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Pelo Fitness, San Rafael

“Delivering indoor cycling and fitness to the Bay Area”

Pelo Cycling and Fitness was founded by Alan Roberts, whose passion for cycling and fitness has helped him personally experience the impact that riding a bike can have on one’s life. His vision has been to make cycling classes and fitness easy, available and fun for people of all fitness levels. Located in San Rafael, CA, Pelo Fitness is a dedicated indoor cycling studio built from the ground up to give people the best cycling and fitness experience possible. In addition to indoor cycling, Pelo offers Body Align and TRX strength training classes - all designed specifically to complement and complete the cycling workout. In one hour, with professional instruction, great music and the top-of-the-line bikes, Pelo offers a work-out calibrated to meet each person exactly where they are.

Drums & Crumbs, San Rafael

“Catering company takes business on the road”

Drums & Crumbs is a new mobile restaurant based in the heart of California wine country. Their mission is to bring authentic southern cuisine to Sonoma County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Drums & Crumbs is currently operating as a catering company, but will be purchasing their first food truck in the summer of 2014.

Drums & Crumbs was created when two people who were both born in the South met in New York City and decided to open a food business together in Northern California. Their business is built on a shared love of thoughtful, well-executed food and a shared appreciation for the way good food brings people together.

APEX Motorwerks, Novato

APEX Motorwerks is a mom and pop auto repair shop that provides comprehensive Mercedes-Benz maintenance and inspection services, using Mercedes-Benz checklists and factory approved service products.

At APEX, clients work directly with the owner of the company, David Ball and there are no middlemen, no commissioned service advisors and no overselling.

Dave Ball is a three-time Master Guild Technician, which is Mercedes-Benz’s highest technical achievement, awarded to the top 1% as tested annually, and five time Master Technician (top 10%).He is a recertified ASE Master Automobile technician, ASE certified Service Advisor, and a sponsoring member of the International Automotive Technicians Network, a worldwide group of 50,000+ professional technicians who brainstorm to help each other find solutions.

Their motto is “Never charge a customer something you wouldn’t charge a friend for” (Carl Sewell)

All Season Soccer, Novato

“Sports retailer looks to open second location”

All Season Soccer is a top destination in the Bay Area to buy soccer shoes, soccer jerseys, soccer balls, soccer equipment and more at great prices. The gear keeps customers playing and looking their best before, during and after game time. They offer the newest products from soccer’s most trusted brands including Puma, Nike, Adidas, and Diadora.

At All Season Soccer, their passionate team is behind customers all the way! Their deep connection to the surrounding soccer community allows them to stay at the forefront of soccer and provide continually improving service to soccer players everywhere.

Bloom Retreat, Walnut Creek

For any start-up, a noteworthy milestone is the owner’s first paycheck. For Michelle Long, owner of Bloom Retreat in Walnut Creek, the key to sustainability was evolving her concept and growth strategies with the steadfast support of the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, Capitola

Congratulations to Christine and Aaron Anderson, owners of Zizzo’s Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in Capitola on Clares Street, on their recent expansion and grand opening! Their goal is to offer residents and visitors a totally unique-to-Capitola type of coffeehouse – one offering flavorful coffee drinks by day and distinctive wines and small plates by night, all served in a comfortable, upscale environment in which to socialize, relax or work.

New Bohemian Brewing Co., Santa Cruz

Congratulations to Dan Satterwaite and Mike Hochleutner, owners of New Bohemia Brewing Co., on your grand opening! NuBo is a lofty, industrial-chic brewery and taproom focused on both traditional and experimental craft lagers, plus cheese and charcuterie snacks that complement their beers. 'New Bohemia' is more than just a name. It's a vision of what their brewery will represent as a primary beer tradition capturing the essential spirit of Santa Cruz, matching their respect for tradition with a taste for new and creative flavors. Their dedication to sustainability and balance can be found in their beers, as well as their unique space. NuBo is located on 41st Avenue in the Pleasure Point area of Santa Cruz. Join them to educate your palate and inspire your spirit!

Mayvenn, Oakland

“Entrepreneur develops retail solution for salon industry”

Mayvenn is an offline-to-online retail solution for the Salon industry. We provide web and mobile point-of-sale applications that allow salons and stylists to retail products without having to buy or hold inventory.

Magic Carpet Yoga Mats, Oakland

“Artisan yoga mat retailer increases sales 20-fold”

Magic Carpet Yoga Mats are unique artistic yoga mats featuring print patterns of acrylic washes from oriental rugs, heightening the yoga experience with high-quality features and juicy, textile, inspired aesthetics.  The idea for the company was born when Sophie Leininger was practicing yoga at home, and saw the sunset light setting on a favorite oriental rug that was covering a yoga mat.  An idea for a business was born. The business was launched, and a whirl of activity followed, including press from influential bloggers, and a successful Kickstarter campaign that caught the attention of a major retailer.

A Common Space, Alameda County

A Common Space is a fashion e-commerce site for the Millennials, women between the age of 15-35, who are interested in an effortlessly chic and modern style. With 15 years of combined fashion e-commerce experience, Stanley Yang and Elaine Chao wanted to create a space that can be shared equally by anyone to be inspired. Their message is simple, good fashion does not have to be expensive. The site focuses on grasping the customer’s buying habits and adapting to their needs and trends. Aside from shopping, A Common Space allows shoppers and browsers to view the site to learn, discover, and become immersed in a world of style. It focuses on educating consumers that one piece of fashion can be used many ways to be unique for any individual.