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Business Beat: 04/15/2019

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The Marshall family has owned and operated Kenwood’s local fix-it shop for nearly five decades. L to R: Zack Marshall and shop dog Dilly, Joe Marshall, Ryan Wax, and Steve Marshall

Generations of Marshalls at your service

Marshall's Auto Repair Shop has been in business in Kenwood for 48 years, which ranks the Sonoma Highway shop as the oldest family-owned enterprise in Kenwood.

Patriarch Joe Marshall, who has lived in Kenwood with his wife, Maryann since 1974, still works four days a week. In charge is his son, Steve Marshall, who lives with his wife Tammi in Healdsburg, and grandson Zack is also on board. Zack lives with his wife Elaine in Kenwood.

Rounding out the crew at Marshall's is Ryan Wax, who has worked with the Marshalls for four years.

“We're very lucky and proud that Steve is doing such a good job,” said Maryann Marshall. “And we're so happy that Zack is there.”

You don't run an auto repair business for nearly 50 years without doing something right. Marshall's clients keep coming back.

If one peruses their Yelp reviews, you'll often find words like “honest”, “fair,” “reasonable,” “skilled,” and “a hidden gem.”

Of course, someone used the words “one grumpy dude” to describe Steve and his legendary demeanor, but gave Marshall's the maximum five stars.

Marshall's is located at 9672 Sonoma Hwy., right past Warm Springs Road. Give them a call at 833-4222, or just stop on in and they'll take care of whatever your vehicle needs.

Soul journeys

“When our heart and soul are able to find peace and balance along our way, we can then find ways to get through even some of the most turbulent times,” said Glen Ellen resident and author Regina Powers. As a western-trained family nurse practitioner, she had worked in both emergency medicine and family practice when she stumbled upon the teachings of the Five Elements of Chinese medicine (earth, metal, water, wood and fire); everything related to how she saw, and treated people began to shift. Her new book, What Color is Your Medicine, came into form quickly, in under two months, after she lost her home in the 2017 Nuns Fire. Fire was the element or catalyst she needed in order to write.

“The healing of our emotional and physical bodies by way of our connection and opening to spirit, is the primary message of my book,” said Powers. “This book came through me after the fires in a very short period of time, and it shares my personal journey of healing using the five elements of Chinese medicine.”

“I always knew I was called to assist people - to learn, heal and grow - so sharing my book with others allows people to tap into places [where] they may have imbalances within their physical and emotional body.”

What Color is Your Medicine also offers recommendations to take along on our own healing journey.

Powers will speak with Ken Brown (Hey Neighbor) on local radio station KSVY on May 8, from 2-2:30 p.m.

Powers has a private practice, which blends both her Eastern and Western trainings. Knowing that energy reaches far beyond the four walls of an exam room, she works with many of her clients long distance, via Skype. Powers offers workshops and retreats here and abroad. If you would like to work with Powers or have a retreat in your area, drop her a line or schedule an appointment at

What Color is Your Medicine is available on For more information go to

Free senior transportation program celebrates 10 years and a new name

myRide, formerly LIMO, is celebrating its 10th year of offering free transportation to Sonoma Valley seniors age 60 and older who are no longer able to drive. myRide plays a vital role in the lives of Sonoma Valley seniors. By offering free transportation throughout the valley to seniors in need, Vintage House is reducing isolation and helping seniors maintain their connection to the community. Rides are provided for a range of excursions including trips to the pharmacy or grocery store, a visit to the hairdresser, or to attend a class or activity at Vintage House. To find out more, visit or call Vintage House Sonoma at 996-0311.

LOCALFest 2019

The Sonoma Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual LOCALFest on Tuesday, April 16, 5-7 p.m. at Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma. This is a free event showcasing new businesses in Sonoma Valley and a chance to meet the Stompers Mascot Rawhide, try new wine and food from the valley, and meet your community. Ramekins is located at 450 W. Spain St.

Are you a new business that opened in 2018 and would like to participate? Email

Youth Job Fair

Looking for summer help? Looking for full- or part-time employees? All Sonoma Valley employers are invited to participate in the Sonoma Valley Youth Job Fair on April 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Sonoma Valley High School, hosted by the Sonoma Chamber of Commerce. Meet with valley youth about employment opportunities, both summer and post-high school. Students will be present along with adults to assist in applications, resumes and more.

Business Blurbs

TIPS Roadside in Kenwood will host a family-style Easter Bottomless Brunch on April 21, with seatings (bottoms required) throughout the day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Main dishes are grilled tri-tip, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and scrambled eggs. Cost is $34 per person. Make your reservation today at 509-0078 or on the website at TIPS Roadside is located at 8445 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood… Flatbed Farm in Glen Ellen celebrates springtime on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with plant starts for sale, a farmstand with eggs, produce and baked goodies, a marketplace with local merchants, food for sale from Sonoma Eats Food Truck, and live music with T Luke and the Tight Suits. Flatbed Farm is located at 13450 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen… After that, head over to Muscardini Cellars for this season's Summer Down Saturday kick off with live music and good wine on the patio, starting at 5:30 p.m. Muscardini's is located at 9380 Sonoma Hwy... Want a beer? And to celebrate that the year's (hopefully) last atmospheric river is over? Palooza has released its latest beer “Atmospheric Liver” I.P.A. Enjoy a pint when Punchline Palooza returns on May 3, 8 p.m. Tickets on sale now. Palooza is located at 8910 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.

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