Explore a seemingly endless variety of dining, drinking, and shopping treasures at The Barlow culinary and arts center in Sebastopol. Premium businesses hurried to lease space after this $23.5 million, 220,000-square-foot project debuted in the fall of 2012, and now the property features many of Sonoma County’s best restaurants, wineries, distilleries, art galleries, and boutiques.
The sprawling campus of industrial chic barn buildings glistens in the sun. Most of the time, the glass roll-up garage doors that act as walls are open, inviting in fresh breezes and strolling customers. The 12.5 landscaped acres are lush, and brilliant with greens, reds, yellows, oranges, and blues. The colors spread across lawns, neighborhood parks, pathways, raised garden beds, and a full culinary garden (in fact, most of the landscaping is edible, harvested for the kitchens of Barlow restaurants).
It’s all pretty impressive for what used to be is an old apple processing facility on the eastern edge of downtown Sebastopol.
And there’s always something new happening in this hip community gathering spot. The longtime residents are going strong in the Sebastopol Co-Op structure that heralded the redevelopment of the entire property at Sebastopol Avenue (Highway 12) and Morris Street. That’s where you’ll find Guayaki Tea, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Gypsy Bay Laurel, Bronze Plus Art Foundry, and Wolfard Glass.
But there are always new things to explore. Here are a few places to check out:
The wood-burning oven is blazing at this new trattoria from chef Mark Hopper, sending forth gorgeous Neapolitan style pizzas, roasted vegetables and ‘nduja flatbread topped with arugula, red onion and grated grana padano. Hopper is a big name, formerly an executive chef of casual dining for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, then, most recently, as executive chef at Farmshop Marin. His the 60-seat venture is built for relaxed happiness, set in a freestanding, industrial-modern barn building and patio, with a lovely picnic table set-up outside. You order your seasonal antipasti, craft beers and wines, and then wait the minute or so it takes for the powerful Stefano Ferrara oven to work its magic on pizza signatures like the meatball parm, or the Manhattan, a clam chowder inspired pie with San Marzano tomatoes, chopped clams, garlic, mozzarella di bufala, oregano and chili oil.
6750 McKinley St., Sebastopol, 707-861-3897
There are juice bars, then there is this uber juice bar, showcasing 100% organic fresh cold-pressed juices, superfood and green smoothies, probiotic beverages like fruit and herb based kefir and kombucha, and seasonal inspired quaffs of all kinds. Further the healthy fuel with artisanal living/raw food snacks and sweet treats.
6760 McKinley St., Suite 130, Sebastopol, 707-829-2697
Enjoy savory and sweet crepes as breakfast, snack, main course, or dessert at this family-operated creperie where the crepes are made from scratch, as you watch. The batter — buckwheat, gluten-free, or regular — is made fresh daily.
6760 McKinley St., Suite 120, Sebastopol, 707-827-6187
Kosta Browne Winery is a major Barlow tenant, but its new Cirq is pretty tiny. The boutique Pinot Noir project comes from Michael Browne, drawn from two estate vineyards on the western edge of the Russian River Valley in Graton. The site is gorgeous, set high in the hills amid redwoods, and the wines are sumptuous, in very limited production.
6780 Depot St., Suite 200, Sebastopol, 707-829-7128
By 2017, the arts center will enjoy a true jewel in its crown, with a luxury boutique inn offering 85 rooms, a spa, pool, gym, and restaurant.
6700 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol
Let’s also welcome the notable additions of Indigenous (eco-sensitive and socially–conscious apparel), Inspired Fitness (training center and gym), Mad Mod Shop (vintage fashion), and Shayne USA (American heritage furniture).
More Don’t Miss Barlow Stores
- Zazu Kitchen & Farm, zazukitchen.com. From Next Iron Chef contender Duskie Estes and husband-butcher John Stewart. Restaurant with on-site butchery and salumeria, extensive edible gardens.
- Taylor Maid Farms Coffee, taylormaidfarms.com. Organic coffees and teas, baked goods, on-site roaster.
- Woodfour Brewing Co., woodfourbrewing.com. Micro-brewpub and sophisticated small plates restaurant. On-site brewery.
- Kosta Browne Winery, kostabrowne.com. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Santa Lucia Highlands. On-site winery; tasting room open to members only, by appointment.
- Ben Kinmont Bookseller, kinmont.com. Specializes in 15th to early 19th century books about food and wine, domestic and rural economy, health, perfume, and the history of taste
- Bronze Plus Art Foundry, bronzeplusfoundry.com. Original design sculptures, mold making, casting, fabrication and installation. On-site studio.
- Circle of Hands, circleofhandswaldorfshop. Waldorf School-inspired handmade, mostly locally-made products, toys, books, apparel and cosmetics. Periodic on-site workshops.
- Community Market, srcommunitymarket.com. Non-profit, worker-run, natural food grocery store specializing in all-natural and organics. On-site deli and wine bar.
- F.E.E.D. Farmers Exchange of Earthly Delights, feedsonoma.com. Collection and distribution center to link local small farmers with restaurants and the general public, including CSA subscriptions. Small on-site farm stand.
- Gauyaki Yerba Mate, guayaki.com. Serving yerba mate, made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the South American rainforest holly tree. Beverage bar on-site.
- La Follette Wines, lafollettewines.com. Small-lot Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Mountain and Mendocino Ridge. On-site tasting room.
- Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery, marimarestate.com. Limited-production Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from organically farmed vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. On-site tasting room.
- ReFrame Hair Gallery, reframehairgallery.com. Independently owned high-end hair and beauty salon.
- Soap Cauldron, soapcauldron.com. Herbal bar soaps and skin care made with botanicals and pure essential oils. On-site soap production.
- Spirit Works Distillery, spiritworksdistillery.com. Artisan microdistillery for handcrafted gins and whiskey. On-site distillery and tasting room.
- Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt, subzeroicecream.com. Made-to-order ice cream and yogurt crafted with liquid nitrogen and local ingredients, including non-dairy options like soy, rice, or almond milk. On-site production.
- Tamarind, shoptamarind.com. Contemporary clothing focusing on eco-friendly clothes from around the world, including local designers and independent American labels. Designer-owner-artist is on-site.
- Tibetan Gallery & Studio, preservetibetanart.org. Sells thangka (traditional Buddhist scroll paintings), clothing, jewelry and accessories. On-site studio with scroll production, and a two story high thanmochi scroll painting underway.
- Village Bakery, villagebakerywinecountry.com. Hearth breads, cakes, pastries, savories, gelato, seasonal salads and sandwiches. On-site bakery.
- Wolfard Glassblowing Co., wolfard.com. Trademarked oil lamps and candles hand blown from borosilicate glass for art galleries, shops and catalogs; no retail sales. On-site “in-flame” technique studio.
For more details, check The Barlow's directory of shops.
The Barlow, 200 Morris St., Sebastopol