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Farmers Market moves to Wine Train

2009-01-28T00:00:00Z Farmers Market moves to Wine TrainBy Paul Franson
What’s Up Napa Valley
Napa Valley Register
January 28, 2009 12:00 am  • 

The downtown Napa Farmers Market, formerly in the parking lot of the now-bankrupt Copia, will be moving to the Wine Train station parking lot his year. The new location on McKinstry Avenue features trees for shade, bathrooms and new potential market patrons in the form of Wine Train passengers.

First Street Galleria to open

First Street Galleria will be opening in April in the Jones Building in downtown Napa.

Two Napa natives launched the enterprise: building owner Lori Altamura Jones and her long-time friend, Laurie Gordon. (The Gordon Building across the street once belonged to Laurie’s family, though now it is owned by Lori’s father, George Altamura.)

The new cluster of related businesses occupies the site that was once a piano store and, most recently, a sales office for the Westin-Verasa.

Jones and her husband, Jason, have cleared the interior as they retrofitted the building for earthquake safety. They’ve removed the false ceiling and uncovered the original brick walls.

The Galleria will house the Stomping Grounds coffee and pastry shop run by Jones’ daughter, Lindsay, (who’s also opening Coffee Caboose at Jones’ Railway Inn in Yountville), which will stay open late.

It will also have an information center for visitors, exhibition space for downtown businesses and local artists, a warren of six or eight tiny businesses and maybe a wine tasting bar.

Curbside Café returns to replace Caffe Cicero

The old Curbside Café has returned to the spot that once held Caffe Cicero. It will feature a diverse selection of food including Mediterranean specialties and a good number of vegetarian dishes.

Chronicle discontinues wine section

The San Francisco Chronicle is combining the wine section on Friday with the Wednesday food section and moving them to Sunday. The Chronicle once bragged that it had the only wine section in a daily paper, but that wasn’t true. The Napa Valley Register has a wine section each Friday.

The end of ‘What’s Up,’ NapaLife goes on

This is the last “What’s Up, Napa Valley?”

After more than 11 years, the Register has decided to make some changes. It’s probably timely. Ten years was enough, in fact, and the paper has beefed up its coverage of news I once had to myself.

The column began when I lived in St. Helena as “What’s Upvalley?” It expanded to cover charity events and entertainment as well as news of wineries, restaurants and other businesses.

Later I moved to Napa, where column items began to overlap with the work of other Napa-based writers.

Meanwhile, I started publishing a paid newsletter, NapaLife, that typically contains 12 to 18 pages of news every week. I’d be happy to send a copy or sign you up for a free month-long trial if you e-mail me at

You can also find a truncated version at

Thanks for reading and communicating back to me all these years.

Best, Paul. E-mail

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