For a bride on her special day, The Powder Room is a mobile, one-stop bridal resource ensuring that her all-important hair and makeup are perfect. “We specialize in bridal hair and makeup, and we work on location throughout Sonoma and Napa Counties,” says owner Jennifer Smallwood. “So many women want to get married in California’s Wine Country, and we make sure they look their absolute best.”

The last two years, however, have been anything but beautiful for The Powder Room as COVID restrictions forced Smallwood to close on multiple occasions. “It’s been extremely challenging,” she says. “I have lost five employees during the pandemic, and it was only by the generosity of other people in the community that helped me survive during this difficult time.”

Now, that restrictions have eased, Smallwood is enthusiastic about giving back to her community and didn’t hesitate when asked to partner with Columbia Bank and their Pass It On Project. Wanting to give back and help others like so many did for her, The Powder Room is providing services to those in need and Columbia Bank is paying the bill. “There are so many people still struggling and I’m truly excited to use Columbia Bank’s generous gift to spread the love as wide as possible,” says Smallwood. “I’m passing it on to some customers who’ve been impacted by COVID, as well as some low-income seniors in our town at the Salvation Army. I think passing it on is all about blessing others with something you’ve been given. I’ve been blessed with community support, and I want to pass that on.”