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Bay Area Power Couples

Bay Area Power Couples: Felipe and Liza Sandoval of Maya Restaurant

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

Opened in 1999, Maya Restaurant quickly became one of the best Mexican fine dining destinations in the city, and a nationally-recognized and family-run one at that. It's helmed by the husband-wife team Felipe and Liza Sandoval, who are different sides of the same coin: Felipe's savvy business skills and shy demeanor perfectly complement Liza's bubbly, front-of-house charisma. Hope on over for their delicious authentic dishes and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a few margaritas from their bar!

Bay Area Power Couples: Derek Fagerstrom & Lauren Smith of Pop-Up Magazine and The Curiosity Shoppe

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

Talk about a power couple: Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith fearlessly helm both the adorable, creatively-curated Curiosity Shoppe on Valencia St. and the city's feather-ruffling new media experience Pop-Up Magazine as creative directors. Their biggest and most exciting project yet? Read and find out!

Contemporary Jewish Museum Celebrates Bay Area Power Couples This V-Day

We at 7x7 have celebrated many a power couple, as there's no shortage of them here in the Bay Area. Now, just in time for Valentine's Day, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is doing the same. Inspired by the husband-wife duo who created ubiquitous childhood nostalgia meme Curious George, Margret and H.A. Rey, the museum is highlighting successful, entrepreneurial couples to spark curiosity in love birds around town.

Bay Area Power Couples: American Grilled Cheese Kitchen's Nate Pollak & Heidi Gibson

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

Bay Area Power Couples: Michael & Jacky Recchiuti of Recchiuti Confections

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

The first time Michael and Jacky Recchiuti met, they didn't hit it off. Then, on a blind date, they met again and realized they actually liked each other. Clearly meant to be together, they channel their chemistry and boundless creativity into making the chocolates and treats in the Recchiuti Confections family.

Bay Area Power Couples: Larry & Angela Tse of The House

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

Bay Area Power Couples: Kevin & Julia Hartz of Eventbrite.com

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

Kevin and Julia Hartz, creators of the mega-successful ticketing site Eventbrite.com, spent the first two years of their relationship in different cities, and now they're together 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, using their powerful connection to build Eventbrite into an international company.

Bay Area Power Couples: General Store's Mason St. Peter & Serena Mitnik-Miller

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

Bay Area Power Couples: City Beer Store's Craig & Beth Wathen

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

For beer geeks, City Beer Store is like Oz. Here, they stock some of the best beers in the world (you can even mix and match six packs) and offer pairing sessions and tastings (they're holding a chocolate truffle and beer tasting event on October 21).  Every Thursday is also flight night, where they feature a selection of beers to taste alongside one another for comparison. The folks behind this mecca are Craig and Beth Wathen, who, it goes without saying, are beer gurus and geniuses. They're this week's Power Couple. 

Bay Area Power Couples: Gayle Pirie & John Clark of Foreign Cinema & Showdogs

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

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