A cocktail startup, storage condos for sale, new hires and more

Business news from in and around Sonoma Valley this week.|

Anniversary: T&K Mixology is celebrating its first year in business. Owners Anthony Leyva and Kenny De Alba started the cocktail mixer company in Sonoma after getting laid off from service-industry jobs at the start of COVID. The handcrafted cocktail mixers are made with fresh, natural ingredients and are now available by delivery (free in Sonoma Valley) and at a handful of local spots, including Sonoma Eats, Epicurean Connection and La Hacienda (on Fifth Street West). Gourmet Sonoma provides their flavored salts and sugars. tnkmixology.com or email tnkmixology@gmail.com.

Want bees: Local beekeeper April Lance helps people set up their own backyard honeybee hives. She provides local, gentle, easy to manage honeybees and a 2021 Spring Queen. Her big bee pickup dates are April 10 and 11 in Healdsburg where equipment and bees will be available. A package of 3 pounds of bees is about $175. Bee equipment prices are listed on the website. AprilLanceBees.com.

New philanthropy consultancy: Julie Diamond has founded a new Sonoma-based consulting company, Diamond Philanthropy Advisors. Previously, Diamond worked for 22 years under the tutelage of Virginia Hubbell, as Virginia Hubbell Associates helped steward millions of dollars in grants to nonprofits for private family foundations across the country. Hubbell retired at the end of 2020. Diamond’s staff includes Arianna Maysonave, Adriana Bear, and Jody Purdom. diamondphilanthropyadvisors.com

Change in management: Cary Snowden, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley, is now also head of Teen Services Sonoma. She replaces Becky Jo Peterson, its former ED. Three former TSS board members will join the BGC board: Kathy Bloch, Doug Hanford and Marney Malik.

Tennis equipment: With the loss of Sonoma Valley’s only sporting goods store in 2019, Maxwell Park tennis pro Felipe Monroy is the closest option for tennis equipment. Monroy is the local rep for Wilson racquets, shoes, clothing, balls and accessories and he says he will beat any advertised price from Amazon or Tennis Warehouse. Text him at (916) 879-0212 or email tenniscalifornia@icloud.com.

Ken Wornick.
Ken Wornick.

How wine really ages: At 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, the Sonoma Home Winemakers will present guest speaker Ken Wornick, owner of Dysfunctional Family Winery and founder of Hydeout Sonoma. Wornick will talk about his unique “mathematical formula” approach to harvest and explore how wines really age. To participate, email RASuerth@gmail.com.

Moving: Former interim Hanna Boys Center co-CEO Tom Coughlan will be the next president of Saint Michael's High School in New Mexico, beginning on July 1.

Napa Vault: Sonoma does not currently have an indoor RV and large boat storage facility. The closest option is the Napa Vault, a new luxury storage condominium which is offering 124 individual units for sale (not rent). Sonoma resident Laura Duffy of the commercial real estate firm JLL is the local sale rep for the project. napavault.com. 1055 Soscol Ferry Road.

Lamination: Staples in Sonoma is currently laminating vaccine cards for free.

Tourism is back: One sign of local tourism improving is the need for a reservation at most local restaurants, another sign is the return of the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley. The trolley is back operating daily with wine tours from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. sonomavalleywinetrolley.com.

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