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Nearly 600 attend chamber’s Taste of Ripon
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Bank of Stoctkon staffer Barbie Ratto chats with Brenda Jimenez, Christy Baca and Erika Guzman. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

Nearly 600 turned out for the annual Ripon Taste of Ripon wine stroll staged by the Ripon Chamber of Commerce Thursday night.

There were 25 businesses participating in the downtown event that started at 6 p.m. and lasted for three hours. The hosting business owners offered both wine and finger foods while others had fare more like the Bank of Stockton’s tri-tip and meat balls.  The strollers picked up their wine glasses at either Silverado Building Materials on South Stockton Avenue ir the Ripon Museum on Main Street at Acacia Avenue. 

The Natural Path Wellness Center just across the street from the bank offered Thai foods in a separate room that excited their current and potential new customers coming through their doors for the first time.

“There’s lots of excitement in Ripon tonight to celebrate the Christmas season.  I enjoy seeing everyone and there are lots of new faces,” said owner Jennifer Komatsu.

She served Noble Vines from Delicato and Cuvaison from Sonoma.

A small buffet offered spicy noodles, eggplant, fried rice and spring rolls sprinkled with peanut butter sauce – which went the fastest and was a definite favorite with her guests. 

The Sweet Harmony Carolers went “traveling” from business to business singing Christmas songs to the delight of the merrymakers who were trekking down the mile-long main street and its side streets as well.

The businesses included the event with open doors were on Main Street, Stockton Avenue and Walnut Street.  

Those merchants included American Legion Post 190, Austin Meat Service, Bank of Stockton, Ripon Veterinary Hospital, Central Valley Nutrition, Clarence Smit Museum, Wever Insurance Agency, The Ripon Chamber of Commerce, Divine Salon and Spa, Pizza Plus, The Vault Wines, Magpie Antiques, Main Street Floral, Natural Path Wellness Center, Burgess Bakery & Bistro, Re/Max Executive, Tri Valley Lending and Integrity First Realty, Tim Wheeler, CPA; Ripon Jewelers, Ripon Print Studio, Ripon Roadhouse, Sana Food Mart, Silverado Building Materials, Swier Tire and Studio Joy. 

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