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Grease Monkey celebrates Grand Opening with ribbon cutting, new location in Antioch, first one in California

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Owner Brian Li, with scissors, prepares to cut the ribbon to officially open the new Grease Monkey in Antioch on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Owner Brian Li, with scissors, prepares to cut the ribbon to officially open the new Grease Monkey in Antioch on Friday, October 28, 2016.

By Allen Payton

On a drizzly Friday morning, in October, a group of Antioch business and community leaders joined the owner, manager, staff and corporate representatives of Grease Monkey for the ribbon cutting to officially open their new location. With 300 locations in the U.S., Mexico and China, this is their first one in California.

Ralph Yarusso, Grease Monkey’s Chief Franchise Executive and Senior V.P. for Operations & Business Development, explained the company’s 20-minute service guarantee and demonstrated it on the car of the attendees, giving him a free oil change in the process.

The ribbon is cut.

The ribbon is cut.

Joining him from corporate were Grease Monkey’s Regional Director Brian Michel and Franchise Development Specialist Lori Schneider, and Antioch location Manager Carlos Badial.

Also in attendance was Brian Li, a member of the family that owns the Antioch location, who thanked all those who were there that morning.

“I’m really looking forward to joining the community and having fun with you guys,” he said.

Representing the City of Antioch, Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock said, “I want to welcome Grease Monkey to Antioch.”

“Out of all the cities you chose Antioch,” she continued. “You’ve done a great job improving the building and landscaping.”

Richard Pagano, Chairman and COO of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce spoke next.

“Thank you very much for opening your business in Antioch,” he said. “For the improvements to this building and the jobs you’re creating for Antioch, thank you very much.”

Yarusso added, “You’ve all made us feel so welcome. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. The Li family has invested heavily in your community.”

Located at 1701 Auto Center Drive at the corner of East 18th Street, the shop is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on   Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information call (925) 470-3579. To learn more visit www. and “like” the Antioch location on their Facebook page.

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Pop-Up Cake Shop at Elise Beauty Supply in downtown Antioch, Saturday, Oct. 29

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

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Martin Memorials hosts Monthly Mixer for Antioch Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, Oct. 27

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

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Rivertown businesses to host Shop & Treat for Halloween in downtown Antioch, Sunday, Oct. 30

Monday, October 24th, 2016

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Grease Monkey’s Antioch location is first in state, see NASCAR cars during Grand Opening Oct. 26-29

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Manager Carlos Badial and his Grease Monkey crew are ready to serve you.

Manager Carlos Badial and his Grease Monkey crew are ready to serve you.

The big Grease Monkey balloon will greet you at the corner of Auto Center Drive and West 18th Street.

The big Grease Monkey balloon will greet you at the corner of Auto Center Drive and West 18th Street.

By Allen Payton

Grease Monkey, a chain of auto repair and service shops opened their first California location in Antioch, in September.

“Our pit crew of guarantee and certified lube techs are what sets us apart from other shops,” said Carlos Badial, Manager of the Antioch location.

They have two lube, oil and filter change bays, two mechanical repair bays and one alignment rack to serve their customers.

Grease Monkey is the one-stop shop for all your recommended vehicle maintenance.

Their Grand Opening is October 26th-29th. See one of the NASCAR cars there.

Located at 1701 Auto Center Drive at the corner of East 18th Street, the shop is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on   Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information call (925) 470-3579.

See their ad on page 2 of the October issue of the Herald or at the top of the Home Page of this website.

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Stop by Antioch’s Limitless Kitchen & Bath booth at the Fall Home & Garden Show, this weekend

Monday, October 17th, 2016

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limitless-logoThe owners of Limitless Kitchen & Bath in Antioch, Lou and Vanessa Hellman and their staff, invite you to stop by their booth, at the Contra Costa Fall Home & Garden Show at the Concord Pavilion, this weekend.

Show hours are Friday from Noon to 6:00 p.m., Saturday from Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

General Admission is $6 and kids get in free.  But, for free tickets, stop by Limitless’ showroom at 1201 Auto Center Drive in Antioch.

The Concord Pavilion is located at 2000 Kirker Pass Road. For more information visit www.capitalshowcase.com/contra.html.

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Thursday night forum in Pittsburg to include Supervisor, College Board candidates

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Candidates running for County Supervisor in District 5 and Contra Costa Community College District Ward 5, both of which include all or a portion of Antioch will debate in a forum in Pittsburg, Thursday night, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Assemblymember Frazier co-sponsors free learning opportunities for business owners, operators

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) is co-sponsoring two free learning opportunities this month for businesses in Assembly District 11.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, business owners and operators can gain expert advice about worker’s compensation and paid sick leave laws during a Link and Learn session co-sponsored by the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. Representatives from the California Department of Industrial Relations will lead the workshop, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Chamber office, 985 Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg. Register online at http://bit.ly/LinkLearn.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, a Small Business Seminar & Resource Expo will be presented by the California State Board of Equalization from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.) at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak Street in Brentwood.

With a theme of “Strategies for Success in Today’s Economy,” the seminar will cover such topics as sales and use taxes; loan programs; forms of ownership; record-keeping; how to distinguish an employee from an independent contractor; and resources for marketing.

Invited presenters include the California State Board of Equalization; the U.S. Small Business Administration; California’s Employment Development Department and Franchise Tax Board; the Internal Revenue Service; the Small Business Development Center; and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

In addition to Frazier, the Small Business Seminar is co-sponsored by State Board of Equalization Members Fiona Ma and George Runner; Brentwood Mayor Robert Taylor, and the City of Brentwood. Register online at www.boe.ca.gov/seminars or by calling 1-888-847-9652.

For more information about either event, call Assemblymember Frazier’s office at 925-513-0411.

To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at www.asmdc.org/frazier or call his District Office at 925-513-0411. Follow him on Facebook and “Like” him for updates on events and happenings in the 11th AD.

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