A cocktail startup, storage condos for sale, new hires and more


Birthday: T&K Mixology celebrates its first year of activity. Owners Anthony Leyva and Kenny De Alba started the cocktail mixer business in Sonoma after being laid off from service jobs at the onset of COVID. Craft Cocktail Mixers are made with fresh, natural ingredients and are now available through delivery (free in Sonoma Valley) and at a handful of local restaurants, including Sonoma Eats, Epicurean Connection, and La Hacienda (on Fifth Street West) . Gourmet Sonoma provides their flavored salts and sugars. tnkmixology.com or send an email to [email protected]

I want bees: Local beekeeper April Lance helps people set up their own honey bee hives. She provides local, sweet and manageable bees and a spring 2021 queen. Her big bee pickup dates are April 10 and 11 in Healdsburg where equipment and bees will be available. A 3-pound pack of bees costs around $ 175. The prices of Bee equipment are indicated on the site. AprilLanceBees.com.

New philanthropy advice: Julie Diamond has founded a new Sonoma-based consulting firm, Diamond Philanthropy Advisors. Previously, Diamond worked for 22 years under the tutelage of Virginia Hubbell, while Virginia Hubbell Associates helped manage millions of dollars in grants to nonprofit organizations for private family foundations across the country. Hubbell retired at the end of 2020. Diamond staff include Arianna Maysonave, Adriana Bear, and Jody Purdom. diamondphilanthropyadvisors.com

Change of direction : Cary Snowden, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley, is now also the head of Teen Services Sonoma. She replaces Becky Jo Peterson, her former ED. Three former members of the TSS Board of Directors will join the BGC Board of Directors: Kathy Bloch, Doug Hanford and Marney Malik.

Tennis equipment: With the loss of Sonoma Valley’s only sporting goods store in 2019, Maxwell Park tennis pro Felipe Monroy is the closest option for tennis equipment. Monroy is the local representative for Wilson rackets, shoes, clothing, balls and accessories and he says he will beat all prices advertised on Amazon or Tennis Warehouse. Text him at (916) 879-0212 or email [email protected]

How wine really ages: At 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, the Sonoma Home Winemakers will feature guest speaker Ken Wornick, owner of Dysfunctional Family Winery and founder of Hydeout Sonoma. Wornick will talk about his unique “mathematical formula” approach to harvesting and explore how wines really age. To participate, send an email to [email protected]

Moving: Former interim Hanna Boys Center co-CEO Tom Coughlan will be the next president of Saint Michael’s High School in New Mexico, starting July 1.

Napa Vault: Sonoma does not currently have an indoor RV and a large boat storage facility. The closest option is the Napa Vault, a new luxury storage condominium that offers 124 single units for sale (not for rent). Laura Duffy, resident of Sonoma, of commercial real estate company JLL, is the local representative for the project. napavault.com. 1055, Soscol ferry route.

Lamination: Staples in Sonoma currently laminates vaccination cards for free.

Tourism is back: One sign of improving local tourism is the need for reservations at most local restaurants, another sign is the return of the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley. The cart is back daily with vineyard tours from 10:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. sonomavalleywinetrolley.com.

Contact Lorna at [email protected]


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