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Ellen Wise Couture (TANJA LIPPERT PHOTOGRAPHY)

Ellen Wise Couture
By appointment only.
285 Allen Road, Woodside
(650) 275-2760
ellenwisecouture.com

Peninsula-based Ellen Wise Couture has entered the bridal business. With Cielo, a new capsule collection for fall-winter 2021, Ellen Wise offers brides a welcome detour from predictable mass-produced gowns with her sumptuous handcrafted custom couture pieces made locally in her atelier. Wise, who founded her couture business a decade ago after tenures as a concert violinist and attorney, believes in working closely with brides to get a full grasp of their personal style and vision. And for the new collection, she has tapped the expertise of designer Fady Mechrek, a Lebanese couturier with more than two decades of experience with Maison Elie Saab. Cielo’s 10-dress baseline capsule may sound conservative, but the sky’s the limit when it comes to bespoke variations on the embellishments and silhouette, including a custom neckline, sleeve length, capelet or removable train. From concept to completion, the road to the “dream gown” takes approximately four to 12 weeks.


Swell Lounge

Swell Lounge
Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
155 Broadway, Half Moon Bay
jettywave.com

While you’re waiting for the new Jettywave Distillery to open at the former home of Half Moon Bay Distillery, step on up to the window of Swell Lounge for a sea-breezy outdoor bar experience. Located a stone’s throw from the beach, the sleek corrugated metal Swell Lounge bar cart, fashioned from an abandoned coffee trailer, offers creative (and, in some cases, borderline salubrious) cocktails like the Even Keel Turmeric shot. Founded by Realtor, spin instructor and event planner extraordinaire Mishelle Westendorf, with help from a team that includes her husband, David Westendorf, and distiller Anthony Marinese, Jettywave is all about being sustainable, committed to using reclaimed materials, reducing waste and sourcing herbs and fruits from its onsite garden. Ultimately, the distillery (on track to open in the very near future) will produce gin, vodka, whiskey, bourbon and a moonshine with the trademarked moniker Half Moon Shine. Down the line, in addition to offering classes and bottling parties, Jettywave plans to host private events and all-ages community gatherings.


Quail and Condor

Quail and Condor
Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 149 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg;
(707) 473-8254
quailandcondor.com

They call themselves “your friendly neighborhood bread bakers,” and since opening their brick-and-mortar bakery earlier this year, the happy and hardworking husband-and-wife team Sean McGaughey and Melissa Yanc have been bringing leavened bliss to Yountville with Quail and Condor’s ever-changing assortment of fresh-from-the-oven baked goods. From simple to seedy, their bread selection includes Danish rye, rustic miche and persimmon and walnut campagne, plus croissants, bagels and sure-to-sell-out sandwiches, including ham, butter and brie; salami, sprouts and greens; and pressed roasted veggie. Yanc is the winner of the 2019 Food Network Holiday Baking Championship and McGaughey is a veteran of the local restaurant scene, including a stint as sous chef at SingleThread Farm. The duo’s mouthwatering creations, which have long wowed the crowds at the Healdsburg Farmers Market, are available four days a week at their new shop. Prepared to be overwhelmed — though the pistachio croissants may rise to the top of your list.

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