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Antioch’s Audio Xtreme Sounds offers car stereos and more

Saturday, March 21st, 2015
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Audio Xtreme Sounds owner John Mo displays some of the accessories they offer.

By Allen Payton

If you want a new car stereo in Antioch, then drive on down A Street to the new location of Audio Xtreme Sounds.

Started in June, 2014 by John Mo, who is married and about to become a father for the first time, the store was recently relocated from the Antioch Square Shopping Center, for greater visibility and access to customers. Now they’re located at 1516 A Street, across from Little Manuel’s restaurant.

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Some of the car stereo speakers on display at the store.

We located in Antioch because we saw the opportunity,” John said. “We offer products and services that are priced right. So, there’s no need to go anywhere else.”

Audio Xtreme Sounds offers name brand products such as Pioneer, Alpine, JVC and Kicker. They also sell and install car alarms and video, GPS and navigation, plus custom rims, tires, window tinting and accessories.

They’re currently offering a buy one, get one free special on Kicker and Rockford Fosgate speakers.

You can also shop online, before you stop in, on their website at www.Audio-Xtreme.com or call (925) 777-0577 and ask for either John or Reg.

Put there combined 25 years experience and expertise to work for you and stop by, today.

We look forward to serving everyone at our new location,” John added.

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Oddly Unique offers antiques, vintage items and collectibles in Antioch’s historic downtown Rivertown

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
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Customers browse inside the Oddly Unique store in downtown Antioch on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

By Allen Payton

Opened in Antioch’s historic downtown Rivertown in June, 2015 by Debbie Blaisure and Toni Lincks, Oddly Unique is just as the name says.

It’s a collection of antiques, collectibles and vintage items that will meet anyone’s tastes.

They offer furniture, jewelry, glasswear, toys, home decor, clothing, LP’s (that’s vinyl records for you CD generation types), and dolls by Frank Bruno.

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Oddly Unique’s backroom includes the Man Cave.

Oddly Unique also offers something for the guys in their mancave including fishing, golf and camping items.

Debbie and Toni, who both have full-time jobs, started out at an antique co-op in downtown Brentwood. Then after five years, had outgrown the space and decided to open their own store.

This is our passion,” Debbie said. “We feel that we can do a lot for the community, our loyal customers and friends.”

The store had a variety of shoppers on a recent Saturday afternoon. One was Mary Frederickson, a long-time resident of Antioch.

I’m so excited for this,” she said. “The activity is back downtown.”

The store, located at 209 G Street, is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 9 pm and weekends Noon to 6.

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You can now email your 2015 Antioch People’s Choice Awards ballot by Saturday

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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In this digital day and age, the Antioch Herald has had an oversight by only offering a hard copy and snail mail approach to voting in the 2015 Antioch People’s Choice Awards.

Someone say “duh!?!”

You can now email in your ballot to us at info@antiochherald.com by Saturday, March 14 (that’s tomorrow) and save yourself the time and cost of mailing or dropping off your ballot to our office.

So, if you haven’t yet voted and still want to choose your favorite Antioch businesses for special recognition and be entered to win gift certificates from local businesses, then download a ballot by clicking on the link at the top of our Home Page, completing it and emailing it to us. Ballots must be received, postmarked or date stamped by tomorrow, March 14.

Thank you for participating, forgiving us for this oversight and welcoming us to the 21st Century! LOL

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Global NxLevel Strategies helps Antioch businesses create an intelligent business model

Monday, March 9th, 2015
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Attorney Roy Stanley speaks to Global NxLevel Strategies’ current Business Plan Writing Course at the Antioch Chamber of Commerce conference room.

By Allen Payton

The Global NxLevel Strategies Entrepreneur program is a business planning and management, entrepreneur-training course. Led by the husband and wife team of Mitchell and Quincy Hardin, Global NxLevel Strategies brings with it the energy and excitement to captivate, motivate and inspire your communities’ entrepreneurs, youth-preneurs, start-ups, existing businesses and career seekers.

Business planning development is critical to start-up and existing businesses. They offer an interactive, instructor-led entrepreneurial training course, which guides in planning, writing and launching your business vision.

Guest speakers such as attorneys, bankers, accountants and successful entrepreneurs bring added insights to the course.

Our program is delivered in a collaborative learning environment that encompasses real life case studies, business-to-business networking brought to you by experienced business owners and educators with a wide array of business and career experience,” said Quincy.

Global NxLevel Strategies provides comprehensive business development and leadership training. They have several different program formats available. The curriculum can be tailored to meet your individual and/or group needs.

The outcome of the development of a business plan acts as a road map for start-up and future growth. A business plan dissects every aspect of a business. More importantly it teaches you how to set realistic goals, predict cash flow, establish a budget and identify their markets.

Their next 10-week Business Plan Writing Course, which costs only $95.00, begins Thursday, April 9 and will be held at the Antioch Chamber of Commerce conference room, 101 H Street, Waldie Plaza.

To register call (925) 209-1584, email GlobalNxLevel@gmail.com or visit www.GNSInfo.biz.

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Renovations to Antioch shopping center on Contra Loma Blvd. reflect local resurgence

Sunday, March 8th, 2015
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Aerial view of Contra Loma Plaza.

Phillips Edison & Company announced recently that the Contra Loma Plaza completed a façade renovation, major lighting upgrade and landscape improvements as part of a community revitalization effort in Antioch.

According to the company’s website, the shopping center is anchored by SaveMart and positioned in the heart of Antioch’s residential community and across the street from high-density residential development, with easy and direct access from Highway 4 and more than 88,300 residents in the three-mile trade area with an average household income over $74,500.

I am really pleased with the renovation. The bright lights and the improvements to the landscaping have taken a large step towards the safety and the overall pleasing appearance of the plaza which is a good example of making Antioch a much more welcoming location for businesses,” said Hans Ho, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, a group that meets regularly and assists with safety enforcement, neighborhood involvement and improved communication between businesses within the center. “We look forward to the continued improvement of this community and Plaza,” said Ho.

Renovating the Contra Loma Plaza was an important project for us, and we are thrilled to see its completion has made such a positive impact in the community,” said Joe Schlosser, vice president of portfolio management at Phillips Edison. “The support from the Antioch community and retailers in the Contra Loma Plaza to improve the area has been tremendous, and we are very proud to be an invested community partner throughout this resurgence.”

I would just like to thank the new ownership at Contra Loma Plaza for investing in Antioch and doing such a great job upgrading the shopping center. It looks terrific,” said Steve Duran, Antioch City Manager.

The Plaza’s new façade was designed by Architecture Design Collaborative, a full service planning and architectural firm specializing in retail, commercial, and residential projects, located in Costa Mesa, California. The construction of the project was carried out by Smith Development & Construction Company, a general contractor with more than 30 years of experience in the residential and commercial building and design industries of California.

To see a Youtube video of the improvements to the center, click here.

Phillips Edison & Company offers a complete range of retail solutions for investors and retailers. The Company has an operating platform designed to optimize property value and consistently deliver a great shopping experience. Phillips Edison provides retail services including development, redevelopment, leasing and management of retail centers. Established in 1991, the company’s portfolio currently includes a national footprint of retail properties. The Company has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, New York City and Atlanta.

For more information, please visit www.phillipsedison.com or connect with us on LinkedIn.

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Full Circle offers weekly organic produce deliveries to homes in Antioch, East County

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Organic produce and wine form the perfect ‘pear’

Rejecting the idea that consumers have no choice beyond “industrial food” and its harmful effects on health and the environment, Full Circle connects people directly to growers and artisans through weekly deliveries of farm-fresh, locally-sourced organic fruits, vegetables and other all-natural products.

Full Circle recently began offering its home delivery service in Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Pittsburg and Discovery Bay in East County.

harvest box Full Circle offers weekly organic produce deliveries to homes in Antioch, East CountyCalifornians have always been progressive,” says Andrew Stout, founder of Full Circle. “And their dedication to sustainably-grown farm-to-table produce is no exception. We believe that just one week of Full Circle is enough to change the way people think about food and we’re thrilled to bring our high-quality service to new households.”

Full Circle has worked with local California farmers for more than two decades and already delivers to members across the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento; the expanded service area will bring home delivery options to approximately 1.3 million additional people.

To explore local farmers, delivery areas and prices, visit fullcircle.com.

About Full Circle

Founded in Carnation, Wash. in 1995, Full Circle brings the best in farm-fresh, locally-sourced organic and sustainably-grown fruits, vegetables and other all-natural products directly to its members’ doorsteps every week across Alaska, Washington, Idaho and California. Full Circle’s mission is to connect families with local organic farmers and to change the food system by providing a healthy, fresh alternative to industrial food. For more information and membership options, visit fullcircle.com.

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On the move: Local FASTSIGNS® relocates to larger location

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
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FASTSIGNS new location on Sunset Drive in Antioch.

To kick off the New Year, local signs and graphics provider FASTSIGNS® of Antioch has moved to a larger facility located at 1388 Sunset Drive, which is right off Highway 4 and Hillcrest Avenue.

Our new location allows us to serve our customers even better with increased space for design and production, as well as additional meeting space for customer consultations,” said Randy Sabatte, who owns FASTSIGNS of Antioch with his wife, Debbie, and son, Joel. “We have also expanded our capabilities by adding new equipment and an indoor vehicle bay to install vehicle graphics all year round.”

FASTSIGNS of Antioch’s new location is almost double the size of their former facility at 5035 Lone Tree Way. The added space allows room for new equipment to help meet the demand for high volume signage projects and quick turnaround. FASTSIGNS of Antioch acquired an HP Latex 360 Printer, which uses environmentally-friendly inks for versatile and long-lasting graphics. The center also added a Vision CNC Router for producing ADA-compliant signs, dimensional letters and an array of other unique applications.

FASTSIGNS in store 300x122 On the move: Local FASTSIGNS® relocates to larger locationWith our experienced staff, we look forward to continue supporting local businesses and providing the same great customer service,” Sabatte said. “My team and I are excited about the opportunities our new location and equipment will bring. When our customers walk in our center, they will also be greeted with new digital signage displays in our remodeled showroom.”

Independently owned and operated, FASTSIGNS of Antioch has been providing visual communications and marketing solutions to local businesses and organizations since 2007. The center provides wall, window and floor graphics, architectural signs, wayfinding solutions, trade show displays, safety signage, vehicle wraps and more.

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS® of Antioch is an independently owned and operated sign, graphics and visual communications company that provides comprehensive visual marketing solutions to customers of all sizes—across all industries—to help them meet their business objectives and increase their business visibility. To learn more, visit fastsigns.com/520 or call (925) 755-7446.

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Get more money on your insurance claim with help from Antioch public adjusters company

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Independence team Get more money on your insurance claim with help from Antioch public adjusters company

The Independence Team – from left, Steve and Sandy Boydstun, Erin and Tony Astone, with little Nigel.

By Allen Payton

There’s a service being offered by a local business that property owners may not be aware of. I know I wasn’t, until now. Independence Public Adjusters, Inc. (IPA) can go to bat for you with your insurance company when you have a claim for fire or flood damage, to make sure you get the maximum settlement you deserve.

It was started in October, 2012, after company President Tony Astone spent 20 years in the insurance industry, including working for Safeco, as an adjuster handling multi-million dollar claims, and five years with one of the largest public adjuster companies in the nation.

He’s brought his expertise to Antioch, in this family owned and operated business, with his new wife Erin (they got married, last year), who works there part-time, and partner Steve Boydstun, who handles sales management, and Steve’s wife Sandy, their office manager.

For usually 10% of the total settlement, IPA is licensed by the state to handle property claims and represent a property owner’s interests, to ensure the insurance company fulfills its obligations in your policy and “have things put back the way they were before the damage,” Tony said.

Ninety-percent of what we do is residential,” he shared. “House and contents, mostly fire or cars that run into homes, or flooding from pipe breaks.” But, they also handle commercial claims, as well.

The insurance company pay to fix it, but not always the way it should be, according to the Fair Claims Practices with the California Department of Insurance, he added.

Get the most money you deserve from your insurance

IPA logo 246x300 Get more money on your insurance claim with help from Antioch public adjusters companyIPA has consistently been able to get clients a higher percentage of recovery by not allowing the insurance company adjusters to take short cuts. That’s because they take more time, do the detail work and have their own estimators, content specialists and forensic accountants who use their expertise for the property owner, not the insurance company’s bottom line.

The insurance company adjuster is overworked and underpaid, handling a high volume of claims,” Tony said, who knows from his years on the insurance company side of the business. “So, we take the time to get it right.”

For example, one of their clients was offered a $25,000 settlement by his insurance company, for repairs after experiencing a pipe break and flood damage to his home. Independence was able to get that homeowner a settlement of $213,000 in repairs, after doing their analysis of the damage.

On another claim, by a church, for water damage due to flooding from a pipe, Independence was able to increase their settlement from the initial offer of $75,000 to $320,000 instead. Why? Because they discovered the complete amount of damage to the walls and carpeting, as well as from mold that the insurance company’s adjusters had overlooked.

It’s best to get Tony and his team involved at the beginning. If people wait to hire them until after the insurance company gives them their estimate, it’s usually lower and too late.

You may have shot yourself in the foot, by saying something that becomes a coverage issue,” Tony said. “You won’t even know that you left money on the table and it will take longer to settle the claim.”

The company can even help those who have already settled their claim up to three years later. They can do an audit and determine if the settlement should be greater and they only get paid their fee if you get more money from your insurance company.

They deal with your insurance company for you

IPA not only adds financial value to your insurance claim, they also save you time by being the ones on the phone or at meetings with the insurance company.

It simply starts with signing a Letter of Representation, then Independence takes it from there.

The fact that they work on a percentage basis, means they have an incentive to get the maximum settlement for their client’s claim.

Now, after his years in the business, Tony has established credibility and good working relationships with insurance company adjusters by gaining their trust. That’s because Independence can always defend anything they claim on behalf of the property owner. Some times an insurance company adjuster, who has worked with Tony and the IPA team will just ask him what their settlement offer should be and go from there.

What Antioch residents say about Independence

They have many satisfied clients, whose testimonials can be read on their website at www.independencepublicadjusters.us.

One Antioch resident, named Helen had this to say: “Not only did they secure for me what was due on the insurance company; but they exceed my expectation in every way. Tony and Steve are A-1 professionals and awesome individuals; extremely helpful. I can’t say good enough for IPA.”

Antioch residents Robert and Tracie Hill shared their experience with Independence: “On Sept. 15, 2013, we had a fire at our home, which totaled my Garage and Laundry Room. Upon getting home to view the damage, I was met at my car by a person from a Restoration Company. He wanted me to sign this and that before I could even think about anything. A neighbor put us into contact with Steve from IPA right away. He told me to wait and think my options through. Steve told me what he does and represents with IPA. I felt comfortable with him not rushing me into a decision. The next day, my wife and I met with Steve and Tony. I was really impressed with their knowledge and experience. We signed with them, and it was the best decision that we made for our claim. Tony, took over the claim, and hit the ground running! He took care of everything and kept us informed of all things via email, texts and phone. He was able to get us an advance for living expenses and a place to stay right away. Tony was able to get us all that we were entitled to. My wife and I absolutely recommend IPA to anyone that is in need of some experts to work their claim.”

So, now that you know that this service exists, and right here in Antioch, if you experience property damage from a fire, accident or flood or know someone who has, do as their slogan states. “Claim Your Independence” and give Tony and his team a call at (925) 325-4989.

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