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Lynn's Top Five
When I picked a topic to write about for this column, I thought about what's relevant now in my own practice. A few recurring themes seemed to emerge in recent conversations which I'd like to share with you here.
By Lynn Ballou, CFP(r)

Miner Road closure to end Aug. 10 after problem vegetation removed
To outline a vegetation removal project along Miner Road, the city of Orinda held a July 26 neighborhood meeting that included representatives from Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the city and the Moraga-Orinda Fire District. PG&E and the city explained that 110 trees ...By Nick Marnell

Changes at Orinda Chamber of Commerce and Lamorinda Weekly
After serving as the executive director of the Orinda Chamber of Commerce for the past two and a half years, Sophie Braccini is leaving to take up a position with UC Berkeley. Braccini, who has been a staff writer for Lamorinda Weekly since its beginning 11 years ago, ...By Sora O'Doherty

Moraga chamber begins economic development plan roll-out
When Bob Fritzky took the presidency of the Moraga Chamber of Commerce at the beginning of the year he announced several new programs to materially support local economic vitality. The chamber is rolling out a new value card to set in place the first piece of a puzzle ...By Sophie Braccini

Experts discuss state of retail in Lafayette
What is the state of retail in Lafayette and in the larger region? What is the cause of all the vacant stores in Lafayette? And how can Lafayette attract quality businesses to fill them? These were the questions posed to a panel of four commercial real estate experts ...By Pippa Fisher

The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The second quarter of 2018 was again ...By Conrad Bassett

Lafayette business part of fundraiser for pet lifesaving equipment
A foundation that provides pet resuscitation equipment for fire, police and other medical first responders, and bulletproof vests for police K-9 units, raised over $150,000 in July to be allocated for pet lifesaving equipment among fire and police agencies in ...By Nick Marnell

Tally Home: charming shop in quaint Orinda neighborhood
Four equestrian friends have decided to follow a retail dream by opening an Orinda shop for home dcor called Tally Home. Megan Lindberg and Liz Peterson are both designers who grew up in Orinda, although Peterson now lives in Canyon. Anne Branagh, also from Orinda, ...By Sora O'Doherty

Modern Tones - unique recording facility opens in Lafayette
Tucked away, but still close to downtown, a world-class, musical gem has popped up in Lafayette. The Modern Tones Music Studios offers music instruction and so much more.
"We are unique ...
By Pippa Fisher

ADA complaints and lawsuits on the rise in Lafayette
Lawsuits against Lafayette businesses for violations of accessibility regulations have increased over the past two years, but there is one relatively simple fix a business can implement in order to decrease the odds of a complaint that could cost thousands of dollars, ...By Nick Marnell

Local restaurants optimize the outdoors
Making the most of the area's beautiful climate by offering outside dining is nothing new - in fact these days it's an almost obligatory trend along restaurant row. But Lafayette's latest eatery Batch and Brine has really embraced it. And they are getting it right.
By Pippa Fisher

Planning love fest for coming Canyon Club Brewery
It is no longer a rumor. Canyon Club Brewery is slated to open its doors in Moraga, which some say is the coolest news for the town retail scene since the opening of Town Bakery. The planning commission on June 18 approved unanimously and enthusiastically the project ...By Sophie Braccini

Joy in Motion: an energetic addition to Moraga's fitness hub
According to Tamra Aguinaldo, mother of two budding dancers, Joy in Motion is a place where children realize their dreams. Now the dance studio that started two years ago renting a place at Star Pilates is moving to a big standalone facility in Moraga's fitness hub: ...By Sophie Braccini

Noodle Theory coming to Rheem
Louis Kao, age 48, father of a 7-year-old son and twin daughters, age 5 - and soon-to-be parent with his wife, Yvonne Ling, of a fourth addition to the family due in October - loves to play with noodles. Happily, Kao's passion for Asian fusion cuisine extends beyond ...By Lou Fancher

Goldsmith apprentices learn 3,000-year-old craft under close watch of master
An ancient art form is flourishing in a small shop in Lafayette under the watchful eye of a master goldsmith. Four apprentices are learning the craft, benefitting from the more than 40 years of experience that Stephen Ware brings.
By Pippa Fisher

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