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Business Beat: 03/15/2016

Business Beat

Make your way to The Rare Hare

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Store manager Pat Canty, left, and owner Maureen Petrillo of the Rare Hare, across from Sonoma Valley Regional Park on Highway 12 in Glen Ellen. The store will have its Grand Opening on March 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Searching for just the right antique that will look great in your living room? A stylish lamp for your end table? Fine art to adorn your walls? Then stop by The Rare Hare, a new shop at 13875 Sonoma Hwy. in Glen Ellen across from Sonoma Valley Regional Park.

On Saturday, March 19, from 1-4 p.m., there will be a Grand Opening Celebration where everything in the store will be 20 percent off. Enjoy cake and champagne as you peruse a wide variety of items.

“I’ve always been driven by a passion for vintage things,” said proprietor Maureen Petrillo, a Kenwood resident, who for many years has traveled to estate sales, auctions, and flea markets to collect the many antiques, artwork, and collectibles that populate the store. She’s soon off to Charleston, South Carolina, as well as Germany and Denmark to continue her search for specialty merchandise that you can’t find around here.

“I’m hoping to have something for everyone,” said Petrillo of The Rare Hare.

Petrillo’s right hand is long-time friend Pat Canty, who acts as business manager, and operates the store on a day-to-day basis, especially when Petrillo is off on her treasure hunting trips.

The Rare Hare will also have exhibits from local artists. Currently, you can find unique items from craftsman Bruce Crook, including a chicken coop, and potting benches made from totally recycled products.

The Rare Hare is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reach The Rare Hare, call 888-6688 or email

Tree shaping workshop at Wildwood

Wildwood Nursery in Kenwood will be holding its ninth annual Tree Shaping Workshop on Sunday, March 20, starting at 2 p.m.

Enjoy a fun and informative introduction to the art of tree shaping.

This workshop features “hands-on” learning with individual assistance by Joe and Ricardo Monte, the owners of Wildwood Nursery.

The class includes a tour to observe the broad characteristics of selected trees and how pruning has enhanced their structure.

This workshop is also available for private groups. Gather your friends and family, bring some treats, and make it into your garden party! (Call to arrange.)

Class will most likely be outside, so dress accordingly. Bring your own clippers and gloves, if you use them.

Cost of the workshop is $20, and includes a Maple tree to work on and take home. Class size is limited, and reservations are encouraged. Call 833-1161 or email

For more information on Wildwood Nursery, go to

Over your head in orchids

“Orchids In Art,” the Sonoma County orchid show and sale, takes place on April 2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and April 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy orchid displays, orchid sales, skill sessions, and hourly door prizes. Docent tours will discuss the various display orchids and answer questions, and the event will feature a dozen or so professional vendors, a member orchid sales table, a boutique selling orchid and garden related items and books, a silent auction table with donations from Sonoma County merchants, and skill sessions to teach you how to grow and bloom your orchids. Admission is $8 (under 12 free). The Veterans Building is located at 1351 Maple Ave. in Santa Rosa.

Benzigers donate art collection to SSU

The fine art gracing the labels of Benziger wines began 30 years ago as a project between winemaker Joe Benziger and Sonoma State University art professor Bob Nugent. Now, the 442-piece Imagery Estate Winery Permanent Collection comes full circle to Sonoma State University thanks to a gift from the Benziger family and a business partner, former owners of Benziger Family Winery.

Together, the individual pieces in the contemporary art collection are valued at over $2 million, but its value as a complete collection is much more, says curator and SSU art professor emeritus Nugent. “It’s a big collection with a lot of important artists and very wonderful pieces. I think it’s going to be a valuable asset to the university.”

The collection features works by many significant artists from American contemporary art, such as Sol LeWitt, Robert Arneson, William T. Wiley, Pat Steir, Hung Liu, Nathan Oliviera, John Baldessari, Nancy Graves, Robert Hudson, Squeak Carnwath and several others. Many SSU art faculty are represented as well, including Nugent, Kurt Kemp, Mark Perlman, Stephen Galloway, Inez Storer and Shane Weare.

The donation is the largest gift of art in the school’s history and triples the size of Sonoma State’s current art collection.

“I wanted to keep the whole collection together in one place,” says Benziger. “To have it so close to home at Sonoma State, which is developing such a great wine business program, that is very special. Our family is very proud that it’s going to be there.”

Facebook best-practices for businesses

The Small Business Development Center of Northern California will hold a workshop in Sonoma. “Facebook-Best Practices for Businesses,” on Tuesday, March 29, 1-4 p.m., at the Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority, 630 2nd St. West, in Sonoma.

This workshop is especially for beginners focused on businesses looking to build visibility on Facebook. There will be discussion of the differences between a personal profile and a business page, and the best practices to get started. Topics to be covered include basic navigation, account, security and privacy settings, proper business page set-up, posing and tagging basics, and how to interact with your newsfeed.

Bring a laptop or tablet (and your passwords). A Facebook personal profile and business page is required for class participation.

Cost is $45. Register by going to, and locating the events page.

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