Progress on Park Plaza Shops in Downtown Lafayette


The temporary fencing that had been in front of the Park Plaza shops in downtown Lafayette for a while have finally been removed, the Available signs are up, so I look forward to seeing which stores, restaurant and/or cafe will open up in this location. Note the store at the far left in the photo is the Pioneer Store which was built in the 1860s and used as a store, post office and dwelling house.

Check out the developer’s page on the Park Plaza Shops here.


Makerfest at Lafayette Library Tomorrow


Makerfest Lafayette:

Lafayette Library
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, July 19th, 2014
10:00am – 1:00pm | Free

Spend a day at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center celebrating makers in our community! Demonstrations for all ages including: 3D printing, air-powered rocketry, micro-controllers, book art, quadcopter FPV drones, metal working and so much more. Hands-on projects like giant bubble making, duct tape wallets, button making, make your own slime, build a rocket, rubber stamp-making, computer programming for kids mean there’s something for everyone.

Come and create with us!

Progress on Douglah Designs Showroom in Lafayette

3535 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Back in March we learned that the pop-up boutique Leslie Evers would be closing in downtown Lafayette in Lafayette Square, to be replaced by a new Douglah Design showroom and their temporary signage is now up. This store will feature lighting and plumbing fixtures, sinks, tile and more while their other location at 3586 Mt Diablo Blvd. down the street will host their showroom. More information at their website here.

From their Facebook page:

You may have heard the rumors, but it’s true…. we are opening a second showroom in downtown Lafayette! Here are some photos of what it looks like right now, with the DD guys hard at work, plus a sneak peak of what we will be featuring: luxury plumbing, exclusive tile, and more, from ultra-modern to rustic traditional & everything in between!

Opening Reception for “Unique Art, Unique Homes” at Lafayette Art Gallery this Evening


Opening Reception for “Unique Art, Unique Homes”:

Lafayette Art Gallery
3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Friday, July 11th, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm | Free

The talent of the Lafayette Art Gallery’s circle of artists are on display in a stunning selection of works exhibited during “Unique Art, Unique Homes,” the gallery’s July/August show.

Energized by the gallery’s beautiful new quarters on Mt. Diablo Boulevard at Brown Avenue, the artists have filled the walls, display cases, and pedestals with more than 150 works of the first order, including paintings, jewelry, glasswork, ceramics, photographs, and more.

This show is an opportunity for homehowners and interior designers/decorators alike to view the breadth of artistic offerings in the gallery.

Also, in July, a kenietic sculpture piece by Scott Tyler will grace the patio of the Lafayette Art Gallery.

Lafayette Art Gallery announces the third of the new “Second Fridays”– monthly receptions to which the public is cordially invited. Come to meet the artists, have a glass wine, enjoy good conversation with art aficionados like yourself, and, of course, feast your eyes on a dazzling array of fine art.

The Ring of Truth Trio at Mighty Fine Guitars in Lafayette Tomorrow Night


The Ring of Truth Trio:

Mighty Fine Guitars
85 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
Saturday, June 28th, 2014
8:00pm | $15-$20

MFG proprietor Stevie Coyle and Rory McNamara are old friends and music partners, having both fronted The Frontmen in the early 1990s. Rory’s voice and his ability to transport a listener to the inside of a story are unparalleled. 

Stevie assures all that it will be a real pleasure to host his dear friend this night.

Show starts at 8:00pm. This will be a pass-the-hat party with a Suggested Donation of $15 – $20 per person

85 Lafayette Circle, immediately adjacent to Lamorinda Music
Lafayette, CA 94549

No RSVP required. Spread the word. BYOB.
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Sweet Thursday with Author John Lescroart at Lafayette Library this Evening


Sweet Thursday with Author John Lescroart:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
7:00pm – 8:00pm | Free

John Lescroart returns to Sweet Thursday to discuss his 25th novel, The Keeper, featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky on the hunt for clues about a woman who has gone missing.

On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal’s wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue. When Hal becomes the prime suspect, he brings in Dismas Hardy for his defense. Hardy calls on his friend, former homicide detective Abe Glitsky, to look into the case.
Against a backdrop of conspiracy and corruption, ambiguous motives and suspicious alibis, an obsessed Glitsky closes in on the elusive truth. As other deaths begin to pile up he realizes, perhaps too late, that the next victim might be himself.

Free event; refreshments will be provided. Register at

Kitchen of the Day


In May the Lafayette Juniors held their annual kitchen tour and I have been highlighting kitchens from the tour; check out the farmhouse, Cape Cod, ranch homes and now featured is a Happy Valley rustic kitchen.

The purpose of the kitchen tour is to help raise funds for local non-profit organizations and a couple of weeks ago the Lafayette Juniors distributed close to $50,000 to this year’s beneficiaries including First Place for Youth, STAND!, SEED, the Lafayette Library, and Twin Canyon Camp.

More info about this rustic home:

The rustic home was a complete tear down and remodel. The home’s rock exterior makes it feel like a true eclectic traditional home. The kitchen opens up to both the family room and outdoors for easy entertaining. The large island, steam oven, convection oven, and built-in hutch are some of the many highlights of this kitchen. The Warwick inset cabinet doors add extra space to the cabinets and drawers as well as a handsome feel to the entire kitchen.

Shaded terraced area with pond in back:

More photos of the inside after the jump…

Family room opens to kitchen:

Built-in Miele Espresso machine: