Strictly Business: Sonoma Valley business news, Feb. 8
New product launch: Prohibition Spirits Distillery has launched a new artisanal, small-batch pink gin. The product gets its glowing pink hue from hibiscus flowers used at the end of the distillation process. The citrus-forward “Valentines” Gin is now available to sample at Prohibition Spirit’s distillery tasting at Cornerstone. The company’s other gins include Sonoma Dry, Cucumber and Juniper, Melon & Mint and Barrel Aged. In addition to gin, Prohibition Spirits has produced more than 40 local spirits including Hooker’s House whiskeys, Chauvet brandies and liqueurs, Sugar Daddy rums, Limoncello di Sonoma, and more.
New massage business: Lisa Sanchez has moved her massage practice to 255 W. Napa St. “The Spot” is open by appointment only Monday to Friday and some weekends by request online or by text or call at 220-3210. Gift certificates are available. Sanchez has 20 years of massage and spa experience. thespotsonoma.com
Honor: Sonoma resident Francesca Schuler was named CEO of In-Shape Health Clubs in 2018. This month, she was named the 2019 Woman Leader of the Year by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs and suppliers worldwide. In-Shape operates 65 full-service health clubs across California.
Bike shop opening: Teen Services’ new Operation Bicycle shop is hosting a grand opening party from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. The store offers bike sales, repairs, parts and accessories. The shop is located at 207 Nino Marco Square, just north of Teen Services. There will be a ribbon cutting at 12:45 p.m. The store is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 7 p.m.
Farmstays: The Board of Supervisors voted on Jan. 8 to allow farmstays, hosted rentals and marketing accommodations for many agricultural farm owners in unincorporated Sonoma County. The farmstay aspect requires the property to offer an agricultural promotion plan – i.e. activities that will promote the ag operation or products – as part of the farmstay zoning application.
Free tax help: United Way offers a free tax program for qualified households called “Earn It! Keep It! Save It!” The program provides free tax preparation services, ensuring that you are maximizing qualified deductions such as the earned income tax credit. In 2018 the program assisted 6,300 individuals and accounted for $8.3 million in refunds in Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Household income needs be $66,000 or less to qualify. Call 2-1-1 or 800-325-9604 to find out more.
Sustainable building: The Rebuild Green Expo at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building is on Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The expo is a showcase for all aspects of how to build homes that are healthy for people and the planet.
Hospital campaign: The campaign to raise funds for the new Outpatient Diagnostic Center at SVH has raised more than $15 million to date to upgrade imaging equipment (CT Scanner, MRI, and X-Ray) and centrally locate it in the old surgery room area of the hospital. The goal is $20 million.