Craig Smith

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association.

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This one is off the hook – a music crawl featuring 40 bands at 30 locations, some inside and some outside, all within walking distance of each other.

Performers span the musical spectrum, from Blues to bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll to reggae, and funk to fiddles. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. Best of all, it’s all free.

Walk from place to place as you see fit, and enjoy a day chock-full of entertainment. If what you hear at one spot doesn’t get you dancing, stroll over to the next one. Food and beverages available at select locations.

Sunday, June 5 from noon to 6 p.m. It’s the best way to Do Napa!

Thanks to our sponsors Lagunitas, Blue Moon Beer, Bank of Napa, Team Superstores and the Napa Valley Marketplace.

Busting Down the Doors…

When Napa Bookmine at the Oxbow Public Market opened their doors for the first time in February, people immediately streamed in. It’s been that way ever since.

Manager Michelle Dickson said that’s partly due to the selection, which she and Naomi Chamblin, who co-owns the store with her husband, Eric Hagyard, constantly refine.

“We offer best-sellers, of course,” said Dickson, “and we also offer interesting, quirky titles and gifts that you may not find elsewhere.”

One example of that is “The Vegetarian” by South Korean author Han Kang, which the New York Times highly recommends and describes as a “ferocious, magnificently death-affirming novel.”

In the book, “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life,” bestselling author, speaker and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver.

“These are both great reads and make great gifts,” said Dickson.

Napa Bookmine on Pearl Street, which offers mostly used books, opened in September 2013, on Dickson’s birthday.

“I was so excited about this store opening and that Napa was going to have a homey, comfortable bookstore that I joined the online campaign to help get it started.”

A local yoga instructor, she was a regular customer at the first Napa Bookmine and became friends with Chamblin and Hagyard right away.

“Both stores are all about Napans, bringing people downtown, and inspiring Napa to be a city of readers,” said Chamblin.

Dickson said both places feel like family. She’s met most of her friends through Bookmine, even before working there.

Chamblin and Hagyard are expected their first child in late spring, and decided to have someone else manage the Oxbow location.

“Michelle is the only person we even considered,” said Chamblin. “We are so, so fortunate that she joined us.”

Both stores do special orders, and they are fast. From my experience, that can mean a two-day turn-around. The Oxbow store is open daily, until 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Call 726-6575, or visit

See you downtown!

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association. Reach him at 257-0322 or


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