Strictly Business: Sonoma Valley business news, Jan. 11

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Expansion: Alison Kilmer’s Uppercase Tea company has inked a deal with all Nugget Markets, including Sonoma Market, to sell her stylish ready-to-drink iced tea in its signature wine bottles and 10 ounce grab-and-go sizes.

Open house: Four time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler will be at Sonoma Fit in Petaluma for its open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Open house: The Rhône Room on lower Broadway is hosting an open house from noon to 5 p.m. on Jan. 17, 18 and 19, with some nibbles, special pours and discounts. Starting Jan. 28 the Rhône Room will only be open by appointment on Friday and Saturdays.

Honor: The American Institute Of Legal Counsel has honored Walter & Pistole, as one of the top 10 “Legal Counsel for Client Satisfaction” for 2018.

Yoga: A free introduction to Heartfulness Meditation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Yoga Community, 577 Fifth St. W., from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Trainers from the Heartfulness Institute will share practical techniques on how to regulate one’s mind, reduce stress and experience serenity.

Award: The California State Fair is seeking nominations for the 2019 Agriculturalist of the Year for industry leaders who have contributed extensively to the agricultural industry. The deadline is Friday, Jan. 18.

Wine event: The Sonoma County Winegrowers’ annual Dollar and Sense trade show/seminar is Jan. 17 at the Luther Burbank Center. Register at

Free marketing help: Are you a local farmer with a product to sell? Sloat Design Group’s annual Farm to Shelf service grant provides pro bono strategic branding and package design for goods made from sustainable Sonoma County farms. Applications due by Jan. 15. Visit for info or contact Emma Williams or 415-248-0061

Napa dispensary: Napa County has welcomed its first cannabis dispensary, Harvest of Napa. The medicinal-only outlet at 2449 Second St. near Highway 29 opened on New Year’s Eve, after the passage of a city ordinance that followed years of local government discussions. Napa and Napa County still have no dispensaries for recreational marijuana.

Anniversary event: The Loop on the Plaza is celebrating its 18th year in business with a party at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 at 461 First St. W.

Real ID: The Department of Homeland Security has granted a four month extension for California’s Real I.D. compliance. When the Real I.D. requirement takes effect, California travelers will not be able to get on planes or enter federal buildings without a passport or the new I.D. Drivers licenses will no longer be adequate.

Industrial space: The entire industrial building at 21775 Eighth St. E. is for sale for $6,499,000. The lot size is 2.88 acres. The previous tenant was Price Pump, which relocated to Idaho. The listing agent is Jane Wooley or Starboard Commercial Real Estate.

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