Located on Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, OldTown Furniture and Furniture Depot outfit homes and businesses with classic pieces of high-quality bedroom, dining, and living-room furniture. True to its name, OldTown Furniture epitomizes a simpler, bygone age: it's a family business passed down from generation to generation, with handmade solid-wood furniture and no fully automated robot sales staff. Patrons marvel at traditional handiwork in Amish furniture such as cherry or oak tables and chairs and admire the functional, handsome construction of American-made entertainment centers and office furnishings. Vintage signs brighten up dens and offices, and bedroom sets from collections such as Americana and Edwardian grace chambers with elegance.
The technology tamers at Santa Rosa Computers speed sluggish systems and scrub virus-ridden hard drives through repairs, software installations, and other computer services. New hard-drive installations ($40) expand digital shelf space for more pictures, videos, and stills from unreleased Star Trek sequels, and data-transfer services ($80/hour) protect important information by copying it to a dependable second storage unit. Alternatively, customers can put their Groupon toward a virus scan ($180), an in-depth inspection and cleaning to ensure that the software and operations are free from virtual contaminants. Trained technicians can also perform a disciplinary tune-up on a slacking computer ($80) or preserve the computer's recollection of undefeated solitaire standings with a memory RAM installation ($20).
Harnessing a background in both art and education, The Pottery Studio's owner aims to create a community gathering space where kids and adults can channel their individual creative urges into decorative or functional pottery, tiles, and mosaics. Amateur artists can grab provided brushes, dip them in eco-friendly and water-soluble paints, and then coat clay in any of more than 60 hues. Idea books are on hand to help aid in the design as one maneuvers stencils and sponges across mugs and plates, or kids and pets can learn to create a lasting impression without super-gluing themselves to the garage door by making clay hand- or footprints. Once ready, the professional staff dips each earthenware masterpiece into a clear glaze, fires it inside a kiln, and readies it to be picked up within one week. The pro potters also encourage each visiting artisan to bring coffee and snacks, and during evening hours, bottles of wine can tag along to refill adults' juice boxes.
Helico Sonoma's chief pilot and operating officer Daniel King shares his passion for exploring the California skies in two ways: He trains future helicopter pilots and helms aerial tours of the surrounding vineyards. The fifth-generation resident of Sonoma County and his staff lead lessons and tours at the controls of Robinson R22 Beta II and R44 Raven II helicopters, which they maintain and fly out of the Charles M. Schulz?Sonoma County Airport. Their 20- to 60-minute helicopter tours might explore areas such as the Russian River Valley, the California Coast, and nearby Napa Valley, providing passengers with stunning vineyard views normally reserved for birds and superheroes taking much-needed vacations.
On top of a table, a 32-inch touchscreen system leans on a stand, waiting for party guests to enter their names. Alone or in groups, people step forward, add their names on the touchscreen, and unlock the purpose of this high-tech gadget: it’s an open-air photo booth. Using its intuitive touchscreen, guests can snap goofy pictures with an array of props and type messages to the party’s hosts. A printer stands at the ready to deliver high-quality photos on demand. Friendly staffers chaperone their device at weddings, birthdays, block parties, or any type of event ready to answer questions and cast a deciding vote in a debate over who has the whitest whites of their eyes.
Whether it’s a wedding, baby shower, quinceañera, or charity event, chances are good that DreamMaker Designs can craft stationery for the occasion. After a complimentary consultation, one of the shop’s staffers draws up the invitation, stationery, thank-you card, or designer paper hat that their clients envision. With the plan in place, sturdy paper and vibrant inks bring the design to fruition.