Karen Ivanis   My husband and I moved to Montclair nearly 2 years ago. We picked the Montclair because we wanted the culture and diversity of Oakland but in an earthy, natural setting. We love it here. Our (mid-century) home feels like a retreat and within 5 minutes we can be in a great restaurant. Having lived in San Francisco and other parts of Oakland, where creativity and options are endless I found myself longing for and imagining new businesses in the Montclair Village. As I raised this idea I found many people felt similarly. I’m excited to have met 6 fantastic neighbors who now share a vision of Montclair. Just wait until you see what we do.....

Karen Ivanis

My husband and I moved to Montclair nearly 2 years ago. We picked the Montclair because we wanted the culture and diversity of Oakland but in an earthy, natural setting. We love it here. Our (mid-century) home feels like a retreat and within 5 minutes we can be in a great restaurant. Having lived in San Francisco and other parts of Oakland, where creativity and options are endless I found myself longing for and imagining new businesses in the Montclair Village. As I raised this idea I found many people felt similarly. I’m excited to have met 6 fantastic neighbors who now share a vision of Montclair. Just wait until you see what we do.....

Laura Leibowitz   I have lived in the Montclair area since 1997, and hope to stay for a good, long time. I am an independent Project Management consultant, so the location is great for commuting to clients in many parts of the Bay Area. Being a supporter of the arts from the San Francisco Symphony to the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, I appreciate Oakland's ability to mix the best of so many worlds: multicultural, traditional, edgy, urban, and rural. It is wonderful to work with this team to help Montclair rise into its rightful place among the gems of Oakland neighborhoods.

Laura Leibowitz

I have lived in the Montclair area since 1997, and hope to stay for a good, long time. I am an independent Project Management consultant, so the location is great for commuting to clients in many parts of the Bay Area. Being a supporter of the arts from the San Francisco Symphony to the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, I appreciate Oakland's ability to mix the best of so many worlds: multicultural, traditional, edgy, urban, and rural. It is wonderful to work with this team to help Montclair rise into its rightful place among the gems of Oakland neighborhoods.

Beth Button   I moved to the Oakland Hills 3 1/2 years ago. I grew up in rural Pennsylvania but at 18 discovered I was a city girl. A few years ago I adopted 2 dogs and this changed my preference of urban dwelling to one which gives my boys more outdoor space. The Hills provides us the perfect balance and returns me just a bit to my wilderness roots. I could not love my mid-century modern house, rustic back yard and peek-a-boo view of the city more. Having lived in several areas under gentrification, I yearned for some of the edge that comes with this and soon discovered there were like-minds ready to take action and support enhanced business in the Village. This is why I am part of MOVE.

Beth Button

I moved to the Oakland Hills 3 1/2 years ago. I grew up in rural Pennsylvania but at 18 discovered I was a city girl. A few years ago I adopted 2 dogs and this changed my preference of urban dwelling to one which gives my boys more outdoor space. The Hills provides us the perfect balance and returns me just a bit to my wilderness roots. I could not love my mid-century modern house, rustic back yard and peek-a-boo view of the city more. Having lived in several areas under gentrification, I yearned for some of the edge that comes with this and soon discovered there were like-minds ready to take action and support enhanced business in the Village. This is why I am part of MOVE.

 
My family moved to Montclair in early 2018. We had diverse criteria for finding the perfect neighborhood, and weren’t sure if there was a neighborhood that could offer proximity to shops, restaurants, and public transportation, while at the same time providing easy access to hiking trails and biking routes. When we stumbled upon Montclair, we were convinced that we found Oakland’s best kept secret. Montclair offered a sweet retreat from the everyday hustle and bustle, while being located close to the conveniences that we knew we relied on.  Montclair Village itself has a charm about it that attracts the surrounding community. I believe that it has the potential to be so much more, especially with a changing demographic and the changing needs of the community.

My family moved to Montclair in early 2018. We had diverse criteria for finding the perfect neighborhood, and weren’t sure if there was a neighborhood that could offer proximity to shops, restaurants, and public transportation, while at the same time providing easy access to hiking trails and biking routes. When we stumbled upon Montclair, we were convinced that we found Oakland’s best kept secret. Montclair offered a sweet retreat from the everyday hustle and bustle, while being located close to the conveniences that we knew we relied on.  Montclair Village itself has a charm about it that attracts the surrounding community. I believe that it has the potential to be so much more, especially with a changing demographic and the changing needs of the community.

Susan Susan Portugal   I have lived in Montclair for 28 years. I live here with my husband and 13 year old daughter. We think we have the best of both worlds here. It's where nature meets the city. I joined move to help make the Village more enticing.

Susan Susan Portugal

I have lived in Montclair for 28 years. I live here with my husband and 13 year old daughter. We think we have the best of both worlds here. It's where nature meets the city. I joined move to help make the Village more enticing.

Stacey Isaacs   I am a mom, community enthusiast, and Realtor at Highland Partners. I've lived and worked in the East Bay for 20 years and Montclair has long been one of my primary commercial destinations. My clients and I share a love for the unique combination of architecture, natural beauty, and a village atmosphere that Montclair offers. We also share a desire to even better reflect the vibrancy of the community in the restaurant and retail offerings of this special place. That’s the reason I joined this group....to get things moving!

Stacey Isaacs

I am a mom, community enthusiast, and Realtor at Highland Partners. I've lived and worked in the East Bay for 20 years and Montclair has long been one of my primary commercial destinations. My clients and I share a love for the unique combination of architecture, natural beauty, and a village atmosphere that Montclair offers. We also share a desire to even better reflect the vibrancy of the community in the restaurant and retail offerings of this special place. That’s the reason I joined this group....to get things moving!

Ann Dyer Cervantes   I have been the owner of Mountain Yoga & Wellness in the Village since 2010, but just became a resident of Montclair only last summer. The past several years I have lamented that Montclair wasn’t seeing the same fresh, creative energy that so many of Oakland’s other neighborhoods were. When I received Karen Ivanis’ invitation to get together with a few other like-minded residents to explore what we might do to help usher in a more vibrant future for the Village I leapt at the chance. I love living here among the trees, quiet and critters, and to feel part of this smart, soulful group of influencers. The response to our initial efforts has been amazing — I’m so excited about a more dynamic, diverse and energized future for Montclair!dimentum erat iaculis auctor.

Ann Dyer Cervantes

I have been the owner of Mountain Yoga & Wellness in the Village since 2010, but just became a resident of Montclair only last summer. The past several years I have lamented that Montclair wasn’t seeing the same fresh, creative energy that so many of Oakland’s other neighborhoods were. When I received Karen Ivanis’ invitation to get together with a few other like-minded residents to explore what we might do to help usher in a more vibrant future for the Village I leapt at the chance. I love living here among the trees, quiet and critters, and to feel part of this smart, soulful group of influencers. The response to our initial efforts has been amazing — I’m so excited about a more dynamic, diverse and energized future for Montclair!dimentum erat iaculis auctor.