Craig Smith

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

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Napa’s first “music crawl”, featuring 40 bands at 30 locations, is Sunday, June 5 from noon to 6 p.m.

This one has it all, from blues to bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll to reggae, and funk to fiddles. Best of all, it’s all free.

Some venues are inside, some are out. Food and beverages available at select locations. Visit to get a listing of all the bands and stages. 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.

The unexpected…

After opening the Annex of Antiques on Second in April, the owners planned on a grand opening celebration in May. Turns out they sold so much inventory that they had to go on a shopping spree, and reschedule the grand opening for June 4 and 5.

Most antique stores are divided into sections, with each dealer having his or her own distinct area.

Molly Silcox, the owner and visionary of the Annex, has created more of a boutique, where dealers mix items so that they tell a story.

Merchandise is shown the way it can be used, and how pieces fit together. The five curators/designers participating in the Annex sum it up saying, “Experience a fresh kind of collective where the irresistible and unexpected collide.”

The concept is passionately presented by Antiques on Second, Betty’s Girl, Simply Restored Furniture & Finds, Gatherings and Whim by Sanctuary Living.

It’s a challenging store in which to merchandise because of the way things fit together. If a piece is sold, replacing it with something else takes thought and a creative touch. What makes it work?

“The Annex needs a good leader with vision, and players who can follow that vision,” said Kim Northrup of Betty’s Girl Boutique. “Molly Silcox is that kind of leader.”

“We are really pleased, and so are our guests,” said Silcox. Asked what customers most often say after visiting, Silcox smiled and answered, “Thank you. This is the kind of store Napa deserves.”

The Annex is located at 1320 Second Ave, east of Franklin, and is open Thursday through Monday. Call 320-3739.

Fine photos of Napa…

A new exhibit featuring Napa Valley photography is now on display at Quent Cordair Fine Art on First Street.

Highly-acclaimed local photographer Bob McClenahan offers images that represent Napa’s stunning scenery, and are available starting at $40.

More than 100 images are in the current portfolio. Quent Cordair Fine Art has been voted Best Bay Area Art Gallery for the last two years.

The gallery represents local and internationally acclaimed artists who exhibit in places like the Louvre in Paris, the Art Renewal Center in New York and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Admission to the gallery is always free. Spend time just walking through and enjoy the art.

Located at 1301 First St. at Randolph. Call 255-2242.

See you downtown!

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