Native Tongue Boutique and Lounge is the latest winner of the City of Lompoc Economic Development Committee’s Economic Vitality Award, or EVA. Native Tongue was nominated for its investment in the local community, and expanding upon a unique industry in town.

Native Tongue Boutique and Lounge offers an environment where one can go grab some local wine and beer, and hang out on their comfortable couches. It  features live music, trivia nights, wine and painting, and much more. The award was presented to Native Tongue owner Jennifer Yanez by the EDC and City staff on Nov. 14.

According to the establishment's website, “Native Tongue Boutique and Lounge was created by the Yanez family in 2015 so that the community would have a place to come together and experience the best wine and beer artfully crafted in Lompoc, California.”

Native Tongue offers a wide variety of local beers, wine (by glass or bottle), meats, cheeses and more. Their “Native Nosh” menu features rosemary focaccia bread pizza, handmade soft pretzels, artisanal boards with meat and cheese, and handmade chocolate truffles.

Its “Craft Brew” menu lists almost a dozen local breweries, in 16-ounce or 20-ounce size glasses. Can’t decide? The “Native Flight” features a selection of 5-ounce beers. Wines by the bottle include reds and whites by Ampelos, Zaca Mesa, Kita, Daniel Gehrs, Domaine Le Mieux, Trancendence, Sort This Out Cellars, Rabble, Press Gang, Tower 15, Bishop’s Peak, Moretti, Montemar, Donati Family, Pali, and La Vie Vineyard. Wines by the glass pour from many of the bottles above. There are wines on tap, hot mulled wine, cider and non-alcoholic sodas available as well. Each day from 3 to 5 p.m. they have a daily selected beer or wine special for $5.

In addition, the facility has two rooms available to rent for private events. The upstairs room is the smaller of the two, and features a bar, sofas and chairs. It also has a large outdoor balcony area, which overlooks downtown and the southern hillsides. The downstairs room is larger and centers around an expansive bar in the middle. This room is similar to the lounge, containing two-story windows with lots of light. Carefully decorated, the Native Tongue offers an open and comfortable environment to host parties or just to get together with friends.

Native Tongue has also worked with owners of the recently opened local restaurant, 805 Chophouse to promote one another’s business and supporting of local dining. For instance, when folks are waiting for a table at the Chophouse, they are encouraged to walk over to Native Tongue to grab a quick drink or some appetizers, and they are called via phone when their table is ready. The neighboring businesses are exemplars of promoting shopping and dining local. The collaboration between businesses allows for customers to experience two local businesses in one experience.

Looking for fun and exciting things to do? Just a few things the Native Tongue offers are: every Sunday it has mimosa specials from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday night is trivia night from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with a $5 buy-in per person. Other events include “Paint and Pint Parties” for $25, and on Dec. 7 they are holding a Gingerbread House Workshop for $30.

Native Tongue Boutique and Lounge is open Tuesday through Sunday, and closed on Monday. It is located at 114 and 116 North F Street in Lompoc. Its phone number is 805-736-9100 and the business can be found on the web at Congratulations again for providing Lompoc residents with a fun and quaint place to go.

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