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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



Lafayette realtor Dana Green honored
At a packed dinner event Feb. 2, local realtor Dana Green received the award for Business Person of the Year, surrounded by family, friends, business associates and her entire "Green Team" on an evening she described as being truly special.




Smith's still satisfying customers
Tucked in the rear row of businesses between two vacant office spaces and behind the Blue Ginko in the Lafayette Plaza, Madison Smith's shoe repair shop has been serving the Lamorinda area since 1981.
By John T. Miller



The Chamber of Commerce is back, bigger and better than ever
There was quite a lively party lighting up Lafayette Circle on a recent, rainy weeknight as over 200 people came by the new Chamber of Commerce offices to help celebrate the grand opening of the new digs.
By Pippa Fisher



The Real Estate Year in Review
It was another extremely strong year for sellers of residential real estate in Lamorinda; sales volume in 2017 rebounded as supply increased but that was matched by continued strong demand and average prices went up in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda.
By Conrad Bassett



Lynn's top five
Welcome to the government's version of tax simplification which comes all dressed up as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Tax simplification? Well, for some, sure; for others not so much. This law, passed at the very end of December, will tempt you to make simplified ...By Lynn Ballou CFP



Susan and Sal Captain, Moraga's Business Persons of the Year
Winemaking in Moraga is still a marginal activity, with Captain Vineyards being the only operational commercial winery in Moraga with a production under 300 cases a year, but the activity adds to the town's character and fits the semirural and sophisticated image it ...By Sophie Braccini



First Lamorinda boba tea opens in Moraga
Boba tea, also known as pearl milk tea, is an interesting concoction that, according to CNN Travel, originated in Liu Han-Chieh's Chun Shui Tang teahouse in Taichung, Taiwan in the 1980s. It has since spread to all the corners of the world, including the Bay Area for a ...By Sophie Braccini



Dana Green - at home in community
For Lafayette Realtor Dana Green, it is all about community. In fact it is her love and appreciation of community in Lafayette that drives all she accomplishes and is a large part of why she is so deserving of this year's Business Person of the Year award.
By Pippa Fisher



Rheem Theatre closes its doors: Will the phoenix rise up again?
The Rheem Theatre's lights went out for good on Sunday, Jan. 7. A fairly large number of residents came to the last evening and expressed their sorrow at seeing the only Moraga entertainment venue closed. Questions about whether the Moraga Community Foundation might be ...By Sophie Braccini



Grocery store trends shift to the tech-savvy shopper
Retail grocery is a moving matrix. In Lamorinda, the action swings from family-owned Diablo Foods to corporate Safeways to healthy food Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Markets-now owned by Amazon-to specialty food purveyors and farmers' markets. Local residents have seen ...By Lou Fancher



Dana Green named Lafayette's Business Person of the Year
This year's Business Person of the Year award goes to Lafayette realtor Dana Green.
Last year's Business Person of the Year together with both the Chamber's outgoing board president and ...
By Pippa Fisher



Lynn's Top Five
I recently had lunch with a good friend who is working with her daughters to instill in them the importance of retaining some financial autonomy even as they forge new relationships and build families. Her daughters are grown, college graduates, and by all appearances, ...By Lynn Ballou, CFP(r)



Diablo Writers' Workshop inspires Lamorinda writers
Andrea Firth of Moraga and Janine de Boisblanc of Lafayette met in 2013 while working on their MFAs in Creative Non-Fiction from Saint Mary's College. Both authors pursued their degrees in order to hone their craft and tell their stories. Firth has written a ...By Kara Navolio



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