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Business Beat: 09/01/2020

Business Beat -- Sept. 1, 2020

Support KSVY

KSVY, the local Sonoma Valley radio station, has an opportunity to increase their FM signal strength to deliver their diverse and hyper-local programing to the entire Sonoma Valley and beyond. They are asking the community for help to climb the last several feet of the tower and launch the new antenna and transmitter.

KSVY brings varied and popular programming to Valley of the Moon listeners, through their volunteer hosts and community guests. And for a little fun, they surround these programs with music of all genres.

Their programming is available on 91.3 FM in the Sonoma Valley, on the web at, on their app, and on your home smart speaker (Alexa, Google, Apple).

They received generous funding grants of $20,000 each from the Sonoma Valley Fund and the Community Foundation of Sonoma County. To finally raise the tower, they need to raise $20,000 more.

To support the new radio tower, go to and select the “Signal Booster Society Donate Here” button.

Quarryhill Botanical Garden is open

Quarryhill Botanical Garden is currently open to members Tues-Sat, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. They are also honoring reciprocal memberships from American Horticultural Society member gardens. Quarryhill memberships start at $35 for students and $45 for individuals. Family and other supporting memberships with benefits such as tours and special events are available as well. Memberships can be purchased online at

The Quarryhill Gift Shop is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Shop the carefully curated mix of items for home and body. Questions can be emailed to

Abbot's Passage Offers Special to Locals

Abbot's Passage Winery and Mercantile is hosting “Glen Ellen Gathers” every Monday from 12-6 p.m. for the summer. Enjoy locally sourced, artisanal small food offerings and wine flights in the outdoor, socially distant setting surrounded by their olive grove. Glen Ellen locals will enjoy specials on wine by the glass and bottle purchases on Mondays with proof of Glen Ellen residency or a business card of your Glen Ellen business. Abbots Passage is located at 77 Madrone Road in Glen Ellen. They can be reached at 939-3017.

Goodness Gracious moving into Jack London Village

Lauren Kershner

Chef Lauren Kershner and her company, Goodness Gracious Catering, is moving into Jack London Village.
Lauren Kershner, the owner and creator of the popular local private chef service Goodness Gracious Catering, is opening a new brick and mortar venture in the former Olive and Vine space in Jack London Village. The soon-to-be-renovated space will host Kershner's catering business, as well as a small batch kombucha brewery. Kombucha will be crafted from local wine grape juice with seasonal additions. Goodness Gracious will eventually offer cooking classes, pop-ups with guest chefs, kombucha tastings, winemaker dinners, corporate and non-profit meeting space, and other events in the historic location. Kershner hopes to have the catering kitchen up and running by December and events starting in March. For more information or to book Chef Lauren for a private event, go to

More new neighbors at Jack London Village

Urban Relocation

Lewise Salvadori (left) and Lorene Campi of Urban Relocation Specialists are new tenants in the old winery vat at Jack London Village.

Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley agents, Lorene Campi and Lewise Salvadori of Urban Relocation Specialists, have moved their office to the old winery vat in Jack London Village. The unique space dates from 1881. Salvadori and Campi have added subtle modern touches. The licensed realtors, with 25 years of combined experience, offer real estate and relocation services to facilitate all facets of the home buying and selling process, including identifying which home repairs and improvements will increase your home's marketability. You can reach Salvadori or Campi at, 364-0512, or, 650-218-6757.

Jack London Saloon patio dining

The Jack London Saloon's giant outdoor space is now open for creekside, family-friendly dining, from 3-10 p.m., with last call at 9 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Tables are spaced far apart for safe social distancing. Guests are asked to enter through the side patio door and wear masks when not seated at your table. The full menu is available with classic favorites like burgers, salads, tacos, including a vegetarian beyond burger and new items including fish and chips and tempura shrimp. They hope to expand hours to seven days a week soon. 13740 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen.

Explore your senses at Muscardini

Muscardini Cellars is offering a new sensory experience by appointment. Reserve “Explore Your Senses” tastings either at their Kenwood location or virtually right from your home. Test your senses by exploring the tasting notes of each wine as you sense it and then try to match carefully constructed sensory jars to the wine it was designed to represent to see how your sense of smell stacks up. If you are purchasing this sensory tasting kit to be shipped and enjoyed at home, the kit includes four signature wines, four customized sensory jars, and a downloadable placemat to host your own tasting.

Upcoming special events at Muscardini include Rosato Release Weekend featuring sushi bites from Chef Edward Metcalf of Shiso Restaurant and Sushimoto's Catering, Sept. 4-7, 12-5 p.m., a Safe Social Distance Wine Dinner prepared by chef Catherine Venturini on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m., and a Harvest Experience on Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To reserve your space and purchase tickets for any of these Muscardini events or tasting experiences, visit their website at You can also order wine online or by phone at 933-9305 for drive-through curbside pickup. Muscardini Cellars is located at 9380 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.

Talisman pair with Transcendence

Talisman Wines is the pre-show sponsor for Transcendence Theater's final virtual production of the season, “The Gala Celebration” on Sunday, Sept. 13. Join Talisman owners Scott (winemaker) and Marta Rich and Broadway performers Meggie Cansler Ness, Tony Gonzalez, and Avionce Hoyles for a lively pre-show sipping celebration at 1:30 or 7 p.m. This pre-show artist chat will give you an inside look into where life on the stage meets life in the vineyard. The main event starts at 2 and 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets to the virtual gala, go to To order a Talisman Broadway Chat Pinot Pack, go to Talisman can be reached at 721-1628. They are located at 13651 Arnold Dr. in Glen Ellen.

Fall Economic Forecast

Registration is now open for the Sonoma County Economic Development Board's Fall Economic Forecast. The keynote speaker for this quarter's forecast is Dr. Chris Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics. Thornberg is an expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, labor markets, economic policy, and real estate analysis. He was one of the earliest and most adamant predictors of the subprime mortgage market crash that began in 2007, and of the global economic recession that followed. The virtual forecast presentation will be on Wed, Sept. 16, from 8-9:30 a.m. Cost is $30. To register and receive the link for the virtual meeting go to

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