The real estate quarter in review
The first quarter of 2018 showed a continued fast pace in activity on the residential side of Lamorinda real estate. Supply remains low, so the resulting sales quantities remain low. The average sales price continues to increase in Orinda and Moraga but not in ...By Conrad Bassett
Blazin' Jayz Smoke Shop opens third branch in Lafayette
Given the opportunity to promote themselves, new businesses are usually excited to run down the list of products or services they provide the marketplace.
But Adam Abdallah, owner of ...By Nick Marnell
Moraga businesswoman's venture focuses on mixing things up
Little suburbs populated by educated people have the striking ability to foster female entrepreneurs who draw from their previous professional experience, finding outlets for their creative energy at different stages of their lives by starting new businesses. Some wait ...By Sophie Braccini
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