July 15, 2013
UKIAH — With a rise in demand for gluten-free products, combined with increasing public concern over additives and food allergies, Pamela’s Products has become a major source of a full line of tasty wheat and gluten-free baked goods, flours and mixes made with all natural ingredients.
July 15, 2013
SEBASTOPOL — In addition to being the fifth-largest seller of bagged tea, the company is the No. 1 seller of organic tea and herbal tea in the U.S., generating 11 percent annual growth in tea sales in the U.S. and giving the firm a 33 percent market share of medicinal tea, Traditional Medicinals is concerned about taking care of the Earth.
July 15, 2013
Sonoma Bank opened a new, full-service branch, replacing the in-store branch formerly inside the G&G Supermarket in Santa Rosa. …
Cloverdale’s Bear Republic Brewing Company will be adding a seasonal bottled selection. …
Congressman Mike Thompson announced a $238,000 federal grant that will provide Sonoma County veterans with job training, job placement, housing and other services. …
Corte Madera’s RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings) announced that Gary Friedman, the company’s chairman emeritus, creator and curator, has been reappointed co-chief executive officer and chairman. …
Sausalito’s Somersault Snack Co. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of 1-ounce Somersault Pacific Sea Salt products. …
Healdsburg’s Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery has introduced Scharffen Berger Chocolate artisan chocolate into its Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique in Healdsburg. …
July 9, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Myers Restaurant Supply, LLC, is expanding to the East Coast, where the Santa Rosa-based company plans to focus primarily the New York tri-state area.
July 8, 2013
SEBASTOPOL — For more than three decades, O’Reilly Media has been helping high-technology innovators use the latest software, and now a recent spinoff, Maker Media, is providing a major springboard for do-it-yourself techies, the vanguard of a worldwide “maker movement” that is getting the attention of large companies.
July 3, 2013
A couple of simple lessons in running any successful small business have been practiced by the Friedman family since their origin in 1946: communicate honestly with everyone in the company and build depth in your management structure. By doing so you will build a lasting brand like Friedman’s and put yourself in position to compete in today’s market place.
June 24, 2013
FORESTVILLE — After more than 45 years in the same rustic barn-style building, Kozlowski Farms has consolidated its specialty food country store, delicatessen, administrative offices and processing facilities in a new 10,000 square foot structure located near the entrance to the farm near Sebastopol.
June 17, 2013
Home-improvement retail chain Orchard Supply Hardware, which has six North Bay stores, today filed for Bankruptcy Court reorganization protection and has inked a $205 million tentative deal with Lowe’s Home Improvement, which has four North Bay stores, to acquire many of the OSH stores.
June 11, 2013
The Business Journal is researching for its new list of the largest North Bay Women-owned Companies. Deadline to submit your name is Tuesday, June 25th.
If your company is 51 percent or more women-owned and is located in Sonoma, Napa, Marin or Solano counties, please fill in this form.
The deadline for signing up is Friday, June 21.
June 10, 2013
With foods makers scrambling for lower-sugar sweetening alternatives and recent medical research reversing diatribes against palm oil, coconut and the benefits of balancing diets with certain fats, Mill Valley-based Leslie’s Organics, LLC, is readjusting logistics for its Coconut Secret line of consumer products as sales increase. …
Irvine-based commercial real estate brokerage network Sperry Van Ness International Corp. added a 29th California office and a second one in the North Bay with newly established franchise Sperry Van Ness/MG Property Advisors, Inc. …
Luxury goods consignment e-tailer The RealReal (therealreal.com), started by a Marin County resident and dot-com pioneer, outgrew its Sausalito attire and moved to San Francisco after receiving $14 million in Series B funding. …
June 6, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Barry Friedman has assumed the role of chief executive officer and president of Friedman’s Home Improvement, executing a long-planned transition of leadership for the Santa Rosa-based home improvement retailer.
June 3, 2013
NAPA — Downtown Napa is experiencing a growth spurt destined to revitalize the area and attract more shoppers, diners and tourists.
The recent surge in commercial activity began in 2012 with 26 new downtown storefronts and six business relocations.
June 3, 2013
SAN RAFAEL — San Rafael’s Downtown Business Improvement District is pursuing a newly broadened mission as a rallying point for the area’s different commercial interests, buoyed by anticipated revenue from an expanded annual assessment for downtown businesses and a membership that has grown beyond a long-time contingency of ground-level merchants and restaurants.
May 27, 2013
As part of the implementation of the Local Vendor Preference policies adopted by the Napa County Board of Supervisors, the county will host a Contracting Opportunities Workshop for Professional Services Consultants and Construction Contractors in May. …
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. officials presented College of Marin with a check for the energy efficient design and construction of the new Science, Math, Nursing Building. …
Direct Flow Medical, Inc., the Santa Rosa-based transcatheter heart valve company focused on improving patient outcomes, announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an investigational device exemption to begin the SALUS feasibility trial of the Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve System. …
Phoenix, Ariz.-based Sprouts Farmers Market is getting closer to opening its first store in Sonoma County. …
Petaluma’s Enphase Energy, Inc. announced its support of Team USC in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a biennial competition powered exclusively by the sun. …
May 21, 2013
NAPA COUNTY — The groundbreaking for a 154-acre mixed use development near the city of Napa, Napa Pipe, moved a few steps closer Tuesday, after the Napa County Board of Supervisors voted to close public comment and have county staff spend the next two weeks ironing out a few final details for special zoning measures that would help facilitate the project’s construction.
May 20, 2013
Construction FARROW Commercial Construction has completed renovations for a homeowners association of a well-known shared ownership resort in Scottsdale, AZ. FARROW’s portfolio includes the award-winning Hilton Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Hilton Atlanta the Hyatt House Sorrento Mesa, Stonebridge, Marriott Palm Beach Gardens, and Holiday Inn Baltimore among others. Some of FARROW’s current and recent vacation [...]
May 13, 2013
SAN RAFAEL — Korean food has been topping trendy cuisine charts for the past few years, and now the Marin County natural foods entrepreneur who helped make it a household staple is getting national retailer attention for her new venture in seaweed snacks for the uber-health-conscious.
May 6, 2013
Allen Wine Group, LLP, a Calistoga-based wine industry business advisory service and CPA firm, now offers bookkeeping services. …
Nine Marin County communities recently qualified for national “Green Power Community” recognition by the Environmental Protection Agency due to the countywide switch to renewable electric service from Marin Clean Energy. …
Rohnert Park-based sheet metal engineering and fabricator ASM Precision, Inc., purchased and installed a new AMADA EMLK 3610NT punch and laser combination machine. …
Zap Jonway Automobile (ZAAP), manufacturer of electric vehicles and other new energy vehicles with operations in Santa Rosa and China, is exhibiting at the 15th International Shanghai Automobile & Manufacturing Technology Exhibition. …
The city of Santa Rosa earned the highest achievement for its economic development programming — the Award of Excellence — from the California Association of Local Economic Development. …
Healdsburg’s SHED, a multifaceted market, café, coffee bar, fermentation bar and “modern Grange” event center is now open to the public. …
April 16, 2013
NAPA — La Saison Napa Valley opened a commercial kitchen in Napa to support its custom-events business as well as produce specialty foods.
April 15, 2013
Site preparation for new academic center at College of Marin in Kentfield has begun. …
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of one of the largest residential real estate services company in the Bay Area, raised $95,570 for Habitat for Humanity in Northern California. …
Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, in collaboration with the county Department of Health Services and the University of California Cooperative Extension, announced the launch of an online program to allow local gardeners to sell or donate their eligible produce. …
Petaluma-based Emma at Home (emmahome.com), retailer of modern home décor by Emma Gardner, has partnered with International Checkout to handle the retailer’s operational aspects of serving online customers outside the U.S. …
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