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Movers & Shakers: March 11, 2016

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Local speed-networking: Pangloss Cellars is hosting a speed networking event organized by Business Network International on Tuesday, March 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Rich Lee is organizing this structured networking event aimed at “learning more about one another’s businesses.” For tickets or to learn more, visit BNISonoma.com.

Where is that “Sonoma design studio”? If you have watched TV lately, you have likely seen the ad for Chevy Malibu that was filmed in a “Sonoma design studio.” Locals have questioned where the studio could be. The best guess I’ve heard is that the TV ad was filmed at a private home on Highway 116 near Donnell Road just before the dump.

Fascinated by hotel EIRs? The City is re-advertising the planning commission vacancy for a non-city resident of the Valley and the application deadline has been extended to March 21. The planning commission’s responsibilities include development of the general plan and development code; review and action on environmental impact reports, subdivision and parcel maps, use permit and variance applications, and special studies and reports. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. More information and the application are at sonomacity.org.   

Branding and wine: Have you noticed a stylish new sign on West Napa that says BrandMade? Partner Eric Read explained that the company works with package good manufacturers to develop packaging design and branding strategies. Their local clients include Cline Cellars, Clover Dairy, Mary’s Pizza and Hwy 12 Winery. The company has been at 454 West Napa for about a year but their sign just went up. The space is also shared by their wine company Daylight Wines, which is sold in 25 states. The most notable of their wine brands is a popular brand called Ammunition that, according to the company, is aimed at wealthy Republican men.

Parks Foundation adds director: Nicki Artieres has been named to the board of directors of Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. Artieres is a member of the Glen Ellen/Kenwood Rotary and Zone 3A Sonoma County Water Board. She has a background in events promotion, fundraising and catering.

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Great food coming to an empty space: Chef Catherine Venturini of Olive & Vine and partner/husband/sommelier John Burdick served their last meal on Feb. 20 at their Jack London Village location and are busy preparing to move into the under-utilized stone Cooperage building on Second Street West in Sonoma.

Not much for sale: Sonoma County has again made the list of the nation’s “hottest” housing markets, according to Realtor.com. The county ranked eighth for February on the company’s “hotness” index, which considers the number of page views and the median days on market for property listings. For the county, the median days on market was 48, compared to 25 for the top-ranked metropolitan area of San Francisco-Oakland. Ten of the top 12 markets last month were in California.

Painting Sonoma for 20 years: Larson Brothers Painting is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The company was founded by Sam and Jesse while students at Sonoma State university as a way to put themselves through college. The Larsons have doubled the size of their business just about every year and now employ 20 painters.

Contact Lorna at lorna.sheridan@sonomanews.com.