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Craig Smith

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

Mother Nature said “no” to last Thursday’s free horse drawn carriage rides, bringing us much needed rain instead. Next Thurs., Dec. 22, will be the last night for carriages, which run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and begin at Napa River Inn.

The free trolley runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and goes through Christmas Eve. After that, it’s all in Santa’s hands.

Take Flight a cappella…

The quintet, composed of students from Napa High and Napa Valley College, will be singing tomorrow at Napa Valley Traditions, from 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy the free performance, then walk out the front door and onto the free trolley.

Loves her work…

Christy Beeman started doing hair in 1990, and still looks forward to going to work every day. She’s owned Cache Salon, at 912 Main St. in the same building as Downtown Joe’s, for 18 years.

Half her clients have been with her from the beginning, and Cache has a great reputation.

“We’re a five star salon,” said Beeman, who is somewhat shy and the last person to boast. She’s been a Goldwell colorist for the last 20 years, and she and the staff are constantly taking education classes.

“We do it all, from blond, to pink, to anything anybody wants,” said Beeman. Cache staff uses and sells Davines products, an all natural line from Italy that comes in reusable containers.

Beeman even gives a discount to clients who bring in their used containers for refills.

The Salon itself is a beautiful, relaxing spot. It’s narrow and long, with high ceilings from which five chandeliers hang. The floors and enclosed bookshelf-style shelves are dark hardwood.

It’s reminiscent of old Napa, not a high tech spot, and it is beautiful. The five styling stations sit side-by-side. Close your eyes and be in your own world or enjoy the company of everyone else.

Cache is small, intimate, and clients love it.

“People stop in all the time, just to say hi.”

Beeman and her husband John moved to Napa from the Bay Area in 1987.

“We wanted a quiet place to raise our family.” The family now includes three kids. When she was ready to go back to work, Beeman chose hair styling as a way to blend her love of people and strong creative side.

Beeman is also known as the founder and organizer of Santa’s Helpers, a gift fair featuring 100 artists, which just celebrated 25 years at the Napa Expo.

“I was originally looking for a place to sell my paper mache angels. I couldn’t find a venue that worked for me, so I started one.”

The event, held last weekend, draws more than 8,000 people a year.

Call Cache at 257-7144, or stop in and check out the boutique, which features jewelry, handmade soaps, bubble baths, lotions, candles, chocolates and more. The staff will make you feel right at home.

See you downtown!

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