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Napa Integrated Medicine is a medically advanced company that seeks to preserve cartilage for life with out the need for joint replacement. By using integrated medical research, technology and bioscience we are offering our patients a new hope for cartilage preservation.
As compared to traditional medicine whose goal is to merely focus on the complaint and the to render drugs and or surgery to reduce the pain or replace the joint, Napa Integrated Medicine takes an entirely different approach. The approach is now supported by National and International community that publish the most effective methods on restoring cartilage, functionality and qualify of life!
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So imagine being told that you will “eventually” need a shoulder replacement or hip or knee and so you begin to resolve on that procedure. But what if you didn’t have to go through that
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NAPA VALLEY'S FINEST 2022 WINNER
Giselle was selected, in the Napa Valley Register’s poll, as Napa Valley’s Finest Realtor for 2022. The votes came from clients, friends and fellow colleagues……….and of course, her mom! But in all fairness, she is also a client.
Giselle’s background in real estate began in interior design that eventually branched into marketing and selling. It was a natural transition and one that blends perfectly to this day.
In 2017, Giselle’s husband, Jerry, joined her practice, handling client inspections, contractor services and showing appointments. This allows Giselle to focus on what she loves best….. marketing, showing property and negotiating transactions. Business grew quickly and in November of 2021, Giselle added a full-time agent, Jamie Hurley, to her team.
2022 has been a phenomenal year! Giselle broke Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley’s sales record for the highest priced sale in their 28 years of doing business in the Napa Valley. Her previous experience in the wine industry as general manager of a family winery definitely helped in all aspects of the complex transaction.
Giselle acknowledges and thanks the tremendous support that her team has provided her, as well as her managers at Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley. Knowing that without this support, she would not have had the success she has had.
She sincerely thanks all those who voted.
By Kathleen Reynolds
Toys for Toys
By Kathleen Reynolds
Giving and Receiving
By Linda Bausch
What Happens at Estate Sales?
By Kathleen Reynolds
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Let’s talk about the birds and bees. No, not that talk. This is about pollinators; those helpful creatures that flit from flower to flower, spreading pollen.
Over 80 percent of flowering plants need pollinators. Many birds and insects provide this important benefit. Hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, even bats can help support our biodiversity with their pollination. They pollinate flowering plants that produce fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Over 1200 types of crops require pollination.
CDFW also states, “Evidence points to a general reduction in pollinator diversity and abundance…In North America, some hummingbird, butterfly, and bat species are in decline. One quarter of all bumble bee species are threatened. In the west, a review found an average annual decline of 1.6% across common and rare butterfly species. Some have experienced catastrophic declines, such as the western population of monarch butterflies, which has experienced a 99% reduction since the 1980s.”By Kathleen Reynolds
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) says in their Importance of Pollinators information, “One of the benefits of native pollinators is that they are adapted to local ecosystems, so making use of their pollination services may reduce the need for management and maintenance.”
Habitat loss is one of the major threats to pollinators. Pesticide use, disease, parasites, and non-native species also pose risks to pollinators. Climate change can amplify the effects of these stressors on pollinators, including potentially shifting the ranges of plant species and the timing of flowering.
We need to employ holistic practices to create a habitat that’s a garden oasis in our yards.Bumblebee (Hymenoxys richardsonii)
As the climate changed over thousands of years, native plants adapted and so did the insects. Then people got away from using natives in favor of cultivated plants. Growing populations and expanding cities have also threatened crucial pollinators and native plants.
“As we’ve changed our habitats, the destruction has been heavy on insects,” says environmental journalist and photographer George Oxford Miller, a prolific writer of native plant guidebooks and articles. “Herbicides have affected insects such as butterflies and, particularly, bees. Bees are most important because of the plants they pollinate for human consumption.”
“We need to employ holistic practices to create a habitat that’s a garden oasis in our yards. To keep their population sustainable, they must have habitat to replace what was destroyed by development. They need food, water, shelter and nesting opportunities. This can be accomplished even in limited size if done according to their needs.”
Miller and other experts agree that the home gardener should choose plants that are colorful all the seasons of a year.
and Swallowtail varieties. The blue hairstreak, having a one-half inch wingspan, is the smallest.
In the article “Planting Natives Brings Butterflies, and other Pollinators,” Napa County Master Gardener Cindy Watter writes, “Many California native plants are irresistible to butterflies, and most natives need little water to thrive. The California wild lilac (Ceanothus) can be a shrub or ground cover, with blooms in an assortment of colors...They need almost no water in summer.”Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
She also names butterfly bush (Buddleia), flannel bush (Fremontodendron), California marigold (Tagetes lemonii), mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii) and the Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) as good attractors. Another is the common buckeye, plentiful in Napa County.
to Your Backyard
“I’ve done it in my small yard for 15 years with plantings and a bee hotel,” says Miller. “Understand what butterflies need to reproduce and provide it.”
“The most prolific time for hummingbirds and many other species is early spring into late fall. They establish a habitat to sustain the local population. Some bees travel no farther than 30 to 40 yards; honeybees have a much larger range.”
His predictions are dire. “There’s an insect apocalypse with populations diminishing at such (fast) rates. Having neighborhood backyard havens increases the ratio. People got away from using native plants but now there’s a high percentage of landscapes using natives. Nurseries can readily supply native plants for most people’s yards.”
If you’re not ready for your own bee hotel, butterfly sanctuaries may be a good alternative.
Did you know that Napa County alone has over 50 types of butterflies? The monarch’s wingspan can be up to 4 inches, making it one of the largest along with the Mourning Clock
You can see most of these plants in Napa at Skyline Park in the Martha Walker Native Habitat Garden, maintained by the Napa Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (napavalleycnps.org). The Society usually has a twice-yearly native plant sale in the fall and spring.
In the paper “Gardening for Butterflies” on the Napa County Master Gardeners website (napamg.ucanr.edu), writers Dean Donaldson, Farm Advisor; V. Fish and P. Pawl, UCCE Master Gardeners, advise the best ways to attract butterflies.
“Home gardeners can encourage butterflies by providing blooming flowers, resting places and garden damp spots,” says the article. “Butterflies need water, food and shelter to survive, but each type prefers a different food source so they don’t compete with each other…While some butterfly species are attracted to specific types of plants, most are general feeders. Butterflies are attracted to flowers planted as a group; avoid planting flowers in lines or mixtures.”
They point out that, because butterflies can’t drink from open water, a good option is to give them a pan of wet sand in an
open area under a dripping faucet. They like to rest on
The CDFW says that practicing integrated pest management can protect pollinator health through ecosystem management that does not rely solely on pesticides.
Creating a pollinator backyard garden using native plants and eliminating home use of herbicides and pesticides can help repair some of the damage done to our local ecosystems and sustain the pollinators we need so much.
For more information about native plants and pollinators, George Oxford Miller’s book “Native Plant Gardening, Birds, Bees and Butterflies” is available at Napa Bookmine.
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TOYS FOR TOTS Celebrates 75 YearsBy Kathleen Reynolds
Remember the tickle of expectation on Christmas morning when you peeked to see what anticipated toy was under the tree? For literally thousands of kids in Napa County, though, that excitement is mixed with the nagging knowledge that their parents can’t afford groceries, or that they’re sleeping in the family car. For them, there will be no toy this year.
For 75 years, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program has sought those disadvantaged children so that they, too, can have a new toy to brighten their holiday season.
“Last year, we collected 13,342 toys and supported 3,000 children in Napa Valley, and we are hoping to do even better this year,” says Kristofer Chun, leader of the 2022 Toys for Tots campaign in Napa, in an email.
The history of Toys for Tots program began in 1947, when Marine Reserve Major Bill Hendricks created the program with his wife in the Los Angeles area. His friend Walt Disney designed the train logo the following year and the program expanded nationally.
Since its founding, Marines and volunteers have distributed 627 million toys to over 281 million children. In 2021, Toys for Tots distributed a record 22.4 million toys to nearly 8.8 million less-fortunate children in America.
People may not realize that the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots
Program also provides year-round support to families experiencing challenges and exceptional circumstances, thus helping to fulfill the hopes and dreams of millions of families and children in need.
Napa’s Marine Corps Toys for Tots organization partners with many other not-for-profit agencies throughout the Napa Valley to determine which families need help during the holiday season. The national group does not take toy requests directly, but if you know of a child in need, Napa’s Salvation Army usually has information and applications in October every year.
The most familiar way to donate is to bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the numerous drop-off locations around the valley.
Other ways to participate are listed on the national and local websites: toyfortots.org and napaca.toysfortots.org. You can donate funds online or choose an item from their virtual toybox. More ways to contribute include peer-to-peer fundraising, donating through PayPal, having a holiday recognition program for your clients, giving in honor of someone and making a vehicle, stock or even cryptocurrency donation.
If you prefer the traditional way of donating your children enjoy picking out a toy for an unfortunate child, Kristofer says there are many local opportunities to give.
“This year in Napa, we will be dropping off boxes the first week of November to nearly 100 locations from American Canyon to Calistoga,” he says. “The final pick-up of toys and the boxes will be between December 5-9. However, we will accept donation at the firehouses in Napa until Christmas.”
For this Toys for Tots diamond anniversary, why not start or continue a tradition of giving to a needy child to brighten their holiday?
Giving or Receiving
T T T
CREATE JOY FROM WITHIN ALL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.By Linda Bausch
WWe have become accustomed to heralding in the ‘giving season’ right about now. Local non-profits have geared up for a giving (which also translates to receiving) campaign in which they prepare for upcoming festivities and/or to boost their coffers for the year ahead.
It isn’t only about how much we can afford to donate; it’s about sharing what we can, financially, emotionally and spiritually. Considering the circumstances of late—a reality has hit harder than usual. In my humble opinion, trying times, unbelievable high gas prices, inflation and the daily strain of, what’s next? (DON’T ASK!), are gradually, but not so discretely, wearing us down, individually and collectively. This brings me to reflect of how we give, not only during the ‘giving’ season, but each and every day. Let’s remember to also refill our own cups. Slow down, enjoy nature, smell the roses when they bloom.
Now, I want to begin by saying: Napa is the rock star equivalent of a community that works well with each other—I know I am preaching to the choir.
Start at the beginning . . . at HOME
If you want kind and compassionate kids to mature into consciously contributing adults, show them what sharing with others looks like, all the time. Children grow up to emulate what they see happening in their family. Needs do not go away once the seasonal ‘giving’ window closes. The simple act of preparing a meal or sharing a place at the dinner table; making a card for an elderly neighbor; even something as small as a kind word on a daily walk— is a loving way to teach our children compassion and empathy for others. Meeting the eyes of anyone who could use a smile or a kind word is a gift of exceptionally high value. It costs nothing to be nice.
In the Community— Opportunities are in Abundance
Seventy-three local non-profits have been included in CanDo’s Napa Valley Give!Guide campaign, inspiring a Community of Givers. Donations as small as ten dollars, or a much as your budget allows, may be made during the month of November and beyond. Allow me
a fantasy here—imagine if one person in each of the 36,000 homes which receive this beloved community magazine—donated the minimum of $10 to a charity of their choosing . . . you do the math; that’s a lot of giving back! (See their Facebook page for more information.)
Toni McIntosh, Diversion Officer with Napa Police Youth Services Bureau, gave us an important overview of one of the communities most valued opportunities in the service of ‘giving back’, Shop with a Cop. “The program began in 2006 where we served 30 youth and has been growing every year with support from the community. We hope to serve over 150 youth this year.
all children have the benefit of such upbringing. It is this group of youth who are most likely to assume negative societal roles; roles rooted in neglect or lack of concern. Many recent events are having the highest impact on these youth. Recently a study was published entitled “Children’s Perceptions of the role of Police Officers”.
Youth, ages 5 to 10 were asked to comment on what police officers do when they go to work, what direct and indirect experiences they have had with the police, and the positive and negative aspects of being a police officer. The findings revealed that children emphasized the punitive role of police; very few children identified with non-punitive roles. This punitive theme was evident irrespective of the children experiences, age, and whether they could recall television shows involving police. The practical implications of the findings for police relations with children are troublesome. These youth; many who already come from shaky foundations are now unsure of what is right or wrong. This indecisiveness leads to bad choices and destructive outcomes. Breaking the cycle that leads youth to criminal behavior requires an effort by all.
“The first goal of the “Shop with a Cop-Napa” program is designed to help effect beneficial change. By teaching respect, building trust and friendship, as well as instilling values, we hope to do our part. Violence can be curbed. Children’s lives may be spared. Communities may be made safer.
“Our secondary goal through this event is to change perceptions. Now, more than ever, perceptions of law enforcement personnel must be changed. Current events have left the most vulnerable of our youth with a less than favorable impression of law enforcement personnel. We hope this event will assist in changing those perceptions.
“So how does it work? This is a holiday event sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Greater Napa, The North Napa Target, Store and Napa Police Department. We are hoping to allow at least 100 of Napa’s neediest youth the experience of shopping for holiday gifts for their immediate family members with some of “Napa’s Finest.” The lucky youth and their law enforcement “shopperone” are turned loose in the Target store where they are able to spend up to $300.00 for gifts for their immediate family members. Volunteers gladly wrap the gifts while the youngsters enjoy treats. Of course, it is the holiday season, so every shopper also receives several special gifts as he/she leave the event.
“Most of the youth targeted have not had the opportunity of shopping for family members during the holiday season. For many, this will be a first. As a result, many of these youth have not experienced the joy of giving unconditionally. We have found this experience to have had a profound and lasting effect on some of our past recipients.”
Be Kind; kid-driven and kid-led. The idea for Be Kind sprouted from the mind of Finkelstein family friend Laurie Phillips of New York City. Phillips became aware of the self-imposed isolation of her fellow New Yorkers and how there was very little interaction happening among them. As a way to break the ice, she made the now iconic “Be Kind” buttons and would wear them while out and about in the city. Anytime someone would complement her button, she would take it off and gift it to that person. A friendly conversation would start naturally and smiles would ensue. The buttons would then be paid forward by their new owners and are now found all over New York and the surrounding areas.
In 2015, on a trip to New York to visit Laurie, Talulah (then age 9) and Ruby (then age 7), were really impressed by these friendly interactions, so they decided to spread kindness in Napa and ordered some of the same Be Kind buttons. They now wear Be Kind buttons everywhere they go and give them to those that comment on them.
They have now given more than 20,000 of the iconic Be Kind buttons all over the world. They have also created the Kindness Kids, a youth-led group that brings together kids throughout our community to organize acts of positivity and compassion. Among their projects, they collect warm coats for those in need, prepare food for those who are hungry, and organize birthday parties for children without homes.
The Kindness Kids have spoken to school assemblies, professional groups, service groups and at large gatherings such as Napa’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. Be Kind brings people together to spread and celebrate kindness. Be Kind is not a protest or political or religious in nature. Be Kind seeks to strengthen communities through the power of kindness.
This article barely reveals the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ideas of giving back, paying forward, or however you want to refer to fulfilling the needs of a family or a community. But in the long run, none of this gets done without all of us doing whatever we can, big or small, no amount of giving is too little or too much when given in the spirit of love.
Estate Sales? WHAT HAPPENS ATBy Kathleen Reynolds
“Estate Sale Today” – what does that sign mean exactly? Intriguing, perhaps, but what’s being sold? Will it only offer items I can’t afford? Will I look foolish because I don’t know what I’m doing? Estate sales professionals, with 50 years of staging sales between them, along with a seasoned estate sale shopper, are happy to share their knowledge.
Antique Shoppe (antiqueshoppeestatesales.com). Karen explains the basics.~Mary Ann Evans
Karen Ross and her husband, Peter, have spent 30 years conducting estate sales and as owners of the
“An Estate Sale is selling the contents of a home, after the family has removed any items they want to keep,” says Karen. “In contrast, a garage sale has random items that a family no longer wants or needs and is usually held in their yard, driveway or garage. Our business will sell anything in your home, from chandeliers to cars, boats or trailers.
“I Go To Estate Sales Because It Is Like Going On A Treasure Hunt Looking For Something I Didn’t Know I Wanted Or Needed, And Getting It For A Bargain.”
We bring in tables and display cases for smaller valuables and jewelry.”
Usually, families conduct an Estate Sale due to the death of relatives or if an elderly relative is moving into assisted living, doing general downsizing, divorcing or paying debts. Items for sale may be fine antiques, paintings, silver, watches, vintage jewelry and rugs to household utensils and small appliances.
Prices vary for hiring an estate sale company, Karen explains, “Usually they charge 40 to 50 percent of what sells.”
Sometimes, estate sales professionals will ad fees for necessities such as advertising, research time, staffing or security.
How do you know how much it will cost? What will happen to items that don’t sell? Will they clean up afterwards?
“Get a written contract,” says Karen. “Make sure it states the percentage of sales for each party and when the sale will start and end. It should state what will be done including research and appraisal if necessary, pricing and staffing if needed. It also should detail what the parties want to do with unsold items. Will the items be donated, picked up or hauled away? Is clean-up included?”
Karen suggests before hiring a firm to conduct the sale, families check that they have a business license and insurance, ask how long they’ve been in business and get references.
“If a family doesn’t know if there is enough in the home for an Estate
Sale, we offer a free consultation. Sometimes, the house doesn’t have many things, or the dollar amount would be too small for us to conduct an estate sale.”
Marsha Taylor has been an Estate Sales professional for 20 years.
“The value we bring is that we take the emotions out of disposing of a loved one’s property. This is a laborintensive business. We’re saving our clients a minimum of 40 to 80 hours of work. The best clients are the ones who let us do what we know how to do. We have empathy for the clients, but we aren’t emotionally attached to any of their items. I advise people not to put anything in the sale that they don’t want sold. Their relative’s treasured vase is probably not going to be valued as highly as they think it should.”
“When the sale is over, the most efficient way is to turn the leftover items to us and let us determine the best way to dispose of them. We may sell them to a reseller or donate them, but we also don’t want the clients to be upset if we put out the useful items on the lawn marked for free. The objective is to have an empty house at the end. If the person wants an unsold item back, that’s fair enough if we know ahead of time. We also tidy up and clean the floors afterwards.”
The experts say that an estate sale at a moderate-sized home takes two to three days, usually Friday through Sunday.
Bartering is expected. “That’s the fun of it,” says Marsha. “I usually bundle things for a price. The goal is to sell it all. We are flexible and friendly; that’s how you sell everything.”
Seasoned shopper, Mary Ann Evans, says there is a variety of reasons to investigate an estate sale.
“I go to estate sales because it is like going on a treasure hunt looking for something I didn’t know I wanted or needed, and getting it for a bargain. Each person is unique and therefore, everyone looks for something that is unique to them. That is what makes each sale so different. The space reflects the personality and treasures of the original owner. When you go into an estate sale, it needs to be treated as a sacred space that once belonged to someone who loved it and not somewhere to go and just rummage through everything as some people do.”
Many shoppers go to sales to find a bargain and resell it on eBay or Craigslist.
“Estate sales are entertaining,” says Mary Ann. “I look for good deals for myself or something that I can sell and make a little profit. However, I have bought impulsively at an estate sale and have had buyer’s remorse. That is when I either sell it for less than I paid for it just to move it along or donate it to Community Projects. Either way is a win because it goes to someone who really wants it.”
Does she have advice for would-be buyers?
“Don’t go unless this is something that is fun for you. You will learn as you go. Everyone has something that they are really interested in. I love china, but it has a limited resale market. Some people love jewelry. My husband likes tools. Finally, there are treasures everywhere, sometimes you must look closely, and many times others have overlooked them. We usually go through a house twice because there is so much to see, there are things that you miss the first time around.”
If you want to venture into the world of Estate Sales, they are listed in the newspaper, on Craigslist, or by following signs on the street and on websites such as estatesales.org. Good luck in your hunt.
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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING | DOWNTOWN NAPA | WED., NOV. 23 AT 6 P.M.
CHRISTMAS PARADE | SAT., DEC. 10 AT 5 P.M.
Christmas is just around the corner, and so is the annual Napa Christmas Tree Lighting, the Christmas Parade (now being held on a new Saturday,) and the brand-new Downtown Napa Wonderland of Trees. Make sure all three are on your calendar!
The Christmas celebrations begin with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Veterans Park in Downtown Napa on Wednesday, November 23 at 6 p.m. Mayor Scott Sedgley will lead the community in lighting the tree. The Boy Scouts will be on-hand giving out free cookies courtesy of Toni Chiapetta, owner of Sweetie Pies, who has been making and donating cookies for years.
Hot chocolate will be provided by Downtown Joes, as they have since the tree lighting in Veterans Park began. Entertainment will include the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, a long-time Napa favorite. Local children’s groups will dance and sing as well!
For the first time in at least thirty years, the annual Christmas parade will NOT take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but will instead begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. The reason for the change primarily has to do with safety. “Since we made it a nighttime parade seventeen years ago, a lot more people attend,” said Connie Anderson, publisher of the Napa ValleyBy Craig Smith
Marketplace Magazine and president of the Downtown Napa Association, which has been organizing the parade for twenty-six years. “The City provides the volunteers necessary to make the event safe, and as the parade gets bigger, so does the need for volunteers. Thanksgiving weekend is a tough time to find enough people.”
New this year will be the Downtown Napa Wonderland of Trees, featuring dozens of creatively decorated trees in downtown businesses. For a map of tree locations plus details about the Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade, visit DoNapa.com or call 707-257-0322.
Giovannoni’s Market GENEROSITY AS LEGENDARY AS THEIR WORK ETHICBy Lauren Coodley
As of 1852, the City of Napa had only 300 permanent residents. That year, silversmith William Jacks bought land in Napa and built his house. An early map shows its location on Levee Street (now Riverside) and Grant Street (now Brown). His nursery extended to the river. In l860, Jacks married Abigail Woodruff, and they lived the rest of their lives in the house, where perhaps his botanical library was located in a room with bay windows looking onto the river. Jacks helped found both the First Presbyterian Church and Tulocay Cemetery.
By l870, seven wharves ran along the waterfront, along with lumber yards and warehouses. Steamers carried both industrial and industrial products, sometimes entire flocks and herds of livestock. Factories could ship their goods to San Francisco and beyond. A Napa
County pamphlet published at the time proclaimed, “There is work for men and women here. Young man, come west! Come west to Napa to start a factory.” And they did.
While visiting Napa, Albert Sawyer from New Hampshire noticed that local butchers were discarding sheep pelts with wool still on them, so he purchased a pile of discards and began a wool-pulling business on the banks of the Napa River. Soon he was curing hides, pickling them in brine, and shipping them to customers back east. In 1870, Albert and his father founded the Sawyer Tanning Company on South Coombs Street. A year later, Sawyer invited Emanuel Manasse, to join him. Manasse, a German immigrant, rapidly developed new methods for tanning sheep skin and buckskin. Emanuel’s first house, built in 1886 on 443 Brown Street south of Oak, was known as the
By 1926, Sawyer was the first tannery west of Chicago to produce patent leather, and the next year it developed chromed tan leather, used for softball gloves, as well as leather for baseball and welding gloves. The Coombs Street area was a neighborhood of tanners, paper hangers, stevedores, and river men.
Ray Guadagni, who grew up in “Little Italy” across the river from Sawyer, recalls, “It seemed to me that everyone was Italian in Napa…No matter how small one’s backyard was, everyone had an Italian garden of vegetables and herbs, including plenty of basil, garlic and rosemary.”
The store once known as Giovannoni’s began with just such a garden. Augustine Giovannoni arrived in San Francisco from Genoa, and moved to Napa in the early 1920s. He worked in a quicksilver mine in Calistoga, and married Josephine Lanaro. Starting with Augustine’s horse- drawn ice cream cart, the family built a grocery store on the first floor of their home at Brown and Oak.
Grandson Tony explains, “They had a large lot and had an extensive garden. They started by selling the excess produce to neighbors and friends, and eventually they expanded and started a small market.” They called it South Market Grocery, and later, Giovannoni’s Market. The family lived on the second floor and ran the market
on the first floor. Augustine Giovannoni worked as a ship painter at a Napa shipyard to help make ends meet. His wife and kids ran the store while he was working.
Son Larry recalled his boyhood, “I remember going around with my father to get grocery orders. Most people didn’t have a phone.” After going door-todoor taking orders, they would return later with the deliveries. Augustine Giovannoni picked up groceries at the wharf down the block from the corner of Oak and Brown. After unloading cargo, the boats packed fruit from Napa orchards to carry back to San Francisco. Peggy Aaron worked part-time at the store from 1957 through 1959 while in high school.
As she recalls, “Augie dedicated his life to food and family. Lots of neighbors lived paycheck to paycheck. Credit cards were not yet part of their profiles. This tough businessman had the biggest heart. He would run a tab for the locals who needed it and wait for payday to collect. His generosity was as legendary as his work ethic.” She remembers “seeing Augie G out in front of the Browns Street Market with apron and broom. His sons Larry and Ernest learned at a very young age how to work in the market. I don’t remember Ernie or Larry or Augie ever missing a day of work, and “mom sending us with a dollar to buy 3
pounds of ground beef for meatloaf dinner. If we didn’t have the dollar yet, he would carefully write down in his little notebook, and collect when paycheck came.”
Barry Nelson adds to the picture, “My parents had an account there so my Mom would send me there without any money to buy stuff, at which time they would record the price on a stiff cardboard type document which was filed with many other account holders...They even let me buy her cigarettes! Mom would then pay the total bill at the end of each month.”
Dann Shively adds, “I remember members of the family working there. I’m sure some of the boys were probably only 10 or so years older than I, but they seemed like adults and were very kind.”
By the early 60s, sons Larry and Ernest had taken over running the store and decided to undertake a major expansion. The new market was built just to the north of the existing home, which was then lifted and moved on a trailer past the bridge on Milton Road/ Edgerly Island. The plot where the house once sat became the parking lot for the new store.
Tony explains, “Larry ran the meat department, which was known for its full-service counter and oldfashioned butchers. Beef was trucked in from Idaho, and top quality was always a priority. Whether it was prime rib for Christmas, turkeys for Thanksgiving, corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day, or aged steaks for a special BBQ; people went out of their way to shop there. Families relied on Giovannoni’s to make their meal memorable. Ernest ran the rest of the store, but his focus was produce. He would leave before dawn and drive to the wholesale market down in Oakland,
where he would search out and hand select the best products and vendors. He was so adept at this that he was eventually purchasing the produce for several local restaurants. In later years this part of the business was expanded, and his son John now runs a wholesale produce delivery business.“
Between 1973 and 1977, Don de Soto worked at the store as a stockboy and bagger. He drove his ‘67 mustang from Napa High School to work, and in 1977 met his wife Julie there.
He recalls, “The meat dept was unbelievable, people would bring custom cut of steers there…A lot of recurring customers with paychecks from Kaiser Steel, Napa Glove, the Tannery; most everybody got paid weekly and lived within a couple of blocks to the store…a lot of fragile elderly people, with shopping baskets…it really was a magical time.”
Another customer, Cyn Langlois, adds, “We lived just around the corner in the 70s. Larry used to help my Mom and I out on a few occasions when we were short on funds and gave us a food voucher for groceries. He was an angel. I miss that little store. Good memories, and I still remember the layout.”
I miss it too. In 1979, I was living at 555 Riverside Drive with my husband and toddler; our tangled yard of blackberries and anise faced onto the back of Giovannoni’s Market. William Jacks’ home must have once been across the street. I pushed the stroller to the store every few days to get those glorious vegetables, but I knew nothing of its history. Now, I finally do.
& Napa Christmas Parade
FFor the first time in at least thirty years, the Napa Christmas Parade will take place on December 10th, the second Saturday in December, as opposed to the traditional Saturday after Thanksgiving. Fifteen years ago, the parade became a nighttime event, and attendance has increased dramatically since then and continues to grow. In order to keep it a safe event, the parade now requires close to 100 volunteers, and while Napans have always been willing to step up and help, that kind of support is hard to muster over a holiday weekend.
On the plus side, the change in date also means that downtown businesses will finally have the chance to fully participate in Small Business Saturday, a nationwide event that began in 2010 in response toBy Craig Smith
the recession that took a major hit on small businesses. Second Street is hardest hit when streets are closed for the parade. Lots of streets are involved and the closure process takes hours. There is logic to which streets are barricaded first, so that no cars find themselves boxed in, and the pattern means that Second Street is among the first blocked, always shortly after noon – a full five hours before the parade starts. “Once the streets are closed, our businesses really slow down. None of us have ever complained. We support the parade as much as anybody and love that it starts down Second Street. But financially, it’s a hardship,” said Chrissy Jeffries, who with her husband Pat owns Jeffries General at 1462 Second Street, between Franklin and School. “We’ve all suffered in silence for years,” said Chrissy, with a smile. “We love the parade and
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wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize it, but we are thrilled that we can be part of Small Business Saturday, and will be offering a lot of specials to make it worth our customers’ while.”
“Our plan for Small Business Saturday is to have extended hours and offer in-store specials for the day at every shop on our block.” Those offers will vary from store-to-store. The stores currently making the offer are between School and Franklin Streets. Park once and take advantage of all.
Erin Riley, owner of Be Bubbly will extend ‘Member for a Day’ benefits to everyone on December 10th. “Moving the parade gives us the best of both worlds,” she said. “We’ve only been here for one parade (COVID closed what would have been her second) and it was a delight for us. It’s a great gathering time for locals, and has a real small-town feel. We’re such a local street, with all the business being small and locally owned, that it fits us perfectly.” Across the street neighbor Jeffries General will offer 15% off any item that day, along with a $20 off coupon that can be used in January.
Muguette Rinaldi, who owns Muguette Renee Boutique at 1409 Second Street, has been in business for six years, which means that this year, she’ll be enjoying her sixth parade in front of her store. “We love the parade because it’s such a festive community event. It’s a way of ringing in the season,” she said. “We don’t really care when it is, and will support it any way we can.” In honor of Small Business Saturday, Muguette will offer all downtown shoppers 15% off any one item. B12 Love Lounge will discount injections and IVs. To round it off, Gamling McDuck and Benevolent Neglect, the two wine tasting rooms on the block, will be knocking 15% off the price of a wine tasting. “We love this community, and this is a good way for us to express that,” said Adam McClary of Gamling McDuck. Benevolent Neglect is the newest business on the block, having opened their tasting room at the end of October. “We are already so excited about being part of this block of businesses. What a great way for us to say hello to all our Napa friends,” said Ben Brenner of Benevolent.
If all of this isn’t enough, customers can pick up a Small Business Saturday game card, which will have the names of all participating Second Street shopsvisit at least five, get a stamp, and turn in your filled card. One lucky shopper will receive a fabulous gift
merchandise and snacks.
Change can be hard, but the change of the parade date has two definite upsides, and the Downtown Napa Association (DNA) loves how this is all turning out. “We’ve organized and hosted the parade for the past twenty-six years,” said Connie Anderson, president of the DNA board and publisher of the Napa Valley Marketplace. “Now the parade will go on, and our merchants can benefit from Small Business Saturday as well. One of those rare, true win-win situations.”
NAPA VALLEY EVENTS NOVEMBER
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SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled and imprisoned barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, proprietress of a failing pie shop. Mrs. Lovett's luck changes when Todd develops a thirst for blood and provides her with an unending supply of fresh ingredients for her meat pies. Soon the people of London
are lining up for these tasty treats – while some upstairs get their last, and closest, shave. Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked and delighted audiences across the world for 40 years. luckypennynapa.com
NAPA DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Napa Dia de los Muertos aims to create a family-friendly event where our diverse Napa community feels seen and heard through art, tradition, music, dance and food; and where the spirit of Dia de los Muertos is driven by cultural awareness, understanding and acceptance. Veterans Park, Dwight Murray Plaza and Brown Street in Downtown Napa from 3 to 8pm. cityofnapa.org/diadelosmuertos
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JAM CELLARS PRESENTS:
An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
This intimate acoustic performance two legendary singersongwriters, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, together on stage, trading off songs and stories that have made them two of the most innovative voices in music over the past three decades. uptowntheatrenapa.com
NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL –FILM, FOOD AND WINE SHOWCASE
The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) and the CIA at Copia will present its inaugural Film, Food and Wine Showcase, four nights of films and culinary experiences. After
two years of virtual films, the festival said its upcoming screenings of 2022 films and tributes reflect some of this year’s most talked-about films and performances. In addition, the event will include culinary events complementing the food and wine culture evoked in each film. napavalleyfilmfest.org
NOVEMBER 11-JANUARY 8
MERRY MERITAGE HOLIDAY ICE RINK
Welcome in the holiday spirit by enjoying an evening of ice skating, lounging by the fire with a warm drink, or sipping your favorite wine from an on-site tasting room. The night sky will be brightened up by a 40-foot tall Christmas tree and twinkling lights! meritageresort.com
COAT, COSTUME & SHOE DRIVE
Donate a gently-used coat, costume or pair of shoes and get a free indoor recycling or compost pail for your home or office. The Salvation Army will distribute the coats locally to those in need. Soles4Souls will distribute shoes around the world to those in poverty. Accepting donations during event hours only, 10 am to 2 pm at Redwood Plaza Shopping Center. naparecycling.com
As reggae revolutionaries, Steel Pulse is revered by the younger generation of artists and remains a powerhouse on stages around the globe. With their last album release,
Mass Manipulation, the UK reggae legends emerged with musical vengeance to halt the disarray of humanity. See them live and experience the vibe at the JaM Cellars Ballroom at Margrit Mondavi Theatre! jamcellarsballroom.com
NAPA HIGH SCHOOL INSTRUMENTAL FALL CONCERT
SOUNDS OF STRINGS: GUITARS AND ORCHESTRA
Come hear the sounds of Autumn with the Napa High School Instrumental students at 7 pm at the NVUSD Auditorium in Napa. You'll see performances from the Orchestra, Guitar, Jazz and marching bands, Drumline, and Color Guard. Tickets are available online and at the door. All proceeds benefit their music program. napahighband.org
48TH ANNUAL GIFTS ‘N TYME HOLIDAY FAIRE
Come be part of a Napa holiday tradition! Shop, eat, and be merry! The Faire highlights 85 booths of handmade crafts, art, gourmet foods, holiday pieces and baked goods at the Napa Valley Expo. Friday-Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Admission and parking are free!
A curated collection of art, crafts, handmade, vintage, antiques and unique finds, food and music. Third Saturday of each month from 9 am to 3 pm at the Napa
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