The Kenwood Press
Business Beat: 08/01/2017

Business Beat for Aug. 1, 2017



You can't take it all with you - unless you have an Airstream

The Airstream - elegant yet bullet-proof. Futuristic in the 1950s, an Airstream now recalls the golden days of camping.

Whether you've seen them glittering in the sun along a coastal highway or basking in a Sonoran desert sunset, you've probably seen a lot more of them lately. Camping trailers - Airstreams in particular - have seen a recent resurgence in popularity.

man working on trailer
Geoff Sacco (above) owns Brody Travel Supply, which refurbishes Airstreams and other classic camping trailers.

Brody Travel Supply, owned by Santa Barbara transplant Geoff Sacco, is capitalizing on this resurgence.

“My client base is mostly from the West Coast and California and Oregon, but the idea of simplifying and traveling is really everywhere,” said Sacco. Brody Travel Supply specializes in renovations of airstreams and other retro travel trailers, like Spartans or Shastas (aka “canned ham” trailers), but he has also redone things like school buses and Sunraiders. Sacco works with clients through the whole process of renovation, from finding the trailer, sketching out designs and furnishing the trailer with travel related products. A renovation can take anywhere from two to six months and, as his website says, “the budget can be whatever your heart and wallet allows.”

Sacco has a background in product development and store design. He spent years traveling all over the world working for brands like Crate & Barrel, Banana Republic and Restoration Hardware. While living in Santa Barbara, Sacco had the opportunity to renovate an Airstream trailer and a new business took off from there. After five years and a steady workload of up to 15 trailers at a time, Sacco decided to relocate north.

Sacco is currently renting a house in Kenwood and setting up shop outside of Petaluma in a rented workshop space on the historic 2,100-acre Tresch Dairy Farm. The area reminds him of where he grew up in Ojai and he's excited about getting plugged into the Kenwood community.

One of Sacco's current projects is for members of the Tresch family, who also run a wedding and event venue, turning an airstream trailer and VW bus into photo booths. Another of his Airstream renovations, once complete, will be shipped across the Pacific for a client in Hawaii, to be used as a high-end home furnishing pop-up store that will tour the island.

Airstreams have been gracing the cover of Sunset Magazine for several years now, and Sacco said he doesn't see the retro trailer trend slowing down. “People buy them for all different reasons,” he said. Clients want trailers for camping, but also as first (and second and third) homes, traveling storefronts or pop up stores, or extra guest bedrooms. Nintendo features its new games in an airstream that tours the country. Tommy Bahama, Eddie Bauer and Pendleton have partnered with Airstream to design limited edition trailers. The company is still manufacturing new trailers out of Jackson Center, Ohio. You can pay $45,000 to $95,000 for a brand new one, while renovated ones begin around $12,000 and can go upwards of $150,000 (depending on tastes and budgets). Sacco employs buyers in Oregon, Arizona, the Midwest, and even as far east as Florida. Sacco said he's able to source trailers from across the U.S. for clients who have ideas, but don't have the trailer - yet.

The fascination with the freedom represented by a home on wheels has been with us since the early 20th century. Camping trailers made by Los Angeles Trailer Works and Auto-Kamp Trailers rolled off the assembly line beginning in 1910. RV camping clubs became popular in the 1920s and 1930s. When founder Wally Byam opened the first Airstream factory in California in the 1930s, there were fewer than 50 trailer manufacturers registered for business. By 1937, demand for the trailer lifestyle had exploded and there were around 400 manufacturers competing for customers. Unfortunately for many of those entrepreneurs, the Great Depression and World War II took a toll, and today, only Airstream remains.

For more information about Brody Travel Supply, visit www.brodytravelsupply.com or call Geoff at (805) 456-9834.

Unusual coin jewelry at Hopscotch

painted cat on coin

Santa Rosa artist Ann Nolan will be showing her detailed, hand-painted coin jewelry at Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Glen Ellen. There will be free refreshments, and Nolan's pieces will be 20 percent off for this event.

Nolan's unique coin jewelry comes from combining several of her passions, including hand painted silk, and wire wrap jewelry. She has been collecting coins with animal themes for over 15 years, and besides wanting to offer something unusual, she hated seeing the beautiful coins just sitting in the drawer, so she turned them into jewelry to be worn and shared with others. Nolan wanted the beautiful look of enameling, but found that coins turned black when heated. So she began blending her own paints, and hand painting the coins. She then added a thick coat of epoxy to protect the paint and give them the glossy look of glass. From there it took months of practice to be able to paint such fine details on each piece.

Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery is located in Historic Jack London Village at 14301 Arnold Drive #2A in Glen Ellen, CA 95442. For more information call 343-1931.

Acting class at Sunce

Brian Glenn Bryson will teach an “Awakened Acting Class” at the Sunce Winery tasting room in Kenwood on Saturdays, Aug. 12-Sept. 16.

Whether onstage, in your living room, or in the checkout line at the grocery store, every moment is an opportunity to either ease suffering or cause it. This acting class helps actors develop a greater awareness of how they are affecting each other, and gives them the opportunity to practice with each other in a compassionate environment.

Through exercises, improvisations, and scene work, actors explore the power of intention and the importance of choosing an action. Actors also explore and practice the fundamentals of improvisation.

Bryson is the founder and artistic director of the Walking Elephant Theatre Company in Santa Rosa.

Tuition is $220. To enroll, email Bryson at Bbryson68@yahoo.com, or call 867-8776.

The Sunce Winery tasting room is located at the corner of Sonoma Hwy. and Warm Springs Road in Kenwood.

Music and performance at Muscardini

The good times are rolling at Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood.

On Saturday, Aug. 5, relax with a glass of your favorite Muscardini wine and enjoy live music from the Jami Jamison Band on the patio. Light meats, cheese and crackers will be available for purchase, or bring your own light fare. Cover charge is $3, plus $10 wine purchase per person required for admission (includes stemless logo glass to take home).

Transcendence Theatre Company will bring its Skits Under the Stars to Muscardini on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 6-9 p.m.

Skits Under the Stars is a community night of art and music. This is an entirely free event where community members are invited to bring a song, skit, poem, dance or any work of art to share with one another. All talent ranges and levels of expertise are equally appreciated. Unpolished and impromptu pieces are strongly encouraged! Feel free to come and cheer others on with a glass of wine and local cuisine if you don't wish to perform.

Music on Saturday, Aug. 12, features T-Luke & the Tight Suits, 5:30-8 p.m. $3 cover plus $10 admission. Earlier that day, from 2-6 p.m., there will be raw and BBQ oysters available - 4 for $12, or 12 for $30. Wine by the glass starts at $10.

For more information, go to www.muscardinicellars.com. Muscardini is located at 9380 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.

Spann debuts wine and chocolate tasting

Betsy and Peter Spann recently spent several painful hours tasting truffle samples with a chocolatier to find perfect pairs for their wines. On Aug. 1 Spann Vineyards Tasting Room in Kenwood Plaza will debut their new Wine and Chocolate Pairing as an add-on to their regular tasting menu. Customers will taste through six wines, then re-taste the last three (Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah), each with a different chocolate truffle specially designed for the individual wine. They also have four different locally grown and produced olive oils, two balsamic vinegars and three chocolate/wine sauces to taste at no additional charge.

For more information, visit www.spannvineyards.com. The tasting room is located in the Kenwood shopping center at 8910 Sonoma Hwy.

Business Blurbs

Horatius in Jack London Village in Glen Ellen has launched a new “Chill-Ax With Us” theme. Sit down with a cold-brewed nitro coffee or tea, or the world famous Portuguese vinho verde. Also try the white port from the Porto region of Portugal. Horatius is currently booking private wine tasting events - call 934-8426… Want some laughs? Palooza Gastropub in the Kenwood shopping center continues its Punchline Palooza series with Amy Miller on Aug. 4, 8 p.m. Miller is a rising talent, and has been a big draw in the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest comedy scene. The show is $20… Also on Aug. 4, more funny folks at the Laugh Cellar - Aiko Tanaka, Juan Carlos, and Justin Lockwood. Doors open at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m. $28 online. The Laugh Cellar is located at 5755 Sonoma Hwy. in Santa Rosa. www.TheLaughCellar.com.