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Business Beat: 10/15/2016

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New development proposed at Kenwood Shopping Center

An old plan for a two-story commercial building is being revived for an undeveloped corner of the Kenwood Shopping Center property.

Back in the 1970s, Delorenzi Properties designed a building for the location near the shopping center driveway off of Randolph Ave., but it was never built. The site borders Sonoma Highway on the north, the Kenwood fire station on the east, the rest of the Kenwood shopping center on the west, and residential homes on the south.

The Kenwood shopping center is located at 8910 Sonoma Hwy.

The 3,928-square-foot, two-story building would contain two retail spaces on the first floor, with an office space and utility area on the second floor.

A new septic system would be installed to serve the new structure. A request for a design review of the building was filed with the county's Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) on Oct. 5.

Also new at the Kenwood Shopping Center is an application for a new tasting room in the main complex. If the use permit is approved, it would be the fifth tasting room in the center.

Olives galore at B.R. Cohn winery

B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen will celebrate all things olive at the Sonoma Extra Virgin Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The weekend will kick off with a harvest of the winery's 160-year old heritage trees and a blessing of the olives on Saturday at 11 a.m. Olive oil producers, educators and cook book authors will explain the wonders of this ancient fruit. Food trucks, cooking demonstrations, music and wine will round out the weekend's entertainment.

As part of that event, olive expert Don "The Olive Guy" Landis will present a workshop on "How to de-bitter olives." On Sunday, Nov. 6, from 12 to 2 p.m., Landis will talk about the history of the olive, and the history of the olive in California, and give a thorough description of how to make olives edible without lye. Discussion of the many varieties of olives, when to harvest and other important tips will be covered. There will be demonstrations of the three ways to de-bitter olives - the Greek style brine method, water method, and dry salt method - making the whole process easy for all. And, of course, visitors will taste olives along with cheese and crackers. $15 entry to festival includes workshop.

B.R. Cohn Winery is located at 15000 Sonoma Hwy. in Glen Ellen.

Antique shop treasures in Kenwood

Looking for that special antique? You don't have to go far - visit Tag's & Co., and Over the Moon Antiques, located at 9255 Sonoma Hwy. in downtown Kenwood. Both stores are filled with hand chosen items from around the world.

Oct. 15 is Sweetest Day, where you get 25 percent off, and Sundays are always Champagne Sundays!

To reach Tag's & Co., call 799-4663. To reach Over the Moon, call 415-306-1910.

Hopscotch features bird art; solo exhibit

Pinot by Deb Breton
Pinot by Deb Breton
Glen Ellen's Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery will be presenting a bird-themed group show called "Wings" from Oct. 21 to Nov. 16. Thirty artists will be exhibiting their avian work, including local artists Deb Breton, Benita Gaudier, Lynn Woods, Elizabeth Decker, Lois Stopple, and Debbie Harding. Fine art includes original watercolors and acrylics, and metal sculpture, while gift items can be found, like porcelain bird ornaments, greeting cards, ceramic figurines, prints, birdhouses, jewelry, soft sculpture, stained glass, and more.

There will be a free artists reception with light refreshments on Friday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Hopscotch is also featuring a solo show by Deb Breton. "Uncorked" runs from Oct. 16 through Nov. 30. Join Breton for an artist reception on Oct. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. as she shows off her most recent iconic and humorous wine culture paintings, as well as her vibrant abstracts. Breton has spent over 20 years in the design and art industry. In 2002, she left the industry to pursue woodturning and art, and by 2005 she was a fulltime professional artist, creating carved and painted works with themes of birds, animals and nature. Her works are in personal and corporate collections around the globe as well as in print.

For more information about the two exhibits, call Kay at 343-1931.

Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery is located in Jack London Village at 14301 Arnold Dr. in Glen Ellen. www.hopscotchgiftsandgallery.com.

Professional wine industry training seminars

The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) released its Fall 2016 schedule of professional training seminars. Classes toward the Certificate in Direct-to-Consumer Wine Sales begin Thursday, Nov. 3, and seminars toward the Certificate in Wine Industry Finance and Accounting begin Wednesday, Nov. 16. Seminars are open to the public and may be taken individually over time or together to earn a certificate.

Core seminar topics covered in the Certificate in Wine Industry Finance and Accounting include financial, managerial, and cost accounting for wineries, as well as financial strategies, budgeting, forecasting, and best practices. Core seminar issues addressed in the Certificate in Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Wine Sales include e-commerce for wineries, building wine clubs and winery events, and tasting room sales and management. Elective seminar topics include Wine Marketing Basics, Tasting Room Management, Financial Planning and Strategy for Wine Businesses, Vineyard Taxation, and Winery Taxation, among other topics.

Cost of the Certificate in Direct-to-Consumer Wine Sales and Certificate in Wine Business Finance and Accounting is $150 per seminar for those who register by Oct. 26.

The WBI is an education and research institute of the School of Business and Economics at SSU. Registration for wine business certificates and seminars is administered by the School of Extended and International Education. For more information regarding professional wine industry certifications or advanced degree programs, contact 664-3235 or winebiz@sonoma.edu.


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