Farmers Market in downtown Pleasanton is expecting a near-record number of shoppers today for its mid-summer sales of fresh produce, vegetables and other staples.
The event will culminate three days of major downtown events that started Thursday with a sell-out crowd at the semi-annual Wine Stroll sponsored by the Pleasanton Downtown Association.
Just under 1,000 turned out on a warm evening Thursday night to enjoy the wine stroll that was held in cooperation with participating merchants and local wineries.
The PDA's event coordinator Alisha Perdue said the wine stroll was an opportunity for the PDA and its members to showcase in a unique way the diverse businesses and services downtown Pleasanton has to offer. More than 30 Pleasanton and Livermore Valley wineries showcased their wines with merchants hosting their own appetizers throughout the evening.
"The Wine Stroll is a fun event for merchants and the public," said Judy Wheeler, owner of Towne Center Books on Main Street, who is also chairwoman of the PDA's Marketing Committee. "I always have a chance to talk to people who are in downtown Pleasanton for the first time, and then I see them coming back because this was such an enjoyable experience."
The good times downtown kept coming, with the PDA's free Concerts in the Park last night and now Farmers Market on a sunny Saturday morning. The market is on Angela Street, between First and Main streets.
Participating merchants and the brands of wine they served at Thursday night's Wine Stroll were:
-A Touch of Health, 377 St. Mary St., Fenestra Winery
-Alexander's Fine Art, 608 Main Street, White Crane Winery
-Amador Valley Chiropractic, 148 Ray Street #A, Eagle Ridge Vineyard
-Berry Patch, 350-A Main Street, Cuda Ridge Wines
-Body Balance Fitness & Massage, 164 Ray Street, Occasio Winery
-Cazinha Portrait Design, 551 Main Street, McGrail Vineyards & Winery
-Clover Creek, 670 Main Street, Occasio Winery
-Comerica Bank, 600 Main Street, Deer Ridge Vineyards
-Divine Skin & Body, 87 W. Neal Street, Stony Ridge
-First Republic Bank, 249 Main Street, Wente Vineyards
-Gourmet Works, 420 Main Street, Palomares Winery
-It's Only Natural, 555 Peters Avenue, The Steven Kent Winery
-Jewelers Gallery, 614 Main Street, Nottingham Cellars
-Little Valley Winery, 739 Main Street, Suite J, Little Valley Winery
-MD Laser Spa, 531 Main Street, Westover Vineyards & Winery
-Me and My Friends, 4713 First Street #150, Ryhan Estate Vineyards
-Milfleur, 200 Ray Street, Tamas Estates
-Murphy's Paw, 410 Main Street, Retzlaff Winery
-Pans on Fire, 310-B Main Street, Bent Creek Winery
-Pleasantans, 4325 First Street, Suite 150, Red Feather Winery
-Residential Pacific Mortgage, 30 W. Neal St., Suite 105, Palomares Winery
-Resurrection, 125 West Neal Street, Suite A, White Crane Winery
-Rick's Picks, 719 Main Street, Fenestra Winery
-Savvy Seconds, 560 Main Street, Rodrigue Molyneaux
-Serenity Stoneworks, 252 Main Street, Crooked Vine
-Sincerely Yours Cards & Gifts, 711 Main Street, Mitchell Katz
-Studio 7 Fine Arts, 400 Main Street, Satyr's Pond Winery
-The Cycle Pros, 728 Main Street, Garre Vineyards & Winery
-Touch of Elegance Hair Salon, 148 Ray Street E/F, Charles R Vineyards
-Towne Center Books, 555 Main Street, Murrietta's Well
-Twirly Girls, 660 Main Street, BoaVentura Winery
-Valley Plumbing Home Center, 272 Rose Avenue, Westover Vineyards
-Vision One Optometry, 63 West Angela Street, Elliston Vineyards
-Your Stage Toys, 77 W. Angela Street, Little Valley Winery
In addition to these, organizations and merchants that served non-alcoholic beverages were:
-Museum On Main, 603 Main Street
-World School Massage, 699 Peters Ave.
-Annie's Corner, 818 Main Street #C
-Rising Loafer, 428 Main Street.