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Business Beat: 04/01/2019

Business Beat for April 1, 2019

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Brianna Peterson Magly, a Santa Rosa native, has opened Moon Tree Yoga near Melita Road.

Practice sun salutations at Moon Tree Yoga

Moon Tree Yoga has recently opened in the Valley of the Moon Plaza at Melita Road and Sonoma Highway, a convenient location for your downward dog and other asanas.

Proprietor Brianna Peterson Magly has opened up a sunny studio on the east end of the shopping center, near Prickett's Nursery. With a total of six instructors, Moon Tree Yoga holds classes seven days a week for all ages and levels; from very beginner to advanced.

A class that stands out is a uniquely crafted yoga flow specifically for teens ages 12-19. Teen Flow is taught Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., by middle school teacher Sarah Friedman. So far this class has seen several parents coming along to practice with their teens.

“A beautiful bonding experience for the parent and a fantastic eye roller for the teen. There's really nothing quite like this class that I have ever experienced,” laughed Magly. In addition to helping release tension, build strength, and increase flexibility, this class gives overall assistance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “It gives teens a perspective on how to listen to and take care of their bodies,” said Magly.

Born and raised in Santa Rosa and a Maria Carrillo High School graduate, Magly studied audio engineering at Full Sail University in Florida before starting a career in the Los Angeles music industry. After a few years in L.A., Magly began traveling, seeking out deeper meaning while expanding her horizons. Stumbling across a handstand class in New Zealand, she began learning the art of hand balance. Practicing 1,000 hours as an apprentice under a hand balance master, Magly eventually began teaching this skill. Teaching handstand workshops led her across the globe to several countries and American cities. Deciding to get her certification to teach yoga in 2016, Magly first began teaching a fusion style yoga in Bali, eventually ending up back home at the Fountaingrove Club in Santa Rosa.

Everyone's first class at Moon Tree Yoga is free. Classes are purchased by drop-in rates or packages. Healing Arts sessions are available as well - deep tissue massage, Reiki energy work, and sound healing. “We focus on the overall health and wellness of an individual rather than just the movement aspects,” said Magly.

“No matter what your age or level”, said Magly, “yoga and meditation can be beneficial in a plethora of ways.”

Prices, schedule of classes, and massage appointments can be found on their website, You can also follow the studio on Facebook and Instagram

Moon Tree Yoga is located at 5875 Sonoma Hwy., Suite E, in Santa Rosa. Call or text 321-5486 for more information.

Vineyard dog walks

Fourth-generation grape grower Jeff Kunde and his wife Roberta, along with their dogs Cooper, Kalie and Marley, lead dog hikes through vineyard rows, oak woodlands, native grasslands and chaparral from the valley floor into the Mayacamas. The moderately strenuous hike ends with lunch and wine tasting. The cost is $90, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Dogwood Animal Rescue Project and the Humane Society of Sonoma County. Dogs must be on a leash. Hikes are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27, June 8 and Oct. 12.

Kunde Family Winery also offers a hike and wine tasting in the vineyards on the 1,850-acre volcanic and vertical estate. Participants will see sustainable grape growing practices at work and taste wines along the way. This is a moderately strenuous hike. Offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 and Oct. 6. Bring a sack lunch. The fee is $40.

Visit or call 833-5501. Kunde Family Winery is located at 9825 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.

JLS has your windows covered

Do you feel it's time to get new window coverings? Or are you building a new home and trying to get just the right look and style for your windows?

JLS Window Coverings can help. Glen Ellen resident Lesley LemMon has recently joined JLS proprietor Deborah Carson as a designer, and the two longtime friends are available to handle your project from start to finish.

Carson has over 30 years as an interior designer, and splits her time between the Santa Rosa showroom on Mayette Avenue in Santa Rosa, and her other location in Jack London Square in Oakland.

LemMon lives in Glen Ellen with her family, where for many years she has operated a cottage industry out of her home, making window covers.

“I've always been drawn to fabrics and textures,” said LemMon. “I've really been designing my whole life, but I never thought I could turn it into a career.”

When Carson decided to open up the Santa Rosa office last year, she knew where to go for a partner.

“I knew Lesley had a great design eye and was making window covers, so I said, 'Well, do I have work for you!'” said Carson.

And it doesn't hurt that LemMon has a M.S. in electrical engineering, which comes in handy when dealing with the many automated motorized coverings that are now on the market.

The two do commercial work, but find themselves focusing on a lot of residential work at the moment, many of which are rebuilds from the October 2017 fires.

They pride themselves on working with a client to find the right look that will match the décor of a room, whether it be the best color for shades, the right drapery fabric, the best drapery hardware, or the best style of wood shutters or vertical blinds.

And Carson and LemMon say it's always important to consult with a client to get the right design for their budget.

“Often it takes many visits to refine things and get it perfect,” said LemMon.

Though they carry other brands as well, JLS carries the full line of Hunter Douglas products, which Carson says are the best on the market with the best warranty.

JLS offers a free consultation, so call 210-6611 to make an appointment. You can check out their website at

Grapes and BBQ

Registration is open now for the Sonoma County Winegrowers Annual Grower Tradeshow, Seminar & BBQ on April 12. This event, at Shone Farm in Forestville, is open to all grower members and the general public. Hear from industry experts, visit the tradeshow, and enjoy a delicious barbeque lunch with some of your favorite Sonoma County wines. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech. Kohl will discuss how to position for success in the economic reset. President Karissa Kruse will also give an update on Sonoma County Winegrowers' marketing activities, sustainability initiatives, and more. There will also be a presentation of the annual Viticulture Award of Excellence.

Tickets are complimentary for grower members. Non-grower tickets $20 (includes lunch). Registration check-in/tradeshow begins at 7 a.m. Seminar starts at 8:30 a.m.

To register, visit

The future of work

Micah Weinberg, President of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a leading think tank focused on the most critical economic and policy issues facing the nine-county region, will discuss the “Future of Work” at the Spring Economic Conference on April 26 hosted by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board. Weinberg will walk through his research and perspective on regional and national workforce trends impacting our community. Weinberg holds a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, bringing expertise in a wide range of policy issues, including housing, transportation, workforce development, and healthcare.

The event also includes a workforce panel, moderated by Keith Woods of North Coast Builders Exchange, with participants from the local construction, healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality industries. The panel will focus on how employers are addressing current workforce challenges and how they envision the future of their business with the advancement of technology and a thriving local economy. The conference runs 7-9:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the DoubleTree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park. Cost is $80 or $800 for reserved priority seating table for 8. To register, visit

The great “Grape Gap”

Interested in what happens during the critical cycles of a grapevine's life? On Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the public is invited to participate in an intimate tour of one of the local vineyards sourced by Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood. Participants will learn about “bud break,” one important step in a vine's annual life cycle. Converse with growers and get your viticulture questions answered first-hand. The “Grape Gap” will take place at Los Chamizal Vineyards in Sonoma Valley with owner Peter Haywood. It includes light charcuterie along with a flight of Muscardini Cellars wines produced with the fruit from Los Chamizal. Cost is $35 for Wine Club members and $45 for the general public. Visit for more information.

Theatre company welcomes new board and advisory members

Transcendence Theatre Company, the North Bay theater company known for its award-winning “Broadway Under the Stars,” seasonal musical revues and community involvement, has recently welcomed Carol Nast of Santa Rosa and Rob Chimsky of Kenwood to its Board of Directors.

Nast is the founder and president of a consulting company that serves the medical industry. Her passion is the successful launch and adoption of breakthrough products in emerging markets. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Enterprise Catalyst Group, Inc. (ECG) and was the former Board Chair of the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto.

Chimsky is an accomplished telecom industry expert having served for over 30 years in senior positions at both operators and consulting including head of technology at Nextel followed by over 15 years as the chief technology officer at inCode Consulting. He has served on the Boards for the Sonoma International Film Festival and The Trey McIntyre Project (a modern ballet company). He is a minority partner at Deerfield Ranch Winery and has recently completed a book on the history of grapes based on five years of research and writing.

Transcendence also announces its 2019 advisory board members. Jonathan Parker of Sonoma will serve as Advisory Council Chair. Advisory members include Bradford Davis of Kenwood; Alain Piallat of Sonoma; Alan Seidenfeld of Santa Rosa; Andrew Koenigsberg of Santa Rosa; Chris Stubbins of Bigfork, Montana; David Strand of Kenwood; Jan Hoeffel of Sonoma; Mark Smigelski of Sonoma; and Vickie Soulier of Kentfield and Sonoma.

For more information about Transcendence Theatre Company visit the website at

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