City Winery RK

City Winery, which opened in 2014, is seen in the background as a pedestrian makes his way down Main Street. 

A city of Napa report lists the following retail and commercial changes in downtown in 2014:

First Street Retail Corridor

In the west end of First Street, Empire Napa was renamed Methode Bubble Bar. At Napa Square, Studio M Fine Wines is nearing completion and set to open soon in the former Huether Art Gallery, and tenant improvements are underway for the UPS Store, relocating from its nearby location on Second Street.

Cadet Beer and Wine opened in August in the alley behind Anette’s Chocolates. The Heritage/Capp Family Wine Tasting Room opened at 1245 First St., and Mustard Seed Clothing relocated to 1227 First St. from its longtime location across the street in Napa Center.

Shoes on First became Sole Desire in November, and Napa Cigar opened nearby.

NakedWines.com" href="http://NakedWines.com" target="_blank">NakedWines.com closed its tasting room and expanded its offices to larger quarters at the former Copia buidling. Ca’ Momi will open a second dining spot at the NakedWines.com site in the spring. Ca’ Momi will be reducing its space and operations at the Oxbow Public Market.

On Dwight Murray Plaza, Jax White Mule Diner and Shiro restaurants opened in February, and two former individual spaces were combined and major improvements completed for Atlas Social Restaurant, which opened at the end of the year. BurgerFi restaurant opened at the old Riverside Auto Garage location.

Several relocations and closures were prompted by the planned construction of the 183-room Archer Hotel and improvements to Napa Center, expected to continue through fall of 2016. Shahin Rug Gallery moved from First Street to Second Street, Boho Lifestyle Boutique temporarily moved to Second Street before finding a new home at 1390 First St., and Williamson & Co. Menswear moved to 1144 Main St.

Ceja Vineyards merged its First Street tasting room with a brewery and tasting room in Sonoma, and Cult Following and Wildcat Clothing reportedly plan to reopen at new locations. The Napa Center project got underway last spring, renovating common areas and building shell spaces to accommodate 40 future shops and restaurants in 130,000 square feet of upgraded retail space.


At Riverfront, Danielle Boutique replaced B Real Women’s Boutique at 770 Main St., and Sidestreet Fine Cigars and Luxury Accessories opened nearby. Although Fish Story restaurant closed in December, owners Lark Creek Restaurant Group plan to reopen this spring with a new dining concept for the space.

In addition to the commercial space, residential condominiums on the upper levels of the project are fully occupied, with two units sold in 2014.

Main Street Corridor

Silo’s at Napa Mill underwent a kitchen and bar remodel. Velo Pizzeria opened in August in the long-vacant space last occupied by Pilar after major seismic upgrades, interior and façade improvements. Molinari Caffé moved to Brown Street, just behind its old location on Main Street, which now is home to La Taberna, a tavern that opened in November.

City Winery opened its fourth location in the United States, completing interior renovations to the Napa Valley Opera House, transforming the performance hall into a dinner theater and entertainment format, with a restaurant and tap room on the ground floor and outdoor dining on Opera House Plaza.

In the Kyser-Lui Williams block, Mango On Main opened at 1142 Main St. in the space vacated by Cielito Lindo, leaving Clay Street where it was known as Mini Mango Thai. Eight Noodle Shop restaurant has replaced Mini Mango at 1408 Clay St.

Betty’s Girl Boutique moved from 1144 Main St. to locations both on Pearl Street and within the Antiques on Second shop at 1370 Second St., and was replaced by Williamson & Co. Menswear.

Farther up Main, Napa Valley Biscuits closed in August, and Pasta Prego, a popular longtime local restaurant, opened a new location there after a five-year absence in Napa.

In the category of personal service, the Dailey Method fitness studio opened on Coombs Street across from the Historic Courthouse, and Foot Logic Massage and Reflexology opened at 1416 Second St. After 35 years at Third Street, Headfeathers Salon joined forces with Polk Street Hair Co., leaving the Third Street space to The Eco Polish Boutique nail salon. Napa Nails recently reopened after a fire last July that forced extensive repairs to the Second Street building.

The Oxbow District

In the Oxbow Public Market, Eiko’s opened its second Napa location in the former Kanaloa Seafood space, and Five Dot Ranch expanded its butcher shop to offer full-service dining.

Napastak Epicurean Boutique opened in June, offering chef’s ingredients and selections for the kitchen, and Napa Bookmine opened Standard: News, Books & Sundries literary newsstand as an extension of its bookstore on Pearl Street.

Carpe Diem wine bar and eatery opened a pop-up location in the market in October while awaiting earthquake repairs to its original Alexandria Square location. There are currently 25 stores and restaurants located in the Oxbow Public Market main hall and annex.

Elsewhere in the Oxbow District, the River Terrace Inn added a new outdoor riverside patio for its Terrace Café. REV Yoga opened in March at 301 Post St., Blossom Precision Chiropractic opened in September at 305 Post St., and American Medical Response opened a sub-station at 307 Post St. Hall of Gamerz, a computer gaming and retail store, opened at 816 Third St..

There were several closures in downtown due to building sales and personal business decisions, including Pearl and Buckhorn restaurants and Thomas Kinkade Gallery.

Earthquake damage meant temporary closure while searching out new locations for Don Perico’s, Amica Fitness Studio, Napa Valley Apothecary and many professionals whose offices were damaged. Other closures last year included Taste at Oxbow Wine Salon, Napa Bella Women’s Clothing and Sushi Mambo, which reopened in Calistoga last fall.

Editor's Note: This story has been modified to reflect the fact that Sushi Mambo reopened in Calistoga in the fall.

Get the latest local news delivered daily directly to your inbox!

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Business Editor

Jennifer Huffman is the business editor and a general assignment reporter for the Napa Valley Register. I cover a wide variety of topics for the newspaper. I've been with the Register since 2005.

Load comments