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Locanda Positano - simple food, quality ingredients ... and 'famiglia'
In downtown Lafayette great restaurants are literally right around every corner and yet the city's newest eatery looks set to fill its own unique spot.
Locanda Positano, an authentic ...
By Pippa Fisher

Local urgent care besieged by flu cases
In this particularly drastic flu season, even the staff at a local urgent care center isn't immune to the inconvenience. When another doctor at Stat Med called in sick via text message at 3 a.m. on a Saturday, Dr. Armando Samaniego had to scramble for coverage at his ...By John T. Miller

Betting on quality and creativity, Moraga family opens new Town Bakery & Cafe
John and Rose Reyna opened their doors to the public for the first time at 5:30 a.m. Monday, March 5, giving day-breakers the opportunity to taste the organic coffees and teas, and the homemade breads and pastry of the new restaurant in town. Town Bakery and Caf in ...By Sophie Braccini

Mt. Diablo Nursery & Garden closes
The hurt comes through loud and clear in Garth Jacober's voice. "We opened for business March 1, 2007; we're closing Feb. 28, 2018 - one day short of our 11th anniversary."
Retirement, ...
By Cathy Dausman

Lafayette realtor Dana Green honored
At a packed dinner event Feb. 2, local realtor Dana Green received the award for Business Person of the Year, surrounded by family, friends, business associates and her entire "Green Team" on an evening she described as being truly special.

Smith's still satisfying customers
Tucked in the rear row of businesses between two vacant office spaces and behind the Blue Ginko in the Lafayette Plaza, Madison Smith's shoe repair shop has been serving the Lamorinda area since 1981.
By John T. Miller

The Chamber of Commerce is back, bigger and better than ever
There was quite a lively party lighting up Lafayette Circle on a recent, rainy weeknight as over 200 people came by the new Chamber of Commerce offices to help celebrate the grand opening of the new digs.
By Pippa Fisher

The Real Estate Year in Review
It was another extremely strong year for sellers of residential real estate in Lamorinda; sales volume in 2017 rebounded as supply increased but that was matched by continued strong demand and average prices went up in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda.
By Conrad Bassett

Lynn's top five
Welcome to the government's version of tax simplification which comes all dressed up as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Tax simplification? Well, for some, sure; for others not so much. This law, passed at the very end of December, will tempt you to make simplified ...By Lynn Ballou CFP

Susan and Sal Captain, Moraga's Business Persons of the Year
Winemaking in Moraga is still a marginal activity, with Captain Vineyards being the only operational commercial winery in Moraga with a production under 300 cases a year, but the activity adds to the town's character and fits the semirural and sophisticated image it ...By Sophie Braccini

First Lamorinda boba tea opens in Moraga
Boba tea, also known as pearl milk tea, is an interesting concoction that, according to CNN Travel, originated in Liu Han-Chieh's Chun Shui Tang teahouse in Taichung, Taiwan in the 1980s. It has since spread to all the corners of the world, including the Bay Area for a ...By Sophie Braccini

Dana Green - at home in community
For Lafayette Realtor Dana Green, it is all about community. In fact it is her love and appreciation of community in Lafayette that drives all she accomplishes and is a large part of why she is so deserving of this year's Business Person of the Year award.
By Pippa Fisher

Rheem Theatre closes its doors: Will the phoenix rise up again?
The Rheem Theatre's lights went out for good on Sunday, Jan. 7. A fairly large number of residents came to the last evening and expressed their sorrow at seeing the only Moraga entertainment venue closed. Questions about whether the Moraga Community Foundation might be ...By Sophie Braccini

Grocery store trends shift to the tech-savvy shopper
Retail grocery is a moving matrix. In Lamorinda, the action swings from family-owned Diablo Foods to corporate Safeways to healthy food Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Markets-now owned by Amazon-to specialty food purveyors and farmers' markets. Local residents have seen ...By Lou Fancher

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