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.
While pacing in the light of a pristine glass foyer, a team member from Sparkling Cleaning Service speaks proudly about a recently serviced home. "Mary and her husband," he explains, "they were elderly, and not in the best position to clean their windows. We removed all the dirt, the water spots, and after we finished, Mary calls me and says, 'I can see!'" That's not to say that Mary had been living with false blindness, but as she elatedly explained to an employee, she'd never seen her windows so clean.
This type of phone call is what owners Fernando Moreno and his wife, Sandra Gomez, wanted from their business from the beginning: to have strong personal relationships with clients—relationships built on thorough and fair service. The couple earned their business stripes as daycare owners, but decided to start Sparkling Cleaning Service in order to provide even more working opportunities for others––relatives included.
A family owned and operated business, one day the team of relatives sat down and sorted out the details of the company's vision. They decided to offer gutter cleaning, pressure washing, and window cleaning. They decided that they would use eco-friendly products. The family also decided that the prices should be based on square footage rather than number of windows––because it's more fair. "It's not as easy these days to trust someone to do a service. We want the customers to see that we can be trusted."
Dedicated to supporting soon-to-be and new moms, Eco Chic Baby brims with a wide range of products for maternity, childbirth, babies, and young children. Its selection of cloth, bio, or Fabergé diapers helps parents save money while young ones stay comfy and fashionable, and its organic vitamins and super foods spur healthy growth in children. Eco Chic Baby also keeps tikes safe with a selection of high-quality strollers, high chairs, and car seats. Made in the United States or sold through fair-trade agreements, the shop's goods are eco-friendly and nontoxic, and many of them are handmade locally.
In addition to purveying baby supplies, Eco Chic Baby hosts classes throughout the week, such as Pilates and yoga, and maintains optional onsite childcare for moms who wish to attend. For new parents needing time to themselves, Thursday morning R & R sessions boast complimentary tea, pastries, live Raffi performances, and a lending library for relaxing readings of War and Peace.
Helmed by long-time HVAC techs and tradesfolk Tommy Simkins and Richard Kramer, Air Solutions, Inc. has promoted clean, comfortable interior environments throughout three generations of family ownership. The team of licensed technicians extends its expertise far beyond conventional ventilation services, with installations of radiant-heat systems that cut down on monthly bills, and geothermal-energy hookups that help homes tap into the vast renewable energy produced by moleman barbecues. Preventative measures ensure existing air-conditioning and furnace setups run smoothly and efficiently, with dust-busting vent cleanings and thorough multipoint inspections.
The aisles at Napa Valley Art Supplies are as colorful as the paintings their materials help to create. Tubes of oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints, from brands such as Prismacolor and Liquitex, await to top an arsenal of Winsor & Newton brushes made to suit varying types of paint, desired brushstrokes, or canvas tickle-thresholds. Beads, jewelry, water-soluble crayons, and frames help inspire other artistic endeavors, while markers and eco-friendly Plutonium and Liquitex spray paints fuel onsite expression during BYOB events, which?in the past?have included a Spray Can Slam with local writers and street artists.
With more than 15 years in business, FastFrame’s Napa Valley location helps enhance fond memories with a variety of framing and photo-related services. Bring in prints or negatives from your backpacking trip through high school and have the photos conveniently imprisoned on CD ($10) or DVD ($15) or reproduce reminiscences sized from 4"x6" to 18"x24" ($5–$44) with photo-printing services. Restoration services ($10–$98) will reverse the age of old photos, repair damage to records, and add bright hues to images that predate the invention of color. Napa Valley FastFrame’s fine custom and ready-made framery (prices vary widely) is available to encase an abundance of items, including pictures, instruments, and 13-foot anaconda skins. Owner and certified picture framer Fred Cooper and his expert framers are happy to guide clients through copious selections of inspired custom framing that follows decorative and classical designs.