GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS:
Ron Bausman + Art Wagner
Ron and Art first moved to Petaluma in 1994 from San Francisco. Art was employed in Santa Rosa at the Emporium and Ron worked for DFS in the City. Petaluma was the perfect mid point from which they could both commute, not to mention it had a thriving historic downtown and active community. Once they found their ideal Brainerd Jones designed home, their roots were planted and they prepared for retirement. In 2002, Ron was offered a fantastic opportunity at Macy’s Corporate in New York. They relocated to the Upper West Side and rented out their lovely Petaluma home in hopes to return one day to retire, again. After nearly seven years, the time had come and they waved good bye to many dear East Coast friends.
In 2008, Art and Ron returned to Petaluma and re~rooted in the community through volunteerism. They’ve been volunteers and board members at The Petaluma Museum, Heritage Homes, and most recently at Petaluma Educational Foundtion’s Alphabet Soup Stores. Over the years, they’ve opened their home to the public for Heritage Homes Holiday Parlor Tour and would love to one day write a book about Brainerd Jones.
Art and Ron’s engagement at Alphabet Soup began with a sign seeking volunteers. At that time, the store was relocating to its current location and in dire need of help with the move. Ron and Art were just the right men for the job and after a year of service their obvious retail expertise led PEF to pull the men from retirement and in to their current roles within the organization. Art now serves as Lead Processor of donations and Ron is the Store Director. Alphabet Soup Clothing Boutique can be found at 217 Western and a second location featuring Alphabet Soup @Home is a few doors up at 203 Western. The stores are thriving and a valued part of Petaluma’s Historic Downtown, due largely to its talented staff of volunteers. Donations come from throughout the Bay Area and reflect the genuine generosity to be found here. Store sales directly benefit Petaluma Education Foundation, which serves 13,000 students throughout the communities public, charter and private schools by providing grants, scholarships, and endowed funds. Ron and Art lead the team in processing donated items, merchandising, and managing the sales force which last year generated nearly $750K in sales!
Perhaps Art and Ron will never get to retire, but imagine what they could accomplish on a third or fourth try? Next time you’re walking downtown be sure to stop by Alphabet Soup and meet these wonderful neighbors.
Antique and collectable lovers throughout the Bay Area are welcome to come, browse and shop the 28th Annual Petaluma Fall Antique Faire on Sunday September 28, 2014, 8 am to 4 pm set in one delightful and relaxing setting in downtown Petaluma. Admission is free.
"The Bay Area's Premier Antique Center", Historic Downtown Petaluma will transform into an antique marketplace. Amid the beautiful historic buildings, one of a kind stores, an incredible array of restaurants and cafes, guests can find an incomparable selection of affordable antiques from over 180 dealers. The show has a nice variety of estate jewelry, linens, furniture, art, kitchenware, vintage décor, books and all kinds of unusual collectables to suit everyone's budget.
This show attracts over 8,000 discerning collectors as well as first time buyers wishing to collect and invest in real antiques. Don't forget to partake in the Mason's incredible breakfast in beautiful dining room of the Masonsbuilding during the morning of the show for just $8, a rare and special treat!_
OUR SPRING ANTIQUE FAIRE WILL BE ON APRIL 26, 2015 - SAVE THE DATE! source: www.petalumadowntown.com
Sonoma County is fertile grounds for food, family and innovation, Metes and Bounds represents the perfect culmination of the three. Based in Petaluma, this mobile dining experience is open to the public at host farms throughout the county. A 27 foot kitchen bus, christened “Hugo”, has been carefully renovated to provide refrigeration, counter and sink space for chef Heath Thomson and his team. Hugo tows a wood burning stove for hot food preparation and the ultimate farm table is set for forty guests amidst the fields. A five course meal is prepared from the farm’s day harvest and Sommelier Drew Duggan cultivates the perfect wine companions to the bounty. The gathering commences with aperitifs and canapes, as guests are introduced to farmer and provided tours of grounds.
Heath Thomson honed his craft in Bay Area fine dining establishments but found increasing frustration with restaurants touting false “Farm to Table” experiences. Deciding to take this philosophy to it’s most literal level, Heath opened Metes and Bounds to the public in Spring of 2014. Tickets are available to the public through the restaurant’s website and seats are always reserved for the farmers and chefs. Metes and Bounds currently serves two meals a week to it’s guests atop white tablecloths with antique china and below strings of lights and the vault of the Sonoma sky. This unique en plain air restaurant invites guests to familiarize themselves with the culture and issues facing Sonoma county farmers. The greater conversation of food sourcing, healthy eating, sustainable practices and building community is initiated, one meal at time.
New listing in Nicasio Valley is featured in this gorgeous Ralph Lauren Ad. Sorry ladies, the pond does not come with a handsome fisherman. But it is a spectacular location: www.3200nicasiovalleyroad.com
I love this car. It makes me happy every year! Thanks to Guy Foster for his amazing photos on is open Flickr page.