Faces of Success 2024: Marin’s Local Businesses

Welcome to the annual Faces of Marin.

Below, we introduce you to the people behind the businesses that make our county thrive. Every day we cross paths with countless people as we go about our busy lives. Some we interact with, whether it’s a retail transaction or waving to a neighbor walking the dog; others we merely pass as they peek in a shop window or answer an email on their phone. Many of these people are the ones who make your favorite local businesses live and grow. They are the ones you’ll see behind the counter, at a desk or on your doorstep. So take a moment to really come face to face with these important Marin personalities. When you think about it, every business is a people business. And it’s not just clients and customers; there are important personalities driving the success of every endeavor.

Faces of Cannabis Delivery

The Nice Guys Team

The Nice Guys Team

AT NICE GUYS DELIVERY, their goal is to provide each member with an experience that is as unique as they are. Understanding that each individual has different preferences and reactions to cannabis, The Nice Guys team caters to a personalized approach, providing a knowledgeable and comfortable environment to learn and experiment with cannabis.

Founded by a local Marin family, Nice Guys Delivery places a strong emphasis on community involvement, actively participating in local events and supporting various charitable organizations within Marin County.

Their commitment to education and awareness ensures that customers are well-informed about the benefits and responsible use of cannabis. With a focus on safety, reliability, and discretion, Nice Guys Delivery has established itself as a trusted partner in the community, consistently delivering not just products, but also a promise of quality, care, and a deep-rooted connection to the community they serve.

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Face of Financial Security

Helen Abe, Senior VP and Financial Advisor of RBC Wealth Management

Helen Abe, Senior Vice President | Financial Advisor RBC Management

HELEN ABE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN SAN FRANCISCO. Her immigrant parents worked hard and sacrificed to raise a large family. They taught their children the importance of living within your means. “My mother literally saved pennies and proved that it’s not what you earn, but what you save that matters”. Helen said. With strong values, Helen set out to achieve her financial objectives while helping others achieve their financial dreams. Helen’s approach is to listen, keep it simple, understandable and tailored to each individual. Helen believes in helping others to live a life that makes them happy and one in which they are secure with their financial future.

Investment and insurance products offered through RBC Wealth Management are not
insured by the FDIC or any other federal government agency, are not deposits or other obligations of, or guaranteed by, a bank or any bank affiliate, and are subject to investment risks, including possible loss of the principal amount invested.

RBC Wealth Management, 300B Drakes Landing Road, Suite 155, Greenbrae, CA


RBC Wealth Management, a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, registered investment adviser and Member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC.

Faces of Architecture

Doron Dreksler, Spire Architecture

Doron Dreksler | Designer. Builder. Dream Maker. | Spire Architecture Inc.

BUILDING THE HOUSE YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED ISN’T EASY. From knowing where to start, to figuring out who to hire, it can be a minefield of (expensive) wrong turns.

That’s where we come in. The team at Spire Architecture by Doron Dreksler has 30 years of experience designing, building, and making transformative spaces for clients who dream big. Whether it’s a high-end remodel, addition, or new construction, Spire Architecture is your partner in residential design and design-build projects in Northern California.

When you partner with us, you get a design team that’s fully invested in helping you achieve your vision—and beyond. As both a licensed architect and general contractor, we’re able to build a seamless bridge between ideation and implementation, guiding you through the entire project, from conceptual exploration, extensive detailed refinements, to construction planning and execution. Whether you choose our design-build or design-only services, you’ll have a partner in total sync with you and your team to create a beautiful project that’s all you.

Mill Valley, CA l 415.275.3405

[email protected]

Face of Luxury Kitchens and Baths

Sean Kelly, CEO/Owner and Jennifer Kelly, Vice President of Lamperti Contracting and Design

Sean Kelly, CEO/Owner and Jennifer Kelly, Vice President of Lamperti Contracting and Design

TRANSFORM YOUR HOME WITH LAMPERTI CONTRACTING & DESIGN: A LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE. For over fifty years, Lamperti Contracting & Design has been a beacon of quality and innovation in home remodeling across Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and San Francisco. Their reputation for delivering exceptional design, cabinetry, and construction services is built on a foundation of trust, craftsmanship, and an unwavering commitment to realizing their clients’ dreams.

Lamperti Contracting & Design isn’t just a company; it’s a legacy. Established in San Rafael, this family-owned business has grown to become a trusted partner for homeowners seeking to transform their living spaces. Their team of seasoned professionals combines decades of experience with cutting-edge techniques to deliver results that not only meet but exceed expectations.

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1241 Andersen Drive, Suite A, San Rafael, CA


Faces of Tile and Stone Fabrication

Martha Bodell, North Coast Tile & Stone

Martha Bodell, North Coast Tile & Stone

NORTH COAST TILE AND STONE walks hand in hand with the North Bay Community with an open, direct dialogue with homeowners to better serve their needs and wants. In doing all the work in house they guarantee the workmanship and final product to be exactly your vision.

NCTS has provided award winning service to their clients for over 30 years. NCTS has a dedicated team of 7 designers, the most talented tile and stone craftsmen along with the largest stone slab yard in the North Bay and gorgeous tile showroom that will bring your projects from idea to reality.

Martha leads the showroom team in working with architects, contractors, designers and homeowners with a confident, thoughtful and professional attitude. NCTS is a one stop shop that offers – design and installation services, as well as a wide variety of stone and tile. One client said, “Being in Martha’s showroom is like being in her own home. The care and time that was taken with my project made us feel like family.” Open Monday thru Friday 8:30 to 5:00 and Saturday 9:00 to 5:00

3854 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA


Face of the Next Generation

Jeff Hadley, President and Owner of Hadley General Contractors, Inc.

Jeff Hadley, President and Owner of Hadley General Contractors, Inc.

HADLEY GENERAL CONTRACTORS, INC. is a 3rd generation, family owned and operated construction company specializing in the high-end custom home market.

Three generations and nearly 75 years after it’s first contract was signed, Hadley General Contractors, Inc. remains top in its class for serving Marin as a premier builder of the county’s finest custom homes. Building its success on three main pillars: Customer Service, Quality Workmanship, and Complete Accountability, Hadley continues to focus on their client’s needs as its main priority – whether that is something as simple as fixing a gate or as complex as a new residence. “My family has built a wonderful legacy in this community, and I am honored to be taking this business into the next generation” says Jeff Hadley, President. “I love working in this market. We have great clients to work with and I’m lucky to have such an amazing team here, it’s like we’re one big family. At the end of the day, my philosophy has always been to focus on client satisfaction and let the rest of the pieces come together around that. It seems to always lead to successful projects.”

85 Beach Road Belvedere, CA I Lic#702420


Faces of Marin’s Leading Med Spa

Thena Holmen, RN, Skin Suite Marin

Thena Holmen, RN, Skin Suite Marin

THENA HOLMEN RN IS AN ESTEEMED AESTHETIC NURSE, renowned in Marin and the SF Bay Area for her expertise in injections and non-surgical laser technology. She has over three decades of experience in this area working with the world’s top plastic surgeons cultivating a reputation as a trailblazer in advanced skin care techniques.

Thena became the first in the Bay Area to work with the world’s most advanced laser, the Fotona4D® laser. She has performed over 1,000 treatments on both men and women with incredible results with little to no down time. Her advanced techniques are tailored for both pre and post menopausal face and body skin concerns.

As a trusted authority in the field, Thena continues to push the boundaries of aesthetic nursing staying abreast of the latest advancements and techniques through training nationally and internationally. Her dedication to excellence and genuine care for her clients make her a sought-after expert in the realm of non-surgical skincare solutions.

To learn more about Thena and her practice, visit skinsuitemarin.com.

100 Shoreline Highway, Suite 215B, Mill Valley, CA | 415.881.6001

Faces of Top Plastic Surgeon in Marin County

Yngvar Hvistendahl, M.D. and the Plastic Surgery Specialists Team

Yngvar Hvistendahl, M.D. and the Plastic Surgery Specialists Team

ARGUABLY THE MOST PROMINENT PLASTIC SURGEON IN MARIN, Dr. Hvistendahl and his experienced team have been serving the greater North Bay community for nearly 24 years. Dr. Hvistendahl is the co-founder of PSS and Med Spa, the owner of PSSG, Medical Director for Hayes Valley Medical & Esthetics, and the Medical Director of Urban Allure. His expertise in cosmetic procedures and surgery is well recognized. He has been voted Top Plastic Surgeon by Marin Magazine and other publications.

“Dr. H” and his highly trained staff are dedicated to guiding individuals through their aesthetic journey, providing a memorable and exciting experience. From Med-Spa procedures to customized surgical techniques, Dr. H and his team deliver stunning, natural results tailored to each patient’s anatomy, goals, and lifestyle. Using groundbreaking technology and techniques, patients can explore their desires in a safe, non-pressure environment. The blend of innovation and compassion has made Dr. Hvistendahl’s practice a top Bay Area destination for exquisite results in a friendly, professional, and safe environment.

350 Bon Air Road, Suite 100, Greenbrae, CA


Faces of Interior Design

Bridget Giroux and Bridget Crowe, Principal Designers, Bridget Giroux Design

Bridget Giroux and Bridget Crowe, Principal Designers, Bridget Giroux Design

THIS MOTHER-DAUGHTER DUO, BRIDGET AND BRIDGET, helps clients transform their houses into homes from Marin to Lake Tahoe. Known for their timeless and thoughtful aesthetic, they build layered, organic modern interiors.

Raised in Greenbrae, Bridget Giroux graduated from Marin Academy and headed to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to get her design degree. That same year her mom Bridget Crowe and dad Bob Crowe picked up and moved to Tahoe full-time. After spending over a decade gaining design experience working for industry legends like HOLLY HUNT and Interior Define, the pandemic hit and Bridget and her husband decided to join her parents in Tahoe.

Born out of her real-life experience as a “city girl who moved to the mountains”, Giroux helps clients like herself who love the active West Coast lifestyle. As a full-service interior design firm, each project reflects the unique needs of the client with a strong emphasis on sustainability and artisanal products. Photo: Luna Munn Photography.

415.710.7014 I @bridget_giroux_design

Face of Culinary Excellence Meets Sustainable Delights

Dolores “Dee” Coleman, Owner & Executive Chef

Dolores “Dee” Coleman, Owner & Executive Chef, Dee’s Organic Catering

IN THE BUSTLING CULINARY WORLD, where taste and quality reign supreme, there’s one name that stands out like a beacon of freshness and elegance: Dee’s Organic Catering. With an unwavering commitment to sustainability and dedication to using only the finest organic ingredients, Dee’s Organic Catering has earned its place as the epitome of culinary excellence.

Led by the visionary chef, Dolores Coleman, this renowned catering company takes pride in crafting unforgettable dining experiences. Every dish that leaves their kitchen is a masterpiece, carefully prepared with a harmonious blend of flavors, textures, and colors.

Fully equipped to deliver a lasting experience, Dee’s Organic Catering ignites taste buds, tantalizes senses, and takes guests on a gourmet adventure that will be cherished forever.

Whether it’s an intimate gathering, a grand celebration, or a corporate event, Dee’s Organic Catering brings a touch of cuisine magic to every occasion. With their meticulous attention to detail, they transform events into unforgettable culinary journeys, leaving guests mesmerized and craving more.

1800 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato, CA

415.484.3491 l

Faces of Window Coverings

Eric Widergren, Ashley Widergren, Rolando Espinoza, Max Widergren, Adam Lagrave, Leo Olson, Chris Maus, Shades of Marin

Eric Widergren, Ashley Widergren, Rolando Espinoza, Max Widergren, Adam Lagrave, Leo Olson, Chris Maus, Shades of Marin

FOUNDED IN 1953, SHADES OF MARIN began at the hands of Merten “Swede” Widergren in the back shop of our current location at 2070 4th Street in San Rafael, CA. The craftsmanship that originated in that back shop generations ago has transformed into the business that you see today; a third-generation family owned and operated business proudly serving the Marin, Sonoma, and San Francisco area.

With our extensive experience and dedication, we have made it our mission to hold onto the roots of the past, anchored in that back shop from 1953, as we progress and advance into the future. We pride ourselves on being a trusted destination for anyone looking to enhance their living spaces with quality window fashions.

Today, we offer the complete Hunter Douglas window covering product line, as well as custom drapery, roman shades, awnings, and other outdoor shading solutions. From conceptualization to installation, we are here to help guide you through your window fashion journey.

2070 4th Street, San Rafael, CA


Faces of Designer Cinema

Christian and Camilla
Meoli, Owners of
Cinelounge® Tiburon

Christian and Camilla Meoli, Owners of Cinelounge® Tiburon

WELCOME TO CINELOUNGE® TIBURON, a family-owned gem nestled in the heart of Marin County, California. Immerse yourself in the magic of cinema as our state-of-the-art screens showcase a captivating selection of first-run films and beloved classics and eclectic special events. With luxury designer seating, boasting a modern 70’s aesthetic, and a true lounge experience, our cinema invites you into a charming Movie Mansion on Main Street with three auditoriums, adorned by owners infectious
with a love for the art of film.

Indulge in a delectable menu of gourmet burgers, chicken and waffle skewers, a dozen selections of red or white curated wines from local vineyards plus ten selections of beer. From movie-themed parties to sports games and private events featuring live music and special guests Christian and Camilla’s dedication to supporting local creatives and community organizations is present with every visit.

Cinelounge® Tiburon is an unforgettable experience. Join us and let the enchantment unfold.

40 Main Street, Tiburon, CA

415.797.6976 I @cineloungetiburon

Face of Aging Beautifully

Faye Jamali, MD, President
and Owner, Belle Marin
Aesthetic Medicine

Faye Jamali, MD, President and Owner, Belle Marin Aesthetic Medicine

DR. FAYE JAMALI ENVISIONED a concierge medspa offering today’s leading aesthetic services. The end result of her vision is Belle Marin Aesthetic Medicine- an elegant space complete with state-of-the-art aesthetic care.

Dr. Jamali and her highly trained staff offer a personalized experience tailored to meet the unique needs of every client. Whether you are new to aesthetics or a seasoned pro, our philosophy remains unwavering: “we will meet you where you are.” This commitment to individualized care ensures that each person who walks through our door feels understood, valued, and empowered on their aesthetic journey.

What sets Belle Marin apart is not just our dedication to client satisfaction, but also our steadfast commitment to staying at the forefront of technology. Dr. Jamali spares no expense in investing in the best technology on the market, ensuring that we deliver the most natural and stunning results possible- all while creating a beautiful boutique environment with top-tier service.

250 E. Blithedale Ave, Suite B, Mill Valley, CA

415.887.8718 I [email protected]

Face of Chiropractic Care

Dr. Alex Brown D.C. - North Bay Health and Wellness @ Club Evexia

Dr. Alex Brown D.C. – North Bay Health and Wellness @ Club Evexia

EXPERIENCE THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE at Dr. Alex Brown’s exclusive practice located within the luxurious Club Evexia in Mill Valley, Dr. Brown sees both members and nonmembers. With a passion for holistic healing and a commitment to optimal wellness, Dr. Brown brings over two decades of experience with an unparalleled expertise and personalized approach to each patient. Dr. Brown’s techniques are non invasive and consist of assisted stretching, soft tissue therapy, and full spine and extremity Chiropractic adjustments. Patients tell him that they immediately feel the benefits of treatment, helping them reclaim lost mobility as well as reaching a higher degree of overall
functionality. A Northern California native and San Diego State graduate, Dr. Alex is a licensed and board certified Chiropractor as well as a certified personal trainer. His undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with emphasis in physical therapy has allowed Dr. Alex to tailor his approach to the active population. He dedicates his time outside of his profession to playing basketball, cooking, and spending time with his amazing daughter, Allayna.

100 Shoreline Hwy, Bldg A-100, Mill Valley, CA

415.729.0046 | [email protected] l Appts: dralexbrowndc.janeapp.com

Faces of World Peace

Heidi Kuhn, Founder, Roots of Peace

Heidi Kuhn, Founder, Roots of Peace

IN SEPTEMBER 1997, Roots of Peace began with a vision of turning MINES TO VINES—replacing landmines with vineyards and orchards worldwide.

Heidi Kuhn, along with her husband, Gary turned ideas into reality, and raised the funds to facilitate the removal of landmines and plant over 7 million fruit trees in Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Vietnam—impacting the lives of millions of farmers and families worldwide. Today, there are over 110 million landmines in 60 countries—and, over 30% of Ukraine is held hostage by landmines.

Roots of Peace continues their humanitarian work in Afghanistan, as they train women to become farmers—providing hope and dignity to feed their children. Heidi’s courageous work has earned her The 2023 Laureate World Food Prize, Mother Teresa Award, Gandhi Global Family Award, Cal Berkeley Alumni of the Year Award for Excellence, Forbes 50 Over 50 Woman, and 2024 Nominee for The Nobel Peace Prize.

For further information or to donate: www.rootsofpeace.org.

4000 Civic Center Drive, Suite 330, San Rafael, CA | 415.948.9646