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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

12/27/2011 - 2012 Trends & Forecasts

This evening's guests will bring us enlightenment on what they predict will be "in" and "out", new and exciting, and emerging trends for the New Year.  From food and wine, to travel and, we'll get insight into what to expect for 2012. The team from Slow Living wish you a most safe, celebrative New Years' and a year ahead full of laughter, family, friends, good living and many "slow" moments!  Cheers!

Michelle Dickey
Marketing Team Leader

Jerry Aman, Store Concierge
Napa Whole Foods Market
A Whole Foods Story...

Wow! What a ride. Back in 1980, we started out with one small store in Austin, Texas. Today, we’re the world’s leader in natural and organic foods, with more than 310 stores in North America and the United Kingdom. What a long, strange trip it’s been. We still honor our original ideals, and we think that has a lot to do with our success.

Who are we? Well, we seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun we bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what we’re all about. Oh yeah, we’re a mission-driven company too. If you are interested in learning about our business practices and what makes us tick, check out our Core Values, Quality Standards, Declaration of Interdependence, and more.
Around here, we often talk about our mission in terms of Whole Foods – Whole People – Whole Planet. Basically, we think these elements all play a huge role in our success.
Whole Foods — We search for the highest quality, least processed, most flavorful and natural foods possible because we believe that food in its purest state — unadulterated by artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings and preservatives — is the best tasting and most nutritious food there is.

Whole People — Our people are our company. They are passionate about healthy food and a healthy planet. They take full advantage of our decentralized, self-directed team culture and create a respectful workplace where people are treated fairly and are highly motivated to succeed.

Whole Planet — We are committed to helping take care of the world around us, and our active support of organic farming and sustainable agriculture helps protect our planet. And while we assist our global neighbors through our Whole Planet Foundation’s micro-lending operations, we also step out the back door of each of our stores to support food banks, sponsor neighborhood events and donate to local non-profit groups.

Whole Foods Napa

Our Napa Store features several unique venues, such as a wine and cheese tasting room where you can experience the best pairings before you bring them home and a Culinary Center where you can take cooking classes with our in-house and guest chefs. We also offer fun cooking classes for kids, teaching them how exciting cooking with good, wholesome foods can be. You’ll can also order a coffee drink from our new outside patio walk-up window, or grab a freshly-made sandwich, slice of wood-fired pizza, or a scoop of delicious gelato while picking up your groceries. Your neighborhood store, with all of its stone, wood and recycled material décor, also makes it a natural fit for the Napa Valley landscape.

Whole Foods Market is proud to be a part of the Napa Valley community. Our store is committed to educating and helping our community understand the value of eating natural, fresh, whole foods that are minimally processed. By choosing nutrient-rich foods, and eliminating foods with artificial ingredients, you can improve your health and vitality.
We support a locally grown concept and you can learn more about our “family” at

Paige Piland
Store Manager
Foot Candy, St Helena
When Napa Valley vintner Perry Butler counted his wife Carolyn's pairs of shoes, he stopped at 500. Obviously, she had a passion for more than making fine wine. He thought "Why not combine both passions, which involve high style and world travel?" While Perry is tasting wines for his label, Juslyn Vineyards, in London, Milan, New York and Paris, Carolyn could meet with designers on the Left Bank or its equivalent. And so, Footcandy was born. The elegant shoe store now has three locations in Saint Helena, Sonoma, and Walnut Creek. Carolyn Butler's buying philosophy, "I am the consumer, I sell to myself."

Paige and Scott show off a few samples!
 These stores, brimming stylishly with all manner of shoes for every taste, are a “must do” for all visiting the Napa Valley or Sonoma - whether for your wife, girlfriend or pampering yourself.

Visit their blog for the latest and greatest in shoes, handbags and boots.

Florida Schilling — Owner
Thompson Creekside Travel, Napa
Stephen and Florida at V Wine Cellar

Raised in Tahiti, Florida’s favorite subject as a grade schooler was geography.  She was always intrigued and fascinated by the diversity and cultures of the world. In March 1974, Florida was offered a travel consultant position by Virginia Thompson of Creekside Travel in Napa, which she jumped at and, in 1979,  became the manager. In the summer  2009, she was offered the ownership of Thompson Creekside Travel and has not looked back.  
 Florida takes pleasure seeing a trip unfold and to be part of anyone’s travels, whether a honeymoon or family reunion or just for fun.
She believes travel cultivates  your mind and opens your horizons to the various cultures through its people, history and food.
 Some of her favorite destinations are Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru, Argentina, Turkey, and India.  She finds their history, people and food amazing and interesting. 
To contact Florida:

Some useful travel tips from Florida:
Before you go:
· Make sure passport is valid
· Make a copy of your passport - credit cards—medical card and other important documents. Keep the copies with you on the trip—separate from the
· Get travel insurance
· Cancel mail and newspaper deliveries

Handy items in your luggage:
· Electrical plugs and converter (check you electronic devises and cameras, some are dual voltage)
· Hand sanitizer
· Extra memory card for camera
· Sunscreen
· Small Umbrella

When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. ~ Susan Heller


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