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Author: Karen Hart
Jan, 2018 Issue

More than 40 years ago, three local journalists shared the belief that the North Bay, specifically Sonoma County, was poised for growth and change. In 1975, they joined forces and founded Sonoma Business, and for the next 25 years they reported on the business of doing business in the North Bay.

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Comstock Wines

Columnist: Karen Hart
Jan, 2018 Issue

Located on Dry Creek Road, Comstock Wines is a family-owned boutique winery that opened its doors for business in 2015 and is gaining a reputation for its elegant wines. Comstock is passionate about producing mostly single varietal wines, sourced from the finest Sonoma County grapes to showcase the true essence of the growing region.  

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Harvest Table

Columnist: Karen Hart
Jan, 2018 Issue

If you’ve ever dined at a Charlie Palmer restaurant, then you know you’re in for a memorable experience, and Harvest Table is one of those places you don’t want to miss. The restaurant opened in 2015, along Main Street in St. Helena. A celebrity chef known for his progressive style of cooking, Charlie Palmer has 15 restaurants across the country, including New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.  He’s also notably present in Wine Country and well-known by the locals. 

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Benovia Winery

Columnist: Karen Hart
Dec, 2017 Issue

Driving through the entrance of Benovia Winery on a warm autumn afternoon after the wildfires, you’d never guess this part of the country was making news around the globe 15 days earlier. The sky is wide and blue, the grapevines lush and golden, and the sweet smell of harvest lingers in the air.  The last of the 2017 vintage was harvested a week before wildfires, and the three proprietors of Benovia are grateful for that, but this harvest season was bittersweet.

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Trading Post

Columnist: Karen Hart
Dec, 2017 Issue

 Originally a stagecoach stop known as Markleville, Cloverdale was incorporated when the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad arrived in 1872. Today, it’s part of Wine Country, within the Alexander Valley AVA, and over the years has maintained its charming small-town feel. On the corner of S. Cloverdale Boulevard and First Street in downtown Cloverdale, you’ll find the Trading Post—also known around town as “The Post”—a restaurant and bakery.

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In Focus

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2017 Issue

 When Troy and Connie Newton moved into their new home on Viewpointe Circle a year-and-a-half ago with their young son, Ryder, they knew right away they were settling into a special place. The neighbors dropped by with gifts and cards, and they were invited to monthly gatherings. “This is a neighborhood that looks out for each other,” says Troy, a detective and member of the SWAT team with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

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John Jordan In Focus

Author: Karen Hart
Nov, 2017 Issue

On a cool autumn day during harvest, John Jordan, chief executive officer of Jordan Vineyard & Winery, steps away from meetings with staff at the winery to talk politics. Not with the Jordan staff, or family and friends, because when it comes to his personal life, he has no interest in debating politics. Instead, Jordan takes the stairs to his second-floor office, where he prepares to talk live on Fox News.

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Work/Life/Sleep

Author: Karen Hart
Nov, 2017 Issue

 5 Ways Sleep Improves Your Life

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Wine Trends

Author: Karen Hart
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2017

Thirteen years ago on October 4, the movie “Sideways” was released, dramatically changing the course of wine consumption for two varietals—Merlot and Pinot Noir—and underscoring the fact that there are, indeed, trends in wine just as there are trends in fashion.

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Schug Carneros Estate Winery Sonoma

Columnist: Karen Hart
May, 2017 Issue

Schug Carneros Estate Winery 602 Bonneau Sonoma, Calif. 95476 (707) 939-9363 www.schugwinery.com Hours: Open Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tasting Fees: $10 for five people or under Wines Offered: 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley; 2014 Carneros Chardonnay Estate Grown; 2015 Pinot Noir, Carneros; 2013 Carneros Pinot Noir, Estate Grown; and the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Heritage Reserve. (Subject to change.) Reservations: Required for groups of six or more; call (800) 966-9365 Picnics: In the courtyard  (Starting in late April, Fri.-Sun. only.) Pets: No

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Bounty: CropMobster

Author: Karen Hart
Aug, 2016 Issue

How a husband-wife team took the idea of “flash mob” and started an online community to support agriculture and take a bite out of hunger.

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Local Luxury

Author: Karen Hart
Jun, 2016 Issue

Artisan crafters and luxury retailers in the North Bay.

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Era of Change

Author: Karen Hart
Jun, 2016 Issue

What's happening in local real estate during a time of historically low inventory.

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Dog Days

Author: Karen Hart
May, 2016 Issue

Bonnie Bergin originated the service-dog concept and today operates the nationally acclaimed Bergin University of Canine Studies in Rohnert Park.

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True Bu

Author: Karen Hart
Apr, 2016 Issue

A California-based, high-end prefab builder committed to the green cause is revolutionizing the home-building industry.

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The Science of Sleep

Author: Karen Hart
Feb, 2016 Issue

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a powerful role in day-to-day functions, both on the job and at home. As the diagnosis of sleep disorders continues to rise, what’s the cost of an overtired workforce?

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Perspective 2016: Sonoma County

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2015 Issue

The housing market continues to recover, but limited supply is slowing the pace and strict regulations are bringing some development sectors to a standstill.  

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Moment to Moment

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2015 Issue

What we know about Alzheimer’s disease today

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Signature Wines

Author: Karen Hart
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

GrapeSeed partners iconic winemakers and passionate vino lovers for a unique wine club experience.

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In the Cards

Author: Karen Hart
Oct, 2015 Issue

EMV technology and chip cards will bring consumers enhanced security when shopping.

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Health Care Checkup

Author: Karen Hart
Sep, 2015 Issue

What’s happening with employer health plans and the Affordable Care Act

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Connection: SMART

Author: Karen Hart
Aug, 2015 Issue

The new Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (and pathway) is on schedule and rolling this way.

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Making a Comeback

Author: Karen Hart
Aug, 2015 Issue

What’s happening in real estate development throughout the North Bay in the aftermath of the housing bubble

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Good to Go

Author: Karen Hart
Jul, 2015 Issue

North Bay hospitals work to minimize patient stays.

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Ready to Roll

Author: Karen Hart
Jun, 2015 Issue

Kid Scoop News and Sonoma Raceway are getting students fired up about science.

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Gift of Life

Author: Karen Hart
May, 2015 Issue

The promise and challenge of organ transplantation in the North Bay

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Living Well

Author: Karen Hart
Mar, 2015 Issue

The challenges and milestones of health care for the past 50+ years

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Perspective 2015: Sonoma County

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2014 Issue

NorthBay biz shines a spotlight on the economy and culture of Sonoma County.

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Small-Town Celebrations

Author: Karen Hart
Nov, 2014 Issue

How North Bay merchants ring in the holidays and spread good cheer to keep local economies thriving.

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Creating a Sanctuary

Author: Karen Hart
Oct, 2014 Issue

The new Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, designed to promote healing and infused with heart, opens October 25.

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Countdown to Moving Day

Author: Karen Hart
Sep, 2014 Issue

At Sutter Health, more than two years of planning comes down to one day in October—and the excitement among staff members is readily apparent.

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The Art & Sciene of Healing

Author: Karen Hart
Aug, 2014 Issue

How sustainable building practices for the new Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital support the environment and human health.

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The Sutter Impact

Author: Karen Hart
Jul, 2014 Issue

How a hospital construction project helped save a community.

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2014 BEST Office Equipment: Trope Group Inc.

Author: Karen Hart
NBB Best Of, May, 2014

Trope Group has been voted BEST Office Equipment in the 2014 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2014 BEST Architectural/Design Firm: TLCD Architecture

Author: Karen Hart
NBB Best Of, May, 2014

TLCD Architecture has been voted BEST Architectural/Design Firm in the 2014 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2014 BEST Business Bank: Exchange Bank

Author: Karen Hart
NBB Best Of, May, 2014

Exchange Bank has been voted BEST Business Bank in the 2014 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2014 BEST Credit Union: Redwood Credit Union

Author: Karen Hart
NBB Best Of, May, 2014

Redwood Credit Union has been voted BEST Credit Union in the 2014 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2014 BEST Golf Course: Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club

Author: Karen Hart
NBB Best Of, May, 2014

Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club has been voted BEST Golf Course in the 2014 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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The Legacy of DNA

Author: Karen Hart
May, 2014 Issue

The latest in genetic screening for a predisposition to cancer, why the tests aren’t as simple as they seem—and what to do with the results.

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The Business of Medicine

Author: Karen Hart
Mar, 2014 Issue

How Joel Criste became a leader of change in health care

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Targeted Treatment and Gentler Care

Author: Karen Hart
Feb, 2014 Issue

What physicians know about cancer today, what they hope science will achieve and the latest in treatments, clinical trials, complementary therapies and prevention strategies

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Perspective: Sonoma County 2014

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2013 Issue

 Agriculture, hospitality, manufacturing and tourism help define Sonoma County’s Wine Country lifestyle.

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Growing Smart

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2013 Issue

Plan Bay Area creates a blueprint for a stronger economy, thriving communities and cleaner air, but it’s had critics and problems along the way.

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On Location

Author: Karen Hart
Oct, 2013 Issue

How wineries are adding some sizzle to life and creating memorable experiences for club members.

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Pound for Pound

Author: Karen Hart
Oct, 2013 Issue

The new trends, programs and procedures for weight loss in the North Bay

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At Long Last

Author: Karen Hart
Sep, 2013 Issue

Plans are officially underway for a mixed-use development at the Napa Pipe site.

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Partners in Agriculture

Author: Karen Hart
Jul, 2013 Issue

How American AgCredit supports farmers and ranchers across America.

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2013 Best Luxury Car Dealer: Smothers European

Author: Karen Hart
NBB Best Of, May, 2013

Smothers European has been voted Best Luxury Car Dealer in the 2013 Best Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2013 Best Office Equipment: Discovery Office Systems

Author: Karen Hart
NBB Best Of, May, 2013

Discovery Office Systems has been voted Best Office Equipment in the 2013 Best Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2013 Best Chamber of Commerce: Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce

Author: Karen Hart
NBB Best Of, May, 2013

Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has been voted Best Chamber of Commerce in the 2013 Best Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2013 Best Chamber Event: Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce

Author: Karen Hart
NBB Best Of, May, 2013

Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has been voted Best Chamber Event in the 2013 Best Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2013 Best Law Firm: Geary, Shea, O'Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell, P.C.

Author: Karen Hart
NBB Best Of, May, 2013

Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell, P.C. has been voted Best Law Firm in the 2013 Best Of the North Bay readers poll.

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A Silver Lining

Author: Karen Hart
May, 2013 Issue

At long, long last, North Bay home sale prices are on the rise and real estate appears to be making a comeback.

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Glowing Partnerships

Author: Karen Hart
Jan, 2013 Issue

The father of cause marketing describes how for-profit and nonprofits work together for the greater good.  

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Banking with a Difference

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2012 Issue

Umpqua Bank has acquired North Bay’s Circle Bank.

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For Everyone's Benefit

Author: Karen Hart
Nov, 2012 Issue

Why companies are redesigning employee benefit plans to meet everyone’s needs affordably.

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Generating Jobs

Author: Karen Hart
Sep, 2012 Issue

Business incubation and job creation organizations work to keep North Bay communities thriving.

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Special Delivery

Author: Karen Hart
Aug, 2012 Issue

A dramatic increase in direct-to-consumer wine sales brings the bounty of California to 39 states—despite a complex network of state laws.

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Promised Land

Author: Karen Hart
Jul, 2012 Issue

North Bay land trusts make it their mission to protect and steward the land.

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The Road to Well Being

Author: Karen Hart
Jun, 2012 Issue

North Bay hospitals tailor health care services to meet seniors’ needs today.

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Stewards of the Land

Author: Karen Hart
May, 2012 Issue

Sonoma County’s Dutton family, now headed by fifth-generation brothers Steve and Joe, has a long history farming grapes and apples.

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Deal of the Day

Author: Karen Hart
May, 2012 Issue

Social coupons hit the North Bay.

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Ancient Inspiration, Modern Thinking

Author: Karen Hart
Mar, 2012 Issue

North Bay facial plastic surgeon Stanley Jacobs creates face serum from an ancient Egyptian recipe.

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Rising Stars

Author: Karen Hart
Feb, 2012 Issue

These young North Bay entrepreneurs have the vision and ambition to beat the odds. www.kenwoodvineyards.com/

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On the Chopping Block

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2011 Issue

California’s redevelopment agencies may be eliminated to help balance the state budget—but at what cost?

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Cybercrime

Author: Karen Hart
Oct, 2011 Issue

Protecting your company’s data and trade secrets from walking out the door.  

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Conquering the Summit

Author: Karen Hart
Sep, 2011 Issue

SSU’s Executive MBA program prepares the North Bay’s future leaders to make a difference.

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Sonic Boom

Author: Karen Hart
Aug, 2011 Issue

Sonic.net is keeping California and the world connected.

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Let the Games Begin

Author: Karen Hart
Jun, 2011 Issue

Sonoma Wine Country Senior Games isn’t just for seniors—it’s fun for everyone.

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One-Stop Shopping

Author: Karen Hart
May, 2011 Issue

G&G Supermarket offers quality and value from a family passionate about food.

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In this Issue

Going to the Dogs

Samuel Hubbard Shoe Company is so Marin it almost hurts. It was started in a Mill Valley house, where a small group began designing the first Samuel Hubbard shoes and the company’s launch websi...

The Power of Love

Diversity is one of a community’s strengths and makes it richer, and yet it can be difficult to be inclusive and give everyone the opportunity to participate fully. In Marin County, nonprofit or...

Living on the Edge

During the October fires, North Bay residents—with every smoky, noxious breath—were reminded that, our friends and neighbors were losing their homes. For the 5,152 people already homeless ...

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