Tesoro Flower & Garden to Move
Joining Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead at 738 Main Street
October 25, 2010, Saint Helena, CA
Paul Stokey, owner of Tesoro Flower & Garden, has announced plans to move his long-time St. Helena business to 738 Main Street. Tesoro Flower & Garden will occupy the space previously held by Whiting Nursery at Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead, the sustainable food, wine and agricultural center owned by the Ted, Laddie, and Chris Hall and anchored by Farmstead restaurant and Long Meadow Ranch Winery’s tasting room.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to expand our business by moving to this new location," said Paul Stokey. "A move for us was inevitable because of the pending new hotel project and this location presents an exciting new opportunity while allowing us to move essentially just across the street," he added.
"Tesoro is an ideal complement to our location," said Ted Hall. "Our vision is to create an appealling destination that offers an array of experiences, including fresh farm-to-table dining, wine and olive oil tasting, demonstration gardens, and engaging educational experiences. Tesoro brings an exciting new dimension to the experience while remaining completely compatible with our underlying philosophy."
Tesoro, a floral design shop presently located at 649 Main Street, had its beginnings in 1989 when Napa native Paul Stokey began making floral arrangements in an old barn on Money Road in Oakville. In addition to his flower decorating for a number of clients, Stokey was a regular vendor at the St. Helena Farmers Market in the early 90s before opening his first shop on Spring Street in St. Helena in 1992.
In 1994, Stokey moved his business to the present location. A formally trained opera singer and still an occasional performer, Stokey took the name "Tesoro" from his favorite opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, which means “treasure” in Italian.
Tesoro has been recognized as one of the finest floral design shops in California and has been highlighted in House & Garden, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Gourmet, and many other publications. Stokey's designs are noted for the creative use of local flowers and produce, including hydrangeas, sunflowers, garden roses, grapevines, olive branches, grapes and pomegranates.
Regular clientele consists of numerous wineries, hotels, and restaurants, including Villagio Inn and Spa, Auberge du Soleil, Meadowood Resort, The Culinary Institute of America, Merryvale Vineyards, and The Harvest Inn. In addition, Tesoro provides unique décor for weddings, receptions, and special events of all kinds.
The retail shop, which will be expanded in the new location, features a wide array of flowers, plants, and garden accessories, as well as an extensive collection of terra cotta, glass, rustic, and ceramic containers.
"Tesoro is a wonderful extension of our family's tradition in the valley," said Chris Hall. "Paul operated his flower stand right next to my brother and me when we first started selling vegetables at the farmers market on Railroad Avenue back in 1991. And, now we have come full circle."
Tesoro will occupy the new space beginning on November 16th and will complete the move by year end.
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Colleen Gallagher (Colleen@GlodowNead.com), Glodow Nead Communications, (415) 394-6500