In late April 2020 while sheltering-in-place, I launched this site to help support small businesses in the best way I already knew how:
continue patronize them,
curate helpful information,
and share stories about locals, businesses and organizations that keep this community connected.
I grew up with immigrant parents that owned a neighborhood grocery store and take-away restaurant for 10 years, in a small touristy town in Cairns, Australia, near the Great Barrier Reef.
Fast forward to 2007, and another small town across the globe, Healdsburg, CA -- immediately charmed me and my
triathlon- coach-husband Kevin Coady, during our first visit, that was sparked by a Hotel Healdsburg gift certificate.
We're lucky to call Healdsburg our home.
And we're learning as we go, to live and shop more local.
Stay safe and be well 🖤
Caroline Bontia, Founder
Photo from left to right:
little me in front of my family's grocery store in Cairns, AU
at my first harvest with Cartograph Wine;
celebrating an anniversary dinner at Valette; and
home in quarantine, where we receive a lot of compliments about that custom barn door made by Sonoma Millworks. Wall art from Modern Antiquarium.