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Pet photos with Santa Sunday at Somersville Towne Center

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

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Special holiday hours continue through Jan. 2 at Somersville Towne Center

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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G St. Mercantile holds ribbon cutting to celebrate recent expansion in Rivertown

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Owners Michael Gabrielson and Brandon Woods, center in black shirts with scissors, are joined by Antioch Mayor Sean Wright (in white shirt), Council Member Lori Ogorchock (right in white), Rivertown business owners and other Antioch business and community leaders to cut the ribbon to celebrate their recent expansion on Thursday, Nov. 30.

By Allen Payton

With the completion of the expansion to their G St. Mercantile store in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown, owners Michael Gabrielson and Brandon Woods wanted to celebrate. And they did, with a ribbon cutting and by hosting the monthly Antioch Chamber Mixer on Thursday, November 30.

“I want to extend a big thanks to Michael and Brandon,” said Antioch Chamber of Commerce CEO, Richard Pagano. “I’m super excited to be here.”

He then introduced Gabrielson who offered his thanks to all who have contributed to the success of the business, which opened in January 2016. (See related article).

“I want to thank everyone for being here,” he said. “For us it’s a really special occasion. With the expansion of an addition 1,000 square feet it makes us one of the largest cops in East County.”

“Thank you very much to our dealers,” Gabrielson said. “We have 20 very creative dealers. Without them…”

“We wouldn’t look this good,” Woods said, finishing his partner’s sentence.

“You’re part of our family, part of our journey and we love you,” Gabrielson continued.

“We want to thank the Downtown Merchants,” he said. “The Rivertown shopping area is becoming a destination.”

He then mentioned the downtown’s newest store, Bella’s Vintage House boutique, just down the street.

“We’re getting people from Vacaville, Tracy, San Francisco, Livermore and San Jose,” shopping in Rivertown, Gabrielson shared, and thanked the other downtown merchants “for being a collaborative and supporting each other.”

“Thank you to our City leadership that are also conducive to what’s happening in Rivertown,” he concluded.

G St. Mercantile is located at the corner of G and W. Second Streets. Stop and shop, today or for more information visit or call (925) 732-3877.

Owners Michael and Brandon hold the scissors just before the ribbon cutting in their new space.

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The Old Garage becomes Rivertown Business Plaza indicating growth, affordable office space in Antioch

Monday, December 11th, 2017

The building formerly known as The Old Garage in Antioch’s historic downtown will become the Rivertown Business Plaza under new ownership. Photos by Allen Payton

Owner of the Old Casino Building, and new owner of the former Humphrey’s location, Sean McCauley Investments acquires another historic downtown landmark

If you have been paying attention to the news lately, you have noticed a surge in commercial property acquisitions in Antioch.  This is good news for business owners small and large alike as leasing rates in the city are some of the most affordable in Contra Costa County. It is also an opportunity to fill many of the backlogged needs for office space in the region.

Rivertown Business Plaza interior main hallway. Photo by SMI

One of the prime spots recently acquired and ready for tenants is The Rivertown Business Plaza located at 300 H street in Antioch’s historic, downtown, known as Rivertown.

Known as the Old Garage, the landmark 10,000-square foot, brick building includes the former offices of a new home builder which owned and renovated it. These suites are ideal workplaces for anyone from freelancers to fully formed startups, and everyone in between. The staff of Sean McCauley Investments (SMI) are excited to welcome these new tenants and look forward to supporting other companies looking for affordable, quality office space. Available suites range from 1,300-1,600 square feet, are value-priced, fully built-out.

The building is located directly across the street from Antioch City Hall, two blocks from the Antioch Chamber of Commerce office and three blocks from the river.

The Rivertown area is accessible to major business centers, provides a solid customer base for retail, ready to spend their money for services close to their workspace. Plus, the area includes a variety of restaurants within walking distance of the building or a short drive, including one on the water and another one coming soon at the Antioch marina, which was also recently acquired by SMI.

Rivertown Business Plaza interior office space available. Photo by SMI

The company is familiar with Rivertown having owned and leased the Old Casino Building, where the Chamber has their office, for several years.

“We’re committed to Antioch’s downtown Rivertown and providing quality, affordable office space to those businesses who need it, have expanded beyond the ability to be home-based or have grown out of their existing space,” McCauley shared.

“We’re glad to have Sean and SMI in Antioch’s downtown,” said Mayor Sean Wright, the former Chamber of Commerce CEO. “This is just one of many exciting things happening in Rivertown. It’s a great place to have an office and run a business.”

If you or your company has an interest in leasing office space, call (925) 513-7336 today and ask for Diane.

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Vote for your favorite in the Rivertown Holiday Store and Window Décor contest

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Voting continues in this year’s Rivertown Holiday Store and Window Décor contest. See all the wonderfully decorated stores and windows in Antioch’s historic, downtown through Saturday, Dec. 23. Ballots are available at participating merchants (or below)and are due by 5:00 p.m. on the 23rd. Those who submit ballots will be entered to win prizes from Rivertown merchants and other businesses. Shop local. Shop Antioch. Shop Rivertown for Christmas! 2017 Holiday Window Decor Contest Ballot rev 12-4-17


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Cypress Meadows sold, becomes TreVista offering Club Med-like experience for seniors

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

The senior assisted living facility formerly known as Cypress Meadows is now TreVista Antioch.

Working to make every day “magical”, one of 19 facilities by company that pioneer senior assisted living 

By Allen Payton

Opening their 19th location with their acquisition of the former Cypress Meadows Assisted Living facility in Antioch, Agemark Senior Living Communities has renamed it TreVista Antioch and is bringing a new approach of a Club Med-like experience for seniors to East County.

The 10-acre campus is “not a skilled nursing facility,” but offers “both assisted living and memory care to enhance the lives of our residents,” said Senior Care Consultant Amanda Stewart.

She mentioned “many changes are happening, including a new water feature, a new theater,” making the place “more resident friendly and focused.”

The entrance to TreVista Antioch.

They’re part of “a multimillion dollar renovation project that will truly establish TreVista Antioch as the Bay Area’s premier senior living community,” according to their website,

When asked why they chose Antioch, Agemark co-founder and CEO Richard Westin said, “There are a lot of people who need our services in town.”

The Orinda-based company is a pioneer in senior assisted living having introduced the type of facilities to the market.

“We’ve been doing this for 35 years,” Westin explained. “When we first began nobody knew what assisted living was. In the 1980’s it was educating the public.”

The only options were retirement homes of up to six beds or convalescent homes.

“The concept of vibrant, assisted living for people whose average age is 87 didn’t exist other than a convalescent home which was really no place that anyone wanted to go to,” he stated. “It gave senior housing a steep road to climb, because of the significantly, negative reputation that convalescent hospitals had. They (seniors) were just being stored, because people couldn’t take care of them at home.

“The world has changed,” Westin said. “We recognize every one of our residents has a story to tell and wisdom to provide the next generation. There are wonderful opportunities that assisted living provides that didn’t previously exist, that allows people to thrive.”

Agemark does things differently than other facilities. According to their website, their mission and the “Promise” includes the following: “It is our mission, privilege and responsibility to provide the kind of care we want for our own loved ones, fostering a healthy body, agile mind and joyful spirit. We promise to ‘Nurture and grow our communities and the people who work and live in them,’ ‘Actively listen, constantly innovate, and serve with pride and joy,’ and ‘Empower and encourage staff to respond to residents and their families with compassion and respect.’”

Richard Westin, Founder & CEO of AgeMark

“My background is Club Med,” Westin (who said he is unrelated to the hotel chain of the same name) shared. “I used to teach sailing in the summer and skiing in the winter in Europe. I was the first American to ever work for Club Med. It started in 1954 and I started working for them in 1961 at age 20.”

“I didn’t realize at the time I wasn’t teaching people to sail and ski,” he continued. “I myself was learning the hospitality business and 55 years later I’m able to provide a Club Med-like experience for 87-year-olds.”

“First it was for 20-year-olds now it’s for 80-year-olds,” Westin said with a laugh. “Fun is fun. Dancing and going to the zoo, high school and semi-professional sporting events, depending on the location.”

“Engaging with kindergartners and older folks in meaningful activities is really a valuable thing,” he added.

Westin then shared his philosophy of how the facilities operate, with the goal of making every day magical for their residents

“Whenever you say ‘good-night’ to one of our residents it may in fact be ‘good-bye’. So, it is our responsibility to make sure that their previous day was magical,” he stated. “And if we can do that every day we will have made a difference in the lives of the people we take care of and will have accomplished our goal.”

“I’m passionate about what I do,” Westin continued. “At 76 I get up every day and I’m delighted to go to work because I care about the wellbeing of our residents and their families because I know they’re going through a difficult time. We don’t just get a resident we get a family. They never need to call because we’re always ready to show them a clean, happy environment.”

Westin shared about an experience one of their facilities offered to a resident who had never been to a game of her favorite major league baseball team. She got to throw out the first pitch, meet the players after the game and was greeted with a

“We try to do that all the time,” he shared

They’re going through the approval process for six additional locations all in California.

It’s a family run business.

“My son (Forrest) is my business partner and it’s great,” he added.

His partner Jesse Pittore is retired but his son Michael Pittore, a graduate of De La Salle High – who was part of the football team that kept their winning streak going to 101 games – is also part of the ownership team.

“So, we have the two younger generation and me,” Westin shared. “And if I’m healthy I plan to work another 20 years.”

TreVista is located at 3950 Lone Tree Way across the street from Sutter Delta Medical Center. For more information call (925) 329-6296 or visit

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Multiple Christmas events and activities at Somersville Towne Center in December

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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Vote and enter to win prizes in the 2017 Rivertown Holiday Store & Window Décor contest

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Download Official Ballots, here – 2017 Holiday Window Decor Contest Ballot web

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