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Arianna Strozzi’s Passion for Wool & more

by Vesta Copestakes

I first met Ariana when she opened Estero Café in Valley Ford. You can tell right away that she’s intelligent and driven by her enthusiasm. I thought she was a café owner who loved to cook and bake healthy food in partnership with her daughter Wesley. Then I learned she owns SkyHorse Ranch that also serves as a B&B, and she teaches leadership through working with horses. 

Valley Ford MERCANTILE - American West Leather - Sonoma County, CAShe has published two books, “Horse Sense for the Leader Within”, “Planning Your Business in the Horse as Healer/Teacher Professions”, and it goes on. Google her name and be amazed! But right now, in addition to everything else, she’s passionate about wool products and establishing a wool mill in Valley Ford.

At the south end of town there’s a lovely old wood barn that formerly housed West County Design, a gallery for fine art and amazing furniture that was created in a wood shop at the back of the barn. Ariana bought the building when the gallery closed and turned it into Valley Ford Mercantile where everything from hand-tooled leather bags to hand-made clothing and jewelry are sold. There’s even a small shop for herbal remedies on the side.

But what stands out as far as Ariana is concerned is the wool products from bedding to mattresses and pillows. She started telling me about the first time she slept on a wool sleep of her life, especially considering how many times she has injured herself working with horses! So she put wool mattresses and pillows in her B& B rooms.Valley Ford MERCANTILE - Skyhorse Wool - Sonoma County, CA

Then I learned about the wool mill she is planning for the former wood shop in the barn. Turns out there isn’t a wool mill close enough, so she’s creating her own! All the wool from local sheep need a place to be milled locally! If you follow her Facebook page you’ll get an update of each accomplishment as she brings in the equipment then schedules tours. Yes, she’ll have sheep in the back as well.

Put Valley Ford on your list of places to eat fine food at the café for breakfast and lunch, and to stroll to the other end of town to the Mercantile to find out what Ariana has acoomplished now. You may walk away with a fine cotton blouse, a locally made necklace and a pillow to help you count sheep as you fall asleep at night.

Ariana Strozzi and Casey Mazzucchi
Valley Ford Mercantile
14390 Hwy, Valley Ford, CA. 
(707) 338-9817