These guys are Sweethearts

Ask the average Sonoman to list the one place in town where they are most likely to run into people they know, and the odds are high they’ll say either the Plaza or Sonoma Market.

Ask anyone in Glen Ellen where they are most likely to encounter their friends and they will instantly answer either the Post Office or Shone’s, otherwise known as Glen Ellen Village Market.

To say that Don Shone and Dale Downing have created a Valley institution is like saying that Will Bucklin makes a nice, organic, dry-farmed zinfandel field blend. (It’s an understatement of profound proportions, but worth noting if you’re searching for a bottle of Bucklin’s outrageously good zin, because you can find it at either market).

The grocery store partners, who will be anointed Saturday night 2014 Sweethearts of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley, have been in business now for 50 years, most of that time together, and the spaces they’ve created are as much ours as theirs – which is to say that citizens of the Valley practically inhabit both stores.

In fact, some Glen Ellen residents will tell you that they love their village, but if Shone’s wasn’t there they wouldn’t be either.

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