Rebranding for Breakaway: The (relatively) new owner of the Breakaway Café and longtime owner of Sunflower Caffe, James Hahn, received permission on May 15 to change Breakaway’s signage to reflect entirely new branding. The cafe will soon be reborn as Mint and Liberty. Calling it “a modern twist on the classic diner,” the paperwork submitted to the City’s Design Review and Historical Preservation Commission, describes it as “a new restaurant.” Up next for the project will be building permits for the new signage and a more formal announcement of the planned changes.
New bakeshop name: The former site of Crisp Bakeshop will also soon be rebranded. The bakery, located at 720 W. Napa St., is now also owned by James Hahn (in a building owned by Maria and Michael Lounibos). The bakeshop’s new name will be Honey & the Moon and it will continue to serve coffee, breakfast and snacks and be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be new coffee rails on the walkway where patrons can drink their beverages outdoors.
New hire: Deleyse Langdale, a Sonoma Valley resident, is Sonoma County Tourism’s new vice president of global tourism development, a new position. She will be responsible for driving visitation to Sonoma County through developing programs and campaigns targeted at the domestic and international individual traveler and group leisure sectors including tour operators, travel agents, receptive operators, wholesalers, resellers and online travel agencies.
Building inspector: Ben Reynolds has been hired as the new Building Inspector for the City of Sonoma. Reynolds will be performing most building inspections and building related investigations as well as helping with customer inquiries, performing plan reviews and processing building permits for the community.
Reiki services: Certified Reiki master, teacher and aromatherapist Laura Celeste has a new business offering Reiki healing sessions at 244 Perkins Street. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us, keeping one alive and well. If someone’s life-force energy is low, then he or she is more likely to get sick or feel stress – and if it is high, happy and healthy. Reiki is safe for everyone, even babies, Celeste promises. She is open by appointment only, every day except Sundays. reikibylaura.com.
Sonoma featured: The cover story of the current Wine Spectator is dedicated to the wineries, hotels and farm-to-table dining of Sonoma. Local spots covered include El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen, the Fig Cafe & Winebar, Salt & Stone, the Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa, MacArthur Place Hotel, Benziger Family Winery, Buena Vista Winery, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Kunde Family Winery and Sojourn Cellars.
Anniversary: Pini Hardware of Novato is celebrating its 100th year in business. Family-owned and operated since 1918, it has been owned by the Young family for 50 years. In 2004, Pini moved into its current location at 1535 South Novato Blvd. Charles Young, of Sonoma, owns the store with his sons Tom, Russell and David Young.
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