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Be sure to vote in the Herald’s 2016 Antioch People’s Choice Awards program

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

2016 People's Choice emblems

Vote for Your Favorite Antioch Businesses  for Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and You’ll be Entered to Win Prizes from Local Businesses!

Our annual awards program is back to recognize those Antioch businesses, which the people like most.

The 2016 Antioch People’s Choice Awards will honor the best businesses as determined by your votes.

Be sure to see the official ballot on pages 13 and 14 of this issue, cut it out, write in your choices and mail or drop it off at our office at 101 H Street, Waldie Plaza, Suite 3 in downtown Antioch.

Ballots must be received by Friday, March 11 to be counted.

Winning businesses will be announced in our April issue and be given special decals for their business windows, and be able to use one of the logos, above in their advertising, throughout the year.

One ballot per person. Copies are accepted. Ballots will be entered into a drawing to win gift certificates from local businesses.

Download a copy of the ballot, here: 2016 People’s Choice ballot web

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Smart & Final launches private label charitable giving campaign

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Smart & Final logoGrocer gives first percent of net profits to support local nonprofits

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Smart & Final, the value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, announced the launch of its new giving campaign, First Street First Percent, which donates the first one percent of net profits from the sale of its First Street® private label brand products at its US-based Smart & Final banner stores in California, Nevada and Arizona to the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation™ to support local nonprofits.

“Smart & Final has a long history of giving back to the communities we serve,” said Smart & Final CEO Dave Hirz. “With our new First Street First Percent program, we are taking our community commitment to the next level.”

First Street, Smart & Final’s flagship private label brand, features more than 2,000 quality products and represents over 23 percent of Smart & Final’s total sales. Customers can find First Street® products across most categories throughout the store, from grocery, frozen and dairy to packaging and cleaning products.

Starting today, Smart & Final customers will see signage throughout the store that provides information about the First Street First Percent program and showcases how their purchase of First Street products can benefit local communities.

“Now when customers buy First Street products, our premier private label brand, they will be giving back to local communities through our Smart & Final Charitable Foundation,” Hirz added.

Through the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation, funds generated will support local nonprofits, e.g., food pantries, Little Leagues, Boys & Girls Clubs, the American Heart Association, Special Olympics, Olive Crest, local schools and many more.

“Buying First Street products will mean better playgrounds, more music in schools, more new uniforms and more meals for friends and neighbors in need,” Hirz continued.

Throughout the years, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation has donated millions of dollars to causes and organizations focused on four key areas – health and wellness, education, hunger relief, and team sports and youth development.

Recipients of donations range from local Little Leagues and Boys & Girls Clubs to food pantries and organizations such as The American Heart Association, Olive Crest and the Special Olympics. In 2015, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation gave more than $900,000 to community organizations in California, Arizona and Nevada where the company has stores.

When customers purchase First Street products, which range from grocery, frozen and dairy products to packaging and cleaning, they will be contributing to the development of more playgrounds, more school uniforms, and increasing the amount of meals available to people in need in their local communities.

For more information about First Street First Percent, visit www.smartandfinal.com/firstpercent.

About Smart & Final

Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer that serves household and business customers. The Company is headquartered in Commerce (located in Los Angeles), CA, where it was founded 145 years ago. As of January 3, 2016, the Company operated 276 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!”  including their location in Antioch, and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho, with an additional 15 stores in northern Mexico operated through a joint venture.

Smart & Final Charitable Foundation, located at 600 Citadel Drive, Commerce, CA 90040, is a nonprofit charitable organization that donates to local charities and other non-profit organizations. No part of the purchase price for the First Street First Percent program may be deducted as a charitable contribution.

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Delta Fresh Foods to open in former Fresh and Easy location in Antioch

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Fresh ProduceAccording to City Manager Steve Duran’s latest Weekly Report, a family owned company, Delta Fresh Operators, LLC, will open soon in the recently closed Fresh and Easy building at Lone Tree Way and Golf Course Road. With 60 years of grocery experience, Harley and Dennis DeLano plan to open a neighborhood market with fresh meats, produce, organic products and prepared foods by April.

Delta Fresh Foods will have cashier checkers, stockers and baggers, anticipating about 50 employees and is seeking to hire locally. The 13,860 square foot building will be going thru some light renovations in the coming months to get the building ready for the new concept. The DeLano family owns two other grocery stores: Westlake Market in Davis and Fairfax Market in Fairfax, California.

For more information visit www.fairfaxmarket.net and www.westlakemarket.net.

 

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G St. Mercantile officially opens in Antioch’s downtown Rivertown, with ribbon cutting, reception

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Antioch Chamber and City Council members join owners Brandon Woods and Michael Gabrielson (with scissors) for the ribbon cutting to officially open their new G St. Mercantile store in downtown, Friday evening, January 15th.

Antioch Chamber and City Council members join owners Brandon Woods and Michael Gabrielson as they hold the scissors for the ribbon cutting to officially open their new G St. Mercantile store in downtown, Friday evening, January 15th.

By Allen Payton

Representatives of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Wade Harper, all four Antioch Council Members, downtown business owners and guests joined with owners Michael Gabrielson and Brandon Woods for the ribbon cutting and catered reception, to officially open G St. Mercantile in Antioch’s historic Rivertown on Friday evening, January 15th.

Before the ribbon was cut, guests were treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by neighboring business Nature’s Bounty, some shopping and a few brief speeches.

“We need more activity down here,” said Harper. “The water is wonderful. Then we have Brandon and Michael bringing this wonderful, cute business to Antioch.”

“Downtown is going to be wonderful,” he continued. Then speaking of the City and City Council, he said “We’re all in. We know you’re going to be successful.”

We welcome G St Mercantile to Antioch,” said Jack Monroe, Membership Services with the Chamber. “Downtown is in revitalization. The downtown is our heart of the community.”

“With that, we welcome up to our heart,” he added.

A special proclamation from Assemblyman Frazier was read, then Gabrielson spoke.

Everyone celebrated after the ribbon was cut.

Everyone celebrated after the ribbon was cut.

“We wanted to thank everyone for being here this evening to celebrate,” he said. “We want to thank the City of Antioch for their support and the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.”

“A big reason we wanted to be downtown is because of the history,” Gabrielson continued. “Antioch is a hidden gem.”

He spoke of the support from fellow downtown businesses.

“It is a great business community,” he shared.

“We have over 20 vendors and they are a big part of our success,” Gabrielson added.

Then the ribbon was cut followed by a round of applause and shopping ensued.

‘The store offers furniture, antiques and vintage items, as well as gifts. It is located at 205 G Street in downtown Antioch and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information like them on Facebook.

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Travis Credit Union to give out 20 scholarships to high school seniors

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Great news for college bound seniors – Travis Credit Union announced today that it will award twenty, $1,500 scholarships.

Travis Credit Union encourages all graduating seniors to apply.  Each applicant must be a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, bound for a two–or four–year college or university and a member of Travis Credit Union in good standing.  Students who live in Travis Credit Union’s twelve-county service region and are not yet members may join the credit union and apply for a scholarship at the same time.

“In the last 12 years, we have received a tremendous response from young members who have exhibited a commitment to academic excellence and community service.  We look forward to recognizing even more of our deserving young members this year,” says Barry Nelson, Travis Credit Union’s president and CEO.

The Travis Credit Union Board of Directors established the scholarship program in 2004 and named it the Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of a long-time board member, who passed away in December 2004.

Scholarship applications are available at any branch location or online at Travis Credit Union’s website at www.traviscu.org.  In addition to a completed application other requirements include: a 250-word essay, a certified high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from a teacher.

Completed applications must be received no later than the close of business Monday, March 7, 2016.

“As a credit union, we are founded on the philosophy of ‘people helping people,’ and we stand behind the principles that promote human development and social responsibility,” adds Nelson.  “Offering these scholarships is just one way Travis Credit Union adds value for our members and is assisting them with the increasing cost of higher education while reinforcing our commitment to their financial success.”

Headquartered in Vacaville, California, Travis Credit Union is a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution serving those who live or work in Contra Costa, Alameda, Colusa, Merced Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo Counties. Currently, Travis Credit Union is the 13th largest credit union in California with more than 177,000 members and more than $2.5 billion in assets. As one of the leading financial institutions in Solano, Contra Costa, Napa, Yolo and Merced Counties, Travis Credit Union’s strength lies in its faithful commitment to its members and the community; its solid, secure history; and its long-standing track record of dedicated service.

Travis has branches in Antioch at 2721 Lone Tree Way in the Terraces Shopping Center and 5819 Lone Tree Way, Suite A in the Slatten Ranch Shopping Center.

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Winners announced in Antioch’s Rivertown 2015 Holiday Store & Window Décor contest

Monday, December 14th, 2015
The Urban Jumble 2

The decorated windows of Urban Jumble antiques and salvage store, located at 307 G Street, in downtown Antioch, winner of the 2015 Rivertown Holiday Store & Window Decor contest, as voted by shoppers.

The Urban Jumble

By Allen Payton

Out of 556 votes from shoppers between November 28 and December 12, the winner of the best holiday decorations in the Antioch Rivertown 2015 Holiday Store & Window Décor Contest is Urban Jumble with 140 votes. They will be awarded a one-time, 1/4-page ad in the Antioch Herald, which has a $500 value. The antique store is located at 307 G Street.

Winners of the Ballot Drawing Prizes, for those who voted in the contest are as follows:

Queen B’s Quilt Shop – Quilt – Cindy Phearson

Jim Lanter State Farm – Starbucks Coffee package 1 – Steve Brown

Jim Lanter State Farm – Starbucks Coffee package 2 – Sara Garcia

Jim Lanter State Farm – Holiday Snack Bowl package – Thula Keith

Oddly Unique – $50 Gift Certificate – Kimberli Williams

Oddly Unique, Too – $50 Gift Certificate – Francine Hudson

G St. Mercantile – $50 Gift Certificate – Debbie Delta

Almost There Travel – Disney Diamond Celebration promo package – Christina Kenson

Each of them will be contacted about their prize.

Thank you to all the businesses that participated and to all who voted in this year’s contest. See more photos of the window and store decorations of the businesses in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown on our Antioch Rivertown Facebook page.

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Free Breakfast with Santa at Somersville Towne Center in Antioch, Saturday morning, Dec. 12th

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Photos with Santa through the 24th, Pet Photos with Santa Dec. 14th

The Christmas Celebration continues at Somersville Towne Center with a free breakfast with Santa plus entertainment by Lori and RJ in Center Court by Macy’s, Saturday morning, December 9th starting at 8:30 a.m.

Photos with Santa continue through Thursday, December 24th and Pet Photos with Santa will be held again, on Monday, December 14th from 5-8 p.m.

Somersville Towne Center, East County’s only enclosed mall, is located at 2550 Somersville Road in Antioch. For more information visit www.SomersvilleTowneCenter.com.

As seen in the December print edition of the Antioch Herald.

As seen in the December print edition of the Antioch Herald.

 

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Sales, specials, Santa, Christmas carolers and more at the Rivertown Customer Appreciation Day, Saturday

Friday, December 11th, 2015

wreath clipartThe shops in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown, will be holding the third of three Saturday events during the holiday season, with their Customer Appreciation Day, tomorrow, Saturday, December 12th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and everyone is invited.

Oak Ridge Winery from Lodi will be doing a wine tasting from 2-4 p.m. at 209 G Street.

The Antioch Singing Angels will begin caroling from 213 G St from 2-4 p.m. and are looking for volunteers to join.  Hot cocoa and cookies included.

Santa will be available at 213 G Street from 3-5 p.m. for free photos by Bev Knight that will be available online.

Be sure to vote for your favorite window decorations in the Holiday Store Window Décor Contest and be entered to win prizes from downtown shops.

So, shop for unique Christmas gifts, eat at downtown restaurants and enjoy the holiday spirit in Rivertown.

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