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Elizabeth Arden & Helena Rubenstein Rise to Power

After seeing the Broadway musical “War Paint,” where two strong women created global empires in the 20th century, Christina Strawbridge recalls her mom’s and sister’s foray into the beauty industry.

Moderate Growth for Benicia Housing Market?

Like many communities, balancing affordability and growth with pressures on infrastructure is a challenge. But the continued inventory shortage means equity should continue to grow.

Things to Do from J Street to Military West

Along Benicia’s the mile-long First Street, this is our final segment of what’s where in each block. Don’t miss a Hawaiian meal at Got Plate Lunch, visit an art gallery and explore City Park.

An Auspicious approach to the Number 13

As Benicia Magazine enters its 13th year, we offer 13 random facts that involve the number we consider to be quite lucky.

Benicia’s Remarkable Livability

With its small town charm, scenic waterfront beauty, lively downtown and lack of homes for sale, Benicia’s real estate prices continue to rise.

Many Details to Decide Regarding Marijuana Use and Cultivation

Based on results of a citizen survey, the Benicia city council is looking to draft an ordinance by the end of the year to decide whether or not to allow marijuana dispensaries and/or commercial cultivation.

A First Street Primer, F Street to G Street

Downtown Benicia’s power block in the mile-long shopping district, from F Street to G Street on First Street is retail dense with 11 boutiques, 7 salons, places to eat and more.

Paintings by Jack Laycox Exhibited at Benicia Gallery

The late, renowned artist Jack Laycox’s paintings will be exhibited July 10-September 10 at the Milinda Perry Gallery in downtown Benicia. A reception for Cydne Kaye, Laycox’s niece, will be held July 28, 5-7pm, 117 East F Street.

Benicia’s Outreach and Investment in Tourism Pays Off

With such a diverse range of restaurants, upscale pubs, wine bars and retail stores along the waterfront shopping district, Benicia’s tourism efforts have put the city on the map as a bonafide destination.

Downtown Benicia: A Block-by-Block Primer

First Street’s mile-long layout often leaves visitors wondering what’s where. The second in a series, this issue tackles First Street’s fun mix of retail shops, bars and restaurants from C to D Street.