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Friday Question of the Day – Are you Happy with the Stores Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Earlier this week we learned about most of the stores that will be going into Broadway Plaza in their initial phase one plan in downtown Walnut Creek. Plenty of active/street wear shops. Kiehl’s, Lush and NYX Cosmetics are new cosmetics shops debuting as well. Are you happy with this selection? Considering there are five spots that have yet to be announced, what would you like to see? Keep in mind this is only for the initial phase. More stores have been confirmed for future phases in other areas of Broadway Plaza, such as Gap and possibly Restoration Hardware as well as restaurants True Food Kitchen and Boca Pizzeria.


Jazz Guitarists Martin Taylor and Bucky Pizzarelli at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on Aug. 29th


Jazz Guitarists Martin Taylor and Bucky Pizzarelli:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
5:00pm & 8:00pm | $40

The crème de la crème of jazz guitar duos! Widely considered to be the world’s top “fingerstyle” artist, Martin Taylor’s tasteful, swinging style combines virtuosity and wit. He has amassed a record 14 British Jazz Awards and his collaborators include Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli and George Harrison. A true living legend, Bucky Pizzarelli’s credits include Benny Goodman, The Tonight Show Band, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Les Paul and Paul McCartney.


Safeway Closing Soon at Encina Grande in Walnut Creek

Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader who wrote in that the Safeway that is closing in Encina Grande on Ygancio Valley Rd. in Walnut Creek, “this morning at 6:30 am store was packed, lines extended the entire length of the store”. I dropped by later in the afternoon and it was 85% empty. Looks like they’ll be closing sooner rather than later judging by how little stuff is left.



Summary of Broadway Plaza Stores Coming to Phase One of the Broadway Plaza Redevelopment in Walnut Creek


Over the past year I have been posting about the new stores coming to phase one of the Broadway Plaza redevelopment in downtown Walnut Creek. A source has helpfully put together a summary and map of the stores that are coming:

1090 – Lululemon
1091 – ?
1092 – Madewell
1094 – Michael Kors
1096 – Kit & Ace
1098 – ?
1100 – Lou & Grey
1101 – Athleta
1103 – Kiehl’s
1104 – Eileen Fisher
1105 – ?
1106 – J.Crew
1108 – L’Occitane
1111 – ?
1112 – ?
1114 – Ivivva
1116 – NYX Cosmetics
1120 – Aveda
1122 – Vince Camuto
1124 – Ecco
1126 – Lush
Five spots remain. Stay tuned…
Real Estate

Ascent Walnut Creek Apartments Now Leasing Across from Target

1960 North Main St, Walnut Creek

In April we saw the continuing progress of the new apartment complex Ascent Walnut Creek, located across the street from Target at the corner of  Ygnacio Valley Rd. and N. Main St. and they are now leasing. Third and fourth floor apartments are expected to be available in the beginning of September, the second floor apartments towards the end of September and first floor apartments at the beginning of October. Studio/Urban 1 bedrooms begin at $2,200, 1 bedrooms start at $2,550, and 2 bedrooms start at $3,427. I imagine the lower priced apartments will be located near the gas station which you can see in the above photo at left. Check out their website which explains the amenities here.



NYX Cosmetics Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Los Angeles-based NYX Cosmetics is opening one its first five locations in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek by the end of the year. According to a source, look for the store directly next to Macy’s.

From their Facebook page:

NYX Cosmetics was named after the Greek goddess who ruled the night, just like many of our fans who rule the night life in this modern techno-savvy world. We offer a wide variety of products ranging from eye shadows to foundation and brushes to eye lashes and glitter to glosses. Everything a professional makeup artist needs for the job or that a goddess needs to create her look for a night on the town.

NYX Cosmetics originated and is headquartered in the heart of sunny Los Angeles. The cosmetics line was founded in 1999 by a young entrepreneur named Toni Ko. Ms. Ko has been involved in color cosmetics since she was a teenager and has always desired to create and share a line of cosmetics that provided quality products at affordable prices.


Pianist Cyrus Chestnut with Joel Frahm and Warren Wolf at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on Aug. 22nd


Pianist Cyrus Chestnut with Joel Frahm and Warren Wolf:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
5:00 & 8:00pm | $40

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s soulful sounds, drenched in gospel and the blues, are a delight both for serious jazz fans and for the general public. He has played with Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Kathleen Battle, Bette Midler and Isaac Hayes. Joining his trio will be the profoundly talented Joel Frahm (one of New York’s top tenor saxophonists) and vibes virtuoso Warren Wolf (Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, etc.)


Walnut Run for Education on Sept. 13th in Downtown Walnut Creek


Walnut Run for Education:

1201 S. Main Street, Walnut Creek
Sunday, September 13th, 2015
8:00am | $25 – $35

This community event takes place in downtown Walnut Creek on 100% paved roads. The net proceeds from the race are donated to Walnut Creek schools.

The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. for both the 5K and the 10K. It will be a chip start, which means that timing starts immediately after a participant crosses the starting mat.

We encourage runners/walkers to make their way to the start line around 7:15 a.m. so you may hear pre-race announcements, opening words from the mayor, and our national anthem.

For those who are looking to register on race day, please allow additional time for registration. Our booths will be open to the public at 6:00 a.m.


Shuttered Target Garden Center in Walnut Creek May get Replaced with New F&M Bank Building

1823 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

The Walnut Creek Design Review Commission is reviewing a plan to turn the shuttered Target Garden Center in Walnut Creek into an F&M Bank (Farmers & Merchants Bank). This section of Target was recently subdivided into a new parcel and the rendering of the new bank submitted to the city looks great. According to MBH Architects, the “building was developed to stand in juxtaposition to its setting”.

MBH Architects