Natural Life Foods Name Change to Arrive Nutrition
Twelve years ago, Alex Goldstein, who had another location in Pleasant Hill, opened Natural Life Foods in Orinda. There was a similar store in Lafayette, but none in Orinda. Recently, Goldstein changed the name of his Orinda location to Arrive Nutrition (Arrive), consistent with the four locations he now owns: Hayward, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton and Orinda. Goldstein is upgrading the IT setup in the four stores so that each location can share inventory and stay in touch virtually, the only change besides the name Orinda customers might notice. Otherwise, each location looks the same and has the same staff. For example, Mike Boxer, manager of the Orinda location, has been in place for seven years.
Boxer delineated Arrive’s appeal: “Because we have a staff that’s knowledgeable about nutrition for athletes, we provide a lot of sports immunity information for them.” He noted that people in the area love sports, such as water polo, basketball, soccer, baseball and more. An important type of information Arrive provides is about nutraceuticals, which can help customers deal with recovery before and after meets, workouts, games and matches. The store’s goal is to inform customers so they can make their own unique recovery decisions. Orinda staff member Jacob Morris clarified, “Every workout is a little different as far as endurance and muscles.”
“Nutraceuticial” may be a new term for some, but it has been important in the world of integrative supplements for three decades. Webster’s Dictionary calls it “a foodstuff (such as a fortified food or dietary supplement) that provides health benefits in addition to its basic nutritional value.” Goldstein elaborated that he takes vetting the products he carries very seriously: “Because there is little or no FDA regulation of nutraceuticals, my job is to make sure that what the manufacturer claims is in the bottle is true.” He added, “After 30 years in integrative supplements and nutraceuticals, I keep a close watch on the brands with the highest quality ingredients.”
According to Boxer, the biggest segment of Arrive’s clientele is made up of people who are choosing integrative supplements to deal with existing health conditions. A number of integrative supplements come from doctor-related companies. Some mix vitamin and herbal components. Arrive will special order what people need if it’s not carried in stock and will also match Internet prices.
Arrive is set up for curbside pickup to make it easy for customers during COVID-19 protocols. Call to place your order; pay over the phone; and your order will be disinfected, bagged and ready for you to pick up outside the store. A staff member will place it outside when you arrive. Visit Arrive Nutrition at 21F Orinda Way, next to Genuine Goodness, or give their helpful personnel a call at 925-254-0130. Arrive’s new website is www.arrivenutritioncenter.com. Hours are Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., closed Sunday.
Morrison’s Jewelers – Love You Can See Since 1923
You can find a local jeweler with a network of world class-partners and an in-house goldsmith right here in downtown Orinda. David Berryhill, fourth generation owner of Morrison’s Jewelers (MJ), works with his wife Christine Berryhill, who is in charge of sales, marketing and design; Denise Tellez, who takes care of sales and design; and goldsmith Nick Tutino, who works precious metals into bespoke designs. Together they have 90 years of design, store selection and jewelry making experience.
For those being extra careful about leaving home during quarantine, MJ has created Thursday appointments for custom designed jewelry and shopping only, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Give MJ a call at 925-253-9227 to set up an appointment. Morrison’s maintains extreme sanitation measures, including social distancing, masks for everyone, hand sanitizer and constant cleaning of surfaces. When you sign up for a Thursday appointment, expect red carpet treatment since you’ll have the entire store to yourself.
For many, sheltering in place has meant get-togethers are rare. Instead, the Berryhills ask that you consider lasting gifts of jewelry to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, etc. You will find pieces from the following designers: Anna Beck, Anzie, Assael, Coast, Eichhorn, Italian Gold, Kathy Kamel, Kim Kollins, Monica Rich Kosann, Luvente, Manjusha, Victorinox and Toby Pomeroy.
MJ has a long history of supporting community schools, nonprofits, and all kinds of philanthropic efforts. Because they are committed to contributing towards those in need during COVID-19, they invite you to join them in contributing to their Contra Costa /Solano County Virtual Food Drive account at https://give.foodbankccs.org/fundraiser/2795612.
Stop by Morrison’s Jewelers at 35 Moraga Way, Orinda, Tues. – Wed. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Thurs., appointments for custom designed jewelry and private shopping only, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Fri. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sun. and Mon. Reach them at 925-253-9227, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.morrisonjewelers.com, or follow them on Instagram at @MorrisonsJewelry.
Casa Orinda Offers Outdoor Dining and Curbside To Go
Casa Orinda Manager Claudia Tata is pleased to announce that the venerable Orinda dining establishment will feature outdoor dining and curbside-to-go orders Wednesdays through Sundays from 4 – 8 p.m. “We’ve set up a marquee in our parking lot with a limited number of tables,” Tata explained. This means no reservations at this time; but this policy may change.” Cocktails, beer and wine can be ordered with dinner (ages 21 and over). Look for details and updates about Casa’s expanded curbside-to-go and outdoor menu at www.casaorinda.net, or call 925-254-2981 for more information.