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Navlet’s Garden Centers Closed – Will Reopen as Sloat Garden Center

800 Camino Ramon, Danville

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the Danville Navlet’s Garden Center has closed. All Navlet’s garden centers will be become Sloat Garden Centers and reopen on February 19th. Check out the Sloat Garden Center website here.

From the Navlet’s website:

After 130 years of serving local gardeners, Navlet’s Garden Centers will be closing its doors. We truly appreciate your support over the years and will always be grateful. We are fortunate to be able to pass the torch to Sloat Garden Centers, another highly respected, locally owned and operated garden center.

We are confident that you will enjoy your shopping and gardening experience with Sloat as much as you did with Navlet’s. The stores will be reopening by February 19 with many familiar faces.



Tommy Bahama may be Relocating to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

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.


Kait’s Art Vintage Home Opens in Pleasant Hill

1942 Linda Dr, Pleasant Hill

A new vintage home decor shop called Kait’s Art Vintage Home opened a couple of months ago in Pleasant Hill. In addition to home decor pieces they also offer paint parties for adults and children and are planning on offering paint & sip parties in May. Check for updates on their Facebook page here.

From their website:

Create With Kait is all about finding your inner creative side. I provide a fun, positive and stress free environment that helps to bring out your inner artist. Instead of being “by the book,” I have a simple philosophy that I live by ever since I graduated from Cal Poly. “Learn By Doing” and create whatever you can with one-on-one guidance. Art is fun! I make sure that is my top priority at all times in my classes.


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A Runner’s Mind Opening this April in Downtown Lafayette

Park Plaza, Lafayette

Thanks to a reader for sending word that A Runner’s Mind is opening a new location at the new Park Plaza redevelopment in downtown Lafayette. With locations in Burlingame and San Francisco, they plan on opening April 1st and, drum roll please… they are planning on adding a half marathon distance to the Lafayette Reservoir Run held annually at the end of October as well introduce two additional races among other events. This is great news for runners in the Lamorinda and East Bay area. Check out their Facebook page for updates here and learn more about the company here.

From the owner:

As for Lafayette once we open, we plan on having weekly run groups, professionally coached training programs for all types of runners, various free shoe demos and educational clinics for the public to attend,etc.  We will also be putting on two new races in town, as well as adding an additional distance to the current Reservoir Run in Lafayette.  We plan to have a once-a-month event called the Cow Pie Climb involving runners racing/running/climbing/slipping up a hill in Lafayette where many cows roam openly.  The event will be followed by raffles, drinks (beer as well), snack, prizes, etc.


The Land of Nod Opens Indoor Pop-Up Shop within Crate & Barrel in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

The children’s store Land of Nod, owned by Crate & Barrel, recently opened a temporary pop-up shop within the Broadway Plaza Crate & Barrel in downtown Walnut Creek. It’s very small, framed in wood and shows off a children’s bed, crib and various toys and accessories. Check out their website here. It looks like Crate & Barrel is testing how popular it will do with the potential for a separate opening in Walnut Creek in the future. Stay tuned…



Sole Desire Shoes Opens in Danville Hotel Town Center

111 West Prospect Ave, Danville

A bit late but Sole Desire Shoes opened a new location in the new Danville Hotel Town Center last November.

From their website:

Bowing to customer requests, Sole Desire has expanded the brand mix in our store and added a large selection of quality accessories including handbags, small leather goods, hats, scarfs, sunglasses, socks, shoe care as well as a large assortment of supportive and customizable insoles.