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Published on August 4th, 2021
Building community two wheels at a time
It's a dream lots of people have: quit the corporate grind, team up with a good friend, and start a business devoted to something you love. With the recent opening of First Mile Cycle Works, a new retail and repair shop located on Mt. Diablo Boulevard, two Lamorinda ...By Jeff Gomez

Published on August 4th, 2021
Lynn's Top Five
In the past two years we've been on quite the roller coaster ride with markets both swooning and swelling. For good reasons, we've been glued to the news wondering when it will be safe to travel, eat out and most basically, hug our friends and family! And despite the ...By Lynn Ballou CFPr

Published on July 21st, 2021
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The second quarter of 2021 was extremely ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T

Published on July 7th, 2021
The beat goes on! How to get back on track with your post-pandemic financial planning
It's perhaps premature and too optimistic to say we are in a true post-pandemic phase now, however, it appears that there is light at the end of the dark tunnel. Which means it is absolutely time to shake out the dust and brush off the cobwebs to clearly review and ...By Lynn Ballou CFPr

Published on July 7th, 2021
Orinda Books summer reading challenge is underway
Orinda Books, an independent bookstore in Orinda Village, is challenging readers from kids to young adults to read five books and claim a prize from Loard's Ice Cream or Orinda Theatre by Sept. 10. To qualify for the prize, a reader needs to read three books from the ...By Sora O'Doherty

Published on July 7th, 2021
25A Orinda Way about to break ground and, unfortunately, a newly repaved street
Just as the Orinda City Council was about to approve a contract for the repaving of the entire length of Orinda Way, the developer of 25A Orinda Way announced that they are about to break ground on the project. Developer Paul Ugenti won approval from the council in ...By Sora O'Doherty

Published on June 23rd, 2021
Local bookstore and libraries start summer reading challenges
The start of summer for many of the literary individuals in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda means the start of some good reading. This summer, Reasonable Books in Lafayette is less quiet as owners Betty and Rudy Winnacker are getting the word out regarding their summer ...By Grace Gonsalves

Published on June 9th, 2021
Resourcefill - a great resource for eco-friendly products
It was a staggering and disheartening headline in a recent National Geographic article: "A Whopping 91 Percent of Plastic isn't Recycled." Look around your house. Think about all the products you regularly use that are made of plastic or come in plastic containers. You ...By Diane Claytor

Published on May 26th, 2021
Local businesses struggle to fill staff openings
Reopening businesses following the relaxation of strict COVID-19 regulations isn't always as simple as reopening doors to the establishment - especially for those in the hospitality industry. Local business owners are finding it difficult to fill positions while ...By Jennifer Wake

Published on April 28th, 2021
New fitness facility takes working out to maximum levels
F45 Training, a high-intensity, group workout gym has recently opened its doors at 535 Center St. in Moraga's Rheem Valley Shopping Center, utilizing the former Mycra Pac building.
The ...
By Vera Kochan

Published on April 28th, 2021
Moraga Chamber bestows 2020 Business & Nonprofit of the Year honors
After an incredibly difficult year, during which time the entire world reconfigured itself, the Moraga Chamber of Commerce picked up where it left off by awarding this year's Business of the Year honors to Canyon Club Brewery and Nonprofit of the Year accolades to the ...By Vera Kochan

Published on April 14th, 2021
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The first quarter of 2021 began with a continued fast pace in activity on the residential side of Lamorinda real estate. The closings that occurred, for the most part, came from properties that went under contract in late November to late February - with no seasonal ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T; Licensed Real Estate Broker

Published on April 14th, 2021
Lynn's Top Five
Well, we made it to another tax season, and "surprise," it's still not quite business as usual. Let's review five things you may want to consider before filing your returns this year, and as you get set up for 2021.
By Lynn Ballou CFPr

Published on April 14th, 2021
White Barn Home opens on Lafayette Circle
White Barn Home opened on March 16, taking over the former Farmyard Darlings space on Lafayette Circle across from Lafayette Square. Former Farmyard Darlings co-owner, Kim Berry, is teaming up with her daughter, Kylie, on this new venture to bring modern country living ...By Jenn Freedman

Published on April 14th, 2021
Orchard Nursery celebrates 75 years of community involvement
A longtime fixture on the western edge of Lafayette, Orchard Nursery recently celebrated its 75th anniversary on March 14.
The celebration was a reminder of the many regular community ...
By John T. Miller

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