Sunday, June 24, 2007

What I've been writing lately...

Two Napans vie to be Miss California
Maggie Stewart and Kayla Goldberg have competed for the same crown before, and next week they ll take the stage together again, this time each hoping to win the title Miss California. The two are familiar with sharing the spotlight. Goldberg was firs...
Jun. 20, 2007

Chefs Market switch in '08
A victim of its own success, the Friday night Chefs Market will move to Thursday nights next year. The market is hurting business of nearby high-end restaurants that cannot compete with the hurly-burly pull of market night, merchants said. The Chefs ...
Jun. 15, 2007

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Two worlds, one mall.

I took my almost-13 year old to the outlet mall today. While I've spent many an afternoon visiting my favorite shops, there were some stores that I never even noticed were in the mall before. That is, until today. Three words: PacSun, Zumiez, and Quicksilver. I always breezed right past them on my way to Ann Taylor or Banana Republic. Couldn't honestly tell you what they sold.

Looking for a pair of tween-approved sandals, we stopped in PacSun. Or is it Pac Sun? Either way, in we went -- and stepped into another world. A world of madras shorts, thin cotton t-shirts, Vans sneakers and plenty of other tweens. And their moms. Hmmmmm not so bad. She found and approved of a skinny t-shirt. I picked up a printed cotton summer bag with beaded handle. "Mom, Jessica in 8th grade has that bag," she said. "Oh." I thought. Cute, but best not to start carrying the same bag as a 14 year old at our K-8 Catholic school.

Next stop -- Zumiez. Holy Generation Gap! What was this place? The darkened store was packed with 14 year olds carrying skateboards, teens looking at teeny bikinis and a jumble of printed bags, tshirts and novelty items, mostly rated PG. While tourists innocently ambled by outside, inside -- this really was something else.
I felt intimidated and completely out of place. These were not my people. Were they my daughters'? Were they her friends? Where did these kids come from? And what were they all doing inside this Alice-in-Wonderland-rabbit-hole of a store? Maybe my tween felt awkward too, we didn't stay too long. Exiting, we brushed past an older couple walking by. I wanted to point back at the store and say to them, "Do you KNOW what's inside THERE???"

My equilibrium regained, we pressed on to a discount shoe store. Ah, a nice quiet shop with shoes for everyone -- even moms with tweens. I could concentrate much better now.

Later I asked my tween what she thought of the shops we'd gone in. "Ummmm Zumiez was ok, but I liked the shirts and shoes at Pac Sun," she said, in that 12-year-old-noncommittal way. I expect we'll go back. But next time, I'll be prepared.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

The end is near....

And us mom's with school aged kids all know it. School for most elementary students is about to end, bringing on the dreaded summer vacation. It may be a break for the kids, but for us working moms, it's anything but. Where to ship off three girls for three months? How to afford horse camp, basketball camp, swim lessons and more? Will mom be able to keep up her new five day a week work schedule? Will the A Team spend the whole summer fighting? Will we move up on the waiting list for a local community pool membership? Check back this spot on August 27 to find out. And wish me luck.

What I've been writing lately...

Last night Kevin and I wandered around Chef's Market for a story on the Friday night festival. Some restaurant owners say it's actually hurting business to have so many people in the city center on a prime dining out night. Two reporters journeyed downtown to find out. The story will run next Friday....

Many AmCan homes headed to foreclosure
Jun. 5, 2007

Nailing down the business
Jun. 3, 2007

Haedt has managed some big Napa's construction projects
Jun. 3, 2007

New Tech Accepters design T-shirts for change
Jun. 2, 2007

Building Business: Charles Krug Redwood Cellar and Carriage House renovation, St. Helena
May. 29, 2007

Using only their voices, Rockapella wows Opera House
May. 27, 2007

Carving out a niche for underground spa, wine bar at Meritage Hotel
May. 26, 2007

Cyclists pedal on a Journey of Hope
Jun. 8, 2007