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Teavana Opens in Broadway Plaza

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Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Starbucks-owned Teavana has opened next to of all places, Starbucks, in Broadway Plaza at their recently opened location across from Macy’s in downtown Walnut Creek. This is no ordinary Teavana though and is one of the few concept stores to focus on loose leaf teas where there are even mixing bowls to combine one’s loose tea selection. In addition to hot tea samples there is also an iced tea sample area with four sweetened iced teas. When I mentioned to them it might be nice to offer one unsweetened iced tea they said they have been directed to use only sweetened teas. OK, then, sweetened teas it is.

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Photos of the mixing bowls and iced tea section after the jump… Continue Reading

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Oceane Beauty Coming Soon to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

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Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Several months ago we found out that Wetzel’s Pretzels would be coming to a kiosk in Broadway Plaza and now the other kiosk will soon be home to the skincare shop Oceane Beauty.

From their website:

The two key ingredients that make the Oceane line stand tall above the competition is Pearl Powder and Marine Plant Stem Cells, both well known for their age defying and beautifying properties.

 

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GAP Reopens in New Broadway Plaza Spot in Walnut Creek

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Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

We knew for a while that GAP would be relocating to the new Broadway Plaza redevelopment in downtown Walnut Creek and they have now reopened in a beautiful two story section on the backside of Broadway Plaza between Nordstrom and Macy’s. It’s much bigger than the previous location and both the outside architecture and inside look great. Plenty of natural light thanks to giant vertical windows that run straight up from the ground floor. Note the comfortable lounge area in front.

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Everything But Water Opening next Month in Broadway Plaza

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Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last October we learned that the resort and swimwear store Everything But Water would be coming to Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek and as you can see in the photo they will be opening next month in July and will be located where L’Occitane en Provence used to be.  L’Occitane is now in the newer redeveloped section across from Macy’s.

There is plenty of work going on the backside of Broadway Plaza as it gets ready to open later this week. Stay tuned…

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Update on EnRoute Opening in Avalon Apartments near Pleasant Hill BART

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7001 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek

A couple of weeks ago we learned about a new eatery called EnRoute opening in the Avalon apartment complex near the Pleasant Hill BART station and the owner contacted me with an update:

I’d like to clarify that the concept is a “reinvented” convenience store, so taking the elements of convenience food and elevating them to today…think grab and go breakfast, lunch and dinner that’s organic, local and sustainable. There will also be kid-friendly cuisine, gluten-free and vegetarian options. Coffee, craft beer, delicious wine, cheese and charcuterie along with amazing (healthful) snack selections for those of us who are constantly “EnRoute” somewhere. I like to say I’m serving “Nourishment For Life’s Journey” in a “deliciously convenient” format. (I will also have some “not so delicious” items, aka sundries.:))

I definitely plan on checking this place out. Stay tuned…

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Bluemercury Skincare Coming to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette

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La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

In addition to Urban Remedy juice bar coming to La Fiesta Square in downtown Lafayette, Washington D.C.-based Bluemercury skincare will also be opening across the square where the women’s clothing store Pendleton used to be.

From their website:

Barry and Marla Malcolm Beck are the founders and visionaries behind Bluemercury, Inc. In 1999, cosmetics could only be purchased at drugstores or department stores. As a recent graduate and working woman, Marla found less and less time to pursue her quest for products that would maintain glowing, healthy skin. Barry, a serial entrepreneur who had already started three businesses, saw an opportunity. Together, they created the first Bluemercury in Georgetown, Washington D.C. – the neighborhood store for beauty, where clients could find high quality, innovative beauty products and honest, expert advice.

We offer the world’s most innovative beauty products in a truly unique shopping experience. Bluemercury clients receive unparalleled technical product knowledge, expert advice and friendly service. Our teams would rather have clients leave the store with handfuls of samples, so that they can be sure to find products that work for them, rather than ever buy anything that is less than 100% right. Every day, we take hundreds of questions about skincare and makeup concerns and challenges. In addition to skincare, makeup, haircare, and fragrance products, clients can be pampered by our skincare experts in our locations’ spas. Our spas are home to the ultimate results-oriented treatments, including our world renowned oxygen facials, glycolic peels, waxing and microdermabrasion.

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Urban Remedy Juice Bar Coming to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette

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La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

Lafayette is getting an organic juice bar that also offers ready-to-eat meals and snacks as Urban Remedy is planning on opening a new shop in Lafayette Square where Specialtees outlet store used to be. Check out their juices here, and meals and snacks here.

From their website:

Urban Remedy is a plant-based organic food company that embodies the belief that Food is Healing. Blending ancient medicinal principals with modern culinary innovation, we offer the cleanest, naturally functional food. All of our ready-to-eat meals, snacks and cold pressed juices are certified organic, certified non-GMO, gluten free, and low glycemic.