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
Roden, Taverna Pellegrini win Orinda business awards
Both the Orinda Business Person of the Year, Maria Roden of Orinda Books, and the proprietor of the Orinda Business of the Year, Dario Hadjan of Taverna Pellegrini, are immigrants who have found success in Orinda and both will be honored at the annual Orinda Business ...By Sora O'Doherty
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