Cotati chamber hosts outside procuring occasion to help native companies

Final spring, Yvette Racines’ enterprise was shattered by the coronavirus pandemic, with shutdown orders preserving shoppers from coming to her downtown Cotati yoga studio and wellness heart.

She needed to shut The Middle for Important Dwelling to the general public, however she continued paying hire, and pivoted to on-line lessons, filming on the studio. She additionally began a web-based retailer at

“It was actually intense making an attempt to transform the whole lot to on-line,” Petaluma resident Racines mentioned. “It was a very worrying time.”

A 12 months later, she’s completely satisfied and searching ahead to internet hosting a sales space on the first Store Into Spring occasion, an outside, pandemic-friendly market in Cotati’s La Plaza Park on Saturday that’s designed to showcase native small companies.

To complement her earnings, Racines turned to creating natural pores and skin merchandise, one thing she had accomplished earlier than to a lesser extent. Her creations embody facial oils, lip balm, salt scrub soaked in apricot oil and an orange creme moisturizing lotion. She even created a masks spray with a witch hazel base and important oils like candy orange and rose geranium that “carry the temper,” she mentioned.

“This occasion will assist me get the phrase out about these new merchandise,” she mentioned. “Thus far its been word-of-mouth and reaching out to my yoga shoppers.”

Liz Derammelaere, govt director of the Cotati Chamber of Commerce, which is internet hosting the occasion, mentioned her group had success with the same occasion in December referred to as Store and Stroll. They determined to carry the brand new procuring extravaganza to spice up native companies, artists and artisans recovering from the pandemic. Almost 200 individuals have already expressed curiosity in coming to the occasion publicized on the group’s Fb web page. It runs from 11 a.m. to three p.m. at La Plaza Park within the heart of city.

“We’re selling a protected exercise to help our native county companies,” Derammelaere mentioned. “Twenty-eight distributors can be displaying distinctive objects made in Sonoma County on the park.”

Derammelaere mentioned the pandemic hit the downtown space arduous, particularly bars and eating places that depended closely on Sonoma State College college students, most of whom had left campus. Lots of the companies taking part function on-line from house.

Retailers from Cotati in addition to Petaluma and different county areas can be promoting handmade jewellery, candles and clothes. The Suncatcher Daydream Co. will show suncatchers produced from horseshoes, Derammelaere mentioned. Stone’s Throw Items store proprietor Jasmine Gold, who nonetheless has a bodily constructing working downtown, can be available promoting her jewellery and aromatherapy objects.

The one meals bought can be at Fortunate Pop Kettle Corn and Polar Ice, with shaved ice. The chamber can be giving out coupons for at the least one restaurant, Wing Man, and Cotati Espresso Co., which they hope clients will go to following the open-air occasion. Coupons can even be out there for clothes shops.

The chamber can be promoting raffle tickets for prizes.

Cubicles on the free occasion can be spaced 6 toes aside and hand sanitizer can be out there. Masks can be required for everybody. E-mail the chamber at or name 707-536-6789 with questions.

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