Corrina Pena was constantly making cakes and cupcakes for family and friends. As response to her goodies over the years kept being overwhelmingly positive, she decided to turn her baking hobby into a real business called Frosted.
Amy Collins was newly moved to Mendocino when she posted on the local listserv that she had free empty moving boxes available. As fate would have it, the owner of the Village Sock Shop answered her ad and the two quickly connected.
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.”
Mendocino Country Blessings began as a simple act of love. Having bred and shown dogs for over twenty years, Nancy Hendricks also cooked for them.
Marc Saavedra has found his niche. Having grown up in a household where his mother cut hair, it’s not surprising that he owns Airport Barber Shop.
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.
When looking at photographer Blake Floyd Gardner’s work, you are quick to notice the mesmerizing way the photos capture the subject’s personality. You feel as if you know the person.
“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!
Jim Smith was born and raised in Fort Bragg, CA. A local boy graduated from Fort Bragg HS. He went to work driving a delivery truck right after graduation. For 15 years he work as an employee.
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.