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Papillion Owner Oum is Honored as Lafayette's Business Person of the Year
Brenda Oum serves more than coffee in the cozy corner caf‚ that is Papillion Quality Gourmet Coffees. True, there is also an abundant selection of tea and pastries, but it is the ambiance and customer service which make her place stand out in an age of coffee house ...By Cathy Dausman

Avoid These Celebrity Mistakes With Your Estate Plan
Everyone makes estate planning mistakes, but when celebrities make them we're sure to hear about it. While the net worth of celebrities like Prince may be hundreds of millions more than the average Lamorinda family, each story has a morsel of wisdom for us all.
By Matthew Talbot

Lynn's Top Five
Usually my year-end column focuses on last minute tax planning considerations. And this year is no different - but with a twist. And that twist is to think about year-end tax and other planning moves you should consider in light of the election, with the legislative ...By Lynn Ballou

Babies Coming for the Holidays? Try Renting Equipment To Make Stay Easy
When Sharon Simpson first had her twin infant grandchildren visit at four months old, she knew they needed all of the baby gear essentials in the home. But the Orinda resident did not want the expense of buying two cribs, two bouncy chairs, two swings and two sets of ...By Paula King

Find Local Businesses with New Explore Orinda App
Did you know that the Orinda Chamber of Commerce membership list includes a zoo?
The Orinda Chamber of Commerce recently unveiled a new smart phone application that allows users to ...
By Sora O'Doherty

Round Table Pizza: Late Night and Group Options for Moraga
The Round Table Pizza restaurant in Moraga is tucked away in between a 24-hour Fitness and the Saint Mary's College Rheem Campus at the intersection of Moraga Road and Rheem Boulevard. Though the location has served the Moraga community for years, the store itself ...By Michael Lupacchino

Avoid the Malls and Shop Locally This Season
The holiday frenzy has begun. The roads are more congested, parking is harder to find, the to-do lists are getting longer and patience is beginning to thin. If anything is improving, it may be the kids' behavior, in the hopes that Santa does, indeed, know if they're ...By Diane Claytor

HopSkipDrive is a Driving Force in Lamorinda for Kids and Youth
Lamorinda parents of young children have their driving work cut out for them, and Amy Morosini is no exception. But the Moraga mother of three has made local pickups and delivery of other people's children her job, working as one of the first area drivers for ...By Cathy Dausman

Lynn's Top Five
In our very generous community, year-end charitable gifting is a hot topic. Let's explore ways you can still make a difference before the end of the tax year.
1) Gift Appreciated Assets: ...
By Lynn Ballou, CFP(r)

The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The third quarter of 2016 showed slowing ...By Conrad Bassett

Lafayette Institution is the Place to Find Scary Seasonal Novelties
Whether looking for a frightening Halloween mask or perhaps an even scarier cutout of a presidential candidate, Lamorindans in the know visit Boswell's Party Supplies, an unassuming concrete building on Mt. Diablo Boulevard that is filled with every manner of novelty ...By Victor Ryerson

Lafayette Moves a Step Closer to Park Theater Reuse
A trio of local investors, who envision reusing Lafayette's Park Theater as an art film cinema, performing arts venue and community center, moved a step closer to their dream when the Lafayette City Council agreed to form a subcommittee to cut through the red tape of ...By Victor Ryerson

Motiva Cultivates A Culture of Wellness at Work and at Home
With his business Motiva, chiropractor Matt McCormack wants to become a part of the Lamorinda community, and to raise his family here. He recently opened a part-time health and chiropractic practice in Moraga.
By Sophie Braccini

Baker's Bill Helps Consumers Finds Contractors
It will now be easier for consumers to find ...Submitted by Nanette Farag

Lynn's Top Five
When we ask clients what matters most to them, typically it's a tie between enjoying their life without worry that they'll run out of assets, and making sure that they leave their family and heirs well provided for. An important part of the conversation should include ...By Lynn Ballou

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