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The Brentwood Voice of Business December 2009

Vol. 45, No. 12

Welcome New Board Members Starting January 1, 2010 four new Board Members will be joining the Brentwood Chamber Board of Directors. New to the Chamber Board is Donna Spencer. Donna is the Executive Director of the beautiful Cortona Park Senior Living Facility in Brentwood. She has lived and been active in the Brentwood Community for four years. She currently serves on the City of Brentwood Art’s Commission. Donna and her management team have been active with the Chamber since the senior living facility opened 18 months ago. Donna will be serving a three-year term. Returning to the Chamber Board for a three-year term will be Dirk Zeigler. Dirk has lived in Brentwood for years and just recently moved his Farmers Insurance business to Brentwood. Dirk and his family have been involved in many Brentwood activities. Dirk most recently served as the President of the Brentwood Rotary Club.

Joining the Board for a one-year term will be Lori Knudsen. Lori works for California Payroll’s Brentwood office. Lori has lived in Brentwood for many years and has been active in many local organizations, for example Lori has been a member of the Business International Networking group (local chapter Delta Business Connections) for three years now, and is also in the American Payroll Association.

Also returning to the Chamber Board is Shelly McMahon. Shelly is the owner of Shelly’s Herbs, a local small farm operation. Shelly brings her long term Brentwood community service and her connections to the agriculture industry to the Chamber Board. Shelly served as the Chamber Board President four years ago.

Welcome to the new Board Members!

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Chamber President Karen Spann’s

Farewell Message

The year 2009 will not soon be forgotten and what a ride! Sadly, we have watched some businesses fall, but resurface in a completely different role. Others have survived the ride and new businesses have opened and still (!) we continue to see signs and banners that say “Coming Soon,” giving us hope for a better and growing economy. As we approach the end of the year, we would like to salute our local business owners. What we should remember about entrepreneurs is that we do it because we love it and are passionate about it and the real beauty of this is that, when we share the secrets of our trade, we make a difference in our community. If our business is built on “passion,” changes are easier and we can get through much adversity while the “heart” of the business remains the same. We are also probably fortunate enough to have attracted staff that owns what they do, whether it be Customer Service, Sales or just being a part of the family. If you have weathered the storm of 2009, you are most likely “passionate” about your business pursuit. Never lose sight of your vision, as it will serve you well. We salute your tenacity, identify with your aspirations, honor your “passion” and wish you well in the coming year. Please remember that the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce is your partner in business. We are your extended family and a reliable resource you can trust. We have put in place many business oriented programs over the last two years and we welcome your input going forward. As I leave office, I wish to thank the directors, ambassadors, staff, volunteers and the membership for all they have contributed this past year. Their assistance and support has been valued and very much appreciated.

Grapefully Yours, Karen Spann

Chamber President 2009 The Monthly Grapevine

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Ribbon Cuttings Catwalk A ribbon cutting for Catwalk was held on November 12, 2009. Pictured in the photo at left are: Melinda Torgersen, owner of Catwalk, along with Chamber President Karen Spann of The Monthly Grapevine, Pat Trombino of First Bank, Kathi Reed of Wine Shop at Home, Shayn Cutino of Anja Wellness and a few others. Catwalk specializes in high end consignment clothing and is located at 306 Oak Street in Brentwood. Their number is (925) 240-9890 or visit them on the web at

Congratulations to Joseph Garcia on his opening of LA Boxing located at 8650 Brentwood Blvd. Brentwood. LA Boxing’s ribbon cutting took place on November 14, 2009 accompanied by the owner and many friends as well as chamber directors. LA Boxing offers boxing, kickboxing and MMA. Please stop by if you are interested or call (925) 634-2691. You can also visit LA Boxing on the web at Mission Statement: The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization dedicated to the promotion of the civic and commercial progress of the community. We will continuously strive to maintain and foster a healthy business climate for Chamber members and the entire community.

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Ambassadors Corner I grew up believing in and supporting our local Chamber of Commerce in Castro Valley. My mother was a store owner back in the 60’s who ultimately became the President and later Manager/CEO of the Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce. We were taught in our family that we all support “our own” before going outside of our community. After 40 years in banking, my mother’s lessons still hold true for me. I have also found the Brentwood Chamber second to none as compared to all of the communities I have worked in. This Chamber supports the entire community and is always looking for more ways to bring the community “into the fold”. If you haven’t attended a mixer or a ribbon cutting, you really must do so. There is great participation by members who show their support and it's always a good opportunity to network and promote one's business. In fact, if you haven’t hosted a mixer yet, sign up now. You won’t regret it. My staff and I bring this same sense of community to our branch of First Bank. We know all of our customers and greet them – by name – when they enter the bank. We’re all local residents and strongly support Brentwood and East Contra Costa County. We are a family owned bank and operate as a small regional bank. We will and do treat you like family. If you haven’t become a customer, we invite you to do so – you won’t regret that either. As an Ambassador of the Chamber, I enjoy volunteering for the many Chamber sponsored events. If you are interested in volunteering as well, please do not hesitate to call the Chamber today. Vicki Sexton First Bank

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On November 21, 2009 the Brentwood Chamber celebrated their 27th Annual Holiday Parade sponsored by PG&E. It was a joy to “Bring Home the Warmth for the Holidays� by ending the parade with the Tree lighting ceremony in the park.

Best of Parade was Dainty Center of Brentwood.

Charros Los Costenos de Brentwood won the best Equestrian group.

Best Float entry Brentwood Chamber/ Tri Delta Transit.

At left we have the Liberty High School marching band who won best Band entry.

Happy Holidays to everyone from Santa!

Winners of the Holiday Parade will be presented with their awards at the Holiday Mixer on December 17, 2009.

Phone: 925-625-0278 P.O. Box 406 Oakley, CA 94561 Email:

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Taste of Brentwood Restaurant Tour

Pictured at top is one of the newest restaurants at the Streets of Brentwood Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill. If you like Mexican and spicy food then you’ll love Rubio’s…...

Bill Harris and Greg Karkas of Brentwood Fine Meats.

McCauley Brothers Olive Groves which is pictured at the left here looks to have been a great hit for our Taste of Brentwood Restaurant Tour, with all food catered by Niel Ruggiero’s Italian– Style Catering.

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce would like to Thank all the following restaurants that participated in our Taste of Brentwood Tour: Brentwood Fine Meats, Brentwood Spice & Olive Oil, Vic Stewart’s, Bagel Street Café, McCauley Brothers Olive Groves, Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Fuzio Universal Bistro, and Haagen Dazs.

Last stop on the tour was Hagagen Dazs Ice Cream. Biggest and most important job of the tour was handled by Val Tompkins, and Rick Lemyre of the Kiwanis Club.

Brentwood Spice & Olive Oil was also a participant of the Taste of Brentwood Restaurant Tour. Seen in this picture is one of the owners David Navarrette, Dawn Fischer is the co-owner.

Congratulations to our $100 winner from the Taste of Brentwood Tour. She has been participating in the Brentwood Tour now for 4 years and has been a resident of Brentwood for some years now.

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925 Designs Charles Estes 7351 Brentwood Blvd. Ste B Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 240-1701

Page 7 Panama Red Coffee Co. Stephen Welty 4431-A Balfour Road Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 240-0536 Extreme Pizza Stephen Johnson 3120 Balfour Rd. Ste. F Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 513-3001

AJR Watch Repair John Warren 1175 2nd Street (Located in CVS) Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 240-9996

Farmers Insurance Maurice Daroy 9040 Brentwood Blvd. #C Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 634-9999

Black Diamond Holdings Jessica Pierce 144 Continente Ave. Ste 270 Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 634-3244

Greene Insurance Agency James Greene 245 Oak Street Ste. E Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 240-7776

Champion Chiropractic Nancy Belliveau 8157 Brentwood Blvd. Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 516-1395 Lee Pillow 308 Pebble Beach Drive Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 584-6951

Advance Networks William Vance P.O. Box 1851 Brentwood, Ca 94513 (866) 485-6387

Herbalife Eden Nyirendah 2638 Orange Way Antioch, Ca 94531 (925) 215-1604

Cookie Lee Jewelry Paulette McWalters 1199 Lake Park Drive Oakley, Ca 94561 (925) 437-3106

Rubia Salon & Spa Danny & Lisa Senn 2440 Sand Creek Rd. Ste. E-1 Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 240-7777

Balfour Dental Dimple Rayani 3120 Balfour Road Ste. D Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 634-9901 Brentwood Minuteman Press Bob Nicoles 200 Sand Creek Rd. Ste. E Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 513-4400 Making Changes Linda Davis 71 Sand Creek Road Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 513-3157

Purple Cow Websites John Smulo P.O. Box 566 Rio Vista, Ca 94571 (925) 914-1511 Getaway Cruises N Tours Bill Rogers 2063 Main Street Oakley, Ca 94561 (925) 679-8428 Integrative Health Centre Sherene Flores 8157 Brentwood Blvd. Ste. A Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 330-3559 Paradigm Wealth Management LLC Richard Inglis 60 Eagle Rock Way Ste. C Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 525-8891 Senior Helpers Jenny Lind 1170 Burnett Ave. Ste. J Concord, Ca 94520 (925) 677-2150 Sexton Heating and Air Patrick Sexton (925) 783-0987

The Skin Liaison Dynese Mouzakis Hess 8330 Brentwood Blvd. Ste. B Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 516-9000

Code Brew Coffee & More Wuolfran Sanchez 2485 Sand Creek Road. Ste. 140 Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 513-3500

Armand’s Hot Dogs Armand Alfred 1213 Royal Ann Ct. Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 216-2308

Exquisite Security Protection George Robinson 2420 Sand Creek Road C-1 #224 Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 727-8731

Business Books & Office Service Tanya Marvin 700 Harvest Park Drive, Ste. C Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 759-1058

Lisa Moore Homes Lisa Cessaro Moore 1111 Woodside Drive Brentwood, Ca 94513 (925) 628-8669

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Our monthly chamber mixer was held on November 19, 2009 at our local biker shop right here in town located on 3933 Walnut Blvd. We would like to thank Ann Marie Salas, owner of Scary Larry’s for hosting this event. Special Thanks to the Wineshop at Home, The Monthly Grapevine, Edible Arrangements, Brentwood Press, Mary Kay, and Quality Stitches for all the great raffle donations that we received for our November Chamber Mixer.

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Ground Breaking of the new Civic Center in Brentwood

Our Mayor Bob Taylor getting off to an excellent start with the groundbreaking of the all new and improved Downtown Civic Center.


December 10

Good Morning Brentwood Microsoft Windows 7 at 7:30 a.m.

December 15

Lunch with Assemblymember Joan Buchanan at Caps Restaurant

December 17

Holiday Chamber Mixer hosted by the City of Brentwood from 5:30– 7:30 p.m.

January 14

Good Morning Brentwood Supervisor Mary Piepho at 7:30 a.m.

January 21

January Mixer Hannah Nicole Vineyards From 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

January 28

Ribbon Cutting Salon Vitor at 6:00 p.m.

January 30

Brentwood Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Nines In Brentwood

February 11

Good Morning Brentwood East Bay Park District Nancy Kaiser 7:30 a.m.

Events may be subject to change at any time. Check the Calendar of Events on our website for updated information at

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Page 11 BRENTWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2009 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Karen Spann, President The Monthly Grapevine

Good Morning Brentwood: Learn about Microsoft Windows 7 on December 10, 2009 at 7:30 a.m.

Shayn Cutino, President-Elect Anja Wellness Ken Seamann, CFO Discovery Professional Services

Visit with Joan Buchanan: December 15, 2009 at Cap’s Oak Street Bar and Grill at 1:30 p.m.

The 2010 Annual Awards Dinner: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Nines in Brentwood from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Kathi Reed, Past President WineShop at Home

Joe Trebino, Executive Committee Delta Pure Water, Etc. Brent Aasen, Director EQUUS Group Amy Alvis, Director Living Trusts by Amy Greg Benner, Director Les Schwab Tires Bill Fee, Director Mazzy’s Fire Protection Specialists

Our monthly Clarion will be coming in a digital format and we will be discontinuing the paper mailing and printed inserts.

The Chamber Ambassador Team Pat Trombino, First Bank 2008 Ambassador of the Year Michael Hernandez, Chair, New York Life The Chamber Welcomes two new ambassadors: Jeanette Hemenway, Tummies to Tots Maurice Daroy, Farmers Insurance Amy Alvis, Living Trusts by Amy Donna Zickerman, Fifth Avenue E. Scott McKnight, E.S. McKnight Insurance Agency Ed Gutierrez, Certa Pro Painters Lori Knudsen, California Payroll Olga Vidriales, Travis Credit Union Paul Roman, Window Innovations Sarah Jamar, Paychex Vicki Sexton, First Bank

De-De Hays, Director Prudential California Realty Paul Kelly, Director Home One Mortgage Sean McCauley, Director McCauley Olive Groves Richard Perez-Pacheco, Director Black Sheep Design Marlon Smith, Director Best Buy Olga Vidriales, Director Travis Credit Union —————————————————— Harry York, CEO Lyle Miller, Membership Services Dir. Lisa Hurt, Support Services Dir. Jilda Fairhurst, Event Coordinator Bill Putman, Volunteer Pat Trombino, Event Coordinator CHAMBER HOURS Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Phone (925) 634-3344 Fax (925) 634-3731


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