Recent Stories

The grandchild of immigrants from Sonora and Jalisco, Mexico, Jess Romero was born in Alameda, California in 1960, and grew up here in Napa. Romero’s mother, having grown up in Oakland, didn’t like the rural lifestyle in the Napa Valley, so his…

David Reynoso grew up in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and moved to Napa from East Los Angeles in 2009. Later that year, he opened Taquería María, named after the Virgin Mary and also his mother Maria. Having grown up in Mexico, he found life as an…

Maria Olvera grew up in a traditional family in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and came to the United States in 1983, after her husband had moved here to work. In 1989, Olvera and her fellow hairstylist Rosa Morales opened up Rosemery’s Haircuts,…

Rosa Morales was born in Zitacuaro, Michoacán, in Mexico and first came to the United States in 1973. “The experience I had where I grew up is that in my country, there were not many opportunities for success,” Morales explains. “I always had…

Francisco Matias was born in Tecomán, Colima, Mexico and moved to Napa in 1990, when he was five years old. At that age, he was already developing an affinity for martial arts by watching Bruce Lee movies and other action films. After practicing…

Ernesto Martinez left his home in Mexico City for the Napa Valley at age 16. After spending a few nights sleeping on park benches, he found work as a dishwasher at Brava Terrace. By 2003, he was working as a sous chef at the Culinary Institute of…

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Explore Napa is a free mobile app and website from the Napa County Library that allows you to explore the rich history of Napa County.  With Explore Napa you can learn the stories of Napa's everday places and look through a window into the past with historical images and documents. This project was made possible through a NorthNet Library System Innovation Grant. Read more About Us