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Why Healdsburg?


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Six inspirational female entrepreneurs explain what they love about Healdsburg and why they chose to build their lives and businesses here.

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Episode 1 Laura King Healdsburg Velo Laura King has worked in the cycling industry for over a decade. She is a consultant for outdoor organizations and brands, co-director of the gravel cycling event Rooted Vermont, and coordinator of Mill District Velo events and its community. Laura and her husband, Ted, are parents to a two-year old daughter, Hazel, and a baby boy arriving June 2022. Laura enjoys traveling the world with her family to ride and race bikes, foster the biking community, and encourage growth of the sport.
  1. Pastry at Quail and Condor
  2. Ride bikes from the Mill District
  3. Arista Winery visit
  4. Walk the Foss Creek path with my daughter
  5. Family bike ride around Fitch Mountain
  6. Coffee stop at Black Oak or Plank Coffee
  7. Ride bikes up Pine Flat in Springtime
  8. The Chalkboard for dinner with my husband
  9. Veggie Sandwich for Lunch at Trouboudor
  10. Walk anywhere: love how walkable the town is!
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Episode 2 Katina Connaughton SingleThread Farm – Restaurant – Inn Katina Connaughton has honed her agricultural and floral design career across the globe — from rural Hokkaido, Japan, to the English countryside, and back to her home state of California. Prior to opening SingleThread with her husband and business partner, Katina was the greenhouse manager for the Agriculture Program at Santa Rosa Junior College, and she has farmed across the beautiful and diverse county of Sonoma. Katina currently runs SingleThread’s 24-acre farm, floral, and agricultural programming, in addition to designing and overseeing the floral and foraging program for another Healdsburg restaurant, Little Saint.
  1. Hiking Fitch Mountain
  2. Coffee at Little Saint
  3. Pastries at Quail & Condor
  4. Almond Butter and Jelly on Superseed at Troubadour
  5. Pizzas and Pinot at Reeve Winery
  6. Saturday Morning Farmers Market Strolls
  7. Halloween in the Square
  8. Golden Hour on the Rooftop at SingleThread
  9. Nachos at El Farolito
  10. Full moon viewings on the farm with my husband, Kyle
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Episode 3 Rashell (Shelly) Rafanelli Fehlman A. Rafanelli Winery Born and raised in the Dry Creek Valley, Rashell’s hands have been in the grapes ever since she could remember, so stepping into the family business came naturally. A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business, Rashell enrolled in upper level courses at UC Davis to further her enology skills. Rashell is a fourth-generation winemaker at A. Rafanelli Winery, specializing in producing premium red wines in an old world style. With the help of her husband, Craig Fehlman, who is the winery's Director of Vineyard Management. Rashell remains focused on continuing the family legacy, while still finding time to ride her horses and enjoy the unique way of life of a Sonoma County vintner.
  1. Oysters at Willi's
  2. Watching FFA Parade
  3. Farmer’s Market
  4. Pizza at Campo Fina
  5. Morning Treats from Quail & Condor
  6. Wine Bar at The Matheson
  7. Happy Hour at Spirit Bar (Hotel Healdsburg lobby) with live music
  8. Holiday Breakfast with Nutcrackers from Costeaux French Bakery
  9. Holiday shopping and tree lighting on the Plaza
  10. Dressing up for Halloween on the Plaza
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Episode 4 Marne Dupere Plank Coffee Healdsburg Marne Dupere brings a wealth of business experience to owning Plank Coffee. Born and raised on a working dairy farm in Massachusetts, Marne became a visual merchandiser for Calvin Klein and Room & Board after moving to Los Angeles. She opened Orange, a vintage home furnishings shop in LA, then after a brief stint in Hawaii, where she worked as creative director promoting Hollywood films, Marne returned to the continental US and with her partner, Mike, toured the country in search of the perfect small town. After deciding on Healdsburg, Marne opened Plank Coffee, along with a sister store in nearby Cloverdale.
  1. Shop at Shelton’s Market. Love the small store with tons of great offerings — especially local produce!
  2. Dragonfly Floral. Love to just walk their grounds, but their flowers and plants are amazing!
  3. Young & Yonder for a cocktail and corn hole!
  4. Campo Fina for their pizzas, salads, and bread. Omg
  5. Downtown Bakery. That fruit pocket is insane!! And their Italian loaf is sooooo good.
  6. Mill Street Antiques. Love to scrounge around finding quirky artwork.
  7. Benjamin Moore paint store. The guys there are so helpful on all my design projects.
  8. Forager shop. New store on the plaza makes me envious as a shop owner!
  9. Healdsburg Bagel Company. Love them. Real NY bagels...being from Boston I am a bagel snob.
  10. Plank Coffee: back to back Americanos, vegan organic avo toast, and a blueberry maple scone. Wink wink.
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Episode 5 Sarah Opatz Young & Yonder Spirits Sarah Opatz, co-founder, graphic designer, and marketing expert for Young & Yonder, has a passion for both craft spirits and design. With professional experience in public relations, advertising, and design, supported by an MFA in graphic design, Sarah creates the packaging and all branding elements for Young & Yonder's brand portfolio. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Sarah is no stranger to the craft beverage movement, and her experience with and passion for craft beverages makes her the perfect co-pilot for Young & Yonder Spirits.
  1. Take my kids to Downtown Bakery Saturday for pretzel croissants, then next door to Levin & Co to the kid’s section in the back to pick out a new book.
  2. Treating myself at Bon Ton Studio
  3. Farmer’s Market during the summer months
  4. Hiking (we mainly go to Healdsburg Ridge)
  5. Margarita at El Farlito
  6. Gibbs Park playdates
  7. Grabbing a Greens Sandwich and Mango Iced Tea at Plank for lunch
  8. Beach day at Memorial Beach and a Wicked Slush treat afterwards
  9. Halloween parade around the plaza (and 4th of July duck race!)
  10. Greeting/talking to all the amazing locals we have in this town here at our tasting room!
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Episode 6 Melissa Yanc Quail & Condor Melissa began baking at seven years old with her grandmother. That interest carried her through pastry school, to working in the best restaurants in Denver, to opening her first bakery in Denver. Melissa moved across the country twice to direct large pastry programs on the East and West Coasts for some of the leading names in the baking industry. After settling in Healdsburg, Melissa worked as the hotel baker at SingleThread before opening Quail & Condor. Born as a farmers market bakery, Quail & Condor has quickly grown to servicing local restaurants, retail clients, and events with other Healdsburg businesses. The company's goal is to put their spin on modern bakery while building community along the way.
  1. Healdsburg Farmer's Market
  2. Coffee or glass of wine at Little Saint
  3. Healdsburg Ridge Open Space & Park Hike
  4. Grandma’s Farm with the kids to see the animals
  5. My "secret" river spot to swim in the Russian River
  6. Bar snacks at Lo & Behold Bar + Kitchen
  7. Wednesdays on the bar patio at Brava's
  8. Sangsan pop up for dinner (@ Lioco or Lo & Behold)
  9. Lunch at the outdoor bar at Shelton’s Natural Food Market
  10. Laughing and working out with the ladies at the Dailey Method