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Sports Basement Coming to San Ramon October 1st



Thanks to a reader for sending word that Sports Basement is opening a new store in San Ramon where Orchard Supply Hardware used to be in the Marketplace Shopping Center. They expect to open October 1st.

From their website:

We are beyond excited to open our 7th Sports Basement in the amazing community of San Ramon! This is an area we have been watching for a while and when the old Orchard Supply Hardware location became available we jumped on it.

We’re busy transforming the building into the lovable local Sports Basement our customers expect and can’t wait to meet all of our neighbors from San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, Dublin, Pleasanton, Diablo, Blackhawk and Livermore.

Pictured above is San Ramon’s new General Manager, John Courtney, who led our Walnut Creek store for the past few years. You’ll probably recognize him from the store or the Diablo mountain bike trails.

If you would like inquire about using our store’s community space or discuss other partnerships email Toni Lum who is in charge of local community outreach. If you would like to join the Sports Basement San Ramon team visit our jobs page to fill out an application.

See you October 1st at our grand opening party!


Hamada Farms Leaves Moraga, Walnut Creek Farmers Markets


I’ve been going to local farmers markets for many years now and the one farm that has been a contant presence has been Hamada Farms, offering various fruits including dried fruits such as my all time favorite,  dried persimmon (anpo gaki). Over the weekend I stopped by the Moraga and Walnut Creek farmers markets and noticed that in Moraga R&D Farms was where Hamada Farms always used to be. When I asked what happened to Hamada Farms, they said they were neighbors of Hamada Farms and that due to an illness Hamada Farms had to vacate several of their farmers market spots.

Obviously this is sad news. I hope they recover and eventually come back to Walnut Creek, Moraga and elsewhere.


SoulCycle Opening Aug. 11th in Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last month we learned that cycling studio SoulCycle would be opening this month in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek, and their opening day is this Thursday, August 11th.

From a press release:

SoulCycle Walnut Creek will feature a 57-bike studio, home to the signature SoulCycle workout. The 3,350 square foot studio will also house an expansive lifestyle boutique selling SoulCycle’s original performance and athleisure clothing collections. Additional rider amenities include full men’s and women’s locker rooms with two showers each and multiple bathrooms.

SoulCycle Walnut Creek is located in Broadway Plaza at 116 Broadway Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.

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