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Lynn's Top Five
Have you overdosed on New Year's resolution articles and advice columns? Did you launch with good intent only to find yourself already wobbly, off course? While I love the notion of a clean slate to launch a new year and I support anyone willing to give it a solid ...By-Lynn-Ballou-CFP

Jennifer Perlmutter, Business Person of the Year, connecting through art
This year's Business Person of the Year, Jennifer Perlmutter, is proof that art and business are not mutually exclusive. Nonetheless this year's recipient of the award says she was truly surprised to learn she had received the honor.
By Pippa Fisher

Amabile School of Music hopes to hit a high note in Moraga
Amabile is an Italian musical term for a directive to a musician to perform the indicated passage of a composition in a charming, gracious or amiable manner. Whether she knew it or not, owner Teresa Yu chose a name that perfectly describes her.
By Vera Kochan

Miller gives Mayor's Award of Excellence to Mo Mashoon
Mo Mashoon may be the first person to spend significant money improving downtown Orinda in the past 30 years. The owner of Mash Petroleum Inc. has not only completely renovated the gas station at 1 Bryant Way, but has moved his corporate headquarters into the ...By Sora O'Doherty

Designs 2 Consign - a fashion consignment store opens in Rheem
Looking for the perfect outfit for the holiday season? Try Rheem Shopping Center's newest store Designs 2 Consign located at 522 Center Street, Moraga.
Owner Lisa Karp's consignment ...
By Vera Kochan

Jennifer Perlmutter awarded 2020 Marquis Business Person of the Year
The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce announced Jennifer Perlmutter, who filled the empty bank location on the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Road with a "pop-up" gallery last summer, as the 2020 business person of the year.

A walk down memory lane with Hilton House
On a cold, dark Dec. 5 evening, Hilton House Consign/Designs, Inc. shined brightly as guests enjoyed live music, food and drink as the company celebrated its 20th anniversary doing business in Orinda. With "golden ticket" prizes every half hour, guests roamed the ...By Sora O'Doherty

Moraga Chamber president provides free business mentoring to Lamorinda through SCORE
SCORE is a national organization that was established over 50 years ago to provide free small business counseling. The Virginia-based company utilizes the expert talents of 13,000 volunteers who counsel through local chapters. One of those volunteers is Moraga Chamber ...By Vera Kochan

Lynn's Top Five
I wrote this while waiting for the power outage ax to fall. Not exactly how I was hoping to enjoy those otherwise beautiful fall days and I'm sure you shared my frustration! When the power was back on and your lives returned to "normal," your thoughts might have ...By Lynn Ballou, Certified Financial Planner

It's dj vu - there's an OSH back in town
No, you're not seeing things. The new OSH is open for business at 1550 Canyon Road, Moraga.
Replacing Orchard Supply Hardware, which parent company Lowe's closed last November, the new ...
By Vera Kochan

Lynn's Top Five
It's always fun to have a theme for my column. With Halloween here tomorrow, this is a wonderful opportunity to dig into my bag of planning treats to share five "tricks" to avoid in your financial planning. See if you recognize yourself in any of these disguises and ...By Lynn Ballou, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM

Changes at Rheem Shopping Center
The fall season has brought a handful of changes to Moraga's Rheem Shopping Center. In September, Squeeze Juice Bar opened in the former location of Little Hearty Noodle next to CVS. The bar features smoothies, shakes, fresh pressed juices, and soft-serve ice cream; ...By Jenn Freedman

Beyond Aero bike shop opens in Orinda
A new bicycle shop has opened in Orinda at 85 Orinda Way, formerly the home of Tally Home, which closed. Andres Douzoglou had been operating his shop, Beyond Aero, in Berkeley for a little over five years. The shop, located off San Pablo Avenue near Gilman, had a ...By Sora O'Doherty

Lamorinda growers begin grape harvest
Surrounded by the rolling Lamorinda hills in the morning glow above the vineyard, the leaves on the vines planted in 2005 beginning to change color, wine club members from Captain Vineyards in Moraga met early on Oct. 12 to participate in the annual harvest and crush ...By Jennifer Wake

The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The third quarter of 2019 showed solid ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T

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