Business support: A Business Resource Workshop, hosted by the Sonoma Chamber of Commerce, called Recovery and Rebuilding in Sonoma Valley will run from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Vintage House Senior Center (264 First St. E.). At this workshop, experts from the Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, North Bay Insurance Brokers and various local banks will share information and answer your individual questions. This event is open to the Sonoma Valley business community. Register at tinyurl.com/yc6s8rac.
Cancelled: Sonoma Valley Vintners will not be holding the Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Winery Contest this year, instead the organization will focus on its broader Holidays in Sonoma Valley program, which is an accumulation of Sonoma Valley winery holiday events.
Salt and Stone: In the spot that the Kenwood Restaurant used to be, Chef David LaMonica and his wife, Diane LaMonica, will soon be opening Salt & Stone. The “casual-chic” California eatery and oyster bar is expected to open this winter. The building is already sporting a new look, with sparkling white paint and black trim. The LaMonicas have hired Arturo Guzman as executive chef and Krista McCracken as GM and sommelier. There will be indoor and outdoor dining, full bar and lounge. 9900 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood.
Stompers merch: The Stompers Fan Shop has closed at 234 W. Napa but merchandise is still for sale in the new team headquarters at 117 W. Napa St. The storefront at 234 W. Napa is now available for lease.
Move: The Sonoma office of Becoming Independent has moved from its location at 355 W. Napa slightly further west to the little complex that also houses Crisp Bakery. BI helps people with developmental disabilities live meaningful and productive lives. The nonprofit offers workplace solutions in custodial services, grounds maintenance, paper shredding, product assembly and packaging and more. Visit becomingindependent.org/hire-us/ for more information.
Closed: Horatius coffee bar and café in Jack London Village Glen Ellen has closed.
Higher gas prices: Have you noticed that it is costing more to fill up your car? Across the U.S., the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.53. California leads the nation in having the most expensive gas at $3.21 a gallon, according to AAA. The uptick in prices is caused by the new gas tax of 12 cents to 41 cents a gallon that went into effect on Nov. 1.
Ikea hiring: Ikea has announced that it will open a large Napa Valley fulfillment center early next year that will employ around 200 people. The 646,000-square-foot distribution warehouse will be in American Canyon. The company said these centers are the first of a new focus on delivering to consumer items ordered online or bulky products purchased at one of its 45 U.S. stores. American Canyon will be Ikea’s 10th California location, including eight stores and one regional distribution center. Bay Area stores are in Emeryville and East Palo Alto.
Outages: Were you without cell phone service at any point during the fires? The North Bay North Coast Broadband Consortium (NBNCBC) is conducting a post-fire telecommunications survey to assess and document the scope of the telecommunications outages that affected our counties during the fires. Visit surveymonkey.com/r/firestorm2017