Pearl’s has closed: Pearl’s Diner at 561 Fifth St. W. has closed. The owners plan to retire and La Hacienda Sonoma Bar and Grille plans to open a second location in the spot called La Hacienda Mexican Grille. Across the parking lot, the 1,500-square-foot space formerly occupied by the Mexican bakery/pizzeria (which suffered a fire) at 555 Fifth St. W. is still awaiting a new tenant. It has been completely refurbished.
Parade sponsors: The Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters Association is organizing this year’s 4th of July celebration in collaboration with Sonoma Market and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley. This year’s theme is “Sonoma Strong.” The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, followed by a festival at Sonoma Plaza Park and a fireworks display at dusk over General Vallejo Field.
Revamp: Glen Ellen’s Gaige House at 13450 Arnold Drive has become Gaige House & Ryokan - with the name change comes a new level of Japanese aesthetic and amenities, including a meditation deck.
Furniture store: Local furniture craftsmen Lely Howard and company have a new pop-up location in the Sonoma “Warehouse” at 19624 Eighth St. E. weekly from Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Otherwise, you can buy from them at the Alameda Flea Market or online at lelyhoward.com.
Happy Dog: The owners of Happy Dog, at 18962 Highway 12, are retiring but while the hot dog spot is changing hands, it is expected to remain as Happy Dog.
Fremont Diner: As reported on A1 today, Fremont Diner unexpectedly closed down on Wednesday, June 27. The owners plan to reopen a new concept both in that spot and at 541 Broadway.
Vailetti Plaza update: Marco Vailetti said the “new” projected grand opening for the Highway 12 shopping center is slated for Aug. 1. A yoga studio, credit union, ice cream shop and Operation Bicycle are expected as tenants.
Uber pilot: Uber is announcing a new electric vehicle pilot program – the EV Champions Initiative – in seven cities across the U.S., including the San Francisco Bay Area. The company says that the pilot will include Sonoma. Uber is working with nonprofits and utility providers to “empower driver-partners with EVs and raise public awareness among riders.” Basically, the company will provide bonuses for driving EVs on its network.
Specialty care property: Sonoma Oak Tree Home at 425 Arbor Ave. in Agua Caliente was built specifically as an elder care assisted living home. The 3,750-square-foot house is now for sale for $1.8 million. The house has seven bedrooms, six baths on a 11,250-square-foot lot. Check it out on www.loopnet.com.
Pilates news: Studio M, Sonoma’s Pilates studio is now owned by Sue Aslin. A protégé of founder Madeline Black, Aslin has been with the studio since it opened its doors in 2003. Black, meanwhile, who is an author and teacher trainer, will speak at Harvard at the Cognition and Movement Conference in late July on “Human Gait Movement Patterning and Movement Re-Education.” Studio M offers private and group classes, orthopedic and therapeutic massage, holistic pelvic care, integrative manual therapy and osteopathy. 721 Napa St. Visit studiompilates.com or call 938-5593.