What Was New in Marin in August 2019

Theory in Marin

The following is a list of businesses that were new in Marin county in January 2020


On San Rafael’s West End, husband and wife Trevor and Stephanie Martens opened Pond Farm Brewing, a micro-brewery and taproom with 16 taps and picnic tables outside. For now, guests can bring their own eats, purchase chips and popcorn at the bar or order from rotating food pop-ups.

Owner Chris Piro and general manager/partner Aram Gutowski renovated a historic bank building to add a 34-tap taproom to San Rafael’s rapidly expanding beer scene. Tam Commons also has a selection of international brews and late-night eats.

Gravity Tavern

Gar and Lara Truppelli, owners of San Francisco’s Beach Chalet and Park Chalet, give that casual vibe a Mill Valley home at Gravity Tavern. Currently open for dinner, it serves American classics like hamburgers, chicken Waldorf salad and lobster roll as well as house-made Ho Hos.

For more about Marin’s new slew of breweries, read our our article here.

Watershed, the new project of chef Kyle Swain and owner Ged Robertson (Shoreline Coffee Shop, Bootjack Wood Fired) at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard, features their immaculate local sourcing, a small plates menu and a full bar.

The team behind San Francisco’s Roma Antica, including chef Marco Sbaraglia, transport the menu of Roman favorites to downtown Larkspur, adding dishes like seafood pasta and daily specials just for Marin.


Sachi and Joey Morlock opened their first brick-and-mortar to bring local, sustainable and chemical-free flowers to downtown Larkspur. The Little Flower Shop offers bespoke arrangements for weddings, events and every day and, in a nod to Sachi’s Tokyo roots, also sells Japanese flower shears.

34 Main, the Tiburon resort wear and home accessories store, moved across the street to 13 Main and is now Cameron Chandler Designs. Chandler’s new line features linen from Loro Piana.

new in town Marian McNaughton owner of Revente
Marian McNaughton owner of Revente

Committed to the circular economy, Marin mom Marian Revente’s Marian McNaughton McNaughton launched Revente (“resale” in French) in Greenbrae’s Bon Air Center. The stock includes new, used and upcycled contemporary fashion and gifts.

Interior designer and home stager Julie Neil now has a San Anselmo store, Julie Neil Home and Design, where vintage and new furniture, lamps and objets d’art sit comfortably side by side.


The expertly tailored work wear and modern natural fabrics that are Theory’s hallmark style can be found in San Francisco’s Union Square. Also featured are the Theory Edit in-home try-on program and a clothing recycling program called Theory for Good.


In a recent expansion to Marin, Paintzen’s online platform offers on-demand color consultations, quick quotes, and booking of professional painting and wallpaper installation services.


IAYT-certified yoga therapist Lauren Ziegler introduced a medical yoga program as part of Soluna Health in downtown Sausalito. The integrative health and wellness center has offered programs like restorative yoga (for calming anxiety) and a women’s pelvic floor health class (with a physical therapist) since June.

In what feels like the universe aligning with itself, FairHempCBD opened recently in Fairfax, with hemp-based CBD products from Canna World Market, tinctures, chocolates and dog treats, plus a DJ spinning vinyl.

Chrisitina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract Publishing, Sunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her childrens’ schools, and supports the Marin Audubon Society, PEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.