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Movers and Shakers: Business news from around the Valley, Sept. 12

New interiors: Both Rite Aid in Maxwell Village and CVS in Sonoma Marketplace have both undergone massive interior renovations.

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Salt & Stone to open: Chef David LaMonica and his wife, Diane LaMonica, have purchased the shuttered Kenwood Restaurant space with plans to open a “casual-chic” California eatery and oyster bar this fall. The LaMonicas have hired Arturo Guzman as executive chef and Krista McCracken as GM and sommelier. Earlier this year, a deal fell through for the former Olive & Vine restaurateurs, who had planned to open it as Crush Bar & Grill. 9900 Sonoma Highway.

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New hire: Jody Purdom has joined the staff of the Sonoma International Film Festival as director of sponsorship and development. Previous to SIFF, Purdom worked for the Sonoma Index-Tribune as a marketing consultant specializing in real estate. Purdom has also been a writer and project manager for San Rafael-based book publisher Charles Pinot as well as a writer and editor for the Sonoma Sun newspaper.

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Tap room delayed: The Jack London Tap Room planned for Cornerstone Sonoma had hoped to be open in September but the project has been delayed. The team is waiting for a public hearing to be scheduled with the Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments for approval of its use permit. The use permit that was issued to them earlier this year was appealed by the Valley of the Moon Alliance.

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New OB-GYN: Lizellen La Follette, MD, a board-certified OB-GYN specialist, is now seeing patients in Sonoma Valley. La Follette will see patients in the Specialists Clinic operated by Sonoma Valley Hospital. She offers low- and high-risk obstetric services, well-woman exams, STD testing, birth control, menopause support, minimally invasive surgeries and in-office laser procedures. Educated at Harvard and Case Western Reserve, La Follette welcomes new patients and offers free learning events at her practice once a month. She also maintains a private practice in Greenbrae. She can be reached at 938-3870.

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New wine club: Tyge Williams Cellars is launching a new wine club. The label’s winemaker is Don Van Staavern. A veteran of 40 vintages, Van Staavern began his career in Sonoma vineyards and earned great acclaim as winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, Artesa, and Three Sticks wineries. His wife, Margo, is winemaker at Chateau St. Jean. tygewilliamcellars.com

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Changes at Oso: Oso restaurant on the Plaza now has a full liquor license and can welcome diners under the age of 21.

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Sonoma’s top realtors: The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco and San Francisco magazine, in partnership with Real Trends, produce the Leading 100 list, which recognizes the top performers in Bay Area residential real estate sales. The Sonoma Valley realtors on the list include Randy Waller (#55), Giner Martin (#75), Tina Shone (#87), Carol Sebastiani (#87) and Holly Bennett (#100). The Living in Wine Country team at Pacific Union ranked #41 on the sales team list. theleading100.com/honorees/theleading1002017/

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Certification: The Annadel Gap Vineyard that serves as the heart of Westwood Estate Wines has been certified biodynamic by the Demeter Association following a revitalization of the site led by consultant Philippe Coderey, winemaker Ben Cane and proprietor Carl Stanton. The vineyard has also achieved organic certification.

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Winemaker honors: Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock Wine Company and Nigel Sneyd of Gallo are the first two California winemakers to achieve Master of Wine designations from the Institute of Masters of Wine. The MW examination consists of theory and practical exams, and an in-depth study on a wine related topic. All MWs are required to sign the Code of Conduct to act with honesty and integrity, and use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others.

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Hooker House update: In other news from Twain-Peterson … he says that his team is moving through the permitting process and “ensuring that we do it right, still eyeing an opening date of “early 2018” for Bedrock Wines in the Hooker House space on the Plaza.

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Sigh turns 5: While it has only been in its new space for a few months, last week marked five years since Jayme Powers’ Sigh bubble lounge first opened its doors.

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New board members: Home and business interior designer Christine Curry has joined the Sonoma Mentoring Alliance board. She has served on the board of SFMOMA, Modern Arts Council, is involved in Sonoma’s Impact100, is a longtime supporter of the Mentoring Alliance, and actively supports the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and the Sonoma International Film Festival.

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