Sonoma County businesses that have stood the test of time

Though it's operated as a grocery for most of its existence, Volpi’s Ristorante major claim to fame was as a speakeasy in the 1920s. Locals know that the “secret” bar is still in operation, with a convenient escape door to the alley in case of a raid. The grocery became a restaurant in 1992. (Kent Porter/ Press Democrat, 2012)


In today’s turbulent marketplace, long-enduring businesses are a rarity. As years go by, the store fronts we remember on any given street may change dramatically. But in Sonoma County, there are several retailers that survived past their 40th year, some over a century.

Passed from generation to generation, these tried and true businesses have stood the test of time. Click through the gallery for Sonoma County's historic businesses that are still going strong.