Strictly business: Sonoma Valley business news, March 2

You can now buy cheesemaking supplies in Sonoma.


Winery internship: The Sonoma-Tokaj Sister City Committee is looking for an intern to work the wine harvest in the wine town of Tokaj, Hungary. The Committee will provide up to $1,200 toward travel costs, and Tokaj-Hétsz Winery will provide room and board, and a small stipend for leading English-speaking tours. Cultural programs will be provided during the weekend or non-working hours. The intern must be 21 or over with some wine experience. Submit a resume and cover letter by Friday, March 30 to

Networking: The Business Building Network, BNI Sonoma, is hosting a free evening of networking at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at Pangloss Cellars. RSVP at

Fremont space for sale: A unique property at 75 Fremont Drive is for sale for $2.4 million. The .75 acres has 6,350 leasable space and includes 16-plus distinct commercial spaces for specialized uses. There are several galleries, private offices, a library, multiple storage areas plus a three-bedroom house. It is currently used by Cosmic Cowgirl Ranch as an art gallery and studio. The listing agent is Tina Shone at Sothebys.

Volunteers needed: The Sonoma International Film Festival needs volunteers. Sign up at, then click on volunteers, then Contact with questions.

Anytime Fitness expands: Anytime Fitness, the health club by Sonoma Market, has finished its expansion into the old art store space. The club, which is open daily, is now 5,900 square feet at 500 W. Napa St.

Office space for lease: The 2,400-square-feet second floor of the Kelly Moore Paint building at 18506 Sonoma Highway is available for lease. The listing broker is Isaac Raboy of Mason McDermott.

Anniversary: Plain Jane’s furniture and housewares consignment shop on Highway 12 is celebrating its 22nd anniversary with a Mad Hatter Tea Party from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. There will be tea, treats, a raffle and discounts. The raffle proceeds will benefit Soroptimist International of Sonoma Valley.

Cheese making supplies: Cook Vineyard Management store has paired with cheese maker Sheana Davis to offer cheese making classes. For details, call 938-7917. The store also now stocks cheesemaking supplies for home cheesemakers, including cultures, molds and more. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Restaurant Week: Restaurant Week will be longer this year, lasting 10 days from March 2 to 11. The event offers three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for $19, $29 or $39. Two-course, prix-fixe lunch menus are available for $10 or $15. No tickets or passes are required; visit More than 120 restaurants are already registered, and more than a dozen locally.

Home cooking: Last week, legislation passed that may soon make it legal to sell homemade food out of personal kitchens for a profit. State Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia said that his legislation is meant be “a pathway to attain income self-sufficiency and achieve (the) ‘American dream’ of success.” Under current California law, individuals are only allowed to sell food through retail facilities, or through a short list of “cottage food operations,” which are allowed to prepare “non-potentially hazardous foods.”

Stompers hiring: The Stompers are looking to fill positions in concessions, merchandise, ticketing, ushers, mascot, a radio broadcaster, an athletic trainer and a statistics and analytics intern. Age 21-plus preferred, but not required. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to

Hiring: LandPaths is hiring a “camp specialists” for its summer programs. Specific job descriptions can be found at

Free tax prep: La Luz Center offers free tax prep as part of its EKS (Earn It, Keep It, Save It) program on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They see six people each Saturday by appointment. Clients should call 211, where they’ll be screened to ensure they meet the household income requirements and then booked. The program runs until April 28. 17560 Greger St.

Wine sales: 3 Badge Beverage Corporation’s Leese-Fitch wine brand achieved record sales in 2017 with growth of 16 percent to 271,372 cases. The brand, named for Sonoma’s Leese-Fitch Adobe, makes chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, zinfandel and a red blend, which carry a California appellation.

Awards: Sonoma Valley’s Olive Press took home a Best of Show, two Best in Class awards and six other medals at the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. The competition included 658 extra virgin olive oils from 371 producers. The Olive Press, located at 24724 Arnold Drive, was founded in 1995.

Donations: Silver Moon Theatre has donated the net proceeds from its Holiday Old-Time Radio Shows to the Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department and the Oakmont Fire Station. The radio shows were performed in December in Murphy’s Irish Pub and at Oakmont’s Quail Inn. The troupe donated $640 to each of the firefighting groups.

Promotion: Anthony Pizziol has been appointed chief operating officer for Bolt Staffing, which has offices in Sonoma, American Canyon and San Francisco. Pizziol started at Bolt in 2011 as an account manager. Former Mayor Joanne Sanders is founder and president.

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