Business Buzz – December 2019

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(Elana O'Loskey, Photographer)
(L-R) Amy Sandager-Lobas, Christine Berryhill, David Berryhill and Nick Tutino of Morrison's Jewelers. They are collecting unwrapped toys for the u.s. Marines’ toys for tots program during december.

Morrison’s Jewelers
    Morrison’s Jewelers has been family owned since 1923 and located in Orinda for 27 years. President David Berryhill is fourth generation, Matthew Berryhill is a third generation owner and Chris Berryhill is the manager.
    The store is collecting new, unused items for Toys for Tots, a program administered by the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2018 Morrison’s collected eight barrels of toys that were delivered to children in need. Stop by for holiday gifts in all price ranges and enjoy some bubbles and Republic of Cake cupcakes.
    The owners attribute their 96 continuous years in business to being the best jewelers around when it comes to price, quality work and customer service. They offer custom jewelry design; timepiece repair (Rolex, Omega, etc.); personal shopping; appraisals; all manner of jewelry repair; pearl stringing; engraving or silver refinishing. They credit their long-term success with the trust they have built up in the community.
    Designers they carry include Anna Beck, Monica Rich Kosann, Anzie, Coast, Eichhorn, Italian Gold, Luvente, Manjusha, Victorinox and Toby Pomeroy (known for environmentally sustainable jewelry). Sometimes custom designs involve a redesign of a family heirloom piece to reflect someone’s personal style.
    A partial list of their contributions to the community includes: Children’s Health Guild, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, George Mark House, Educational Foundation of Orinda, Orinda Union School District, Acalanes Union High School District, Orinda Rotary, Dancing With the Cars, Friends of Ruwenzori, Orinda Garden Club, and Cal Shakes. Chris Berryhill says that outside of work they love golf, yoga, motorcycles and spending time with their kids. Morrison’s Jewelers is at 35 Moraga Way, Tues. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. call 925-253-9227 or go to www.morrisonsjewelers.com.

(Elana O'Loskey, Photographer)
Beyond aero founder Andres Douzoglou opened his new retail store on orinda way in september, with a Fit studio to match each customer with the right bike and to customize it to best fit their needs.

Beyond Aero Bike Shop
    Andres Douzoglou, founder of Beyond Aero (BA), opened his first retail location in Berkeley in 2014 and moved to Orinda in September. The lease on his Berkeley space was up and as he lives in Orinda, it made sense to move into a smaller space better suited to his needs. While BA is a destination store with customers from all over the Bay Area and beyond, Douzoglou says it will be easier to arrange some weekly bike rides right from this new location.
    He sells Pinarello, Open, Factor, BMC, 3T, Scott and Parlee bikes. Douzoglou says BA’s Fit Studio excels at figuring out how to prevent injuries and ensures that the bike rider learns how to perform at his or her best before choosing the bike. Arm length, leg length, flexibility, previous history of injury are all factors that play into what the right bike is going to be. He says a few millimeters can make a big difference. Other factors are the bike size, frame geometry and riding style such as coffee shop rides, mixed terrain rides, gravel adventure race, triathlon, criterium, etc.
    Using his Purely Custom fit bike he is able to dynamically modify a customer’s position and try out a range of options. Your “stack and reach” is then identified and a variety of recommendations can be made. The process takes 1.5 to 2 hours. A static bike fit is for someone who wants to optimize their position on their current bike. Concerns about pain or discomfort are taken into account as well as options to improve aerodynamics. Your bike is set up on a stationary trainer and your position is adjusted until your objectives are met. BA has a trade-in and upgrade program and offers financing.
    In addition to riding his bike, Douzoglou is a big hockey fan; he plays at least a couple days a week. Spending time with his wife, Susan, and seven-month-old daughter is high on his list when not at work. He says he is interested in what groups like What’s Up Downtown Orinda are advocating for so will keep an eye out for related events and issues.
    Visit Beyond Aero at 85 Orinda Way Mon. – Fri. 2 to 7 p.m., Sat. and Sun. by appointment; call 415-545-8445 or go online at www.beyondaero.com.

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