Strictly Business: Sonoma Valley business news, March 22
No bread: Relax and Eat Bread baker Ian Conover had a bad snowboarding accident and has severely broken his leg. His recovery after several surgeries will be a few months so the fresh bread company, run by Conover and Tara Williams, will have no deliveries for the near future. relaxandeatbread.com
Building for sale: The new mixed-use building in the Springs near Sonoma Cinemas at 18590 Sonoma Highway is for sale for $1,995,000. The building includes two professional offices and two residential apartments. Contact agent Christopher Oscar for more information.
Spirits app: There is a new mobile app, Microshiner, that shows users the location of craft spirits and micro-distillers near them, offering directions and hours of operation, ratings and reviews. Listed locally are Hanson and Prohibition Spirits. Users can save their favorites using a function called “My Bar.” The founders have said that their goal is to “get more people buying local, whether that’s at home or while traveling.” microshiner.com
Wages: The Sonoma Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business owner/manager outreach meeting from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26 at the Red Grape to discuss the City’s potential minimum wage increase. The Chamber also plans a minimum wage survey, to gather data regarding how this increase in wages would affect Sonoma businesses.
New hire: John Chase was recently hired as the City of Sonoma’s new building inspector. Chase has more than 20 years of experience and last worked as a building inspector for the City of Santa Rosa Resiliency Center. He is a certified building inspector, residential electrical inspector, residential building inspector and commercial building inspector.
Donation: Sonoma County Vintners Foundation donated a $50,000 matching gift to United Way of the Wine Country to support flood recovery and relief efforts in county.
Awards: The Olive Press earned three gold and two silver medals at the California State Fair Olive Oil Competition. The competition celebrates local olive-growing and olive oil producing industries.
Rebuild news: Rebuild Northbay Foundation celebrated its grand opening on March 19 and has hired Maija Calcagno as program administrator, overseeing its advisory council, assisting ED Jennifer Gray Thompson and the nonprofit’s government affairs committee. Calcagno has a bachelor’s degree in global peace and conflict and a master’s degree in global studies from UC Berkeley. She also holds a law degree from University of San Francisco.
Open house: Quarryhill Botanical Garden is hosting a “Spring Fling” event in its gift shop from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 with food, drink and new products. 12841 Highway 12 in Glen Ellen.
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