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

Macbella, a women’s boutique that opened earlier this year as part of First Street Napa, just moved to a new location inside the center, and is now behind Napastak, across from Makers Market.

Mario and Gloria Bazán recently opened Mario Bazán Cellars at 960 Clinton St., across from Napa Valley Bistro. Ardent fans of their Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, both of which have received rave reviews, are happy to see them in downtown Napa.

Heather Hernandez has been the manager of Live Fire Pizza in the Oxbow Public Market for about a year now. Asked about her impressions, she was quick to respond, “I am beyond impressed. I don’t think I expected it to feel this natural. And the quality – from the food, to the staff to the own…



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Seven-year-old piano prodigy Jaidynn Tyler, recently seen on Good Morning America, will perform briefly during the Sun., Oct. 14 “Napa Live: Inside and Out” – the last such event of the season.

Tomorrow is the third Napa Live event of the year. Held on the second Sunday of the month, July through October, the series provides the opportunity to listen to 30 different bands, some inside businesses, some outside, with others playing in downtown parks.

The idea for Compline, the well-received restaurant and wine bar Ryan Stetins and Matt Stamp, Master Sommelier (MS) opened in September, part of First Street Napa near Clay Street and across from Archer hotel, began over wine and dinner nearly four years ago.

Just a reminder that tonight and tomorrow are the final nights of the digital art displays in downtown Napa. The best way to enjoy the art is to walk from building to building, so you can watch each image as it dissolves and evolves into something else. Think of the lights on the SF Bay Brid…

Scott Lyall, owner of Scott Lyall Clothing for Men at 614 Main St. in the Riverfront Building, wants to do something to support those adversely affected by the fires. The question is, what to do?

In just two years, Whirlwind Blow Dry Bar has become a go-to place for people interested in getting their hair and makeup done before a night out.

…Are the headline band at today’s Blues, Brews & BBQ, and admission is free. If that isn’t enough of an incentive, there are seven other bands on two stages, including Napa’s own Second Street Band, which opens the show at noon.

Okay, actually Grace Kelly style is back, via a line of handbags now available at Muguette Renee Boutique at 1409 Second St., inspired by the actress-turned princess.

As they say, there are two kinds of people in the world: Those who like to go out at night, and those who don’t. If you are one of the latter, skip this column and turn to the sports page.

The Downtown Napa Association recently hosted a half dozen travel writers, introducing them to all things new in Napa.

Napa Live: Inside and Out, a music crawl featuring 35 bands playing throughout downtown, kicks off at noon on Sunday.

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