In 1976, young parents Art and Judy Housley bought a small store in Napa. Art, who was working for PG&E at the time, would get up at 4:00 A.M seven days a week to go open the store. He worked the store until eight, when Judy and toddler Arik; fresh from dropping Adam off at school would take over. Art then worked a full day for PG&E, took an hour nap and returned to the store. Judy took the boys home, and Art worked the store until 10:30. The success they enjoyed at the Napa store allowed them to purchase a very small store in the very small town of Yountville in 1977.
Now, thirty years later the Yountville store has been expanded 3 times to accommodate the growing needs of our community. Adam has become an international reporter for Fox news. Toddler Arik is now grown and operating both stores. Art swears he is retired, but he and Judy still work seven days a week. These days we have toddler Alex Housley helping his mommy, Hannah shop before school. Daughter Alaina loves to help her Dad work. She has become an expert grocery bagger, even though she must stand on a milk crate as she asks each person, Would you like paper or plastic. Uncle Adam phones from where ever he is in the world to check in. He recently phoned from Jerusalem just to hear about Alainas visit from the tooth fairy.
It is this multi-generational history that defines who we are, and our role in our community. Ariks first memory is of taking naps, snuggled in Daddys warm coat on a cardboard pallet in the backroom of the store. Now, his wife Hannah, and the kids are a part of every day life in the stores. We usually have a bit of a work slow down when they are here, because we have so much fun chatting with Hannah, and playing with the kids.
Every year Arik puts on a huge pasta feed that is one of the highlights of our year. All proceeds are used to buy classroom supplies for Yountville Elementary, where Arik and Adam attended K-6. Alaina now goes to school there and even had the same Kindergarten classroom as Arik. Hannah now teaches Kindergarten in the same room. We also sponsor at least nine youth sports teams each year, and Arik coaches Under-8 girls soccer.
There is no line between staff and family for the Housleys. We all live and work in the same community, and the stores feel like home to all of us. This is a fun place to work.
Welcome to our store. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.