Six high achievers on our radar this month, from Bay Area heavyweights to the next generation shaking things up
The Warriors shooting guard, and proud father to fur son Rocco the bulldog, has launched the Thompson Family Foundation with Opus Bank to support education and athletics programs in Oakland, Southern California and The Bahamian capital of Nassau, the birthplace of his father, Mychal Thompson, who played for the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs. “The world might just see us as some athletes who are really good at their craft, but we want to lead by example and give back to our communities,” says Thompson. “And I want to take what I learned and my parents learned and my brothers learned—and use that to give back.”
In a victory for Wojcicki’s 23andMe, the Food and Drug Administration stamped its approval for the mail-order genetics testing firm to sell a test that detects a breast cancer genetic mutation directly to consumers—no doctor’s prescription required. Using saliva samples, the test screens for three variants on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, yet there are thousands of mutations that increase a person’s risk of developing breast cancer that are not discovered by it. Still, Wojcicki called the FDA blessing a “major milestone” for 23andMe, which she founded in 2006 and is now valued at $1.5 billion. Her company also has an over-the-counter, direct-to-consumer test for celiac disease.
The founder of Zapolski Real Estate has welcomed the first series of of 45 shops and restaurants to open at First Street Napa, a 325,000-square-foot mixed-use development in downtown Napa that he says is partly inspired by San Francisco’s Fillmore Street and LA’s vibrant shopping districts. Zapolski describes his ideal itinerary: “You can have dinner and then take a wine education course at Compline wine bar + restaurant + merchant, check out the latest fashions at State & First by Maris Collective, purchase fun bath soap at Lush, and have a nightcap while splurging on a lobster corn dog at Charlie Palmer Steak Napa.” Indulgent! We’re on board.
With investors including Kate Upton and her husband, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, Tusk Estates’ Martin unveils his new wine brand, Immortal Estate, this month, boasting wines from a stretch of the Napa-Sonoma border known for its top-rated Cabs. “We’ve dedicated ourselves to excellence in our pursuit of a wine that pairs infinitely well with life’s finest moments,” quoth Martin, encouraging oenophiles to “create your own immortal moments.”
Congratulations to the pixie photographer and partner Karl Isotalo on the birth of their baby boy, Kaleo Leone Isatalo, on March 2. The happy, healthy bundle of joy was delivered at UCSF Mission Bay, weighing eight pounds. “Kaleo is very alert and loves to make eye contact,” much to the delight of mom and dad, says Jeffrey. “Kaleo Leone translates to ‘the sound or voice of a lion.’ We both love the name and Karl’s father’s name is Leo, which appears in it twice.” Jeffrey is an effervescent, ubiquitous fixture of the Bay Area social scene, snapping photos of splashy events from the Symphony’s Opening Night Gala to Cartier’s holiday party in San Francisco. Mazel tov!
The creator of Theoni Collection, a luxury lifestyle event rental company based in Napa, expanded to Beverly Hills before unveiling her third location in SF last month. “Opening a San Francisco showroom felt like an essential next step for Theoni. My career started in San Francisco—it’s where I built my relationships in this business and where some of the nation’s most beautiful events occur in some of the most stunning venues,” she says. “We will be lucky to have this space on Sacramento Street where we can welcome planners, entertainers, brides and curators to create and use our collection to make their events—and ultimately their memories—unfortgettable. To me, that’s always been the dream; that’s what life is all about.”