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Napa Live: Inside at The Playful Garden!


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Have you ever heard Bohemian Nouveau? This wholesome, home-grown genre was created by local musicians John Kelly and Jennifer Jekel. Come to The Playful Garden this Sunday from 1-4pm to experience the music of this awesome duo! John’s vocals of traditional Celtic songs accompanied by Jennifer on mandolin, or Jennifer’s melodic and sensual mandolin accompanied by John’s bass-y and clever guitar will bring a smile to any audience, whisking the listener away to some far corner of the world through song.


We are thrilled to be showing the work of three new local artists at The Playful Garden:Crane

Juliane Poirier

Juliane uses watercolor, gouache and colored pencil to create highly stylized images of nature. An artist since childhood, she was influenced by her mother, Mary Jane Poirier and grandfather, Adelard Daniel Poirier, both highly-skilled representational artists. Juliane believes art is a spiritual path; she creates images purely for the sake of bringing joy and comfort to herself and others.


saguaro&woodpecker_dove_edited-1Kathy Dennett

Kathy has been painting Pennsylvania-Dutch hex signs (folk art in the round) for over 15 years. Many locals will remember (and may have purchased!) her beautiful, symmetrical signs which were displayed at the former Pearl Restaurant in Napa. In addition to painting in the round, Kathy also started painting with oils on canvas. “Loosing the rules of symmetry is quite freeing!” she says. Her oil paintings are colorful and stunning. You may see some of them incorporated into wine labels as well.

DeGingko Branch Mirrorborah Childress

Deborah Childress is a mixed media sculptor born in Marin County. She captures the elegance of botanical elements in her rich, detailed mirror frames, panels and boxes.

Deborah’s products are made using natural materials for impressions, then making two to four molds before going into production. Each minutely-detailed piece is hand cast individually in fiber-reinforced gypsum, hand detailed, then patinaed with four to six layers of metallic pigment. The result is a structurally strong, relatively light product that looks and feels like metal.

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Grapevine 6×6 tibetan red

Deborah will be setting up a large display of her work at The Playful Garden especially for Sunday’s “Napa Live” Event and she will be offering a 10% discount to attendees!

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We look forward to seeing you this Sunday afternoon at The Playful Garden, 1201 First St. at the corner of First and Coombs!



June 3, 2016 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Downtown Napa $500 Shopping Spree!

shopping spreeThe merchants in Downtown Napa want to thank those who are making the effort to shop, sip, dine and play downtown during construction of the new sidewalks, so we’re giving away a weekly $500 SHOPPING SPREE! Ask for a registration form at the businesses on First St. and enter for a chance to win a weekly drawing for $500 in gift certificates from downtown businesses. One winner will be drawn every Monday for a period of four weeks. Entry forms and sweepstakes rules are posted at The Playful Garden and most all of the businesses listed below. Last date to enter is Sunday, 6/1/14.

SHOPS & SERVICES: Amica Studios, Anette’s Chocolates, BOHO Lifestyle, Brunilda’s Bridal, Darin’s Gun Exchange, Inti, Kohl’s, LeMelange, Lucero Olive Co., McCaulou’s, Miyamo, Napa Bella, Napa Cigars, Napa Tourist Information Center, Napa Valley Casual, Napa Valley Jewelers, Napa Valley Olive Oil, Replay Sports, Sala Salon, The Beaded Nomad, The Mustard Seed Clothing Co., The Napa Valley Toy Co., The Playful Garden, West End Napa, Williamson & Company Men’s Clothing, Wildcat Clothing Co., Yarns on First

RESTAURANTS: Andaz Napa, Bounty Hunter, Don Perico, Eiko’s, Empire Napa, Jax Diner, John Anthony, Naked Wines, Norman Rose Tavern, Oenotri, Ristorante Allegria, Shiro, Small World Restaurant, Starbucks, Subway, Sushi Mambo, Tarla Mediterranean Grill

ARTS & CULTURE: Artist of the Valley Gallery, Gordon Huether Gallery, Napa County Historical Society, Napa County Landmarks, Quent Cordair Fine Art, Thomas Kinkade of Napa Valley

WINE TASTING ROOMS: Capp Heritage Vineyards, Ceja Vineyards, Cult Following, John Anthony, Mark Herold Wines, Naked Wines, PureCru, Square One, Trahan Winery, Vermeil Wines

Good luck and thank you for visiting our businesses and supporting our Downtown!

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May 16, 2014 at 11:55 pm 2 comments

Upcoming Holiday Events

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Cheers from The Playful Garden! We have two fun holiday events coming up:


Please join us this Saturday afternoon for a book-signing event with local author Roseanne Kirby. 10% of our sales during the event will benefit the Napa County Animal Shelter. If you have any used towels or blankets to spare, please bring them with you to help keep the animals warm at the shelter. Hot apple cider and goodies for canines (and their owners) will be served. Take a free ride around town on the Holiday Wine Trolley after the event (see information below).

Thursday, 12/12, 4-7PM

Mark your calendars for a jewelry trunk show you won’t want to miss. Next Thursday, December 12 from 4-7PM, local artist Sonia Lub will be sharing a larger selection of her unique jewelry which is already on display at The Playful Garden. Beautiful jewelry. Beautiful person. Come join us!


Hop on the Horse & Carriage at the corner of Coombs & First (Coombs Plaza) for a free ride around town from 4:30-7:30PM every Thursday before Christmas. This coming Thursday, stop by The Playful Garden for Sonia’s jewelry trunk show and warm up with a hot cup of apple cider and holiday treats!

Free trolley rides on the festive Holiday Wine Trolley in Downtown Napa every Fri., Sat. & Sun. from 3-6PM! The Trolley loop stops at four locations: The Andaz Hotel, Napa River Inn, Oxbow Public Market and Main and Pearl. Come on down, get on the trolley and be a tourist in your own town this holiday season.

Before or after your horse and carriage or trolley ride, stop by The Playful Garden to shop for unique holiday gifts. Our hours have been extended for your shopping convenience (see hours below). We have new products for you to see, and we’d love to see you, too!

Happy Holidays from The Playful Garden Staff

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1201 First St., Napa, CA  707-258-8880

Holiday Hours: Mon.-Wed. 10AM-6PM, Thurs.-Sat. 10AM-8PM, Sun. 11AM-5PM

December 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

“Jingle Bell Trot” on First St. in Napa 12/15

DowntownXmas_poster2012_v2Put your bells on your toes and jingle all the way up or down First St. in Napa on Saturday, December 15th from 3-7pm or…TROT your way inside a horse-drawn carriage!

A $5/person suggested donation to COPE Family Center will get you on board for a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride (Napa Valley Carriage Co.) through downtown First and Second Streets. Jump in the carriage at Coombs & First Street and you and eleven other lucky passengers will enjoy the holiday lights, store-front decorations and the clip-clop of the horses that will literally take you back in time to the “good old days.”

But there’s more, ‘cause the “good old days” are now. This celebration is intended to be a festive open house, where you can meet the owners and employees of your downtown businesses face to face…and where more than 20 businesses on First Street in Napa will be spreading holiday cheer with offerings of free beverages, holiday treats, music and special offers for patrons and shoppers.

“Jingle Bells” is music to our ears…want to join with your neighbors, family and friends to share your voice or instruments? Join “The Four Sopranos” who will be caroling on First Street and bring joy to others this holiday season.

This event is sponsored by the following merchants on First Street. It’s our gift to you.

Anette’s Chocolates * Artists of the Valley Gallery * The Beaded Nomad * Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream * Ceja * Inti * Miyamo * The Mustard Seed Clothing Co. * Napa Valley Jewelers * The Napa Valley Toy Co. * Quent Cordair Fine Art * Sala Salon * Santa Napa Claus * Shoes on First * Silver Sensations * Small World Restaurant * Sushi Mambo * Tarla Mediterranean Grill * The Playful Garden * The Shops at Napa Center * West End Napa * Wildcat Vintage Clothing * Williamson & Co. Men’s Wear * Yarns on First

December 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment



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