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 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 'Don’t Miss' Barlow Stores
Barlow Supply Co., facebook.com/barlowsupplyco/. Find everything you’ll need for relaxed, gracious entertaining with distinctly California style in this store where every product has a story.
California Sister Floral, californiasister.com. Any-occasion floral delivery throughout Sonoma County; specializing in weddings and events. Floral and plant-based gifts, supplies, handmade items from local artists, and locally grown flowers.
- 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.
- Crooked Goat Brewing, crookedgoatbrewing.com. Serving 14 beers on tap. Specializing in innovative beers with a distinctive western Sonoma County style; the eats menu includes food from several local sources.
Friedeman Wines, friedemanwines.com. Savor Burgundian varietals sourced from the western edge of the Russian River Valley.
- 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.
- Littlefour, littlefourstore.com. Unique handcrafted housewares, men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, paper goods, gifts, and children’s goods fromlocal artists and designers.
- MacPhail Tasting Lounge, macphailwine.com (see photo). Limited release, vineyard-designate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay presented in a truly unique environment where everything is recycled, reclaimed, or repurposed. A variety of tasting flights are available in seated tastings or by the glass or bottle.
- Mad Mod Shop, madmodshop.com. Retro-inspired designs and classic silhouettes for the avid vintage fashion lover, with flattering pinup-inspired dresses, skirts, tops, swimwear, accessories and other pretty little things.
- The Nectary, thenectary.net (see photo). The 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.
- The Passdoor, thepassdoor.net. Unpretentious simplicity and understated elegance in home goods, specialty lighting, glassware, throws and rugs, and contemporary artworksbysome of California’s most innovative artists.
- Shayne USA. Gifted furniture designers with a great eye for detail offer a variety of styles from classic to contemporary; no two things are alike.
- 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.
- Taylor Maid Farms Coffee, taylormaidfarms.com. Organic coffees and teas, baked goods, on-site roaster.
- 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.
- Vignette Pizzeria, vignettepizzeria.com. The wood-burning oven is blazing at this 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.
- Village Bakery, villagebakerywinecountry.com. Hearth breads, cakes, pastries, savories, gelato, seasonal salads and sandwiches. On-site bakery.
- Wind Gap Wines, windgapwines.com. This small full-production winery crafts classically styled wines that represent the new California.
- Wm Cofield Cheesemaker, wmcofieldcheese.com. Proper British-style cheese. Watch how it’s made from start to finish, from the milk vats operating onsite to the aging room, packaging, and shipping.
- Woodfour Brewing Co., woodfourbrewing.com. Micro-brewpub and sophisticated small plates restaurant. On-site brewery.
- 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.