Healdsburg Shed

I was born and bred in LA and let’s just say, I’ve never been a fan of that city. I always longed for something more. Something substantial. Colorful. Seasonal. Authentic. New York City was the place I escaped to when I was of age and happily remained, on and off, for years. But when I found out I was pregnant with my son, the idea of going into labor and squeezing into the backseat of a dirty taxi cab to go to the hospital or traveling in the subways carrying a newborn in the middle of winter kinda did it for me. That was the first time LA seemed enticing. So we decided to temporally move out of our apartment in Brooklyn to LA, remain out there for the duration of my pregnancy and return with baby boy in the spring. But shortly after our son arrived, we came to the realization the concrete jungle was not what we wanted to go back to. We wanted nature, country, space to explore, animals, gardens, a quaint town…

Yes, as the cliche goes, having a child changes your life. Self involved thoughts evolve into firstly thinking about this little being you brought into this world and providing them with the best possible life to grow up in. The things you thought you wanted to pursue or the place you thought you wanted to be can surprisingly shift into a completely different arena. That arena sprouted into wanting to move somewhere in the country of Northern California.  We searched high and low for almost a year to find a community of like-minded folk – artisans, farmers, artists, chefs, down home small town goodness without the wine snobby shee shee poo poo or the country bumpkin hippie hee-haw.

On one of our last trips exploring the Napa valley, we decided to stop over to get lunch in the small town of Healdsburg – located on the other side of the valley in Sonoma County. We had visited Healdsburg once before on our first trip exploring Sonoma. When we did, we stumbled upon this wonderful mecca of food and garden and house wear called The Shed. This place is filled with artisanal food happiness and a paradise for anyone passionate about modern country living. They have an abundant selection of beautifully handcrafted goods, a cafe menu of seasonal deliciousness, a larder equipt with divine local cheeses, bread, stone ground flours, heirloom beans, seasonal fruits, vegetables, honey, wine, prepared foods and on and on. Not to mention, everyone who works there are simply lovely and passionate about being there. The Shed made a lasting impression on both of us on that trip and we looked forward to returning.

And when we returned to have lunch, those many months later, clarity washed over us as soon as we entered through there doors. This was it. We immediately knew that this little town, this modern grange, was the place we wanted to call home. The Shed, no doubt, heavily influenced our decision. It’s that kind of place. And now, living right down the street from it, it has become everything and more. It’s my kitchen away from home, grocer, ice cream fix and larder. We feel fortunate to be so close and to have had such a welcome reception from everyone we have met in and out. Thank you Shed for planting such solid roots and creating such a wonderful space to come and be and dine and shop and drink and mingle. And if any of you salty friends ever find yourselves in our neck of the woods, do yourselves a favor – pop on by to The Shed. You’ll be glad you did. Who knows, maybe we’ll end up being neighbors one day…