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Business Beat: 08/15/2016

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The endangered Marsh Checkerbloom. Photo by Patrice Ward.

Deerfield's Checkerbloom Gala a big success

On July 23, Deerfield Ranch Winery hosted the 16th Annual Checkerbloom Gala, benefitting the restoration and maintenance of the Kenwood Wetlands, home of the endangered Marsh Checkerbloom plant.

The Checkerbloom exists in only two places in the United States: Kenwood and Knights Valley in Sonoma County. The marsh restoration project began in 2002, when Deerfield bought the property to expand their winery. There were only a handful of Checkerblooms on the property at the time, due to 30 years of cattle grazing and the proliferation of non-native Himalayan Blackberries.

The Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom Society, a nonprofit organization, was established by Deerfield co-owner PJ Rex to preserve and maintain the Kenwood Marsh, and protect the endangered flower. Deerfield granted a 14-acre permanent easement to the County of Sonoma to ensure protection of this rare habitat.

“Many people have helped with our wetland restoration project. Thanks to their efforts, this unique ecosystem will be maintained for future generations,” said Rex.

The gala included an online auction, a silent auction, and a live auction. The silent auction continues in the tasting room through the end of August. Stop by Deerfield Ranch Winery at 10200 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. For more information go to

Kenwood resident pens fitness book

Former champion bodybuilder and Kenwood resident Catt Tripoli has recently released a new book, CONSCIOUS FITNESS: Strength Training for the Evolution of Mind, Body and Spirit.

“With this book, I hope to change your concept of fitness,” said Tripoli. “Fitness is not just about the body, and it's not just about the exercises we do. It's about how we work out, whether we do so consciously or by rote. In many respects, the real gym is within.” Tripoli said that Conscious Fitness is a guidebook for mastering that inner territory and applying that wisdom to maximize your workout - and evolve in body, mind and spirit.

Tripoli is a former world champion bodybuilder who has been involved in the health and fitness field for over 35 years. Competing under the name Cathey Palyo, she earned multiple titles, and has been the creative force behind four gyms, including Powerhouse Gym in Santa Rosa, which she currently owns and operates. In addition to training clients in her Conscious Fitness techniques, she is a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Catt lives with her two Siamese cats and two exuberant Bull Terriers.

To order Tripoli's book, go to

Synergy Group now in Oakmont

Synergy Group, a full-service real estate and development company, specializing in home sales and remodels has opened its second office located in Oakmont. The Oakmont location, at 6576 Oakmont Dr. (Ste. B), is unique in that it offers a design center, in addition to realty services, where Sonoma Valley residents considering a remodel can come in to see examples of the improvements Synergy offers. These upgrades include open floor plans, upgraded kitchens, counters and flooring, master en suite remodels, and exterior upgrades and landscaping. Other popular projects by Synergy are wine coolers and walk-in pantries.

A locally-owned company, Synergy Group has designed and built nearly 6,000 homes in Northern California in the last 35 years. The company has three divisions which focus on residential and commercial remodels, real estate services, and new communities.

The Synergy Group team is comprised of five principal owners, Keith Christopherson, Brenda Christopherson, Andy Christopherson, Brian Flahavan and Greg Windisch.

The Oakmont office is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday through Monday or anytime by appointment. Call 537-9633 for more information.

Business Blurbs

Spann Vineyards tasting room in Kenwood is hosting Local Thursdays in August. Locals get 20 percent off wine purchases on Thursdays through this month. The tasting room is located in the Kenwood shopping center and is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Monday… Manzanita Creek's tasting room, also in the Kenwood Shopping Center, is having a summer end of vintage sale, and you can get 50 percent off. They're open Thursday through Monday, noon to 6 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday, from 3 p.m. to 6…The Jami Jamison Band is playing at Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood on Aug. 20, 6-8 p.m. Muscardini is located at 9380 Sonoma Hwy… Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood will liven things up on Aug. 21 with the Michael Jackson Tribute Band, Foreverland, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Go to for reservations.

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