Sights and sounds of the chamber (and our members)

Patricia Trimble, proud chamber member and owner of The Roost Napa, is hosting a special event for animal lovers. On Saturday, March 14, from 3 to 7 p.m., she is hosting a launch party for a local nonprofit organization called Loving Animals Providing Smiles (LAPS).

LAPS is an all-volunteer organization of well-trained, registered animal-assisted therapy teams. The organization finds partnerships for dogs, cats and other animals, training each to create a source of companionship and aid. LAPS also provides therapy sessions at schools, senior homes and juvenile detention centers in Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties

That same day Patricia will also be launching a line of animal accessories and treats named after her two dogs Abbott and Lou – a Boston terrier and French bulldog, respectively. The Abbott and Lou Collection will consist of leashes, bowls and other goodies. The Roost will be donating 25 percent of all in-store sales/proceeds for the day to LAPS.

The inn of all inns

Had a chance to tour the Inn On Randolph bed-and-breakfast last week, and must say that Dan and Karen Lynch may have created Napa’s best-kept (lodging) secret in this very charming oasis. Located in Napa’s largest residential historic district, this 19th-century estate was previously owned by the Hannah Moore family for more than 100 years.

According to their website, many generations of Napans were apparently delivered in the dining room of the home, which later became known as “Maternity Row.”

This extraordinary, newly remodeled 10-room compound maintains its classic characteristics and charm, while providing guests with a very high standard of modern sophistication found in newer boutique hotels.

I would highly recommend the Inn On Randolph to visiting guests, or if you’re looking for your own downtown Napa “stay-cation,” visit It’s literally walking distance to everything downtown Napa has to offer. Did I mention the gluten-free breakfast menu? On the day of my visit I enjoyed fresh fruit and OJ, followed by a farm-raised poached egg with braised sausage atop some amazing polenta.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Chamber events:

Leads over Lunch will feature Sandra Schulze and AD Spots at noon Friday, March 13, at Napa River Wine Train Commissary.

The Tri-Chamber Mixer will be Wednesday, March 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the new Runway by Patrick Restaurant at the Napa County Airport. We will be partnering with the American Canyon Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to co-host this event and to help reintroduce the restaurant.

The Chamber has been an integral part of Napa for more than 126 years. The organization and its members have experienced plenty of change. One thing that remained constant was the ability to engage, connect and collaborate. In my role as president/CEO I am focused on renewing that commitment to members and the community. Thank you for your patience and for your continued support of the Chamber.