Business Buzz – December 2020

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The iconic Orinda Theatre pictured here on boxed cards and framed prints was designed by S.F. Bay Area artist Regina Schachter. Maureen Brown of reCHIC donates 50 percent of the proceeds from these gifts to help keep this local landmark alive.

reCHIC Supports Orinda Theatre – Join Them!
    Maureen Brown of reCHIC designer consignment and gift shop dreamed up a way to help keep Orinda Theatre alive. She commissioned Bay Area artist Regina Schachter to design tea towels, boxed greeting cards and prints featuring the Orinda Theatre. They are made in the most ecologically clean way possible. Although they make great holiday gifts, Brown says they are available year round.Derek Zemrak’s Orinda Theatre

GoFundMe campaign is at 82%. At 100%, it will keep the lights on through March, 2021. When considering dollars that go a long way, contributions to keep the landmark Orinda Theatre open are at the top of the list. Go to for information.
    Stop by reCHIC at 101 Orinda Way, phone 925.317.3715, email them at or visit Holiday hours are Mon. – Sat. 12 – 5 p.m. Call first for a private appointment. All COVID-19 precautions are observed; wear a mask and observe 6’ distancing.

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All ReadyFestive box proceeds go to Children’s Health Guild beneficiaries UCSF Benoiff Children’s Hospital Oakland and George Mark Children’s Hospital thanks to generous sponsors.

Virtual Holiday Boutique Benefits Children in Need
    Pivoting from its usual luncheon boutique and auction to an online Holiday Boutique has kept Children’s Health Guild (CHG) volunteers busy. The Guild’s online boutique runs from Dec. 1 to 12; access it at If you order a ReadyFestive seasonal gift box, all proceeds go to CHG’s two beneficiaries. ReadyFestive was founded by two CHG volunteers, Liz Voelker of Lafayette and Kristina Barnes of Orinda.
    Founded in 2011, CHG is a volunteer nonprofit organization of 50 talented and passionate East Bay women who have raised over $2,800,000 for their two beneficiaries: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and George Mark Children’s Hospital. Together the two institutions provide a full spectrum of medical care for children, including emergency care, ongoing treatment, transitional care, respite care and palliative care.
    Orinda board members include President Beth Cleveland; Holiday Support Meredithe Kreis; Social Chair Christina Linezo; Holiday Product Chair Hope Lucas; Corporate Development Jennifer Moeller; Data Management Kacey Patroni; Beneficiary Liaison Sheeva van Gemeren; Annual Giving Campaign Erica Weber and Membership Chair Gina Witucki. Email them at

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The Holiday Gift Collective Pop-Up welcomes the public to their light, bright space filled with unique, eco-friendly gifts made by local artisans.

Holiday Gift Collective Pop-Up – Where Women Artisans Shine
    The Holiday Gift Collective’s (HGC) light, bright location in downtown Lafayette came about because local artisans who, pre-COVID-19, had multiple venues to offer their creations, found they needed an accessible spot for the holidays. Their pop-up holiday gift gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Dec. 31. Anchor businesses are names you will recognize, such as Hofssi Chocolates, Hollie’s Homegrown herbal creations and Planet Renu’s eco-friendly household gear. With Hofssi in the mix, count on goodies to nibble while you learn more about these dedicated, fun-loving business owners. HGC is also a ‘pop-in’ venue, where space can be reserved for single to multiple days by women entrepreneurs who add spice to the mix.
    One such ‘pop-in’ business is Jenny Hill’s Beautycounter line of clean skin makeup. On Dec. 3, Hill, of Orinda, is popping in with a curated selection from her treasure trove of makeup, single purchase skin-care and self-care items and gift sets. Beautycounter products are minus 1,800 ingredients they restrict from all formulations. Check out the trendiest, cleanest face and body gifts this season at
    Visit HGC at 3539 Plaza Way, Lafayette (next to Sideboard). Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Follow them on Instagram @holidaygiftcollective or go to All COVID-19 precautions observed; wear a mask and observe 6’ distancing.

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