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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Tailgaters in Antioch Sunday, Dec. 31

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

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G St. Mercantile wins the 2017 Rivertown Holiday Store & Window Décor contest

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

One of the winning decorated windows of G St. Mercantile at the corner of W. Second Street in downtown Rivertown.

By Allen Payton

The winner of the 2017 Antioch Rivertown Holiday Store & Window Décor Contest is G St. Mercantile. Congratulations to owners Michael Gabrielson and Brandon Woods. They edged out the two-time reigning champion Urban Jumble by just seven votes and will receive a free quarter-page ad in the Herald. Thanks to John Goodson for helping count the ballots and to Mayor Pro Tem Lamar Thorpe for picking the winning ballot entries for the prizes. Thank you to all the shops that participated in this year’s contest.

Winners of the prize drawings are as follows:

$50 Gift Certificate to G St. Mercantile from Jim Lanter State Farm – Donna Langer

$50 Gift Certificate from Urban Jumble – Denise Ridolfi

$50 Gift Certificate from East County Veterans Thrift Store – Kathy Kunz

Desk Clock from American Trophies – Christina Wilcox

Tickets to Maya Cinemas from Reign Salon – April Celosse

2 Tickets to the performance of choice from El Campanil Theatre – Tricia Roberts

Prize from Oddly Unique – Steve Perdue

Prize from Rivertown Treasure Chest – Mary Knight

Winners will be contacted by the merchant.

Take a drive this weekend to Rivertown and see all the decorated stores and windows. Take A Street, G Street, L Street or Auto Center Drive north toward the river.

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Affordable office space available in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

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Building of third generation Antioch florist business destroyed by fire, early Monday morning

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Owner Paula Franchetto-Trotta, husband Chris Trotta, her parents Bob and Mary Franchetto, and Fr. Roberto of Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church across the street assess the damage to the business Monday morning, Dec. 18.

The damage to the interior of the building.

By Allen Payton

The building that houses Paula’s Family Florist, located at 1412 A Street in Antioch, was destroyed by fire at about 4:30 a.m. Monday morning. Owner Paula Franchetto-Trotta, husband Chris Trotta, her parents Bob and Mary Franchetto, and Fr. Roberto of Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church were on hand at about 9:30 a.m. to assess the damage to the business.

It’s believed the cause was some homeless people starting a fire in the dumpster, Paula said. It’s a total loss, Chris said.

The business has been in the family for three generations and at the A Street location for over 50 years, Bob said, starting with his father. Cottage Florist is the former name before Bob and Mary sold the business to Paula.

Fortunately, Bob was late getting there, Mary said. He’s usually in by 4:00 a.m. and they believe the fire started about 4:30 when neighbors called the fire department. Bob said firefighters told him they had a hard time getting through the roof.

“I built the roof,” Bob added.

The family said they will move into and operate temporarily from the storage unit on the back lot of the property until all the insurance company can pay to rebuild. (See more photos on the Herald Facebook page)

The front of the building with fire retardant foam following the extinguishing of the fire Monday morning.

 

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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 www.gstmercantile.com 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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