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Business Beat: 05/01/2018

Business Beat May 1, 2018

Vineyards of Kenwood focus of photo exhibit

grape cluster by Kent Sorensen
Photo by Kent Sorensen

Sonoma Grille restaurant in Sonoma is hosting an artist reception for acclaimed photographer Kent Sorensen, “Unforgettable Sonoma Vineyards,” on Sunday, May 6, 3-5 p.m.

Most of his vineyard photographs on display were taken in Kenwood. Nima Sherpa, owner of the steak and seafood restaurant, will open the entire restaurant and outside patio for the reception, with complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres for guests.

Sorensen was introduced to photography at the age of seven when his father first allowed him into his darkroom. Since then, a camera has been his reliable companion - even during his days as CEO of a biotech firm in Silicon Valley or CEO of a housing company that shipped homes to the Far East Asia market. He was honored when his portrait photograph of Curtis Roosevelt (grandson of FDR) was selected to hang in the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park, NY. Since coming to Sonoma in 2008, Sorensen has spent countless hours meandering through the vineyards in Kenwood to photograph their stunning beauty.

Sonoma Grille is located at 165 W. Napa St. in Sonoma.

For more information about Sorenson, go to

Grand opening for The Mystic & The Monk

The Mystic & The Monk shop manager Kelly Hines (left) and owner Annalee Huber.
The Mystic & The Monk shop manager Kelly Hines (left) and owner Annalee Huber.

The Mystic & The Monk held its grand opening in April, joining other shops Fox and Vine, and Tags & Co., in offering hand-picked vintage goods, gifts and lifestyle items at the old Kenwood Farmhouse location at 9255 Sonoma Hwy. In addition to its vintage items, the Mystic & The Monk sets itself apart with a focus on “rarities, rocks and remedies,” said owner Annalee Huber. That means a focus on self-care products that are energetically and spiritually clearing, like herbal and spiritual remedies, healing rocks, stones and minerals, and natural flower essence perfumes and essential oils.

Huber said she tries to source as much as she can from local, family-owned, non-GMO farms. When she can't find a local source, she uses a family owned, USA-based business.

Huber, who has a background in interior design and wedding coordination, lives in Rincon Valley with her family. She is also active in the new Kenwood Girl Scout troop and has a daughter who attends Kenwood School.

“The store is based off my passions and I want to share those with the community, to help the community” said Huber, who half-joked that she thinks the community “could use a little bit of everything in here.” That might be aromatherapy smudge spray for clearing bad energy, a large slab of pearl white selenite to promote healing and mental clarity, a hangover tonic, a brain booster tea, or cannabidiol cbd-infused body lotion.

Beyond body care, The Mystic & The Monk also offers new and vintage gift items, jewelry, art, and personal and home enrichment. Inventory will be ever-changing, but in April the shop had a selection of unique items such as antique saddle bags, salt bags, oriental rugs, prayer rugs, and Turkish cloth throws. The outdoor space, which will open this summer, will feature garden art and patio pieces. Huber buys from local vendors and the local community, and welcomes suggestions about what people would like to see her carry.

The Mystic & The Monk is open Wednesday through Sundays, 11-5 p.m. You can find out more at

Les Pascals gives back

Newly opened Les Pascals Patisserie in Glen Ellen is giving a big thank you to local firefighters who helped protect the town last October.

On Saturday, May 12, proprietors Chef Pascal and his wife, Pascale, will donate 10 percent of gross sales (excluding special orders and taxes) to the Glen Ellen Firefighters Association.

So when you visit the yellow building at 13758 Arnold Dr. to get your French pastry, bread baked on site, or latte, you'll not only be taking care of your hunger pangs, you'll be helping the town's volunteer firefighters.

Les Pascals can be reached at 934-8378. The patisserie is open every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Annual grower seminar, tradeshow & BBQ

Don't miss the Sonoma County Winegrower's Annual Grower Seminar, Tradeshow and Barbeque on Friday, June 1, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Warren G. Dutton Pavilion at Shone Farm.

Registration check-in and tradeshow start at 7:30 a.m., with the seminar at 8:30 a.m.

The event is open to all wine industry, allied industry members and the public. The tradeshow will feature over 50 vendors. Lunch with Sonoma County wines is included with the ticket price. The annual Viticulture Award of Excellence will also be presented.

This year's keynote speaker is Seth Stodder, former assistant secretary, Department of Homeland Security, under both the Bush and Obama administrations. Stodder will provide commentary on national security issues, borders and immigration. He is also a member of the newly-launched Sonoma County Center for Ag Sustainability.

Registration is now open for this event. Go to

For general questions on the event or tradeshow, please contact Sheila Quince,

Business Blurbs

The Glen Ellen Block Party is happening May 12, noon to 4 p.m. Stroll to downtown Glen Ellen's four walkable tasting rooms - Kivelstadt Cellars, Laurel Glen Vineyard, Korbin Kameron, and TalismanAri Weiswasser, executive chef and owner of Glen Ellen Star Restaurant in Glen Ellen was picked as one of North Bay Business Journal's Forty Under 40 honorees for successful young North Bay professionals… Chateau St. Jean Winery is hosting “Fete de la Fleur” on Saturday, May 12, noon to 3 p.m., an event featuring live music, other entertainment, and local Sonoma food. Ticket includes a tasting of five single vineyard and reserve wines. Tickets are $20 ($15 for wine club members), available at Reservations recommended… Kunde Family Winery is hosting a “Hike & Taste in the Vineyards” on May 6 starting at 9 a.m. Hike through a range of distinct ecosystems and native habitats on the estate, and learn how each one uniquely contributes to the process of sustainable grape growing. The modestly strenuous hike last four hours. $30 (or $15 for wine club members). Reservations required and must be 21 or older. Call 833-5501, ext. 334.

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