SMITH: Ex-Giants pitcher makes a new start

Former S.F. Giants starter Noah Lowry has a new pitch: He now co-owns Santa Rosa Ski & Sports and he swears the hip ski-skate-wake shop will become even more so.

"Quite a bit is happening over here," said Lowry, who won 14 games for the Giants in 2007 before being put out of the game by injuries.

He bought the venerable Santa Rosa Ski & Sports with partners John Farrell, a military vet who grew up working at Sonoma Cutlery stores, and longtime SRSS employee Michael Conway.

The former Giant settled in Sonoma County after falling in love with it during frequent visits with his wife, Andrea, a graduate of Rancho Cotate High.

He and his partners will launch their store's new era Saturday with a parking-lot celebration that starts at 5:30 p.m. The reggae band Thrive will play, free stuff will be doled out and Hooters staffers will serve hot wings.

After living for years in and near San Francisco, Lowry said he's liking the feel and fit of his new town.

"I'm not really the city type, to tell you the truth. Santa Rosa is probably as much city as I can handle."

SEE WHO'S SINGING Friday night at the Green Music Center?

Choirs from all of Santa Rosa's public high schools will experience the world-class beauty and acoustics of Weill Hall while performing in the 7 p.m. William Barclay Memorial Scholarship Concert.

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