Author Archives: Beyond the Creek

Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwiches at Coco Swirl in Walnut Creek

1273 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The frozen yogurt shop Coco Swirl has joined the ice cream bandwagon in downtown Walnut Creek with new ice cream doughnut sandwiches, just in time for the end of the dog days of summer. Interestingly, I just learned that Coco Swirl only has two locations, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill. I always thought they were a big franchise.


Prostitution Solicitation at Rheem Shopping Center Massage Parlor in Moraga


From the Moraga PD:

The Moraga Police Department conducted an investigation into possible illicit activities occurring at Wonderful Spa, a massage parlor located at 450 Center Street in the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga

With the assistance of the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, an undercover operation on 8/28/14 at approx. 1656 hours resulted in the arrest of 52-year-old Situ Li of San Leandro for misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. Li was booked at the Moraga Police Department and released on a signed Promise to Appear. The incident is also being investigated for possible use permit violations against the business. Please contact Sergeant Brian South at 925-888-7052 for any inquiries.

Dogfight Playing at Lesher Center Sept. 5th – 21st in Walnut Creek



Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, September 5th – Sunday, September 21st, 2014

This production is recommended for audience members 17 years old and up.

Set in the fall of 1963, Dogfight  follows three young Marines on the eve of their deployment to Vietnam who set out for one last night of debauchery in San Francisco. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress, he enlists her to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. Based on the 1991 film of the same name starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, Dogfight carries the audience through a thunderous musical journey of unexpected love, loss, and brotherhood.

Noah’s Bagels Signage Up in Downtown Walnut Creek

1930 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Last month we learned that Noah’s Bagels would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek on Mt. Diablo Blvd. and their signage is now up. In the meantime you can check out their other Walnut Creek location in the Countrywood Shopping Center at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. or their Lafayette location in the Whole Foods/Safeway shopping center on Mt. Diablo Blvd.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Cal Shakes in Orinda Sept. 3rd – 28th


A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

Bruns Memorial Amphitheater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda
Wednesday, September 3rd – Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Like she did with last year’s inventive Romeo & Juliet, Shana Cooper will take apart another of Shakespeare’s iconic works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, putting it back together again in a way that’s sure to open your eyes and jump-start your heart.

home/made kitchen café & bakery Opens in Moraga

337 Rheem Blvd, Moraga

Earlier this month we learned that home/made kitchen cafe & bakery would be opening soon in Moraga near 24 Fitness and they have now opened. I dropped by recently and tried their Chef’s Scramble (2 eggs, spinach, bacon, goat cheese), served with fruit and potatoes and it was delicious, as was their fig scone, yum! There is plenty of space both inside and out and the warm, natural lighting is a nice complement to the cozy atmosphere. For now they’re open for breakfast, brunch and lunch until 2pm with their coffee bar open until 4pm on weekdays. Check out their website here.


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BBVA Compass Bank Opening Soon in Downtown Walnut Creek

Corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. & S. California Blvd, Walnut Creek

Back in May we learned that a bank would be opening in the old Marie Callender’s location in downtown Walnut Creek next to Genova Deli and the signage for BBVA Compass bank is now up. Word was that a cafe may open in part of this space and if you look at the far left in the above photo there is actually a small separate space that looks like could possibly be a spot for a cafe. Stay tuned…