Maria Roden Named Orinda, Calif., Business Person of the Year

Maria Rodan

Congratulations to Orinda Books owner Maria Roden, who was recently honored as Orinda, Calif., Business Person of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. 

"Roden loves books and is delighted at the store's big, open space, which she uses for a multiplicity of purposes," Lamorinda Weekly reported. "She actively supports local artists by showcasing their work. There is an art reception once a month, and one wall of the store is dedicated to local art. A glass showcase displays the work of jewelry artists. Patrons of the Blue Egg Farm can order online and pick up their fresh organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruit, seedlings, and blue eggs from the bookstore."

"People thought I was crazy when I bought the bookstore," Roden said. "Orinda is a community that wants to keep its bookstore." She also praised her "fabulous staff"--all local, all well-read.

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