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Mouthful: Party in The Barlow

  • You can taste beers (and wines) at Community Market's grand opening on Sunday at The Barlow in Sebastopol.

Santa Rosa's Community Market (1899 Mendocino Ave.) quietly opened a second location a few weeks ago, in a highly visible part of The Barlow, at the corner of Highway 12 and Morris St.

Now that the new store has gotten its sea legs, it's hosting a grand opening fete on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There will be nonstop entertainment throughout the day, with appearances by the Hubbub Club, Free Peoples, Lazyman, Mr. December, The Chelsea Set, JD Limelight, Kyle Martin Band, The Orchid Killers and the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. There will be qigong, belly dancing, art exhibits and fun activities for kids.

Community organizations will join in with education forums and demonstrations.

There will, of course, be food, beverage and product samples and an opportunity to hang out in the beer and wine garden.

The Sebastopol store is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Santa Rosa store is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about the not-for-profit market, visit srcommunitymarket.com.

From California to Italy and back again: A few months again, two young women, Michelle Lee Freeborn and Danielle Caponi Bolla, opened a sweet little shop, Vita Casalinga (“life of the homemaker”), off the square in Healdsburg, at 135 Matheson St. The store specializes in Italian housewares, including hand-pounded copper pots, outdoor bruschetta grills, handmade kitchen linens, ceramics, cookware, cooking implements and so much more, including a line of body products made with organic olive oil.

The story of how the store came about is as sweet as the store itself.

Freeborn, who was born in Santa Rosa, and Bolla, who was born in San Francisco, both went to Italy to study for a semester. Neither returned when the semester concluded. Bolla stayed 10 years, returning when her husband, Federico Bolla, an Italian computer programmer, accepted a job with Disney and George Lucas. Freeborn married architect Paolo Caggiano and raised a family near Florence.

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