nuts and bolts. The expo will bust popular green building myths, demonstrating how green building can be affordable, accessible, and practical. In addition to the exhibition hall, where scores of professionals and green businesses will be on hand to show and tell, experts on all aspects of building green will offer education sessions throughout the day, designed for homeowners and building industry professionals.

There will be exhibits and talks about energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy storage; healthy interiors; construction materials and methods; heating and cooling systems; fire-resistant landscaping, water efficiency and reuse; all-electric and zero-energy home advantages, and more. Free to the public.

Exhibitors are encouraged to submit applications now at the expo website. For more information and exhibitor application go to

Wine entrepreneurship program now accepting applications

The Wine Business Institute in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University is accepting applications for its popular Certificate in Wine Entrepreneurship, starting Feb. 21. The strategy-focused certificate program is available only on a biennial basis, and is designed to provide wine business principals and aspiring owners the time and guided focus to create a business plan that ensures success. Financial frameworks, regulations, profitability models, and branding are among the various tools and frameworks participants learn and apply while in the Wine Entrepreneurship program. Students have the opportunity to connect with industry leaders and veterans who share their experiences and lessons learned.

The eight-week program is led by Dr. Anisya Fritz, owner of Lynmar Estate Winery. The Certificate in Wine Entrepreneurship is open to the public and is scheduled to run Feb. 21-April 11. Early bird pricing of $1,100 is available through Feb. 7.

More on the program is available at

For more information about other certificate and degree programs, visit or call 664-3235.

Business Blurbs

After seven years in business in Rincon Valley, Hello Beautiful, owned by Karen Borgfeldt of Kenwood, is moving to downtown Santa Rosa - 746 Second St. East, to be exact, right next to the main Santa Rosa Post Office… Palooza Gastropub & Brewery in Kenwood has just released its latest beer, the P-5 I.P.A. All Palooza beers are $4. Choose from a pilsner, pale ale, IPA and blonde. They are going fast!

If you have a new business, or if your current business is embarking on a new venture, we'd like to know! Send your business news to the Kenwood Press at, or call 833-5155.

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