Get to Know The Barlow Culinary and Arts Center

The Barlow

Explore a seemingly endless variety of dining, drinking, and shopping treasures at The Barlow, a 12.5-acre 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. 

A sign for The Barlow hangs across the street in Sonoma County

The ‘Don’t Miss’ Barlow Stores

  • Acre Pizza: Acre Coffee owners Steve Decosse and Sharon Fitzgerald serve classic and Detroit-style pizza crafted with a Northern California mindset, available by the slice or in 16-inch rounds. The dough features organic California wheat that is fermented for two days to create a light and crispy crust, making it is easier to digest.
  • Barge North Company: All garments and goods are ethically made, and almost all of the lines they carry are manufactured in the United States, including the company’s own clothing line. They screen print all of their designs on the Northern California coast, using eco-friendly, water-based inks.
  • Barrio Fresca Cocina Mexicana: Chef Carlos Rosas of Barrio Marin (catering and farmers markets) serves contemporary Mexican-style street food with a gourmet twist. The healthy, handcrafted dishes are made with organic seasonal ingredients. A special Barrio menu is also served at Crooked Goat Brewing.
  • California Sister Floral: 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. 
  • Community Market: Non-profit, worker-run, natural food grocery store specializing in all-natural and organics. On-site deli and wine bar.
  • Crooked Goat Brewing: 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. 
  • Fern Bar: Melding modern and retro, serving dinner including an aperitif hour, plus a late-night menu from 10 p.m. until closing.
  • Gallery 300: Presenting traditional, modern, and functional art by local painters, a milner, and other artisans. The casual setting includes two on-site studios. 
  • Golden State Cider: Sip apple-driven dry ciders in the taproom which also offers four-packs to go for picnic adventures, and a one-of-a-kind pairing menu with food from the neighbors at The Barrio Cocina. The ciders are made with West Coast-grown apples from California, Oregon, and Washington.
  • Lori Austin Gallery: Featuring contemporary fine art by Bay Area and national artists, as well as a premiere collection of contemporary Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe. 
A rainbow of juices in glass bottles in Sonoma County
The Nectary at the Barlow

  • The Nectary: 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.
  • Pax Wines: Offering seasonal wine tasting flights of current releases as well as wines by the glass or bottle, on tap, and growlers to go.
  • Region: In a space as unique as the wine, Region showcases 25 Sonoma County wine producers across 14 appellations. Visitors can choose from 50 different wines at self-serve WineStation machines in one room, while in another room, visitors can enjoy traditional wine tasting experiences from the winemakers themselves.
  • Rust Boutique: Features a highly engaging experience with one-on-one personal style service and a beautiful selection of curated clothing, jewelry, handbags, shoes, and accessories that are affordable and stylish.
  • Seismic Brewing Company: Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-paneled walls, and outdoor spaces, the new taproom features a choice of 12 rotating taps, including some of the brewery’s award-winning favorites as well as small-batch and barrel-aged offerings only available at the taproom.
  • Spirit Works Distillery: Artisan microdistillery for handcrafted gins and whiskey. On-site distillery and tasting room.
  • Sushi Kosho: A modern Japanese and sushi restaurant with a progressive focus on food, local ingredients, and sustainability.
  • Taylor Lane: Organic coffees and teas, baked goods.
  • The Farmer’s Wife: Serves intricately layered sandwiches, open-faced tartines, soups, salads, and cookies, as well as an all-day breakfast menu.
  • Two Dog Night Creamery: Organic gelato-style ice cream using local organic ingredients; flavors change seasonally, with vegan options available. 
  • William Cofield Cheesemakers: 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.: Micro-brewpub and sophisticated small plates restaurant. On-site brewery.

For more details, check The Barlow’s directories for shops and food & drink
The Barlow, 200 Morris St., Sebastopol

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