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Developers eye once-sleepy downtown Napa

A new hotel and retail/office block will lead the makeover of what used to be a pit stop for gas

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Katie Shaffer, the president of internet TV channel Feast It Forward, at the farmhouse she is renovating in Napa, in December 2016. The two-storey, farmhouse-style building will include shopping, wine and food, live cooking demonstrations and music.

Napa, California

IN the 1980s, when John Truchard was a teenager, the most happening watering hole in downtown Napa was the McDonald's on Jefferson Street. "It was a ghost town," said Mr Truchard, the owner of a wine room, JaM Cellars. "There were no good restaurants, nothing good to do...

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