Monday, December 5 2022


Sonoma’s first marijuana dispensary is set to open today, April 20, taking advantage of the 4/20 number that is often celebrated in cannabis culture. Located in a former Mexican restaurant at 19315 Sonoma Highway, the dispensary will offer 30% off many products on opening day.

SPARC grows cannabis in Glen Ellen on its certified biodynamic farm. The company, which also has a cannabis store in San Francisco, manufactures and distributes its cannabis products at its headquarters in Santa Rosa.

“We have years of experience championing, launching and operating cannabis retail, so we’re confident that we will provide the people of Sonoma, the city government and our partners for purpose. nonprofit a great service,” owner Erich Pearson told Index-Tribune last week. .

Forty under 40

The North Bay Business Journal’s annual Forty Under 40 Awards honored young professionals at an event on Tuesday, April 19 at the Barlow in Sebastopol. Included were three Sonoma Valley residents, who have made waves in the business world.

Angie Sanchez, 34, is the founder and executive director of VIDA, which seeks to celebrate culture with events aimed at the Latinx community. Lauren Kershner, 33, owns Goodness Gracious Catering, Songbird Parlor and Valley of the Moon Kombucha Co. in Glen Ellen. Michael Irvine, 38, is the vice president of development and marketing for Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley.

Another group of 13 recipients were named Forty Under 40’s “One’s to Watch.” They included Valley residents Molly Curley O’Brien, 36, director of grants and government programs at After the Fire USA; Olga Komar, 37, lawyer and owner of Olga Komar’s law firm; Rebecca Shippert, 39, special event planner with Radiant Logic, Speedway Children’s Charities, Shippert Racing Services and Crossflow Cup in Sonoma; and Joe Hardeman, 38, vice president of program operations at Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley.

SVHS Job Fair

Local businesses and employers looking for summer employees or recent graduates are invited to attend the Sonoma Valley High School Youth Career Fair on Wednesday, May 11 from 3-5 p.m. at the school. To participate, complete the online formor email Wendy Swanson, the school’s Workplace Learning Coordinator, at [email protected]

“Count” the rewards

Until recently, many of the 100 Characters George Webber was known to many as “the Count”, aka Count Agoston Haraszthy, the founder of Buena Vista Winery. Webber spent years wandering the property and the country, portraying the historical figure on behalf of the winery’s current owner, Jean-Charles Boisset.

And while he recently hung up his cane, Sonoma County Tourism will honor his work as a count with a Legacy Award at the Stars of the Industry event on May 3 in Santa Rosa. According to its website, the award “recognizes an individual with an established history within the Sonoma County hospitality industry who has demonstrated dedication to their profession through many years of exceptional service – leaving a lasting legacy” .

These days, Webber offers private historical tours around the Plaza. You can choose the character he plays and learn a little more about the stories of our region’s past. To visit for more details.

Better Homes and Gardens meets Ming Tree Realtors

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wine Country Group, headquartered in Sonoma, has partnered with Eureka-based Ming Tree Realtors.

The combined organization now consists of 12 offices and more than 180 affiliate business associates serving Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake and Humboldt counties. Ming Tree Realtors, a family-owned business serving Humboldt County for 50 years, will operate as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Ming Tree as part of the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wine Country Group family of companies.

Last year, their combined success included 1,081 transaction sides equating to more than $510 million in sales volume in 2021. This partnership will grow the business by approximately 25%.

Randy Coffman, President, and Gerry Snedaker, Broker/Partner, will retain their current leadership positions for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wine Country Group.

Impressive architecture

Your Modern Cottage, a home design website for modern living, recently recognized the best of the best in its inaugural Design Awards competition.


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