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Antioch Chamber hires new CEO following Wright’s election as mayor

Friday, January 6th, 2017
Richard Pagano from his Facebook page.

Richard Pagano from his Facebook page.

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce announced today that local State Farm agent, Richard Pagano will be its new its Chief Executive Officer. Pagano replaces former CEO, and newly elected Mayor of Antioch, Dr. Sean Wright.

Asked about the Chamber’s leadership change, incoming chair-elect Donna McGee of Kaiser Permanente said, “We’re looking forward to Richard’s leadership. As our immediate past-chair, he has proven himself a valuable asset both to the Chamber, and the community at large. Under the direction of the board, we expect that he will maintain the mission and vision the Chamber has been operating under for the past six years.”

The Mission of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce is to promote our community, advocate for businesses with government, grow our local businesses, and encourage regional economic development and job creation.

“I’m excited to continue the good work the Chamber had been doing for the past six years under Sean’s leadership,” Pagano said. “We have a dynamic Board of Directors that has been supportive throughout the transition process, and I’m thankful for all they’ve done to make this seamless.”

“I’m looking forward to maintaining our mission of promoting the community, advocating for business with government, helping businesses grow, and encouraging regional economic development,” he added.

Incorporated in 1938, the Antioch Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary partnership of business and professional people working together to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life in our community. As the Chamber works to accomplish these goals, it wears many hats: economic developer and planner, community promoter, business spokesperson, economic counselor and teacher, government relations specialist, human resources advisor, and public relations practitioner. The Chamber is a member organization that represents almost 300 businesses who employ thousands of employees serving the East Contra Costa community.

“The Chamber is excited to continue advocating for those businesses and growing the economic climate under Richard Pagano’s leadership,” added McGee.

You can contact the Antioch Chamber of Commerce by visiting us at 101 H St. #4 Antioch, CA 94509, www.antiochchamber.com, emailing frontdeskadmin@antiochchamber.com, or calling 925.757.1800

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Antioch woman’s company, Pacific Senior Care Services, honored with fifth award in first three years in business

Friday, December 30th, 2016
Pacific Senior Care Services owner Kelly Gonzales with the 2016 award from Best Businesses of Walnut Creek.

Pacific Senior Care Services owner Kelly Gonzales with the 2016 award from Best Businesses of Walnut Creek.

By Allen Payton

Pacific Senior Care Services, LLC owned by Antioch resident Kelly Gonzales, has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award in the Home Health Care and Senior Services organizations categories by the Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award Program. This is the second time since 2014 that Pacific Senior Care Services has been selected for the awards.

Each year, the Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award Program identifies companies that the organization believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Walnut Creek area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award Program and data provided by third parties.

“I’m honored to receive these awards, in just our third year of business,” said Gonzales. “We strive to meet elder needs with love and compassion, as our slogan states.”

Pacific Senior Care Services place seniors and others in care homes and senior facilities, offer senior care referral services, as well as senior insurance services through their affiliated company.

This is the fifth award for the company since Gonzales formed it in April, 2014. They also received the 2016 City Beat News Spectrum Award bestowed on companies for their excellence in customer service.

About the Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award Program

The Best Businesses of Walnut Creek Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the
achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Walnut Creek area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

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Gricelda’s Beauty Salon celebrates first anniversary with ribbon cutting

Friday, December 30th, 2016
Owner Gricelda Gomez  (with scissors) celebrates the one year anniversary of her salon located at 714 W. 10th St. with Antioch’s city and business leaders, and massage therapist Victoria Green (far right) on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Owner Gricelda Gomez (with scissors) celebrates the one year anniversary of her salon located at 714 W. 10th St. with Antioch’s city and business leaders, friends, family, staff and massage therapist Victoria “Viki” Green (far right) on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

By Allen Payton

Antioch Chamber of Commerce and city leaders joined Gricelda Gomez, her friends, family and staff, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 to celebrate the one year anniversary of her Antioch business, Gricelda’s Beauty Salon, with a ribbon cutting.

Chamber Chairman (and, now new CEO) Richard Pagano, said “we want to thank you so much for inviting us to your anniversary. The work you’re putting into this building, into your space says so much.’

“We hope to celebrate anniversaries with you year after year,” he added.

Representing the City, then-Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock offered her

“Congratulations on the year. It looks like you’re being successful. Especially in this part of town Thank you so much.”

“Muchas gracias,” added then Councilwoman Mary Rocha

“Thank you everybody for coming and making this day special,” Gomez responded. “It’s been a year of hard work.”

She then thanked each of her staff by name.

“I hope to see your face here as our customers,” she said to those in attendance.

Erica Rodriguez from Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s office added her congratulations, as well, and presented Gomez with a Certificate of Recognition.

“You really are making a positive difference in Antioch,” Rodriguez stated.

Each of those who attended were treated to food and drinks, as well as given a goody bag full of hair products.

The salon offers hair styling, skin care, body wraps and massage by certified therapist Victoria “Viki” Green. It is located at 714 W. 10th Street in Antioch. You can reach them by calling (925) 757-5004 or on their Facebook page or Instagram.

 

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Baseball great Dusty Baker visits Antioch for autograph session at Kangazoom

Monday, December 26th, 2016
Dusty Baker talks with little fan during an autograph signing at Kangazoom in Antioch, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. photo courtesy of Toi Crawford

Dusty Baker talks with a little fan during an autograph signing at Kangazoom in Antioch, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. photo courtesy of Toi Crawford

Dusty Baker speaks with the Game Changers Little League baseball team.

Dusty Baker speaks with the Game Changers Little League baseball team.

By Allen Payton

Former San Francisco Giants Manager Dusty Baker stopped by Antioch to sign autographs for fans during a session at Kangazoom, on Sunday afternoon, December 18. He was joined by former Major League Baseball players Mike Norris and Mike Felder, who also signed autographs for the fans, both young and old

Baker, who is a graduate of Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California and lives in Sacramento, led the Giants to the 2002 National League pennant, and also managed the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. He’s currently the manager for the Washington Nationals and led all three of the latter teams to the playoffs.

As a player for 19 years with the Giants, Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves and L.A. Dodgers, Baker helped the Dodgers to pennants in 1977 and 1978 and a World Series Championship in 1981.

Kangazoom owner-manager Marcus Jefferson enjoys a moment with Dusty Baker.

Kangazoom owner-manager Marcus Jefferson enjoys a moment with Dusty Baker.

He spent his time at Kangazoom talking with fans including the Game Changers Little League baseball team. The event was also sponsored by Oliver Scott and a meal for the players and organizers was provided by Southern Café in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown, later that afternoon.

This is the second autograph signing by former Major League Baseball players held by Kangazoom since they opened in September. The family fun center features batting cages, miniature golf, indoor jumpers, party rooms and a snack bar. Kangazoom is located at 501 Auto Center Drive, between W. 4th and W. 10th Streets in Antioch. For more information call (925) 776-4386, like their Facebook page or visit www.kangazoom-antioch.com.

 

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New owner but same stylists of long-time Antioch salon keep business going, clients served

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
Strandz stylists, from left to right - Trisha, Rani, Sonya, Angela and Jessica. Not pictured Ginny.

Strandz stylists, from left to right – Trisha, Rani, Sonya, Angela and Jessica. Not pictured Ginny.

Carries on family tradition

By Allen Payton

For those who aren’t yet clients of Strandz The Salon, inside Antioch’s Somersville Towne Center, they probably aren’t aware of the story behind it. This is how the new owner, in a quick decision, was able to just pick up and carry on where the previous owner left off, after being given just a three-week notice that they were leaving and closing shop.

“It’s a very interesting story of how we came to be,” said owner Sonya Vaid. “This used to be a Regis Salon for over 20 years. I started working there in 2003 as a stylist. Then I was promoted to manager in 2006.”

Then, just in March of this year, Regis decided to close the shop and not renew the lease.

“It was a big shock for me and the girls, there. They only gave a three week notice,” she continued. “We had to decide what we were going to do. I approached mall management, Julie (Neward) and we took the place over and changed the name and everything else stayed the same.”

That’s how Strandz was born on April 1st, after Regis left on March 31st, no fooling.

“So it was like an overnight transition, from employees to independent contractors,” Vaid shared. “I haven’t hired any new people.”

Vaid stepped up to take ownership of the business because, “someone had to take the fall,” she said with a laugh.

So, although the business and name are new, “we’ve been there for a while,” she stated.

They’re at the same place, with the same friendly people and same great service, but just a new name.

“And same clientele, which is amazing,” Vaid added.

There are a total of six stylists including Sonya, as well as Trisha, Rani, Angela, Jessica and Ginny.

They specialize in hair coloring, highlighting, Balayage, Ombre, Sombre, three-dimensional color melts, Keratin smoothing treatments, perms, facial waxing, cuts, blowouts and styles.

“We came to the realization that when change happens, you have to just roll with it. I’m just happy we’re there,” Vaid explained. “We get a lot of walk-in traffic in the mall and we want to contribute to the success of the mall. It worked out for us. We were lucky.”

This is the first business she’s owned.

“I always wanted to own a salon business, but not in this way,” the gregarious Vaid said with  another laugh. “There would have been a lot of planning going into it. But, I’m happy. It was meant to be.”

Asked about how she came up with the new business name, she responded, “I had pretty much two hours to file the fictitious business name. I thought of all kinds of fancy names. But, I also have a lot of male clients, so, I wanted it to be unisex. But, I wanted the name to be short and look pretty similar to Regis which was quite elegant. So, I named it Strandz, which basically means strands of hair. But I wanted to add the “z” at the end so it could be a little more catchy. It’s simple and easy to remember.”

Vaid has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the university in New Dehli, India.  She also has a diploma in fashion design.

“People think it’s really strange for me to be doing what I do,” she stated. “My mom was a hair stylist for 30 years, when she lived in England. She’s my inspiration, my mentor and my role model in her own way.”

She has no hard feelings toward the previous salon owner, for what others might see as leaving her and the rest of the stylists high and dry.

“I owe a lot of what I have, educationally and personally to Regis Corporation,” Vaid shared. “They taught me well. No hard feelings at all. I’m grateful for the opportunity. It was time for them to move on and for me to move ahead.”

While Vaid owns the business, she isn’t running it alone. She also has her best friend Tina, who has helped her with marketing and inventory.

“She’s basically the managing partner,” Vaid added. “I could not have done all of this without her. She’s amazing.”

Stop by and see Sonya and the other stylists at Strandz The Salon, today and get your hair looking good for the holidays. They’re located inside Somersville Towne Center – East County’s only enclosed mall – near the Macy’s entrance, at 2550 Somersville Road in Antioch. To set an appointment, call (925) 777-3397. You can also like them and see photos of some of their satisfied clients on their Facebook page.

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Urban Jumble wins 2016 Rivertown Holiday Store & Window Décor contest, prize winners announced

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Urban Jumble's left store window at 307 G Street in Antioch

Urban Jumble’s left store window at 307 G Street in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown.

Urban Jumble's right store window.

Urban Jumble’s right store window.

By Allen Payton

The winner for the second year in a row of the Antioch Rivertown Holiday Store & Window Décor contest is Urban Jumble.  It only took about an hour to tabulate the votes, not three weeks like in the recent Antioch Mayor’s race, to determine the winner, on Saturday evening, December 17th.

Urban Jumble, located at 307 G Street, garnered 250 of the 438 votes or 57.1% to place first, while Oddly Unique and Oddly Unique Two placed second and Zendy’s Clothing Boutique took third. Owner Nick Olivier was presented with his prize of a quarter-page ad in the Antioch Herald.

Mayor Sean Wright and Mayor Pro Tem Lamar Thorpe draw the first two prize winners from the pile of ballots in the contest.

Mayor Sean Wright and Mayor Pro Tem Lamar Thorpe draw the first two prize winners from the pile of ballots in the contest.

The winners of the prize drawing for those who voted in the contest are as follows:

$50 Gift Card from Urban Jumble – H. Jackson

Hair Products from Shearz on Third – Brandy DiMercurio

Bottle of Wine from Oddly Unique & Oddly Unique Two – John Goodson

Bottle of Wine from Reign Salon – Lizeht Zepeda

Movie Tickets to Maya Cinemas from Reign Salon – Shannon Villanueva

Winners will be contacted by the business owners who provided the prizes.

Thank you to all the Rivertown businesses that participated and those who voted in this year’s contest. Special thanks to Antioch Mayor Sean Wright and Mayor Pro Tem Lamar Thorpe who were on hand to help pick the winners of the prize drawing, Lamar for helping count the votes, and Plates Electic Cuisine restaurant for the use of their lounge for the tabulation process.

If you haven’t taken a drive to Antioch’s historic downtown, do it today to see all the decorations and do some last minute Christmas shopping or stop by at night as they decorations are just as spectacular then.

Shop local. Shop downtown. Shop Rivertown.

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Lose weight during the holidays with a special program working for others in Antioch

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

arbonne_lynn_kutsal_dec_2016Join Lynn Kutsal, owner of Nature’s Bounty in Antioch, in a clean eating adventure that could change your life.

“It’s working for me. I’ve lost 10 pounds in just the first two weeks on the program and an inch around my waist in just the first three,” said Allen Payton, publisher of the Antioch Herald. “Try it and see if it works for you, too.”

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Holiday shoppers enjoy Breakfast with Santa Claus, free entertainment at Antioch’s Somersville Towne Center

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Santa rocks out with Lori, RJ and the Dancing Trees at Somersville Towne Center in Antioch, Saturday, December 10, 2016. Photo courtesy STC

Santa rocks out with Lori, RJ and the Dancing Trees at Somersville Towne Center in Antioch, Saturday, December 10, 2016. Photo courtesy STC

The Breakfast with Santa Claus at Antioch’s Somersville Towne Center on Saturday morning, December 10th, was a huge success, with well over a hundred people from Antioch and East County in attendance.

The Soca Sisters and Company steel pan band performed for holiday shoppers at the mall.

The Soca Sisters and Company steel pan band performed for holiday shoppers at the mall.

“Lori and RJ were amazing as always,” said mall Marketing Manager Shannon Skinner. “We had the Tap Dancing Trees join them, as well.

Delta Bowl supplied the breakfast and Starbucks provided the coffee.

“Everyone had a wonderful time,” she added.

That afternoon, holiday shoppers also enjoyed free entertainment with the joyful sounds of the  Soca Sisters and Company steel pan band.

There’s more to see, do, enjoy and buy at East County’s only enclosed mall including the Musical Toy Soldier Guard, this Saturday, December 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Somersville Towne Center is located at 2550 Somersville Road in Antioch. For more information “like” their Facebook page and click on Events, or visit www.somservilletownecenter.com.

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