As a grandmother, Karla Downing feels it is time to pass her knowledge on. As the host of Alive Retreats, she hopes to empower her guest to make their own health choices by creating a sanctuary where they can experience whole foods and the positive effect on their bodies.
When Peter started Mendo TechNet, he’d already been fixing phones and helping people with their tech questions and difficulties. What began as a hobby, became a side business and demand for his services grew, as did his confidence.
Jeremy and Aspen Logan are big thinkers in a small town. When they were at a crossroads, having to decide if they should move or stay in Fort Bragg, they walked by The Color Mill and saw a sign that said the business was for sale.
Maria Testa Martinson, great granddaughter of Gaetona and Maria Testa, who established Testa Vineyards in 1912, explained that her great grandparents came over from Italy to San Francisco in 1906, where her great grandfather quickly found work helping with the clean up after the 1906 earthquake, and later as a ferry driver.
“Competition is good for everyone,” said Scott Stanton “I saw a big gap in providing alternatives to standard garden supplies and a need for more customized services in our community. So we jumped in.”
Slam Dunk Pizza is a sports-themed pizza restaurant in Ukiah, California. The owners, Matt and Stephanie Dunken, have a background in the pizza business but this is the first business they have owned themselves.
“Kennels are stressful on dogs,” says Sean Dewil, the new owner of Dirty Dog Daycare & Grooming, a Ukiah-based kennel-free dog facility. “It is constant barking. They want to get out of those crates. It is awful,” says Dewil.
“The Bay Area is really unaffordable for an artist. This became very apparent with the ghost ship fire in Oakland last year. It was an eye opener for people as far as how artists have to live to make their work.”
Septic work may seem like a peculiar business venture, especially if you don’t know too much about it. But for Kari Walsh and Robert Wegner, a little research and a lot of hard work turned this new challenge into a rewarding career!
The love of community can be found in the inviting and cozy atmosphere that fills Mendo Baby, a children’s consignment store located in downtown Ukiah. Anyone who spends any amount of time there will quickly discover this is the inspiration that drives it forward.
Quietly weaving through Noyo Harbor, Dan Platt, a well-known local fisherman along the Mendocino Coast, points to a boat that towers over the others in the harbor. “This boat just got back from Alaska where the owner was packing salmon,” says Platt.