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Boswell's shuts its doors after 22 years in Lafayette
July 3 was the last day of business for the party supplies store, Boswell's. The announcement was made just a couple of weeks prior, surprising employees who said they were sad to hear the news.
By Pippa Fisher

The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The second quarter of 2019 was again seasonally strong with a solid volume of closed sale activity on the residential side of Lamorinda real estate, excepting Orinda. Supply, however, increased significantly in Moraga and especially Orinda while in Lafayette inventory ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T

Lynn's Top Five Meaningful family gifting that won't break the piggy bank!
A lot has been written about how to get our adult children to launch, to stop living on our couches, and to get their stuff out of our houses, closets and garages already! But I don't think enough is written about next steps - how parents and grandparents can ...By Lynn Ballou CFPr

Community saddened as Nifty Thrift shuts after 40 years
For over 40 years the quaint little house on Golden Gate Way has been home to Nifty Thrift, a second-hand retail business. Operated under Futures Explored, the shop has served as a living classroom for developmentally disabled participants in its vocational program. ...By Pippa Fisher

Taco Bell reopens in Moraga
After over a year of delays, the newly remodeled Taco Bell, located at 410 Moraga Road in the Rheem Shopping Center, officially opened on June 5.
Just in time for warm summer days, ...
By Vera Kochan

Lemon Boutique makes gift giving easier than ever
The modern boutique Lemon opened on Lafayette Square next to Sideboard in late April - a year after opening its first location in Danville - and has something for everyone and every occasion: baby, kids, women, men, home, spa, and accessories.
By Jenn Freedman

Artisanal bakery rises in Moraga
Taking a leap of faith, Tom Kelly has quit his corporate job in financial services and started a bread business out of his home in Moraga. But Kelly looked before he leaped, for two years taking classes at the San Francisco Baking Institute on bread and viennoiserie ...By Sora O'Doherty

The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The first quarter of 2019 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 Lafayette versus a year ago, while ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T; Licensed Real Estate Broker

Lynn's Top Five
None of my friends who are tax advisors had time to chat with me when I sat down to write this column - shocking, right? However, since we share clients, you can imagine I've had a lot of interaction with those in the tax trenches this year. I think I heard the word ...By Lynn Ballou, CFPr

Downtown businesses - comings and goings
Even as residents comment on empty storefronts in Lafayette's downtown area, new businesses are starting to move in.
Going from east to west, here are a few of the changes residents can ...
By Pippa Fisher

Questions to consider when deciding on design

During the beginning of the new year I always have a surge of clients reaching out to make changes in their home. Whether it be a single room design, whole house update, kitchen or bath ...
By Amanda Eck

The Peter Pan Foundation moves into new Lafayette Location
The Peter Pan Foundation - a 12-year-old Lafayette nonprofit organization that inspires children of all ages to reach their full potential by encouraging confidence, character, and creativity through music and theater, while instilling the value and benefits of ...Submitted by Gina Campo

Luck Women's Boutique opens in Lafayette
Lafayette gained a new luxury women's (and girls) clothing boutique Jan. 8 when local mom Lorin Platto opened Luck. A recent East Bay transplant from San Francisco, Lorin was inspired to bring some of the city's boutique culture to Lamorinda. "I have loved fashion all ...By Jenn Freedman

Chamber honors Moraga Business of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year
In a departure from past procedures of naming a Business Person of the Year, the Moraga Chamber of Commerce decided to change things up by honoring a Business of the Year. And, since three of the nominations were nonprofits, a separate category, Nonprofit of the Year, ...By Vera Kochan

Housing trends exposed at Home Expo
Every current or prospective homeowner has ...By Lou Fancher

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