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Strictly Business: Sonoma Valley business news, May 11

New Mexican x2: Sonoma welcomed two new Mexican spots last month. Mi Ranchito has opened in the old Plaza Tequila space at 19315 W. Napa St. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. The owners have a beer and wine license but they have also filed application with the Planning Commission to operate a nano-brewery on the site. Las Palmas Ranch is a new Mexican restaurant located (18976 Sonoma Highway) in the spot that formerly housed Mission Viejo and most recently Taqueria y Torteria Timilpan. Right now, the restaurant is open for limited hours so call before you head over. 343-7194

Conference: The Sonoma County Winegrowers annual grower seminar, tradeshow and barbeque is on Friday, June 1, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Shone Farm. The event is open to wine industry, allied industry members and the public. The tradeshow will feature more than 50 vendors. The keynote speaker is Seth Stodder, former assistant secretary, Department of Homeland Security. He is also a member of the newly-launched Sonoma County Center for Ag Sustainability. Register at sonomawinegrape.ticketleap.com/2018-grower-bbq/details.

Sharper image: KSVY Sonoma is using upgraded cameras, and viewers will notice a dramatically improved picture quality for the City Council meetings and other recorded sessions. The city purchased the cameras and KSVY installed them and they are “Hi Def Capture” equipment, according to station manager Bob Taylor.

Final days: These are the final days to shop Bella Vita on the Plaza before it shuts its doors on Sunday, May 13. No news yet on the next tenant in that space.

Petaluma Fit: Jenny and Adam Kovacs of Sonoma Fit announced that they have hired Sonoma-based Seth Maze of GMH builders as the construction manager for their large SoFit Petaluma project.

Extended hours: Flatbed Farm at 13450 Highway 12 in Glen Ellen is now open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Francisco and Sonoma Valley delivery is also now available.

Hiring: Stor-It-All Self Storage is hiring a relief manager for its storage facility on Eighth Street East. Cover letters and resumes can be sent to facility manager Laura Jordan at mgr@storitallsonoma.com.

Promoting local business: The theme of Sonoma Raceway’s June 22 to 24 event will be Sonoma Rising. The Raceway will recognize first responders and provide complimentary tickets to families who were impacted by the fires. It also wants to help spread the message that Sonoma is open for business. Visit sonomaraceway.com/sonomaopen and register your business.

New wine map: Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers have released a new updated wine map to be handed out to visitors all over town. You can review the map online at sonomavalleywine.com.

Nonprofit support: The Sonoma Stompers are seeking nonprofits in town who would like to be promoted and financially supported at a Stompers game this season. If your organization is interested, reach out to Hayley Slye, director of marketing, at hayley@stompersbaseball.com.

Honors: John Roney, park manager at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and a Sonoma Ecology Center employee, was honored with a California State Senate resolution in Sacramento last week by state senators Mike McGuire and Bill Dodd for “his heroic response to the October 2017 wildfires.”

New hire: 3 Badge Beverage Corporation has hired three new staffers. Dustin Ayers, Gerry Catanzano and Taylor Stowe have joined the company as procurement manager, northeast regional manager and associate enology marketing manager, respectively. Ayers will manage production planning, distribution and manufacturing operations at the headquarters in Sonoma. Catanzano handles sales and distribution for 12 states and Washington D.C. Stowe has been appointed associate enology marketing manager and is based in Sonoma. The wine and spirits company was founded in 2009 by August Sebastiani.

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