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Victoria Swift: Classy hunter and gatherer

01/24/2013
For some retailers of arts and crafts, personal taste is sometimes a secondary consideration when trying to maintain sales. But for Victoria Swift, collecting is more than just a business. “It’s a personal thing,” explained Ms. Swift, whose store, Vita Collage, has remained a fixture for collectors in West Marin...

Martha, Dino and Dakota: At work in downtown Inverness

01/24/2013
When she opened for business more three decades ago, Martha Howard was unsure if the town of Inverness could support a law firm. But her small-town sensibilities led to enduring relationships with her clients and helped spur the growth of her firm, which has managed wills and other forms of...

Karen and Robin, at home in Bolinas Bay Hardware

01/24/2013
The fate of the only hardware store in and around Bolinas might have come into question if it weren’t for Robin Bradford and Karen Dibblee. Without much experience in handling tools and other types of hardware, the two decided to purchase Bolinas Bay Hardware and Mercantile about a year and...

Kristin Lawson, Tomales antique dealer

01/24/2013
After Diekmann’s General Store changed owners two years ago, Kristin Lawson lost her job as a cashier. But she wasted little time before pooling her resources and opening her own antique business upstairs. Two Silos Mercantile sells jewelry, vintage furniture and other home décor, tool sets and even automobile parts...

Emmeline’s Stinson Beach gallery offers a visionary refuge

01/24/2013
It wasn’t long after she noticed the effect her dreamy paintings had on viewers that Emmeline Craig knew she wanted a gallery of her own. They entered her Bolinas studio “in a buzz,” Ms. Craig recalled of her visitors, “and their shoulders would drop and their body language would change.”...

Selena Foss cares for the hands, feet and details

01/24/2013
For Selena Foss, nail care and facials are more than skin deep. “It’s not just a vanity thing,” she said. “I’m really interested in not just doing nails, but caring for hands and feet.” Her salon, Selena’s Nails and Other Details, opened less than a year ago in Point Reyes...

Bob Huggard, 1930 – 2012

12/27/2012
Bob Huggard, a Korean War veteran who worked in Point Reyes Station for over a decade following a 30-year career in the North Bay fuel service industry, died on December 20 at age 82. Admitted to Marin General Hospital two weeks ago after a roommate found him lying motionless on...

In Bolinas, helping hands meet in a kitchen

11/21/2012
It wasn’t long after her mother fell ill that Serita Basilio-Lewis began to rely on support from family friends in her hometown of Bolinas. Weighed down by grief, at times she found consolation in a “crew of angels” that took turns caring for her mother at her home while she...

Valley residents say why they quit SPAWN

11/21/2012
Laura Szawarzenski saw her involvement with a local environmental group as a way to help safeguard wildlife in the patchwork of waterways that make up the Lagunitas Creek watershed. But after years of participating in biological studies with the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), her views grew dim. The...

John Doss, 1928 – 2012

11/21/2012
John Doss, physician, epidemiologist, mariner, photographer, poetaster, world traveler, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, died peacefully in his sleep on November 4 at the age of 89. He was born in Chicago, Ill. on March 30, 1923 and was raised in the suburbs of Chicago. John grew up poor...

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