Gaping holes still mark the outer walls of the old Napa County courthouse. Chain-link fences keep people away from the usually bustling Fagiani’s and Napkins restaurants along Main Street. And the most vivid signs of the Aug. 24 earthquake’s wrath – the post office’s zigzag fissures, or the smashed car featured in numerous online news photos – have become tourist attractions in themselves, with passers-by constantly stopping to take pictures.
Yet on Sunday, barely one week after the magnitude-6.0 temblor that wreaked damage in the hundreds of millions of dollars, residents and tourists alike flocked to many parts of downtown Napa that remained open.
A week after the Bay Area’s strongest quake in a quarter century, the city’s heart was a mix of the dormant and the still-vibrant, often side by side or face to face. A few minutes’ walk from the Andaz Hotel’s locked doors and the listing tower of the Alexandria Square, customers perused Cupid-style lamps at Antiques on Second or tasted gourmet olive oils in the heart of the Labor Day weekend.