Archive for the ‘Business’ Category
By Allen Payton
Three businesses, all located in the Antioch Business Center at 505 West Second Street in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown held their ribbon cuttings and a joint reception on Wednesday, May 25. First, it was 3 Bling Queens, followed by East Bay Bankruptcy Law & Financial Planning and then Rapunzel Wigs.
The three owners were joined by family, friends, Antioch City and Chamber of Commerce leaders and members, who helped welcome them to the downtown.
“I’m excited about what is happening in downtown Antioch,” said Toni Holland, owner of 3 Bling Queens. “I’m just grateful and thankful for meeting all the people in the past few months. They really have my back, especially Ms. Rapunzel, Angie, for taking me under her wing.”
Lizeht Zepeda, the City’s Economic Development Manager welcomed Holland and her business to downtown.
“I want to say this is the heart of Antioch,” she said. “It’s so important to support businesses in the downtown.”
At the ribbon cutting for East Bay BK Law & Financial Planning next door, owner Corinne Bielejeski, Esq. said “I’m been a chamber member for five years, now. I’m adding financial planning to my practice. Bankruptcy numbers stuff.”
“I think it’s great to have this type of business here in downtown” said Zepeda.
“It’s bringing a new level of professionalism to downtown,” added Jack Monroe of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.
Finally, at the ribbon cutting for Rapunzel Wigs, Monroe referred to owner Angie Hicks-Bashir as the “downtown diva.”
“We welcome Angie to Antioch, to the downtown district,” he added.
“Thank you everyone,” Hicks-Bashir said. “I so enjoy meeting everyone. Moving down here has been such a great decision.”
By Allen Payton
Antioch community and business leaders joined Dr. Rodrigo Martell and his family in officially opening his new dental office at 716 West 10th Street in Antioch on Wednesday, May 18.
Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock congratulated Dr. Martell on passing his license test, last year and thanked him for opening his office in Antioch.
Jack Monroe, of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce welcomed Dr. Martell to “downtown, the heart of Antioch,” he said. “We wish you years of success.”
Antioch Mayor Harper offers good news, positive outlook, new downtown design concepts at annual State of the City lunchFriday, June 3rd, 2016
By Allen Payton
At the annual State of the City lunch, hosted by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce and attended by about 200 business owners and community leaders on Friday, May 27, 2016 Antioch Mayor Wade Harper shared information about the progress the city has made over the past year as well as the challenges we face.
Chamber CEO Dr. Sean Wright introduced the mayor by stating “There are many exciting things happening in Antioch and at the Chamber, as well.”
Harper then thanked the city staff and his fellow council members.
“They do a wonderful job,” he stated. “They’ve had to do more with less through the years.”
He presented a slide show covering various aspects of the city’s efforts.
The first slide stated: “Antioch has recently grown to be the second largest city in Contra Costa County, with a population of approximately 112,968 according to recent state of California estimates.
Antioch is the ‘Gateway to the Delta’ and the economic as well as geographic center of East County.
Antioch is Business and Family Friendly. We encourage businesses and families to come grow with us!”
“The city’s finances have improved,” Harper stated. “Crime has decreased. We want to keep that up.”
He also shared some downsides.
“Homelessness has become a bigger problem,” he said. “City staff is working with cross-departmental task forces. This is a real problem we’re working on.”
“We are balancing our efforts with quality of life enhancements,” Harper added. “Reducing crime has always been our top priority…reducing blight, increasing economic development.”
He spoke of the weekly reports by City Manager Steve Duran as examples of being “the most transparent.”
Harper then stated the city will be “ending the fiscal year slightly over budget by about $800,000.”
He then spoke about the reduction in crime between the first quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of this year, that Police Chief Allan Cantando reported at a recent council meeting.
“Police services take up about 71% of the General Fund budget,” Harper stated.
Then he spoke about the use of Measure C funds.
“All of the funds…used for police services and code enforcement,” he said. “There’s no fudging on the numbers. We put the honest numbers out there.”
He spoke of the addition of one Code Enforcement Officer and Manager, and the hiring of the Blight Abatement Crew.
“It’s like the Bay Bridge,” stated Harper. “We have to keep at it.”
He spoke of “enhancing quality of life” with parks and the new “All Abilities Playground for children and families at the Prewett community park,” the new playground structure at Contra Loma Park, family campfire, Jr. Giants which includes 600 youth, Jr. Warriors with 200 youth, recreational pre-school affecting 500 children and the kids fishing derby.
Then Harper spoke about the recent improvements to Highway 4 including the interchange with Highway 160, and the new BART station that is to be ready by spring, 2018.
“Every time I drive by I get excited because I can see it getting built,” he shared. “I can see progress.”
Then he spoke about economic development advancements.
“This is the part I get excited about,” Harper said.
He then read highlights from the list of new businesses and space that has been leased up in town.
Harper spoke of the WalMart expansion with the new grocery section, and the addition of Hurricane Grill & Wings, the new Taco Bell at 18th and A Streets, the remodeled Denny’s on Lone Tree, Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in the former Sizzler location, and Southern Café in downtown, in the former Bases Loaded location.
“I try to get my fix regularly with Southern Café,” he joked.
He also spoke of the “nice, new, huge health club, City Sports, on Lone Tree” as well as the anticipated new restaurant “Plates in Rivertown,” Panda Express with a drive-through on Auto Center Drive, and Kangazoom soon to open in the former Golf n Games on 4th Street.
Harper said the city has “fewer vacancies overall” then mentioned the addition of Limitless Kitchen & Bath leasing up 4,400 square feet of showroom and warehouse, Alegre Trucking leasing 9.5 acres on Wilbur, WalMart leased 39,000 square feet of warehouse space and a solar distributor leasing 99,000 square feet in Antioch.
He shared that “Rivertown currently has over 80 active businesses,” that “Somersville Town Center is under new management,” that “G St. Mercantile was voted the number one antique store” in Antioch, and that “Strategic Threat Management patrols downtown.”
Then the mayor showed some design concepts of a townhome project for the old lumber yard lot, as well as concepts for an expanded event center at Waldie Plaza, across from City Hall.
Harper then compared Antioch to a patient in the hospital.
“The patient is getting regular treatment and checkups,” he stated. “It is on the way to a very healthy recovery.”
“I give this council accolades and kudos for all the hard work,” Harper concluded. “The council is everywhere. The City of Antioch is in good hands.”
Wright followed Harper’s presentation with a motivational speech of his own.
“There are multiple reasons to live in Antioch,” he said. “Business is coming. We’re having 10 new members join the Chamber each month.”
“We’re Antioch and we have people who live this city,” Wright continued. “We are a vibrant, viable, wonderful community.”
“People are going to move here to play on the Delta,” he shared. “They’re going to move here in the next year in droves, because we have affordable housing, here. We’re a community on the rise.”
“Remember, Antioch is the place to be,” Wright concluded.
By Allen Payton, Publisher
It has come to my attention that some people think the full-page ad about Antioch Councilwoman Monica Wilson who is currently a candidate for Supervisor, entitled “The Wilson Watch” in the June, 2016 issue of the Antioch Herald was paid for by me or was from the Doug Hardcastle for Supervisor campaign. This is to clearly state that it was not paid for by me, nor by anyone associated with Doug Hardcastle or his campaign, for which I am a paid consultant, as I explained in the March, 2016 print edition of the Antioch Herald.
The ad was purchased by a party who chose to place it in the paper, and remain anonymous, which is why I required the words “Paid Advertisement” be placed at the top of the ad.
While the purchaser is not required to be identified, because the ad is not considered a political advertisement under state law, as it does not advocate for or against a candidate, I informed the purchaser that if I am legally required to provide their name(s), I will. They accepted that fact before placing the ad.
Refusing to run such an ad would be considered censorship. However, neither I nor the Antioch Herald accepts any responsibility for the content of the ad.
By Allen Payton
Following a few speeches and ribbon cutting, attended by Antioch community leaders and members of the Chamber of Commerce, owner Harley Allen and his son General Manager Dennis DeLano officially opened their new Delta Fresh Foods on Thursday morning, May 12.
“I want to welcome Harley and Delta Fresh Foods,” said Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock on behalf of the City Council. “Thank you for hiring locally. Welcome to Antioch.”
Jack Monroe of the Antioch Chamber offered his welcome.
“On behalf of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, we’d like to welcome Harley and Delta Fresh Foods to the community,” he said. “Having worked in the grocery business for 35 years, I can tell you the displays are awesome, the selection is wonderful.”
“You have a wonderful store and we wish you many years of success,” Monroe added.
Harley DeLano offered his thoughts.
“We’re very happy to be here in Antioch,” he said. “We are a different kind of store. We find out what the people want and get it for them at a price that is value and make a few bucks in the meantime.”
“We hired about 45 people from the area about 40 from Antioch,” DeLano added.
Residents, who were waiting with their shopping carts for the ribbon cutting ceremony to conclude, filed into the store to begin shopping.
The store, located at 4036 Lone Tree Way at Golf Course Road, in the former Fresh and Easy location, is open 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., daily. They offer organic and natural produce and food, a hot bakery, high-end craft beers, a full selection of wine, breakfast and lunch items to eat in or take out, plus smiling cashiers to serve you.