Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches Coming to Lafayette Mercantile

3597 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

The La Boulange Cafes closed in Walnut Creek and Lafayette last September and we learned a while back that Lemonade will be opening this fall in the Walnut Creek location. We now know that Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches will be taking over the Lafayette location on Mt. Diablo Blvd. Check out their Seattle menu here.

From their website:

Our idea is that if we thoughtfully curate every little thing about the sandwich – where the grains for the bread come from, how the animals behind our meats and cheeses are raised, what chemicals we’re keeping off our fruits and vegetables – each sandwich will be a little bit healthier for the planet and for the people who enjoy eating them. And when you multiply that effect by all the sustainable sandwiches we sell every day, you can really start to envision the positive change we can have on the food system, even by rallying behind something as simple as a sandwich.


Rebels with a Cause Playing at Lafayette Library on July 26th

Rebels with a Cause Playing:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
6:30pm | $10

The second movie in the Sustainable Lafayette Summer Film Series “Rebels with a Cause” will be shown on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30pm at the Lafayette Library’s Community Hall. The film is the story of a regional California effort that grew into an astonishing system of 14 National Seashores – the result of garden clubs, ranchers, farmers, conservationists, politicians from both parties, widows, and volunteers working together through compromise and negotiation, with the American public coming up as the winner. A $10 donation is requested, $5 for students, and cookies, snacks, coffee and beverages will be served.


Wayne Henderson, Peter Langston & Helen White Playing at Mighty Fine Guitars July 23rd in Lafayette

Wayne Henderson, Peter Langston & Helen White Playing:

Mighty Fine Guitars
85 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
8:00 PM | $15 – $20 suggested

Virginia luthier, backwoods raconteur, and award-winning guitarist Wayne Henderson teams up with Virginia fiddler Helen White and Northwest multi-instrumentalist Peter Langston for an evening of hot instrumentals, engaging songs, and colorful stories.

Aside from some hilarious stories, the trio’s repertoire includes Appalachian fiddle tunes, Carter Family melodies, and a few swing and rockabilly standards.



Coffee Shop Opening Tomorrow (July 19th) in Downtown Lafayette

50 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

The popular Walnut Creek-based coffee shop Coffee Shop that we learned would be coming to the heart of downtown Lafayette in October to replace The Art Room is opening tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19th. They have been open for several hours the past few days getting ready for the grand opening and people have been emailing about the impending opening.

I was able to drop by over the weekend to get photos and it looks amazing with a vaulted ceiling and retro lighting accenting wooden beams throughout. There is plenty of outdoor seating as you can see in the above photo. Featuring roasters such as Cafe Grumpy (Brooklyn), Stumptown (Portland) and Sightglass (San Francisco), along with craft beers, wine and seasonal organic dishes including salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and breakfast items, this place is going to be huge in Lafayette. According to a sign they plan on having open mic nights with comedians, songwriters, poets on Tuesday evenings, game nights for board games on Wednesdays, and art nights featuring local artists on Thursday evenings. Coffee Shop will be open Sundays through Thursdays 6am – 9pm and Fridays and Saturdays 6am – 9:30pm.


Plenty more photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading


MakerFest at Lafayette Library on July 30th


Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, July 30th, 2016
10:00am – 3:00pm | Free

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is celebrating makers, creators, and the curious in the community at MakerFest on Saturday, July 30. The third annual MakerFest will include demonstrations for all ages in 3D printing, air-powered rocketry, programmable microcontrollers, Lego robotics and cosplay. This free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“MakerFest is our biggest event of the year,” said Senior Community Library Manager Vickie Sciacca. “Last year we hosted hundreds of people and we expect to get another amazing turnout this year.”
Community members attending MakerFest can also enjoy hands-on projects like a DIY beauty bar, scribble bots, DIY instruments, a photo booth, computer programming for beginners and DIY ice cream.
Special Guests:
· Cubit, plug and play programmable electronics
· Lowell Richards, drone photography
· Dave Briccetti, computer programming
· Contra Costa County Library 3D Printer Task Team
· Republic Services Recycling
· Ukrainian egg decorating demos by local crafter Evie Michon
· East Bay resident Teren Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Playing on July 15th at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee:

Town Hall Theatre
3535 School St, Lafayette
Friday, July 15th, 2016
8:00pm | $20

As a very special thank-you to our donors over the last year, don’t miss what’s sure to be the hottest event of the season! Join us for cocktails, live music, a silent auction with incredible theatre-and-music-centric items, and a one-night-only presentation of the Tony Award-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Who knows–you can even bid to be one of our guest spellers!

Real Estate

It Sold for What?!


Brendan Moran is a broker associate with The Moran Group at Keller Williams Realty. Neither he nor any company he’s affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. The source of information is Contra Costa Association of Realtors MLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

We usually like to show you homes that sold for less than what the seller was asking. It’s a good way to show that even in a tough market, there are still deals out there.

This is not one of those homes.

Address: 839 Avalon Ave, Lafayette
List Price: $998,000
Sold Price: $1,310,000
Days on Market: 10
Close of escrow: 5/17/16

This three bed, two bath home rancher tucked off School Street near downtown Lafayette sold for more than $300,000 over the list price. It was the first time on the market in 63 years for the 1548 sq ft home with a charming cottage feel (and only a 10,282 sq ft lot). As they say in real estate, location is everything!

Listing courtesy of Leslie Mills and Debra E. Smith, Coldwell Banker.