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Business Beat: 06/15/2020

Business Beat – Local businesses open up even more


Peter Spann of Spann Vineyards is open for tasting with COVID-19 safety measures.


Restaurants in Sonoma County are now open to indoor dining if they want, churches can have in-person services, hair salons and barbershops can re-open, tasting rooms and wineries can welcome back customers, business activities at outdoor recreation locations can operate, and more.

Due to COVID-19, all these moves from shelter-in-place to some semblance of business normalcy come with a lot of mitigation measures and caveats: reduced numbers of customers to enhance physical distancing, the wearing of face coverings, frequent hand washing and regular cleaning and disinfection, and thorough training of all employees on COVID-19 prevention.

Fourteen pages of detailed rules and guidelines have been issued by the State of California for many businesses. On June 5 and 10, Sonoma County issued health orders requiring adherence to these guidelines.

Furthermore, if COVID-19 makes a significant return, counties have the authority to pull back from the eased restrictions.

"The virus is not fully contained," said Sonoma County Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase. "There is greater access to business sectors but I encourage community members, especially those over 65 years-old and/or with underlying health conditions, to give careful consideration to the amount of time and number of sustained interactions they have with others in the public."

Nick Raia, standing
Nick Raia of the Oakmont Barbershop opened up June 9 after being closed for three months due to COVID-19. Seated is an Oakmont resident happy to finally get a hair cut!

On June 10, the second day Raia had reopened after three months, he was busy cleaning and disinfecting his equipment, chairs, and doors in between customers. To improve social distancing, Raia has pulled his RV in front of the shop to provide shade, and put out chairs to act as a spacious waiting room.

"I was worried, " said Raia. He was unable to get federal COVID-19 assistance for small businesses, but was able to get a break on rent from his landlord.

"I would have been done. I would have closed the doors," without the help on rent, said Raia.

Though his wife was able to keep working, the family of three had to borrow from their home line of credit to make ends meet.

"It's good to be back, absolutely," said Raia.

Sushimotos: Sushi take-out and delivery


Keo Xayavong, Maiko Metcalfe, Ed Metcalfe
Keo Xayavong, Maiko Metcalfe, Ed Metcalfe

In a commercial kitchen in the back of Skyhawk Village shopping center, Chef Ed Metcalfe, his son Maiko, and Chef Keo Xayavong, are busy putting together numerous sushi platters for pick-up and delivery to Sonoma Valley.

Dining alone? How about the Flying Solo platter, with California roll, spicy tuna roll, futo maki roll and miso soup?

Do you have more mouths to feed? Then maybe you need the Sashimi Twenty-Four Platter - 4 pieces each of Hamachi, salmon, Albacore, scallops, and saba.

There are more kinds of sushi platters (vegetarian platters too!) you can order as well, all made with 100 percent real ingredients.

Sushimotos Catering & Chef Services is building up a following on social media for pick-up and delivery, and is currently offering the opportunity to order platters Tuesday and Thursday evenings by 7 p.m. for pick up the following day, Wednesday and Fridays, between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. at 5755 Mountainhawk Way in Santa Rosa.

COVID-19 brought a temporary halt to Sushimoto's busy catering business, and their sushi classes offered throughout  Sonoma County, so Metcalfe, who used to own Shiso Modern Asian Kitchen in Sonoma, and his crew decided to make sushi platters. All they needed was a commercial kitchen to ramp up the business. They found one in Skyhawk Village, which they share with other food purveyors, including BBQ, dim sum, and cookie businesses.

Big plans are on tap, including the addition of hot Asian food meals in mid-July.

Also beginning is a delivery service to Oakmont and Kenwood.

To order platters to take-out, and to learn more about delivery services, go to www.sushimotos.com, or call 933-6451.

Live-stream performance for Father's Day

Married Broadway couple Libby Servais ("Wicked") and Stephan Stubbins ("Mary Poppins") have joined with Broadway friends to present "Libby & Stephan Live: Father's Day Eve on Broadway," live from their living room on Saturday, June 20. Taking place on Father's Day Eve, the show will feature special guest performers, including Shaleah Adkisson ("Hair"), Alicia Albright ("Frozen"), Steel Burkhardt ("Aladdin"), Erin Crouch ("The Who's Tommy" Intl. Tour), LaVon Fisher-Wilson ("Chicago"), David R Gordon ("Charlie & The Chocolate Factory" Natl. Tour), Eric Jackson ("Young Frankenstein"), Patty Lohr ("Kinky Boots" Natl. Tour), and Cassie Okenka ("School of Rock").

This live-streamed performance will entertain and engage viewers with a range of performances including songs from "Chicago", "Gypsy", and "42nd Street" as well as songs by Billy Joel, Elton John, and The Beatles. Featuring the talents and offerings of their special guests, this experience will give attendees the feeling of lightness and connection they are longing for this Father's Day weekend.

Stubbins is perhaps best known for co-founding Transcendence Theatre Company and the award-winning "Broadway Under the Stars" concert series in Glen Ellen

Viewers are encouraged to send in their father's favorite song as well as a favorite picture of them with their father to email to Libby & Stephan. Some songs from viewers will be sung during the show. A selection of pictures shared from viewers will be featured online 30 minutes before the performance begins.

Ten percent of the proceeds from the evening are being contributed to two non-profit organizations: The Actors Fund and Bridge the Generations. The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that meets the needs of the entertainment community. Services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, senior care, secondary career development and more. Bridge the Generations is a national non-profit organization that has been connecting artists with senior citizens - reaching over 1,500 seniors with personalized performances and artist residencies, carried out by artists from Broadway, Nashville, L.A. and beyond.

The performance begins online at 5 p.m. PST, with an opportunity for questions, answers, and shared moments shortly after the performance. The show will be Live-streamed on a private YouTube link sent to attendees

COST: Pay What You Wish

PHONE: 707-939-5681

EVENT LINK: BroadwayFathersDay.com

Wine Business Summit

Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute is holding a virtual event on July 15, "Wine Business Institute Research Summit 2020: Insights from Wine Business & Research Leaders."

Academics, scholars and wine industry professionals will be on hand to discuss economic, social, and management issues affecting the wine sector.

Among the speakers are Dr. Robert Eyler, Professor of Economics at Sonoma State on, "COVID-19, the Economy in 2020 and 2021"; Kat Stark, Director of Wine.com Experiences, on "Live Stream Tastings"; Dr. Steven Cuellar, Professor of Economics at Sonoma State, on "Pricing in the Digital World"; and Steven Rannekleiv, a global beverages strategist with Rabobank, on "Rethinking the Route to Consumer".

The July 15 live virtual event will last from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

To register, go to wbiresearchsummit.sonoma.edu/.

Any questions can be directed to Emily Porter at Emily.Porter@sonoma.edu.



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