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Williams-Sonoma banks on augmented reality in retail with $112 million acquisition (Video)

San Francisco-based William Sonoma Inc. is making a hefty bet on technology's future role in the stumbling retail market with a $112 million acquisition of augmented reality platform Outward Inc. The home furnishings [Read entire story]

Local ice cream name scoops up Whole Foods loan on its way to national expansion

The funds were distributed through the grocer's Local Producer Loan Program, which was developed in 2007 to strengthen its relationship with smaller, local businesses. [Read entire story]

Exclusive: Controversial Anheuser-Busch-owned brewery in Oakland lands final design approval

Beyond concerns of the area becoming oversaturated with breweries is the public's angst over having a large corporate interest like Anheuser-Busch InBev towering over smaller labels. [Read entire story]

Virgin Hotel developer digs into Mid-Market with revived plans for new 10-story hotel

The developer closed on the property back in 2014, and has spent the past several years fine-tuning the design to pass the city's standards. [Read entire story]

After traveling all over the world, Greg Flynn came home and started business empire

Greg Flynn knows when it’s time to turn off any control freak tendencies.  With nearly $2 billion in revenue and more than 42,000 employees spread between a restaurant empire and a real estate business, Flynn has [Read entire story]

Exclusive: About 2,300 Airbnb hosts in S.F. just got booted from the platform — here’s why

The home-sharing site reached a settlement with the city earlier this year that requires all hosts on the platform to register with the City of San Francisco. [Read entire story]

Oakland Airport’s largest airline is adding four more direct flights

Southwest Airlines is sending some more love to Oakland International Airport with the addition of four new direct flights from the regional hub. Southwest (NYSE: LUV) will begin service from Oakland to San Antonio, [Read entire story]

Brokers call Hilltop Mall revamp "wishful thinking"

The new owners of the Richmond mall are planning a top-to-bottom makeover that focuses on filling the retail space before weaving in potential office, residential or hotel developments. [Read entire story]

Amazon Fresh pulls plug on delivery areas throughout the San Francisco Bay Area

Amazon Fresh's business throughout the Bay Area is about to go stale now that Amazon is pulling the plug on delivery throughout the region. In an email sent to customers across parts of California, Virginia, New York, [Read entire story]

First look: Inside Amazon’s new Walnut Creek retail spot

Amazon may have spent the past two decades pulling bookstore shoppers to its business online, but with a new storefront in the East Bay, the retail giant is hoping to lure them back to a brick-and-mortar store. Amazon [Read entire story]

Hilltop Mall unveils new lineup of businesses and restaurants — but will it be enough?

The 1.1 million-square-foot mall was sold this summer to a joint venture set on rolling out an extensive overhaul of the struggling East Bay property. [Read entire story]

Bay Area’s 2018 Michelin scene strengthens, but loses few key names

Notable closings dropped well-known restaurants out of the running for the prized Michelin stars. [Read entire story]

Exclusive: 155-room hotel in Jack London Square moves forward

The proposal would boost the Oakland neighborhood's hotel supply, which already includes properties like the 100-room Z Hotel Jack London Square. [Read entire story]

Exclusive: Jack London Square could snag 155-room hotel with new proposal

The proposal would boost the Oakland neighborhood's hotel supply, which already includes properties like the 100-room Z Hotel Jack London Square. [Read entire story]

Bay Area robot restaurant shutters five locations after too-fast expansion

The Eatsa robots in the East Bay and on the East Coast have powered down just as quickly as they started up amid growing pains for the automated chain. After opening locations in Berkeley, New York and Washington, D.C. [Read entire story]

Long-stalled Mission Bay Marriott hotel kicked back into gear

The 250-room development was first reported back in 2014, and despite the city's eagerness to keep the ball rolling, has been stalled ever since. [Read entire story]

SoCal hotel developer eyes two S.F. sites to add to its Burlingame proposal

The Newport Beach-based developer is proposing a 404-room hotel in Burlingame, a project it will use to launch itself into the Bay Area hospitality market. [Read entire story]

Boba Guys quench thirst for growth with six new shops

The chain was founded in 2011, and has since expanded from a pop-up space to a high growth brand with nine-and-counting locations. [Read entire story]

Popular Plant Cafe closes locations as it retools its business model

The business closed two locations earlier this summer, and scrapped dinner service at others, as part of its push toward a leaner, grab-and-go model. [Read entire story]

Iconic Sonoma Mission Inn takes small steps to reopen after fires (Video)

The 226-room hotel came within a half mile of the Nuns Fire, which has spread throughout more than 52,890 acres of Wine Country territory. [Read entire story]