Phil Harris charges into the room, his presence filled with life and energy. He’s like a giant bear, ready to bowl everyone over with exuberance, wit, and humor.
The Laughing Lady leans back and guffaws, her huge, smiling body rocking. Meanwhile, the boy above her sticks his tongue out, then slowly draws it back in. The nutcracker wiggles back and forth eagerly, while blackbirds desperately try to get out of the pie. But it’s just getting started. The kittens search for their lost […]
Sebrina Andrus, owner of maker. in Kelseyville, reaches far above her head and pulls hard on the window shades, swinging the blinds high up the large windows of what at one time was Kelseyville’s Farmers’ Savings Bank. Winter light shines through them, illuminating the hand-crafted products of maker.
Shannon Scudder, Guest Services Manager, sits at a couch in front of the large windows of the Tallman Hotel, looking at a guest book dated from the turn of the 20th century. “Look at the handwriting on this one,” she says, her finger resting halfway down the page. “It’s lovely. I like to pull the […]
The first annual Big Valley, Small Farm Tour will be held on September 21st. In preparation, The Bloom is writing articles on some of the farms that will be participating. For more information on the tour, please visit their Facebook page. The sun blazes overhead, searing my skin. It’s August in Lake County, and the […]
I’m standing at the register talking to Dale Grable, owner of Thai American Market, about some of the products he carries. “You know the sriracha sauce you see everywhere?” he asks me, a knowing look in his eyes. “Of course,” I reply. “That’s not made in Thailand,” he continues, then begins to tell me more. […]
The blue of an afternoon Lake County sky stretches like a canvas across the opened barn doors. It appears like an old Mediterranean landscape painting, with the puff of oak trees rising above green tufts of Dancing Poly’s extensive garden. Artwork hangs along the walls, reflecting the glimmer of the strung lights overhead. Two heavy […]
The first annual Big Valley, Small Farm tour will be held on September 21st. In preparation, The Bloom is rereleasing previous articles on some of the farms that will be participating. For more information on the tour, please visit their Facebook page. Simon Avery of Peace and Plenty Farm turns his head sideways, looking at […]
“We’ve had people visit us from Australia, France, England, Germany, Spain,” Paul Vejar, co-owner of the Featherbed Railroad lists off. “Spain,” June Vejar adds. Then she counts more countries off on her fingers. “Switzerland, Russia, Mexico.” She pauses. “All over South America.” We’re standing outside, a red caboose on either side of us. The wind […]
Gary Butrick, owner of Carlton Tire, steps out into the waiting room from the back office, his white hair and beard shining in the sun. “You doing okay?” he asks a waiting customer, who nods. Another person steps in the room. “How can I help you?” he asks. “I need some tires,” the woman begins. […]
It’s pretty amazing that Lake County has an Asian food market. But even better than that is the fact that Lake County has a great Asian food market. Thai American Market in Nice, founded by Dale and his wife Yupi, is the perfect Asian food store for people who don’t know what to do at […]
It’s the “More” part of “Jackson’s Thrift and More” that makes Jackson’s so unique. I met Jeni Jackson, the owner, a year or two back when I wandered into her business. I saw the refinished furniture outside and decided to head in and see what she had. As I walked in the doors, I saw […]
We recently got a new wood stove. It’s been long overdue. The one in our house was from the late 1970’s and had seen better days. It had been installed somewhere else before, and whoever hauled it up to our house had dragged it up the steps with a team of trained monkeys, leaving scratches […]
I’ll just be clear from the beginning: Lakeside Appliance in Clearlake is the only store I’ll ever buy an appliance from again. I’ve got my reasons, including my own Lake County Christmas miracle that involves them. Even without my happy Christmas story, it’s rare to run into a business that runs with such a dedication […]