Oakland clothes retailers take indie fashion online

OAKLAND TRIBUNE: June 11, 2011

In the world of fashion, nothing is more basic than the classic white blouse. Yet, for Oakland businesswoman Dawn Wheeler, it was as elusive as a pair of comfortable stilettos, until she decided to start her own clothing business.

Meet the online indie fashion site BobbePin (www.bobbepin.com), featuring clothing and accessories from independent designers hand-picked by Dawn and co-owner Lisa de la Sol. Continue reading

The Six Questions


Who:  Thierry Attias, 47, of Alameda

What: He’s an Oakland bike shop owner (Cycle Sports) who, along with his friend and business partner Greg Raifman, owns one of the world’s top professional cycling teams — United Healthcare Pro Cycling Team.

When: Attias and Raifman formed the team and Momentum Sports Group LLC after sitting down with a group of pro cyclists and brainstorming. “When you own a bike shop, you have a lot of groups of clients coming in and
you support them. Bike clubs want sponsors.  It kind of got my gears going.”
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Making dough in the pizza business

Red Boy Pizza family owners with Oakland Citycouncilwoman Libby Schaaf


If you want to make dough in the pizza business, it helps to have a hook. For the Oakland hills family who owns the Red Boy Pizza franchise, it begins with the sourdough crust.

“The mother dough was started in Italy in 1942,” says Farid Radwan, an Egyptian-born restaurateur who goes by the name “Fred.” He came to this country in the mid-1970s and fell in love with his Italian wife, Antoinette, when they were going to Cal State Hayward. They married, had children and bought Bordenave’s Bakery in San Rafael in 1996. Continue reading

The Six Questions


Who:  Greg Raifman, 51, of Piedmont

What: He’s a husband, father and an avid cyclist who, along with his friend and business partner Thierry Attias, owns one of the world’s top professional cycling teams – UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. Continue reading

Bishop O’Dowd losing its first lay principal

OAKLAND TRIBUNE: April 8, 2011

Joe Salamack walks the halls of his high school like a father escorting his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. He’s proud of what he’s accomplished — yet the feeling of letting go is laced with sadness.

After six years of service, the popular principal of Bishop O’Dowd is moving back to New York, and the whole thing seems surreal. “I feel like a ghost,” he admits. Continue reading

The Six Questions


Who:  Lynne Orloff-Jones, freelance cooking instructor and food demos, Alameda

What: She’s an author of two cookbooks and created her own food and wine demonstration business. She’s also a three-time breast cancer survivor whose unsinkable spirit and self-deprecating humor make her an inspiration to others.
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Montclair diet guru to read from latest book

Ed Abramson at home with his new book


Ed Abramson isn’t your everyday diet guru.

Yes, he writes books and gives lectures, talks and advice. But this Montclair psychologist is a regular guy — part couch potato, part gym rat. In fact, sometimes he even has a doughnut after Sunday morning walks with the guys.

What’s his secret to staying healthy? First of all, dump the diet. Continue reading

Oakland Private Investigators launch friendship on the field

HILLS NEWSPAPERS: March 25, 2011

You can learn a lot about trust on a rugby field. It may sound simplistic but it’s the foundation that forged Spencer Elrod Services, a new private investigation partnership in the hills.

Mike Spencer and Jeremy Elrod first met as teammates for the Walnut Creek Gaels in 2000. Elrod had just graduated from Piedmont High and Spencer was a private investigator — a field he got into after leaving the newspaper business for a job as a workers’ compensation investigator in 1994. It didn’t take much time for the two men to recognize that they had each others’ backs. Continue reading

Piedmont author discusses life after Oprah


She’s a daughter and mother and author and wife. Piedmont writer Kelly Corrigan has a schedule that makes you marvel at how it all gets done — yet she makes it work.

Sitting in her gracious Piedmont home looking as relaxed as a woman coming out of a weekend yoga retreat, the author of “Lift” and “The Middle Place” talks about life after Oprah (the full page review that O Magazine did on “The Middle Place” in 2008) and her upcoming benefit for Children’s Hospital: Continue reading

Alameda’s real-life Mr. Sandman aids the sleep-deprived

OAKLAND TRIBUNE: January 21, 2011

It’s been said that a good man is hard to find. But the man of my dreams is more elusive than most. With his bedroom eyes and quiet disposition, he literally sweeps me off my feet. I call him Mr. Sandman.

It turns out I’m not alone. Millions of Americans are looking for a restful night’s sleep. But the good news is there’s a hotbed of local research that can help. Continue reading