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Movers and Shakers: Business news from around the Valley, March 21


Anniversary party: Perle, the upscale woman’s clothing store at 124 W. Napa St. is celebrating its fourth anniversary with a party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 25.

Start-Up Grind: The next in the Google-sponsored Start-Up Grind speaker series features Sonoma Raceway President Steve Page. Visit startupgrind.com to reserve a spot from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, Buena Vista Winery at 18000 Old Winery Road.

Storefronts for rent: A wide range of commercial properties are up for grabs in Sonoma right now. The strip mall anchored by Palms Grill has a spot open; the landmark Victorian 3,000-square-foot building at 620 Broadway is up for lease, as is the building a few blocks south at 1051 Broadway; the old site of Broadway Nails at 539 Broadway next to Top That Yogurt is now vacant; Sonoma Marketplace has a spot open near Whole Foods; Maxwell Village has one small storefront vacant; and the large office space above Vine Alley in the Sonoma Court Shops has 15,000-square-feet available. See more info at loopnet.com.

New tasting room in Sigh spot: Falcor Vineyards currently has a 12,000-square-foot winery and tasting room on Napa Valley Corporate Drive in Napa but it appears that they will be taking over Sigh’s spot in Vine Alley when its bigger bubble lounge opens late this spring on West Napa Street.

New tequilas: Sonoma-based Don Sebastiani & Sons introduced a new line of premium tequila brands in February, all hand-crafted in Jalisco, Mexico. Contigo, El Fumador and El Machoare are available in restaurants and select retail stores. Along with the launch, Don Sebastiani & Sons has released a variety of custom cocktails featuring Contigo and El Fumador, including the “Mayan Mule,” the “Sonoma Paloma,” the “Mexican Manhattan,” and the “El Fumador Fire.” Donny Sebastiani’s company also includes wines, a line of flavored nuts and organic flavored sparkling waters.

Food delivery options: Sonoma Food Taxi now has nine different restaurant options from which to get your dinner. Visit sonomafoodtaxi.com and place your order online. You can even now “live track” your order online and get text updates.

Another tasting room in Kenwood: The Kenwood Shopping Center may get its fifth tasting room if Fausta Franco-Guerrero of Fathia Vineyards in Sonoma gets its permit approved by the county. The small 540-square-foot room would be accessed from the back parking lot.

‘Sunset’ celebration: The date has been set for Sunset magazine’s Celebration Weekend. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21. Tickets are on sale now at sunset.com/marketplace/sunset-celebration-weekend-2016.

Major building for sale: 1055 Broadway, across from Sonoma Valley High School, is for sale for $2,250,000. The professional office building contains 13 units ranging in size from 150 square feet to 1,413 square feet.

Bunches of beer: With the release of two new beers in March, Sonoma Springs Brewing Company has already released seven new beers in 2017. With up to 20 beers on tap, visitors to the taproom at 19499 Riverside Drive, have a lot of choices, as well as access to food from Divewalk Cafe next door. Founded in 2008, Sonoma Springs Brewing Company specializes in California and German style beers, and small-batch wine and whiskey barrel aged offerings. SonomaSpringsBrewing.com

Best place to work: Sonoma and Glen Ellen Village Markets’ parent company, Nugget Markets, has earned a spot on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the 12th time in a row (No. 30 this year). Associates from both stores were included in the anonymous survey that helped determine the ranking.

Send business news to lorna.sheridan@sonomanews.com.