About Krayons The History of Krayons

Cheers to 39 years, Thank you Castro Valley!

Business Person of the year - owner Karen Jonke

"Krayons Gallery has been part of the community since 1979, and owner Karen Jonke credits her "wonderful" staff over the years for the business's longevity and success. ...Jonke herself has created much of the Cheers-type atmosphere at the combination bar, restaurant, club and lounge on Castro Valley Boulevard.  ...As a ...resident, Jonke has been a voice for local businesses, as well as a civic booster...  (Karen Holzmeister, Inside Bay Area 2007)
"...Karen attributes her many years of success to her family, the employees who have helped her throughout the years and her many loyal customers. [she] is a hard working ethical business owner who has invested her life in the community of Castro Valley for over 50 years. We congratulate Karen ...2007 Business Person of the year. -Eden Area Chamber of Commerce  2010  

"...That third of a century was an era which once included regulations that prohibited women from tending bar unless their name was on the business license. Today, Krayon’s has an all-female bartending staff.  ...“It was a different time back then,” says Jonke, who solicited money from backers in 1979 to buy the bar that was once known as “Duffy’s.” The bar was rechristened after Jonke’s friends tagged her with the nickname, Krayon. ...Jonke says she enjoys seeing the generations of customers that come into the bar. “We wanted a place where women could feel comfortable. ..."  (By Robert Souza Castro Valley Forum 2012)