Business: Boccebrew designs and installs bocceball courts for commercial and
residential use. The company consults with clients considering
landscaping, such as patios, trellises and decks, to enhance the
courts. David Brewer is a licensed landscape contractor. The
courts are mad out of oyster shell clay or granite, which provides a
hard surface that allows the ball to roll smoothly.
"Soccer, golf and bocce are probably the most recognized
sports in the world. It is most popular with women, and its
popularity is growing fast," David Brewer said.
Staff: Four. It normally takes about 10 days to put down
Customers: Private homes, wineries such as Landmark
Vineyards in Sonoma, senior-citizen facilities, restaurants and public
parks have bocce courts.
What people are saying: Two bocce courts are in Beach
Park near the Seafood Peddler restaurant in San Rafael. Kristen
Kohary, restaurant co-owner, said having the courts is good for
business. The restaurant has bocce balls for people who wish to
play and people are "thrilled" at finding courts nearby said
"It certainly adds to the atmosphere
for clients who have the opportunity to come and dine, and have a
recreational outlet as well. It is also fun for the diners on the
patio who watch a live game," Kohary said.
Susie Roy and her husband had their bocce court completed in June
and it is a hit in their Tennessee Valley neighborhood of Mill Valley,
"It is fun, it is challenging, and you can play with a beer
in your hand or a glass of wine. It is a really nice way to end your
day, but I hate it when people say it is a yuppie sport. My
husband played as a child in Maine. We have given them as wedding
gifts," Roy said.
Revenues: Boccebrew is a
privately held company and does not disclose revenues.
Vital Statistics: The Brewers started Boccebrew two years ago after being introduced to the game while visiting a
friend. "We just had a fabulous time," Sandy Brewer
said. Shortly after, David Brewer, a landscaper since 1978, came
up with the idea to add bocce court design and installation to his
business. He sees a bright future with the courts he designs.
"It is an organic thing. It is much more than a court,"