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New indoor, vintage flea market opens this Saturday in Antioch’s downtown Rivertown

Friday, January 16th, 2015

By Marie Wirth

We are not just any flea market. G Street Flea is a unique indoor flea with a very specific idea. Rain or shine, we are the place to buy and/or sell antiques, vintage collectables, handmade crafts and beautiful art creations.

.Located on block from the river’s edge, in the historic downtown Antioch’s Old Masonic building, at 205 Second Street at the corner of G Street.

We offer a weekend destination for the treasure hunter in all of us. With restaurants, more antique stores, shops, and of course, the river just steps away, its a great place to come spend the day.

We are here the first and third Saturday and Sunday each month from 9am – 3pm.

For more information, updates and vendor application, please visit www.gstflea.com or like our Facebook page – G Street Flea – to get news feeds.

Please join us this Saturday and Sunday for our Grand Opening for some amazing shopping, drawings and more. We hope to see you, there.

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Antioch barbers give back during the holidays

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

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By John Crowder

On Monday, December 22, 2014, four local barbers came together at Ajja’s Barber Shop, to provide free haircuts and a Christmas gift to some of the underprivileged youth of the community.

Organized by Carl Rhodes, Director of Project 66 and former Dean of Students at RAAMP Charter Academy, the event saw about twenty local children receive a free haircut and a gift of either a football or a basketball. Family members waiting for the young boys to finish their haircuts snacked on cookies provided by the group. According to Rhodes, many of the boys were from single family homes, and with limited resources, obtaining a haircut was often considered a luxury they might otherwise have to go without.

Alex Fagalar, Sr., one of the barbers participating in the event, and the owner of Ajja’s, located at 508 W. Second Street in Antioch’s historic downtown Rivertown, said he had been cutting hair at his current location for five years, having first started in an apprenticeship program 25 years ago, while still in high school. He said that providing the free haircuts was a good way to give back to the community. His son, AJ, who is now his apprentice barber, and one of the four barbers participating, concurred.

Kalon James, co-owner of Ace of fades Barber Lounge in Somersville Town Center also participated in the event. James, who has been cutting hair for the last decade, said that he had heard about the event and thought it was a great way that he could use his skills to help others in a meaningful way.

Derek the Barber,’ also known as DTB, and who also works from Ajja’s Barber Shop, was the fourth participant in the haircutting event. Cutting hair since he was 12-years-old, DTB is truly an artist, with videos of his work posted on YouTube (with thousands, and in one case, over 100,000 views). He also competes in professional barber competitions.

According to Rhodes, the Christmas haircutting and gift event was not the first time these local barbers had come together to help out the community. Last August they held a similar event, at which they provided back-to-school haircuts, along with backpacks filled with school supplies. They expect to hold more such events in the future.

Rhodes also expressed his appreciation for the individuals and businesses who donated toward the back-to-school and Christmas gifts. These included Neil Case of Coldwell Banker Realty, Dr. Bob Cluff, Kobe’s Restaurant, Marcos Rodriguez of East Bay Furniture Outlet, Ryan Stewart Heating and Air, Stephanie Tran of Bagel Street Café, Togo’s, and Toys R Us.

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Antioch’s new Big House Beans is more than just coffee

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
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John and LeeAnn Krause with the San Franciscan Roaster at their Antioch location.

By Allen Payton

If you want your favorite coffee fresh from the country where it’s grown, then Big House Beans is your place to buy it roasted. Whether they’re from El Salvador, Guatemala, Columbia, Indonesia or Ethiopia, your favorite roasted coffee beans can be found in the Big House.

Opened in Antioch in October by owner John Krause, it’s named for – you guessed it – prison. His story on their website states:

As a former San Quentin Prison inmate, John Krause knows of the challenges life can throw at you.

Once completely hopeless and in despair, John has since had a spiritual experience. Submission to a power greater than himself has restored John Krause’s life, providing him with renewed purpose.

Today his mission is to provide opportunities for others by creating jobs for ex-offenders, raising money for their job training, and supporting rehabilitation programs. Providing customers with great coffee makes for an incredible bonus!

When asked how he turned his life around John says, ‘I cannot explain it… God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.’”

Big House Beans is a roastery, which features a large, San Franciscan Roaster that can handle 25 pounds of coffee beans at a time. Plus, they offer wholesale and an online e-commerce site. You can subscribe and have whatever amount of coffee that feeds your habit shipped directly to your home, as often as every two weeks.

Located at 1925 Verne Roberts Circle, where the road curves next to Costco, the retail store offers large and small bags of roasted beans, coffee gear, clothing and they offer chocolate covered coffee beans, too.

John is already working on fulfilling his mission.

A percentage of the profits will go into rehab,” John said. The current project is to restore the Soma House in Concord, which is a men’s rehabilitation home.

The store also features art and 20% of the sale of it goes to the woodshop at the Byron Boys Ranch.

For employee, Juan Valdez – yes, that’s his real name – working there is a dream come true.

I’ve always drank coffee,” Juan said. “John’s a blessing to work for. It’s a good job and finally I get to do something I really love to do.”

For “coffee at an affordable price, from roasting, to grinding, to serving or sampling, customers get great quality,” he added.

To learn more about John and his new business, stop by Big House Beans and see John and Juan, call 1-844-244-2326 or you may email him at john@bighousebeansc.om. You can also visit their website at www.bighousebeans.com, on Facebook or Instagram. (Be sure to see their ad on the Ads & Coupons page of this website).

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New owner, new name for Antioch paralegal service

Thursday, January 8th, 2015
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New owner Rita Low (seated) with Elizabeth Rimbault.

When Elizabeth Rimbault decided to retire this last year after 45 years of her own businesses, her only concern was who will continue to serve her clients. Liz was the only document assistant in East county that was versed in filing probate papers for clients and specialized in real estate documents, simple trusts, wills and such. Much to her delight, an old friend that had worked with her years ago, has returned. Rita Low is a California Certified Legal Secretary with a Paralegal Certificate from West Valley in Saratoga.

Whereas Liz specialized in Wills, trusts and probates, Rita has additional experience in family law, which Liz did not handle. Rita has taught the Legal Secretary Training program at Los Medanos Community College since 2008 to present. She has worked hand in hand with various attorneys over the years in Litigation, legal software programs, employment, bankruptcy, trademark, IP, real estate, corporate and civil litigation.

Having worked with her in the past, Liz is confident that Rita is the perfect professional to take over the business and serve east county residents with the utmost confidential and professional conduct for those wishing to represent themselves with simple legal matters. What makes this the perfect transition is Rita is now located at the same address and has the same phone number that has served Liz’s clients for so many years.

So if you need professional assistance with legal documents call Rita Low Legal Document Service at 2810 Lone Tree Way, #8, Antioch or call 925-757-5353 as always for the most professional assistance.

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New Four 20 Bar & Grill opens in downtown Antioch

Monday, November 10th, 2014
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Chamber of Commerce and City Council representatives help owners Celestino Torres (with scissors), his daughter Yesenia (in boots) and staff cut the ribbon on the new Four 20 Bar & Grill on Thursday, November 6th.

Antioch’s downtown has a new restaurant, the Four 20 Bar & Grill opened on Thursday, November 6 at 420 Second Street.C Stop by and help them celebrate their Grand Opening, this week! Check back later for updates to this story.

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Four 20 Bar & Grill officially opens in downtown Antioch on Thursday, November 6.

 

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Evolve Aikido & Movement Center and neighboring businesses to host Grand Opening & Block Party on Sunday

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Grand Opening art Evolve Aikido & Movement Center and neighboring businesses to host Grand Opening & Block Party on SundayEvolve Aikido & Movement Center in Antioch announces it’s Grand Opening & Block Party this on Sunday, November 2nd from 11am to 2pm. It’s a “drop-in” day with free lunch, a raffle, giveaways, music, performances, classes and jumpies, so bring the whole family. The schedule is below for your planning convenience.

Grand Opening Evolve Aikido & Movement Center and neighboring businesses to host Grand Opening & Block Party on SundayPlease “like” their page on Facebook if you haven’t already – https://www.facebook.com/evolvemovementcenter

GRAND OPENING SCHEDULE

11:00am – Opening, Music, Jumpy, Registration

11:10am – Yoga Mini-Class, all levels

11:30am -  Dance/Tumbling/Cheer Performances

12:00     -   Free Lunch to first 100 registered guests 

12:10pm -  Jui Jitsu demo

12:30pm -  Tour of Businesses

12:45pm – Tai Chi Mini-Class, all levels

1:00pm -  Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting & Raffle

1:30pm -  Aikido Belt Promotion

2:00pm – Finish

The location is 1211 Auto Center Drive in Antioch, between 10th & 18th Streets across from Midas. To attend the event, please contact Owner & Chief Instructor Brandy Lucky at (925) 207-8656.

If you’re on Facebook, please join their Grand Opening “event” by clicking here.

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October is National Popcorn Month – survey reveals two-thirds of Americans prefer watching movies at home over the theater and women are more likely than men to read the book before seeing the movie verson

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Smartfood Popcorn And Movie Critic Ben Lyons Celebrate National Popcorn Month By Unveiling America’s At-Home Movie And TV-Watching Habits

PLANO, Texas (Oct. 7, 2014) – In celebration of National Popcorn Month, movie critic Ben Lyons and Smartfood Popcorn, the No. 1 ready-to-eat popcorn brand* from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, went to the polls with a survey on American at-home movie and TV-watching habits, honoring America’s go-to popcorn eating occasion. Among the interesting results, the survey revealed more than two-thirds of respondents are staying home and prefer a movie night from the comfort of their couch over a night out at the movie theater, and 70 percent of respondents indicated they prefer to pace themselves rather than marathon-watch a television or movie series. Additionally, when asked when they would most likely reach for the popcorn while watching a movie, 78 percent of respondents indicated they get a hankering for the snack during exciting or happy moments, as opposed to only 22 percent during sad or scary moments.

Throughout the year I spend lot of my time at film festivals and big movie premieres, but the truth is, I also love a relaxing night at home enjoying a good movie or my favorite TV shows,” said Ben Lyons. “I’m not surprised that in the survey, Americans agreed that buying the right variety of snacks is the best way to make a movie night at home feel special. So, a fun way for movie fans to celebrate National Popcorn Month is to stay at home with some Smartfood popcorn and enjoy a great film.”

Additional survey results revealed:

·         Not feeling nostalgia:  The all-important decision between watching a new movie or an old favorite swayed in favor of the latest and greatest, with 62 percent of respondents indicating they most often watch new movies versus old ones.

·         Book vs. movie – A battle of the sexes:  With so many literary works turned into movies, men and women stand divided on what should be enjoyed first – the book or the movie.  Sixty-two percent of women say reading the book is a must before watching the movie version, compared to 53 percent of men preferring the move first.

·         Slow and steady beats marathon viewing:  When choosing to binge-watch movies or a television series, the average number of episodes enjoyed per sitting is a whopping seven, however, 70 percent of Americans indicate a preference to pace themselves rather than taking on a marathon session.

As a smart snacking choice that’s air popped with great taste, and doesn’t use artificial flavors or preservatives, Smartfood is a flavorful snacking choice and the perfect complement to at-home movie night. For a reduced-fat** snacking spin, Smartfood Delight Popcorn offers snack fans a tasty way to enjoy delicious flavors at 35 calories per cup. Available in two varieties, Sea Salt and White Cheddar, Smartfood Delight popcorn is 100 percent whole-grain popcorn, gluten free and contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

To celebrate National Popcorn Month, Smartfood and Lyons invite popcorn fans to enjoy a Smartfood flavor with their favorite kind of “flick:”

·         Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn – perfect for a family favorite

·         Smartfood Movie Theater Butter Popcorn – perfect for an action-packed Hollywood blockbuster

·         Smartfood Kettle Corn Popcorn – perfect for a romantic comedy

·         Smartfood Cinnamon Brown Sugar – perfect for a holiday classic

·         Smartfood Delight Sea Salt Popcorn– perfect for a critically acclaimed film

·         Smartfood Delight White Cheddar Popcorn – perfect for a feel-good chick flick

Wakefield Research conducted the Smartfood National Popcorn Month survey online with 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+ from September 15, 2014 – September 19, 2014.

For more information, visit www.smartfood.com or www.facebook.com/Smartfood.

About Smartfood

Smartfood is one of the many brands that make up Frito-Lay North America, the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY.  Learn more about Smartfood at www.facebook.com/smartfood  and Frito-Lay at the corporate website, http://www.fritolay.com, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com/ and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fritolay.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2013, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth in shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

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* Smartfood® is America’s #1 Selling Popcorn Brand based on 2013 retail sales data from Information Resources, Inc.

** Regular Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn has 10 g of total fat per 1-oz. serving. Smartfood Delight Sea Salt Popcorn has 7 g of total fat per 1-oz. serving. Smartfood Delight White Cheddar Popcorn has 5 g of total fat per 1-oz. serving.

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Professional Address opens in Antioch, partners with City

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
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Professional Address CEO and Founder Joshua Samuel cuts the ribbon as Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Mary Rocha, left, Josh’s wife and baby, and Councilman Tony Tiscareno assist. Photo by Theresa Galusha

A new business has opened in Antioch with great expectations to take the business and education worlds by storm.

Professional Address Inc. (P@) was formed to help enrich the community, improve employment rates, and provide a safe online environment for young people. As a result, City of Antioch officials have partners with the company.

Community and business leaders were on hand when P@ celebrated their grand opening with a business fair, on Thursday, September 18,

The vision of CEO and Founder Joshua Samuel, P@ provides people with a professional online presence that is designed to help them attain success; providing students, parents, schools, and employers with a single, unified platform where they can come together to achieve their common goals.

The leadership team also includes President and COO, Timothy Negrete and Ashley Ondek, Director of Education.

P@ is a state of the art social networking platform that allows their users to present themselves professionally, and communicate in a professional environment. On the P@ website, users can quickly and easily create a professional resume, portfolio, and interview video that they can then send anywhere, electronically. As a site that their users can grow with, people of all ages can benefit from what P@ has to offer.

Students, even as young as elementary school, can have a P@ profile. Their site is controlled and monitored by their parents who make the final determination on what their minor child posts, and what they can access. All students can build portfolios, an archive of their achievements that showcases the inception of their talents.

In high school, students expand on their portfolios, begin building their resume, and start filming interview videos for college and career. Beyond K-12, P@ is a relevant professional tool for adults seeking to gain and/or maintain success in college, career, and life.

So, visit their website at www.professionaladdress.com, today to register for your own P@.

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