Around Healdsburg with Erika

Growing up in Healdsburg, Bon Ton Studio owner Erika Dawkins remembers her parents having lots of visitors. After traveling and studying fashion, she now understands why her hometown attracts so many - like those come-from-afar wine interns working the fall harvest. Dawkins met and married one of those interns, Ross Dawkins, a South African winemaker.

Bon Ton Studio is the brick-and-mortar iteration of the online business Erika started while living in southwest Australia for her husband’s job. It offers imported housewares and apparel in her signature aesthetic: natural materials, a subdued palette, and punches of vibrant color. Her elegant storefront sits across from several businesses owned by friends from her school days, including the El Sombrero taco shop and Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar. She laughs, “It’s like a Healdsburg High School reunion on this corner.”

Lioco Wine

With grapes sourced from Sonoma to Santa Cruz, Lioco Wine Shop does their “minimalist winemaking” at a Santa Rosa cooperative.

125 Matheson St, 707-395-0148, liocowine.com

Bon Ton Studio

Bon Ton Studio’s Turkish towels are soft and quick to dry. They’re great by the pool and, in a pinch, they double as a wrap on a chilly evening.

120 Matheson St, 707-591-4116, bonton-studio.com

River's Edge

River’s Edge is the place to rent kayaks for paddling the Russian River. Erika’s dad often gives her a ride upriver a few miles.

1 Healdsburg Ave, 707-433-7247, riversedgekayakandcanoe.com

Dragonfly Floral

The sustainable flower arrangements at Dragonfly Floral have a wild, untamed feel that Erika adores.

425 Westside Road, 707-433-3739 dragonflyhealdsburg.com

Taqueria El Sombrero

The chorizo breakfast burrito with a Mexican coke is a go-to at Taqueria El Sombrero. 

249 Center St, 707-433-3818, elsombrerohbg.com

Mill Street Antiques

At Mill Street Antiques, Erika points out bundles of dried proteas, a South African flower she uses at home and in her shop.

44 Mill St, 707-433-8409