MARIN ADVERTISERS SPEAK UP
ROWENA FINEGAN, OWNER AT PINE STREET NATURAL INTERIORS
At Pine Street Natural Interiors we strive to create beautiful, colorful and environmentally
friendly living spaces using healthy materials that are also socially responsible. In addition
to accessorizing and furnishing your home with our products, we offer professional design
services to assist in creating spaces that are kind to you, your family and the environment.
Briefly describe your business philosophy. We are adamant about what products will pass
muster for our clients. It is important for those of us who have been working in the arena of
sustainable interiors for the past decade, and beyond, to take it upon ourselves to continue
to lead and help to educate not only our peers but all those who cross our paths. Those who
are sometimes ambivalent, sometimes skeptical and sometimes downright untrusting of what
they fear may be just more “green-washing.” We must continue to lead by example, to be
passionate about what we do and to work together in order to gain the necessary momentum
that is required to turn this gigantic ship of unsustainable practices around.
What is your competitive edge? Our standards of design, as well as our product choices, are
based on the principles of Bau-biologie, which explores the effect of the built environment
on human health. Knowledge of healthy products, along with our design experience, ensures
your home will nurture your mind, body and spirit.
Which product or service (that you offer) is your favorite? While we love all the products that
we sell, our upholstered furniture line holds particular significance. In 2004, I collaborated with
Cisco Pinedo, owner of Cisco Brothers, a furniture manufacturing company in Los Angeles,
to create a sustainable, fully upholstered furniture line, utilizing natural, nontoxic and
PINE STREET NATURAL INTERIORS 323 PINE STREET, UNIT A, SAUSALITO, 415.331.9323,
ANNIE ROSENTHAL PARR, OWNER/DIRECTOR AT ROCO DANCE
Founded in 1993 by professional dancer Annie Rosenthal Parr, RoCo offers more than 200
classes weekly for adults and youth. In its two locations within Marin County, RoCo attracts
the Bay Area’s finest instructors and master teachers. Class offerings include multiple levels
of modern, jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, break dancing, Latin dance, West African,
contemporary yoga, Pilates and more. RoCo also offers a conservatory program for pre-professional young dancers interested in pursuing dance after high school. This program
offers a complete curriculum in contemporary, ballet, jazz and hip-hop. Performances are
held four to six times annually at Marin Center and RoCo’s performance space in Fairfax.
Briefly describe your business philosophy. My business philosophy is driven by my customers.
We train dancers holistically, from the inside/out. By doing that, we provide a safe place for
youth and adults to find their individuality as movers and we take pride in staying on the
cutting edge of the dance/art world. My philosophy is to excite and inspire people to dance.
What is your competitive edge? RoCo is one of the largest contemporary dance facilities in
Northern California and has the largest boys’ dance program. We hire talent from all over the
Bay Area to teach classes weekly. Teachers are drawn to teach at RoCo because of our vision
as an authentic training space.
What makes your work worthwhile? Employing artists who need supplemented income to
survive in the Bay Area gives me great pleasure. I am thrilled I can provide a workplace that is
in alignment with who they are as people and their passion.
ROCO DANCE MILL VALLEY: 237 SHORELINE HIGHWAY, 415.388.6786; FAIRFAX: 56 BOLINAS
ROAD, 415.456.1590; ROCODANCE.COM