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Your Membership Is Our Privilege: That’s the new internal motto of the Napa Chamber of Commerce (NCC). We’re doing our best to make our members feel that way, and hope to provide another sense of how hard we’re trying, with the first “NCC Member Appreciation Party.” The event is free and exclusive to members and their RSVP-confirmed guests/family members. The festivities will take place on Saturday, July 18, at Kennedy Park and is being co-sponsored by the city of Napa Parks and Recreation Department. Services Director John Coates and his staff have played an integral role in assisting us in putting...

Coming and going at the Andaz: Congratulations to Greg Nomura, a great friend of the Napa Chamber of Commerce while serving as general manager of the popular downtown hotel. Greg recently accepted the same position at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, and will be moving to San Diego in the coming weeks. His very accommodating and energetic style will be sorely missed. I’d also like to welcome Eron Hodges as the incoming GM at Andaz, joining us from Hyatt Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. Eron has spent 16 of his 23 years in the hospitality industry with Hyatt Regency...

As part of a longtime partnership agreement between the Napa County Airport and the Napa Chamber of Commerce (NCC), I made a recent visit for the first installment of a fantastic four-part annual Fly-A-Leader program. Started around 1988 while Jim Ford was chairman of the Aviation Advisory Committee (AAC), the program is informational/educational, and includes an introduction to the AAC (thank you Todd Walker), a behind-the-scenes tour of the various facilities (CHP, Airport Control Tower and Napa Jet Center), and a breathtaking 45-minute aerial tour of Napa County, culminating with a great three-course lunch at Runway by Patrick, where we are...

“You’ll never understand until you have your own.” Those were some of the most profound words ever spoken to me by my mother as she tried to explain the strength behind the faded phrase on her favorite old T-shirt — she wore it to bed every night. “A Mother’s Love” was the message, but what did that mean? After all, there were six of us, and she was a single mom working a full-time job with a 50-minute commute that could easily last several hours in the dead of winter in Lansing, Michigan. She managed to make us each feel as...

I found the ‘Fountain of Youth.’Well, it wasn’t actually a fountain, and I didn’t actually see anyone drink from it, but there has to be one located on the property at Redwood Retirement Residence. This beautiful independent living community, located right here in the heart of the valley, has approximately 90 residents, including five “young” ladies who have surpassed the century mark. Jenny Mae Kunkel turned 102 just a couple of Sundays ago, while Grace Dizmang celebrated her 104th last December. There’s also Grace Morris (101), Suzie Martin (101) and Agnes Williams — a huge San Francisco Giants fan — who...

Latitude 38 Rocks: I’ve heard (from my backyard) but never attended BottleRock, so I’ve refrained from opinion on the actual festival — past or present. I welcome the business generated by the 100,000 annual weekend visitors, and think it’s a great event with positive national cachet that belongs to Napa. I do speak from experience about Justin Dragoo, Dave Graham and Jason Scoggins — partners of Latitude 38 Entertainment — when I say we’re lucky to have these three savvy, homegrown businessmen working passionately to make BottleRock an experience — and homegrown brand — that we can all be proud of. Their...

Busy is good: March was a good month of engaging, connecting and collaborating for the Napa Chamber of Commerce (NCC) — and our Ambassadors — and that’s always a positive sign for local business. There were three grand-opening ribbon cuttings (Bank of Napa, Brookdale Senior Living, Round Table Pizza), or four if you include the Andaz hotel “reopening” at the end of the month. I’m sure there were more, but NCC was thrilled to take part in these. Congratulations to Andaz General Manager Greg Nomura — operating at full-room capacity for the first time since August. I think it’s safe to speak...

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is using National Safe Digging Month (April) to encourage California residents and businesses to continue to lead by example and always call 811 before any digging project. It is a fast, free service that ensures you know what’s below ground before you dig. Homeowners and contractors will help protect the safety of their communities’ and can prevent outages with a simple call to 811. In California, contractors are required to provide notification of their intent to dig two working days in advance. Failing to do so can result in costly fines and delayed projects. View More...

That’s a question I’m frequently asked. I totally understand why the question would be posed by a new business owner or someone just moving into the community, but it’s a little more difficult to understand coming from those familiar with the 126-year history of the Napa Chamber of Commerce, a community institution with a very positive reputation of influence among longtime members and stakeholders, past presidents and board members and the business and nonprofit communities of Napa. I know it’s been positive because I hear plenty of stories of the glory years of the Chamber, because I have the fortunate opportunity...

Patricia Trimble, proud chamber member and owner of The Roost Napa, is hosting a special event for animal lovers. On Saturday, March 14, from 3 to 7 p.m., she is hosting a launch party for a local nonprofit organization called Loving Animals Providing Smiles (LAPS). LAPS is an all-volunteer organization of well-trained, registered animal-assisted therapy teams. The organization finds partnerships for dogs, cats and other animals, training each to create a source of companionship and aid. LAPS also provides therapy sessions at schools, senior homes and juvenile detention centers in Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties That same day Patricia will also be...