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2021

The art of the pivot: Rug store turns to innovation to survive pandemic
March 12, 2021. By Mark Calvey - Jan David Winitz, who’s in the business of selling antique rugs for as much as half-a-million dollars, didn’t hit the panic button when the pandemic forced him to temporarily shut his main Oakland gallery in March 2020, his first extended closure in more than 40 years. Instead, he quickly pivoted. He and his team of about 40 rebuilt a high-touch business for e-commerce. He upgraded the company’s website, made more rugs available online and enhanced the ability to find the Claremont Rug Co. through web searches.
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Marin nonprofit homebuilder plans to cease operations
February 18, 2021 - A North Bay nonprofit housing developer that has built over 4,000 homes for nearly 10,000 residents over the past four decades is winding down operations.
Novato-based Northbay Family Homes cited rising costs of construction and challenges in raising project funds for the decision, announced Tuesday Feb. 16. The organization’s last project was a 100-unit development envisioned for near the downtown Petaluma train station.
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Dynamically Reinventing A Luxury Business In The Midst Of A Pandemic
January 30, 2021 - In mid-March 2020, Claremont Rug Company, the firm Jan David Winitz founded was confronted with the same conundrum that tens of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses faced. Effectively, the global COVID-19 pandemic forced them to immediately close the doors of a gallery in Oakland, CA that Jan had nurtured and matured for over 40 years.
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2020

Claremont Rug Co.: Reinventing a luxury business in the midst of a pandemic
November 23, 2020. By LUXURY DAILY NEWS SERVICE - A strange thing occurred when Jan David Winitz was pivoting his business. He ended up reinventing it. In mid-March, the Claremont Rug Company founder was confronted with the same conundrum that thousands of businesses in California faced. Effectively, the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to suddenly close the doors of a gallery that he had nurtured, and matured for nearly 40 years in one location in Oakland, CA.
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Majestic Carpets
October 28, 2020. by Shaun Tolson - Increasingly collectible, antique Oriental rugs can transform an interior and transport you to a bygone era or a far-flung region of the world. To the uninitiated, the thought of an antique Oriental rug conjures distinct visual characteristics—a specific, albeit limited, interior aesthetic. Contrary to that assumption, decorative rugs woven throughout the Persian Empire during the 19th century and early 20th century offer a vast array of design motifs and color palettes.
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Exploring the Traditions of Antique Oriental Rugs
OAKLAND—October 20, 2020 - In the first installment of this series on the traditions that produced antique Oriental rugs, I focused on Tribal and Village rugs and the art of their weavers to capture intimate experiences of nature and the cosmos through ancient geometric symbols.
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MARIN VOICE
Landlord-tenant cooperation crucial during pandemic

September 26. 2020 - We are in the middle of a pandemic- induced rental housing crisis in California, one which is potentially devastating for Marin County tenants and landlords alike. Having been in the residential, single-family rental business representing landlords in Marin for over 15 years, our property management company has seen (and lived through) ups and downs in the market. But none have been quite like this one.
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Bank of GuamProviding a Steady Hand
By Dave Joves, SVP Bank of Guam
September 4, 2020 -  It all starts here. Until we are able to feel safe, it will be difficult to execute any growth plans in this uncertain environment. Accepting the responsibility of leadership for the WBA at this moment promises to be one of the most potentially rewarding and, yes, challenging tasks of my banking career. The industry, particularly for small and medium-size institutions, is in the midst of changes across the board: regulatory, competitive, societal and technological.
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Sf Business TimesExecutive Profile: Dave Joves, senior vice president of Bank of Guam
By Mark Calvey, August 28, 2020 -  Dave Joves is the senior executive for the Bank of Guam’s office in San Francisco, which the company opened in 1982 to be physically closer to its regulators. That’s a plus for the FDIC-insured bank whose headquarters is 5,800 miles — and a 17-hour time difference — away from the Bay Area. Joves joined the Bank of Guam in 2011 after previously serving as CEO of San Francisco’s Mission National Bank.
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Is a rental housing bubble forming in California Wine Country?
July 22, 2020 - Evidence may be growing for the flight of residents from dense urban areas such as San Francisco to suburbs such as the North Bay due to the coronavirus pandemic. On one side is a noticeable rise that real estate professionals are noting in demand since April for single- and multifamily rentals in Marin and Sonoma counties. On the other side is new research that suggests much of the home-shopping in the San Francisco Bay Area is happening in the same area as the resident..
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School closures. Parents seek ‘micro-pods’ to handle distance learning.
July 20, 2020 - If they can find the right combination of kindred families and qualified teachers or tutors, Marin moms Darcy Alkus-Barrow and Malissa Reyes are planning to go “micro-pod" for the upcoming school year. "I know that distance learning was not working for us," said Alkus-Barrow, of San Rafael, who has a 6-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son. "I’ve known that for a long time.".
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Claremont Rug’s Magic Carpet Ride
By C.J. Prince - May 29, 2020 - High-end oriental rug collector Jan David Winitz has had an even easier time reaching clients virtually—now that they have nowhere else to go..When you think of retail products best suited for online-only sales, you’d probably come up with the usual suspects: household products, beauty care, non-perishable food…toiletpaper.
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Sf Business TimesJan David Winitz Examines Antique Rugs from the Caucasus Mountains
OAKLAND, CA - May 9, 2020 -  Last month, Art Daily and Jan David Winitz, founder/president of Claremont Rug Company, began a series of first person narratives and interviews that will discuss a wide range of topics related to the selecting, evaluating and collecting of antique Oriental rugs from the Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving, ca. 1800 to ca. 1910.
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Marin Voice: Urging compassion, education for landlords, tenants during COVID-19 crisis
April 19, 2020 - Any way that you look at the COVID-19 crisis, there is one glaring conclusion: this is not normal. In an age when technology draws the world together, we are being asked to stay apart and isolate ourselves for good reason. It is affecting how we work, how we live and, for some, if we live...
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Preeminent Antique Carpet Gallery Reaches Out to Clientele with Message of Inspiration
OAKLAND—April 1, 2020 - Claremont Rug Company, which specializes in art-level antique Oriental rugs woven during the Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving (ca 1800 to ca 1910), has enhanced its online presence as it continues to serve its clients who reside on six continents.
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2019

Sf Business TimesEntrepreneurial banker joins San Francisco business-advisory firm
By Mark Calvey, October 22, 2019 -  Former community bank CEO Kim Kaselionis has joined San Francisco-based AssayCS as a managing director focused on working with owners of mid-sized businesses seeking to boost valuations ahead of a merger or acquisition.
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How Darcy Alkus-Barrow Pursues Her Passion.
August 23, 2019 - Darcy Alkus-Barrow And her husband, Christopher, are devoted to helping others. They have integrated their business and philanthropy, while also overcoming their own personal struggles. Darcy and Christopher are co-founders and co-managing partners of Foundation Homes Property Management in Kentfield, a residential, single-family/long-term home rental business.
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The Enduring Allure of Antique Caucasian Rugs
OAKLAND—August 1, 2019 - While connoisseurs for decades have recognized the importance of antique tribal rugs woven in the Caucasus Mountains, these carpets are increasingly being added to private collections as the art world in general has come to appreciate their unique portrayal of nature and the cosmos.
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Sf Business TimesGreat Antique Oriental Rugs Create Grand Spaces
OAKLAND, CA - January 29, 2019 -  For nearly four decades president and founder Jan David Winitz of Claremont Rug Company has collaborated with clients to provide one-in-the-world antique Persian carpets to complement the interiors of grand residential spaces with great rugs. Whether a lakeside home, a mountain retreat or primary residence, the homes benefit immeasurably from the emotional and artistic impact that their selections provide.
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Sf Business TimesChristie's: Strong results achieved for Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds, including Oriental Rugs and Carpets.
London - April 29, 2019 -  The top lot was an important Safavid silk and metal-thread 'Polonaise' carpet from Isfahan, central Persia, first quarter 17th century, which fetched £3,895,000, setting a new world record price for a ‘Polonaise’ carpet at auction. Another highlight of the sale, the Monumental Mamluk Qur’an sold for £3,724,750, achieving a world record for a Qur’an at auction.
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Have Local Rents Reached Their Peak?
Foundation Homes draws on 2018 data comparisons to provide a fresh outlook on the 2019 rental market.

Have local rents reached their peak? When we last wrote to you at the beginning of the year, we were looking back at 2018 and applying our expertise to the data that we had been creating over the past three years about the single family home (SFH) rental market, primarily in Marin County.
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Sf Business TimesBay Area community bank reaches agreement with regulators to get house in order
By Mark Calvey, March 4, 2019 -  Beacon Business Bank said it remains financially strong as it reached an agreement with regulators to address a range of issues, including compliance and risk management. San Francisco-based Beacon Business Bank reached an agreement with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to address issues ranging from compliance to risk management.
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OceanhomeTHE RUG WHISPERER
Jan David Winitz knows rugs like a master sommelier knows wine.

By Gwen Taylor, March 1, 2019 -  For clients of Jan David Winitz, President and Founder of the Claremont Rug Company, a home with a spectacular ocean view must have equally spectacular rugs. And as I learned recently, his clients seek him out because he brings encyclopedic knowledge, artistic style and over 40 years’ experience to every project. He also knows the light quality in different parts of the world. The needs of architectural styles from modern to historic. And even how to express the range of moods that ocean homes can evoke with…carpets.
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Sf Business TimesClaremont Rug Company founder Jan David Winitz reveals major shifts in high-end antique Oriental rug market
OAKLAND, CA -  In his annual letter sent to clients,  Claremont Rug Company founder/president Jan David Winitz, highlighted the mix of technology, artistic/investment value and the appreciation of specific Oriental rug types from the “Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving,” ca. 1800 to ca. 1910, as the primary factors that influencing acquisitions decision by connoisseurs.
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