Published June 24th, 2009
business briefs
Photo Andy Scheck

Elmwood Stationers and Ware Designs Celebrate
There will be a ribbon cutting on July 16 for one new and one re-located business in the Happy Valley Shopping Center near Trader Joe's in Lafayette. Elmwood Stationers, at 3543-D. Mt. Diablo Blvd., is new to Lafayette. Ware Designs is moving from the Forge to 3643-A Mt. Diablo Blvd. The party starts at 5:00 p.m.

New Tenants in Rheem Center Building
Lamoreem Classics Gymnastics and Curves will move into the former home of 24-Hour Fitness in the Rheem Center stand-alone building that sits on Moraga Road in the coming weeks. Both are moving only a short distance and will gain much better visibility. Lamoreem Gymnastics is a long time favorite for gymnastics education for children and owner Wayne Clark always has long waiting lists for his classes. His studio was located in the back of the Rheem Center, a large facility that had no parking or windows. (More about the Lamoreem Gymnastics transition in a subsequent issue). Curves is the last of its kind in the Lamorinda area after the closing of both the Orinda and Lafayette franchises. It was tucked in the main Rheem Center building near Lamorinda Pizza. For owner Dave Reynolds, the new space will be more convenient and appealing to his growing customer base. The building the two will occupy belongs to Angelos Markets, a Modesto company, while the majority of the shopping center is owned by Kimco Realty.

Rubens Nunnemaker LLP Moves to Lafayette
1020 Aileen Street, Lafayette, 444-4026, www.RNCPAs.com
Rubens Nunnemaker LLP is a Certified Public Accounting and Consulting firm now located in Lafayette. Sharon Rubens and Steve Nunnemaker have more than 30 years of combined industry experience.

Frank Chao Seeks Fudge Fan
376 Park St Moraga, 376-1003
Frank Chow, the owner of Fudge Alley in Moraga's Rheem Center, would like to retire soon. The 80-year old recently hired CM Realty to help him find a business person interested in continuing the Fudge Alley tradition. Frank has served the young and old of Moraga and Lamorinda for decades. He has continued to nurture the business and keep the doors open, but he needs a new generation to pick up where he leaves off. "This place is my baby," said Frank, I want to go back to my native Taiwan, but I don't want to see Fudge Alley disappear." Interested parties should contact commercial real estate broker Dave Schnayer, DSchnayer@cmrealty.com.

Wine Thieves Celebrates 10th Anniversary - July 11
3401 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, 299-9070, www.winethieves.com
Congratulations to Jim, Rod and Bennett as they celebrate 10 years in Lafayette. "Wine Thieves has been one of those special businesses that always find a way to give back to the community," said Chamber of Commerce CEO Jay Lifson, "the company has been involved with practically every school and non-profit in Lafayette." To celebrate their anniversary, they have teamed with the Lafayette Arts and Science Foundation. The anniversary party will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 1:00 -4:00pm behind the Wine Thieves store at 3401 Mt. Diablo Blvd. A $10.00 donation at the door enables guests to try some wonderful wines, enjoy food pairings and help contribute to Lafayette schools. Call 299-9070 for details. Everyone is welcome.

Ward-Young Architecture & Planning Receives Top Ranking
3435 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Suite 200, Lafayette, 283 3278, www.wyarch.com
This Lafayette architecture firm was ranked the most qualified firm to provide architectural services for upcoming State Parks projects by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Ward-Young was selected from over 70 firms submitting qualifications from around the state and country. The firm, based in Lafayette and Tahoe/Truckee, offers multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of architecture, land planning, landscape design, and land use entitlements.

News from the Three Chambers of Commerce
- Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur's Club, Thursday,July 16, 8:30am at the Chamber office.
- Green Committee, Wednesday, July 15, 11:45 am (bring your lunch)Chamber office.
- Business Issues Meeting, Friday, June 26, 8:00am, Chamber office.
- Mixer, July 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lafayette Tree and Landscape, 1024-A Walnut Drive. No mixer in August.

The Lafayette Chamber office will be closed from Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3 in celebration of July 4th.

- July meeting Friday, July 31, 7:30 a.m.- 9 a.m. at the Hacienda de las Flores.

- Chamber breakfast meeting on Thursday, June 25 from 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. at Village Pizza, 19 Orinda Way Orinda. Cost is $10.00 at the door. This is a relaxed coffee hour in which Chamber members can mix and mingle, share ideas, and exchange business cards.

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