Whim House Opens in Danville

485 Hartz Ave, Danville

The home furnishings and gift shop Whim House opened last month on Hartz Ave. in Danville. Check out their selection here. In addition to a fine curated selection of goods, they also Farrow & Ball paint from England. The owner used to have a shop in Bellevue, Washington and is super nice; stop by and check out what they offer!

From their website:

We offer a beautiful, well assorted and welcoming retail environment that affords clients a stress free opportunity to shop comfortably at their leisure. Accentuating Savoir Vive (the art of living well), we focus on providing items that will be enjoyed for a lifetime. Our continual procurement of new merchandise keeps our floor exceptionally fresh and on trend.

From our cornerstone of fine linens for bed, bath and tabletop, we offer an expanded selection of categories featuring select brands like Farrow & Ball paint and wallpaper, Juliska tableware, Graccioza towels and bath rugs, Garnier Thiebaut table linens, Scandia down, Bodrum fine linens, Matouk bedding and much more.


Farrow & Ball Paint:


Solstice Sunglasses Opens in Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek now boasts three sunglass stores. Apex and Sunglass Hut, both owned by Luxottica, and now Solstice Sunglasses, owned by Safilo. In addition to brands that I’ve seen everywhere, like Ray-Ban, I noticed brands that I haven’t seen before such as Carrera and Polaroid. Who knew Polaroid has a sunglass brand?!


Little Fall Music Fest at Lafayette Library on Oct 22nd


Little Fall Music Fest:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
4:00 – 7:00pm | $10

Enjoy blues, bluegrass and boogie-woogie at the Lafayette Library.

Featuring music from top Bay Area musicians including Wendy DeWitt, also known as the Queen of Boogie Woogie; the Pleasant Valley Boys, a good old-fashioned bluegrass group, and Dirty Cello, blues and bluegrass on a cello like you’ve never heard before, and featuring cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman.

Along with an afternoon of terrific music, Epidemic Ales will be here serving beer, and Lafayette Rotary Club will barbeque hotlinks and sausages.


Preview of True Food Kitchen Opening Tomorrow at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

It’s been a long time coming and finally the health-focused restaurant co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, True Food Kitchen, will be opening tomorrow, October 18th in Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek. Over the weekend I stopped by for a preview and the decor, service and cuisine were solid throughout. I even saw Dr. Weil himself, bushy white beard and all, eating there. The salmon, roasted beet and farro dish tasted incredible, as did the edamame dumplings. I took a ton of photos so be sure to check them out after the jump. Check out the True Food Kitchen Walnut Creek website here.

From True Food Kitchen:

Rooted in a simple set of principles known as the anti-inflammatory diet, True Food Kitchen merges nutrient-rich ingredients with a flavor-forward menu to help people achieve and maintain optimum health, without sacrificing taste. True Food Kitchen emphasizes high-quality, seasonal ingredients with simple preparations to let the freshness and flavor of the food speak for itself. The innovative menu caters to nearly every food preference, offering a wide selection of gluten-free, naturally organic, vegetarian, and vegan options.


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Orangetheory Fitness Coming to Alamo Plaza

Alamo Plaza Shopping Center

The heart rate monitiring gym, Orangetheory Fitness is spreading all over the East Bay with the latest location coming to the Alamo Plaza shopping Center next to the post office. Check for updates on their Facebook page here. Thanks to a reader for sending word.

From their website:

Orangetheory Fitness offers 60-minute workout sessions split into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training with heart rate monitors to track intensity and maximize metabolic burn. Increase energy, get visible results and burn more calories, even after leaving the studio. That’s the Orange Effect!


Into the Beautiful North Playing at Central Works Theater in Berkeley Oct 15th – Nov 13th


Into the Beautiful North:

Central Works Theater
2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley
Saturday, October 15th – Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Written by Karen Zacarías (an inaugural playwright-in-residence at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage), and based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea, Into the Beautiful North is inspired by the classic Hollywood western The Magnificent Seven (which was itself inspired by The Seven Samurai).


Chalogy / Cornology Opening in November in Downtown Walnut Creek

1349 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Earlier this year we learned that a new Asian boba tea shop called Chalogy as well as the return of Cornology would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek and the signage is now up and they are expected to open next month in November. According to their website they’ll also be offering cocktails such as mango soju, chocolate soju martini, and snow ice à la Ice Monster. What a great combination, I remember Cornology when they were in Broadway Plaza over two years ago.