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Business Beat: 04/15/2018

Business Beat for April 15, 2018

Twenty years for Focus4

Focus4 promotions celebrated 20 years in business earlier this month.

Owner Nicki Artieres, a 40-year resident of Sonoma Valley, first opened her promotional products business in Novato in 1998, and in 2003 relocated to downtown Sonoma.

After a fire in 2014 she again moved the business to be closer to her home in Kenwood. Some of Focus4's longtime clients include Autodesk, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Sonic, Meyer Sound, Constellation Brands, and the County of Sonoma. Focus4 is an award winning creative promotions agency that has thrived because of its customer service and creative flair. Contact Focus4 at 996-0444 for cool swag.

Local gallery goes web only

Sculpturesite Gallery, which began in 1990 in Berkeley as A New Leaf Gallery, will close its Glen Ellen doors at the end of May. Sculpturesite is located in Jack London Village.

Sculpturesite closing store, online only
Sculpturesite at Jack London Village in Glen Ellen will become a virtual site online only.

After 28 years as one of Northern California's premier sculpture galleries representing emerging to international artists -15 years in Berkeley, five years in San Francisco, a decade at Cornerstone Sonoma, and finally at Jack London Village - the brainchild of husband and wife team Brigitte Micmacker and John Denning will focus entirely on its already busy website,

For the entire month of April, Sculpturesite is conducting a huge 25-30 percent off sale of current inventory at the gallery, which includes some fantastic offerings by sculptors the gallery has represented for as long as 25 years. Large, small, indoor, outdoor, kinetic, bronze, colorful, organic, glass, ceramic, wood, mixed media… there are so many possibilities. All works now at the gallery must find a new home.

Drop by to say goodbye, or call or email the gallery for more information and to get the list of works included in the sale.

Jack London Village is located at 14301 Arnold Dr. in Glen Ellen. For more information, call 933-1300, email, or go to

Kenwood Vineyards joins with Trails Council

Kenwood Vineyards has developed a partnership with the Sonoma County Trails Council (SCTC) to provide needed volunteer resources and financial support to help SCTC maintain regular restoration work in addition to fire related rebuilding.

Kenwood Vineyards volunteers fix local trails
Kenwood Vinyards has pout $100,000 and staff volunteers into local parks trail maintenane and fire recovery efforts.

With a commitment of $100,000 and added staff volunteer days, the Kenwood Vineyards donation provides the SCTC with needed financial resources during a time when parks are dealing with significant fire impact. This grant allows the Trails Council to continue regular trail maintenance work and add fire-related recovery efforts.

This partnership follows the launch of Kenwood Vineyards' 2017 The Wild is Calling campaign, which encouraged the community to protect and restore wildland, and inspire future generations to get outdoors and reconnect with the wild.
“The infusion of new program funding at a time when our park partners are dealing with significant fire impact allows us to continue our regular trail maintenance work and add fire-related recovery efforts, helping our local parks physically and fiscally,” said Ken Wells, executive director of SCTC. “The Kenwood Vineyard volunteers joining us mid-week are a fantastic asset and greatly augment our weekend volunteer efforts, allowing us to double down to get the work done.”

For more information about Kenwood Vineyards, go to For more information about the Trails Council, go to

Spring has sprung at Swede's

If you want to feel like spring has arrived, head over to Swede's Feeds in Kenwood.

They have bunches of new organic and non-organic veggies and herbs in stock - cilantro, parsley, rosemary, sorrel, kale, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, artichokes, squash, melon, and even some Meyer lemon trees.

Baby chicks have also arrived - Buff Orpingtons, Speckled Sussex, Golden and Silver Laced Wyandottes, and Black and Red Sexlinks.

Check out the deals on GreenAll planting mix and GreenAll Soil Booster - buy three bags and get a fourth free.

Swede's Feeds is located at 9140 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. For more information call 833-5050, or go to

Farm stands open for the season

Red Barn at Oak Hill Farm

The historic Red Barn Store at Oak Hill Farm in Glen Ellen will re-open for the 2018 season on Saturday, April 28. The store will be open Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 15101 Sonoma Hwy.

The Red Barn is operated as part of the 700-acre Oak Hill Farm. All the vegetables, flowers, greenery, and fruit sold in the Red Barn are grown on the farm, where sustainable, chemical-free growing practices have been used for over 55 years.

The Red Barn opening will feature spring's bounty with fresh produce such as asparagus, lettuces, kale, leafy greens, fava beans, and radishes. Spring bunches of freshly picked agrostemma, saponaria, poppies, cornflower, greenery, and other flowers will be available. The Red Barn will also offer its renowned farm bouquets, dried wreaths, handmade goods and packaged edibles. Learn all about honeybees from expert beekeeper Serge Labesque on April 28, as part of Sonoma County Farm Trails' Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies event. Register at

Oak Hill Farm's produce can also be found year-round at the Sonoma Farmers' Market at Depot Park, every Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information visit or call 996-6643.

Sierra Garden on Pythian Road

Sierra Garden's Pythian Road garden stand will open on Saturday, April 21. On opening day the club will be selling breads, assorted jams and jellies, spaghetti sauce, succulents, vegetable starts, tomato starts, and flowers. The garden is open to the public on Saturdays, 9-10:30 a.m., selling vegetable starts, herbs, kitchen products, and flower seedlings in the spring, and food crops as the growing season progresses. Proceeds from sales support the garden, scholarships, and programs with the Valley of the Moon Children's Center. Sierra Garden appreciates the wonderful support from the community. For more information or to inquire about volunteering, visit the garden at

Spring Fest at Flatbed Farm in Glen Ellen

On Saturday, April 21, Flatbed Farm hosts a spring plant sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The sale will feature tomatoes, basil, parsley, chard, cilantro, chives, and more. Fresh eggs will be on sale, too! The farm stand plans to be open every Saturday through the summer, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Flatbed Farm is located at 13450 Sonoma Hwy. in Glen Ellen.

Tesconi is new executive director of Farm Bureau

Longtime Sonoma County resident Tawny Tesconi has been hired as the new executive director of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau. She has been serving as the interim executive director since December 2017.

Tawny Tesconi
Tawny Tesconi Executive Director Sonoma County Farm Bureay

“The board of directors is excited to bring Tawny on board full time and we are looking forward to getting back to Farm Bureau's core mission of advocacy and education,” said Steve Dutton, president of Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

Tesconi is a Sonoma County native with strong ties to the local agriculture industry. As a student, she was active in both 4-H and FFA, living on a small farm in west county. Today, she lives on the same family farm with her husband.

Tesconi was the Sonoma County Fair Manager for eight years. Under her leadership, the Fair underwent an extensive branding process for the event facility, expanded racing, and started a Foundation to build the $3 million Ag Education Center, Richard & Saralee's Barn.

Over the coming months, Tesconi will be working on building stronger alliances with Farm Bureau's ag partners to further Sonoma County Farm Bureau's mission of promoting and protecting agriculture in Sonoma County.

Business Blurbs

Tickets are on sale for the Spring Economic Forecast Breakfast which takes place on Thursday, May 10, 7-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park. Keynote speaker is Dr. Steve Cochrane of Moody's Analytics. Buy tickets at www.sonomaedb.orgPalooza Gastropub and Wine Bar has comedy and music - Punchline Palooza Comedy Show on May 4, 8 p.m. features Cody Woods, Shannon Murphy, Frankie Marcos and Dan Mires. Buy tickets at Thursday Night Music (8-10 p.m.) showcases Christy Sperling on April 19 and James Harman on April 26… Muscardini Cellars hosts an Earth Day Food and Wine Pairing on April 21, with two timeslots - noon and 2 p.m. Vineyard designate wines from organically farmed Unti Vineyards. Email

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Community Calendar

Free food available for those in need
Jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich
Free CPR class at Kenwood Fire Station
Brunch on Bald Mountain
Fall Plant Sale
Jack London Gala
Emmaus Inclusive Community service and potluck supper
Walk ‘n’ Wag
Oakmont Sunday Symposium
Press Democrat sports editor to speak at SIR #53
Daylong meditation at the Depot

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