Walnut Creek

Restaurants

Chalogy Asian Tea Experience + Cornology coming to Downtown Walnut Creek this May

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1349 Locust St, Walnut Creek

What are the chances that not one but two Asian boba tea cafes are coming to downtown Walnut Creek?! Earlier this week we learned that Piedmont-based Mr. Green Bubble would be opening on Locust St. in downtown Walnut Creek and now another Asian boba tea shop, Chalogy, is coming to downtown Walnut Creek, also on Locust St, where House of Beads used to be. They plan to open by May.

Not only will Chalogy (from the owners of Drgaon’s Pond next door) offer hand crafted Asian tea, boba tea, and snow ice desserts but they will also be hosting the return of the flavored popcorn shop Cornology to downtown Walnut Creek. (You may remember Cornology in Broadway Plaza which closed 2 years ago). Check out their boba tea offerings here, snow ice menu here and snacks menu here. This is great news for downtown as summer approaches…

From their website:

At CHALOGY®, it’s all about offering the best flavored Asian Tea and Snow Ice that is both healthy and environmentally sustainable. We obsess over every detail that makes a quality blend to simply dazzle your taste buds with our unique blend of tea, toppings, and ice products using the freshest natural ingredients with as much organically produced, local ingredients as possible.

Located in Walnut Creek, CHALOGY is a purveyor of fine Taiwanese Boba Tea and Snow Ice from the esteemed owner’s of Dragon’s Pond in The San Francisco Bay Area.

CHALOGY® will be opening in downtown Walnut Creek, California in early May 2016. Chef Xiao Lin and partners have been busy concocting their quality interpretations of classic Boba tea and frozen desserts in their daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of beverages and desserts.

CHALOGY’s interior, designed by the award-winning Jeff Young, reflects the hip sensibilities of the surrounding area while also paying tribute to Walnut Creek’s storied past. The cafe offers the choice to observe passers-by from the bar, or watch the art of mixing drinks as it occurs in the open-kitchen.

Events

Wednesday Night Lights – A Super Community Celebration for the Big Game! in Downtown Walnut Creek on Feb 3rd

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Wednesday Night Lights – A Super Community Celebration for the Big Game!:

Cypress St, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
5:00pm – 8:00pm | Free

Cypress Street will come alive with the rocking sounds of the Bay Area’s own Mustache Harbor to celebrate the upcoming Big Game! Imagine a football field in the heart of downtown with games, food and festivities awaiting all fun seekers ready to gear up for the game. Walnut Creek Downtown, The City of Walnut Creek and The Bedford Gallery have partnered together to bring out the best in our “Super Community!” Here to save the day, it’s…My Hero! Experience the escapades of iconic superheroes with this pumped-up collection of international artworks in a variety of media at The Bedford Gallery. Local cheerleaders will be handing out “Super Hero Bucks” on Cypress Street and at The Bedford Gallery to redeem that evening for free give-a-ways. Super Hero fans get ready to meet some of your favorite characters who are sure to make this an action packed adventure!

Horse & Carriage Rides – $5 per person (Kids 6 & under free)
Spin the “Wheel of Walnut Creek Fortune” for a chance to WIN great prizes
FREE Hot Chocolate & Hot Apple Cider
Arts & Crafts with Civic Arts
Tasty Treats
Beer, Wine & Irish Coffee
Visit with Super Hero Characters
2-for-1 Admission to The Bedford Gallery

Restaurants

Mr. Green Bubble Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

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1539 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Downtown Walnut Creek is getting a boba tea shop as Piedmont-based Mr. Green Bubble is coming to downtown Walnut Creek next to Orangetheory Fitness and Buon Vino, where Second to None Consignment store used to be. They also have a Union City location and according to their Facebook page, they offer, “Bubble Milk Tea, Fresh Tea, Flavor Smoothie, Snack, Fresh Juice, Coffee”. Stay tuned…

Shopping

Tommy Bahama may be Relocating to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

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Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Although  I haven’t seen this announced yet, thanks to a reader for pointing out that according to the Broadway Plaza Redevelopment web page, the island-lifestyle clothing store “Tommy Bohama” is coming to Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek so it looks like they may be relocating from their nearby store on Mt. Diablo Blvd. next to Va de Vi.

Crime

Robbery at NorCal Swim Shop in Walnut Creek on Friday

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From the Walnut Creek PD:

On Friday, January 29th at approximately 5:33 pm, the Walnut Creek Police Department received a call of a robbery that had just occurred at the NorCal Swim Shop located at 2054 Treat Blvd. The suspect (described above) entered the business, displayed a knife and demanded money from the employee. The suspect then fled from the business in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of cash. The employee who was robbed was not injured.

Anyone with any information in this regard is asked to call the Walnut Creek Police Department at (925) 943-5844.

Art

My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action Exhibit through March 20th at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek

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If you’re going to the East Bay Comic Con this Sunday in Concord then you won’t want to miss this fun, new exhibit at the Bedford Gallery in downtown Walnut Creek. Called, My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action, there are wall-to-wall art displays of superheroes as imagined by contemporary artists from around the country.

From the exhibit website:

Every generation needs a hero, an idol who destroys the bad guy, protects the innocent, saves the day – and even occasionally the world. Through the eyes of contemporary artists, My Hero! explores the enigmatic and iconic world of superheroes, and the staying power of the extraordinary characters that inhabit this astonishing dream. We are thrilled to announce that after its debut at the Bedford Gallery, My Hero! will travel nationally for three years.

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Daily Life

Parking Alert – Beware of Parking in Downtown Walnut Creek

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Having parked in downtown Walnut Creek for many years without getting a ticket or citation, it was finally my turn to get burned last year. At the Broadway Pointe parking garage, a free, private garage in downtown Walnut Creek managed by Park Smart / Regional Parking, there are two types of signs indicating how long one may park. One is the typical 3-Hour Limit sign. The other is a “3 hour Parking Maximum” sign. Whenever I looked at this sign I wondered what the point was. After all, if the standard 3-hour limit sign is there, then obviously the maximum is three hours, right?

One day last year, I parked in the morning to work out at Orangetheory on Locust St. and get a bowl of miso ramen at Ramen Hiroshi. In the evening, I headed back to downtown Walnut Creek for a rare night out with my wife and ended up having a great meal at Va de Vi. Unfortunately for me, I decided to park at the Broadway Pointe parking garage.  As we returned to the car that evening, I saw the dreaded parking citation. I wrote back to Park Smart / Regional Parking pointing out that these were completely separate trips with several hours in-between when I was not there. The parking spots were also different. A few weeks later I heard back about the denial:

The License Plate Recognition Vehicle scanned your vehicle on two separate visits; the daily maximum of 3 hours was exceeded: no receipts from Braodwav Pointe merchants were provided for “consideration.”

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