The Nectary

Gia Baiocchi is a native of Sebastopol, California but she lived in Hawaii for a number of years after college, cultivating her skills as a business partner and vegan/raw food chef at the world renowned Blossoming Lotus Restaurant.

However, she returned to Sebastopol to start her business – The Nectary – a juice bar serving her own all-natural creations. Gia has over 20 years of experience in Raw and Vegan food preparation, Traditional Herbalism, Ayurveda and Aromatherapy. In the Nectary, Gia has created the perfect venue to integrate and share her diversity of skills and provide healthy offerings.

A true believer of “Food as Medicine”; Gia has made it her life's journey to experience and to explore the synergy between the mind, spirit and body, embracing the empowerment that comes through mindful living. Her experiences and discoveries have led to a sincere passion to share this knowledge and expand these offerings, helping to make healthy lifestyle choices accessible and available to her community and beyond.

Gia has been a Napa-Sonoma SBDC client since before she started her business. She and her financial partner first received help in late 2013 with financial projections and general business planning. She continued to receive periodic SBDC advisory services as she navigated through the location leasing contract negotiation, site build-out, hiring of staff, soft launch and early growing pains.

Along the way Gia’s business has secured several SBA small business loans: In mid-2017, the Nectary received an SBA backed loan of $125,000 from Redwood Credit Union in connection with opening of the second retail location in Healdsburg. In response to the 2017 Wild Fires in Sonoma County, the Nectary received an SBA disaster assistance loan of $28,400 to assist with depleted cash flow and increase working capital.

Gia now has 40 employees working for her.  She is hoping to expand further into a third location in Sonoma.  She is also exploring manufacturing a shelf-stable version of her juices for wholesale.

 

Company Name: 
The Nectary
Location: 
Healdsburg