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ELANA O’LOSKEY After a year of working together, Nancy Yuen (right) recently took over from Alan Wong (center) as the pharmacist and owner of The Medicine Shoppe, with support provided by long-time Pharmacy Technician Cathy King (left).

A Fond Farewell to Alan Wong, Hello to Naomi Yuen at The Medicine Shoppe

Alan Wong recently handed the keys of The Medicine Shoppe over to Naomi Yuen, who, after working alongside Alan for a year, is now the new owner. Both Alan and Naomi graduated from the University of the Pacific Pharmacy School and share a commitment to taking care of their clientele as unique individuals. In 2000, Alan insisted on opening his store in Orinda and nowhere else because he loved the people and community. “Because I grew up in a small town like Orinda, I felt comfortable here,” says Alan. He and his wife Lily live in Alamo.
Prior to working with Alan, Naomi, employed by pharmacies in different locations, felt no continuity with clients where a large volume of business was the norm. “The Medicine Shoppe is at the opposite end of the spectrum and the climate and business practices remind me of my dad’s pharmacy,” Naomi notes. “My dad had his own pharmacy for 12 years in Walnut Creek where I was raised and knew Alan. That’s why the Orinda area is very familiar to me. I know I have some big shoes to fill. I will, however, do my best to serve and hopefully eventually gain the trust Alan has received from the community,” says Naomi.
After almost two decades as a practicing pharmacist in Orinda, Alan Wong offers this farewell to the people of Orinda: “Thanks for making the last 18 years the most joyful of my life. To see toddlers grow into college students is really something; I took care of whole families and I’ll miss that.” Wong supported Miramonte football and local Little League teams and organization. Naomi says she will continue this practice and is also considering having a booth at the 2019 4th of July celebration. Cathy King, Pharmacy Technician, and longtime staff member, is on hand to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Alan will soon be traveling with his wife to Hong Kong and Europe. He has a 30-year old car to take care of and his customers have recently rekindled his interest in the Lamorinda Radio Club. His call letters are KK6WA.
Visit Naomi at 282 Village Square, Orinda, or check The Medicine Shoppe out online at or give them a call at 925-254-1211.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Brett Livingstone, co-owner of Anytime Fitness, encourages Orindans to explore their pre-sale membership promotion offering reduced rates before the doors open in November.

Anytime Fitness Opens in Theatre Square

Brett Livingstone spent a lot of time looking for the right location for Anytime Fitness and chose Orinda because of several factors: “There is a tremendous sense of community in Orinda, and we feel the residents understand and appreciate the benefits of living a long and healthy life. Fitness will be a part of that equation and that’s where we can be of help. Plus my wife went to high school in Orinda.” Their lease agreement with extensions allows them to operate the space for 20+ years. They will open in late 2018 or early
Livingstone claims to be providing the area’s only clean, comfortable and secure 24-hour accessible full-service fitness center filled with state-of-the-art equipment. The cardio equipment has personal viewing screens, and there is a group exercise room with a full complement of classes included in membership. Each member receives a key which allows 24 hour access. Jami Edgell, an experienced, certified fitness trainer, is the general manager of Anytime Fitness Orinda (AFO) and has been with the company for four years. AFO’s personal trainers offer one-on-one, partner and small group personal training sessions. Some free sessions with a trainer are offered to get new members started. Do you travel for business or pleasure? After you are a member for 30 days you will have access to over 4,000 gyms located in all 50 states and 20 countries in five continents.
Try a free seven-day pass or inquire about AFO’s pre-sale promotion with lower rates that can be locked in at the same time you acquire some great “fitness-related swag.”
“Explore membership in Anytime Fitness Orinda by calling 925-542-0342 or visit the new business online at It is located at 2 Theatre Square #148, in Orinda.

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