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Work/Life/Give

Jan, 2019 Issue

Sonoma County philanthropists and LBC Honorary Board Members and winner of best business leader in the 2018 NorthBay biz magazine’s Best Of Readers Poll, Marcia and Gary Nelson, gave a $1 million commitment to the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit that owns and operates Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.


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Work/Life/Splurge

Dec, 2018 Issue

ake time to relax and rejuvenate this holiday season at Vi La Vita Spa at Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa. The 5,000-square-foot, full service, luxury spa opened in October. In the language of love, Vi La Vita means live life. “It’s symbolized by the 200-year-old mighty oak tree that stands in front of the spa, sacred and energizing, a powerful force of Mother Nature to encourage us to discover a sense of one’s self,” says Rhonda Carano, chief executive officer and owner.


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Work/Life/In Focus: Bigger & Better

Dec, 2018 Issue

It’s finally here, Russian River Brewing Company’s long-awaited new facility in Windsor, famous for their Pliny the younger, released annually on the first Friday of February for two weeks. The brewery will now release the globally recognized hoppy beer at both locations. “We’re hoping it will relieve the pressure from downtown [Santa Rosa],” says Vinnie Cilurzo, co-owner in a KSRO The Drive interview.


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Work/Life/Rebuild

Dec, 2018 Issue

Following the devastation of the 2017 Tubbs fire, The Fountaingrove Club in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County’s only member-owned private facility, lost its clubhouse, maintenance facilities and all maintenance vehicles, while more than 200 members and employees lost their homes to the fire.


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Work/Life/Picks

Dec, 2018 Issue

In 2013, Holt, along with her husband, Matt, took on the candle biz with a mission to enhance the quality of candles for consumers, as well as create enticing scent combinations that tantalize the sense. With great success, the Holts moved production to a warehouse in Oakland, where they handcraft scents such as bourbon apple haze, bubble bath, hibiscus showers and gardenia tea.


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Work/Life/Give

Nov, 2018 Issue

A recording-breaking year for the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation, raising more than $5.7 million at the 2018 Sonoma County Wine Auction.

Petaluma’s SMART Train station has been renovated, thanks to Sonoma County Tourism Cares, the Petaluma Visitors Center and the City of Petaluma.


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Work/Life/Green

Nov, 2018 Issue

Sure, you turn your office light off at night, recycle your soda cans and skip the plastic water bottles and drink tap water, but you know there’s more you can be doing.

Help save the planet by making sustainable holiday choices this holiday season.


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Work/Life/Picks

Nov, 2018 Issue

Looking for just the right wine this holiday season? Here are a few favorites for any occasion.

In 2002, Francis Ford Coppola Winery released their first canned wine, and in the years since, it has grown to become a vino phenomenon.

Looking for a light, refreshing holiday cocktail to serve guests? Try Jardesca California Aperitiva.


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Work/Life/In Focus: Detailing Air Force One

Columnist: Mallorie Kerrigan
Sep, 2018 Issue

Last year, Shawn Sepulveda became a member of an elite group: the Air Force One detailing team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, where he and his individually selected team clean and restore historic and extremely delicate paint as well as apply protective coatings to several aircrafts worth millions of dollars. This past July, Sepulveda returned to Seattle as team leader for his crew of 10, named Detail Mafia. The team donates their time, every year, for up to two weeks at a time.


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Work/Life/Trends

Sep, 2018 Issue

Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Tipping Point Community Emergency Relief Fund to train its corpsmembers in the building trades, giving them skills and certifications needed to secure employment to help rebuild North Bay communities ravaged by the wildfires.

A study recently released by Numbeo’s mid-year Cost of Living Index revealed the top 20 most expensive places to live in the world.


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Work/Life/Green

Sep, 2018 Issue

Ask just about any Californian about picking the state flower—the California poppy—and you’re sure to get the same reaction: “It’s illegal!” But is it?

A well-maintained yard is like any beautiful accessory—it shines. But how can a home have curb appeal and lush landscaping during a drought or a fire season?


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Work/Life/Picks

Sep, 2018 Issue

The flavors of Latin America have made their way to the North Bay with Sungo, a tropical and exotic lightly-carbonated soft drink.

Local artisan cheese producer, Sonoma Creamery, has been hand-crafting quality cheese inspired by local Wine Country agricultural since 1931


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Work/Life/In Focus: Jean Hegland

Columnist: Karen Hart
Aug, 2018 Issue

The story behind local author Jean Hegland’s novel, Into the Forest, began with a sleepless winter night in her home in the forest west of Healdsburg, where she lives with her husband, Douglas Fisher. “I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I decided to tell myself a story. The story let me think deeply and imaginatively about the natural world, the future and sisters,” says Hegland, who doesn’t have a sister, but was then a mother of two young daughters, ages one and three. At the time, living in the forest was still a new experience for them, and Hegland admits she was concerned about their situation. “We didn’t know anything about the forest, and with two young daughters I worried about the future.”


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Work/Life/Health

Aug, 2018 Issue

Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health? Or, that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?

How much is a tooth worth these days? Looks like the Tooth Fairy tightened her moneybag last year.

Almond butter, is gaining in popularity as a potentially healthier option. The question remains: Which is healthiest—peanut butter or almond butter?


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Work/Life/Wag

Aug, 2018 Issue

It’s easy to think of a reason to get a new puppy or kitty—the sweet puppy breath, fluffy coats and a playful spirit. But, there are a number of reasons to rescue from a shelter, rather than buying from a breeder. We look at five practical reasons to adopt.

How is a Santa Rosa-based business, Compassion without Borders, and a three-legged dog all connected? Not just by prosthetics, but by a little luck and a lot of love.


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Work/Life/In Focus: Tony Geraldi

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Jul, 2018 Issue

Chances are you or someone you know has hopped on a Sonoma County Airport Express. It’s one of the longest running airport transportation services in the North Bay, serving more than 300,000 travelers annually. Life-long Sonoma County resident, Tony Geraldi, has proudly worked only three jobs in his 55 years—Press Democrat newspaper carrier, a local Straw Hat Pizza delivery boy and for the past 31 years, working for Sonoma County Airport Expres.


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Work/Life/Green

Jul, 2018 Issue

Most beverages in America come with a plastic straw—even if it’s only a glass of water. Though it may not seem such a big deal, when added up, plastic straws create a major problem for the environment. In the U.S., Americans uses 500 million straws every day—that’s enough straws to circle around the Earth 2.5 times.

There’s finally a solution for the 500 million plastic straws Americans use and discard every day. It’s Lolistraw, the world’s first hyper compostable, marine-degradable straw.


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Work/Life/Agribiz

Jul, 2018 Issue

The cannabis cultivation tax and excise tax went into effect on January 1, 2018. Here’s a brief overview of the new tax rates and how they apply to cannabis business activities, according to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.


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Work/Life/Art

Jul, 2018 Issue

What better way to honor beloved pets than by capturing their personality, spirit and charisma on canvas? Santa Rosa pet portraiture artist, Patti Miller, has been conveying the spirit of animals and their human counterparts for 30 years.


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Work/Life/In Focus: Art Rises from the Ashes

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Jun, 2018 Issue

Mike Owen’s home was close to being burnt to ash when flames were approaching on three sides of his house, 120-feet out. Like so many residents on October 9, 2017, Mike’s Nielson Ranch home in Santa Rosa was minutes away from being gone, until the winds shifted. Spared from destruction, Mike and his wife, Nancy Owen, learned their daughter Molly Owen’s home in Fountaingrove near Sweet T’s was completely leveled.


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Work/Life/Arts

Jun, 2018 Issue

In recent years, art programs have been cut from school curriculums, including music, art and theater. While the arts are fun for both kids and young adults, they’re also a fundamental resource for overall development.


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Work/Life/Business

Jun, 2018 Issue

About 95 percent of remote jobs include a geographic requirement where remote workers need to be based in a specific city, state, region or country, according to FlexJobs, an online service for professionals. To help job seekers identify states with high potential for remote job opportunities, FlexJobs has named the top 15 states where companies recruited the most state-based remote workers in 2017.


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Work/Life/Women

May, 2018 Issue

Today’s job market consists of occupations that are dominated by women. Nine out of 10 registered nurses are female, and careers in social work, counseling and human resource management are also highly concentrated by women.


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Work/Life/Spotlight

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
May, 2018 Issue

Santa Rosa singer, songwriter, performer and contestant on NBC’s The Voice, Dallas Caroline, known locally as Dallas Caroline Dueñas, knew she wanted to be a singer since she was a little girl. “Once I started singing, I knew I would always be a singer,” says the 17-year-old songstress. “Songwriting is my passion—it’s really special to me. And in country music, the songs tell the story.” The Santa Rosa singer-songwriter and contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” has big dreams of making it in the music industry.


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Work/Life/Leaders

May, 2018 Issue

Welcome to the third annual May Women Business Leaders issue—a celebration of successful, influential North Bay women. The following section features business leaders who are making an impact on the North Bay. We asked these women to speak out and answer two of the following three questions:

•What advice do you have for young women following your professional footsteps today?
•Do you believe women are still trying to make it in a man’s world?
•What changes would you like to see made for women in the workforce in the years ahead?


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Lagunitas: A Brewery With Heart

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Building A Better Path

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Catholic Charities

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