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Monday, July 15, 2013, 5:00 am

Business News Briefs: Week of July 15, 2013

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    Banking

    In an effort to better serve its customers, Sonoma Bank opened a new, full-service branch, replacing the in-store branch formerly inside the G&G Supermarket on West College Avenue in Santa Rosa. The new branch is located at 1055 W. College Ave., in a separate building just outside the former location. Sonoma Bank is planning a public grand-opening celebration for later in the year.

    Beer

    Cloverdale’s Bear Republic Brewing Company will be adding another popular, award-winning beer to their seasonal bottled selections. Café Racer 15 will be arriving in select areas of California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia during the first week of July. This will shortly be followed by distribution in Maryland, Texas, Ohio, Arizona, and additional California and New York markets. A double India pale ale, Café Racer 15 is a silver medal winner at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival in the imperial India pale ale category up against 128 other entries.

    Employment

    Congressman Mike Thompson announced a $238,000 federal grant that will provide Sonoma County veterans with job training, job placement, housing and other services.  The grant, provided through the Department of Labor, will be awarded to Vietnam Veterans of California, Inc. in Santa Rosa. The grants were awarded through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. The HVRP grants will help homeless veterans reintegrate into society and the labor force while providing services aimed at addressing the complex challenges that homeless veterans often confront.

    Retail

    Corte Madera’s RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. – NYSE: RH) announced that Gary Friedman, the company’s chairman emeritus, creator and curator, has been reappointed co-chief executive officer and chairman of the company’s board of directors effective immediately. Mr. Friedman will return to his prior role at the company alongside Carlos Alberini, who has also been named co-chief executive officer. Mr. Friedman and Mr. Alberini together will lead and collaborate on all key strategic decisions impacting the company.

    Manufacturing

    Sausalito’s Somersault Snack Co., LLC, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of 1-ounce Somersault Pacific Sea Salt products distributed to Target stores in six-count multipacks. The packages were inadvertently mispackaged with limited quantities of Somersault Santa Fe Salsa commingled with Somersault Pacific Sea Salt flavored product.  The inadvertent commingling of these two products introduced another allergen (milk) to the Somersault Pacific Sea Salt 1oz. packages, and that allergen (milk) is not listed on the packaging as either an ingredient or an allergen.

    Wine

    Healdsburg’s Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery has introduced Scharffen Berger Chocolate artisan chocolate into its Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique. Beginning July 2, the shop will become the flagship store for Scharffen Berger chocolates in Healdsburg Plaza. It will offer a range of gourmet chocolate for sale, wine and chocolate pairing events and an educational experience about bean-to-bar chocolate making.

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