Progress on Macy’s in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek


Macy’s in downtown Walnut Creek in Broadway Plaza has been covered in black fabric for a while now and details on how it will look when it’s finished are being reviewed by the Walnut Creek Design Review commission. As you can see in the above rendering the red look is out, replaced with a lighter motif centered with a large glass opening. Natural light is great so I’m glad this is happening. There will also be a 57,000 square foot addition which you can see in the photo at bottom.

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Cycle Scape Fitness Opening in October in Walnut Creek

1657 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

A couple of weeks ago we learned that the indoor cycling gym Cycle Scape Fitness would be opening in downtown Walnut Creek this week but according to a comment made by the owner the opening will be delayed until October:

We are very sorry to announce we will [be] delaying our opening into October…we decided to add an additional shower and will need to be approved by the City.

18/8 Fine Men’s Salon Opening Mid October in Downtown Lafayette

15 Fiesta Ln, Lafayette

Over the weekend the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival took place and the men’s salon 18/8 that we learned would be opening in downtown Lafayette was outside their soon-to-be-open salon introducing themselves to the community. They are planning on opening mid October, possibly on October 11th. According to an 18/8 promotional card this location will offer complimentary beer on tap. Not sure if that’s related to the grand opening but sounds promising… Stay tuned.

ProFormance Pilates Opens in Danville

201 Sycamore Valley Rd. W, Danville (Photo credit ProFormance Pilates)

A new Pilates studio called ProFormance Pilates opened earlier this month in Danville Livery in Danville.

From the owner:

We opened on Sept. 2nd.  Located in the livery.  We offer Reformer and Mat Pilates, Spin and TRX classes.  50 classes per week with experience certified instructors. Group, Private ,and Semi Private sessions.

Photo credit ProFormance Pilates

Athleta Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek Next Month

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

It’s tough being a small retailer in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek. Take the fashion accessories boutique Bracchiale for example. They have moved two times within the past year in Broadway Plaza and according to an Eventbrite party, GAP owned Athleta will be opening next to Starbucks in Broadway Plaza on October 20th, which means that Bracchiale will need to look once again for a new location either in downtown Walnut Creek or elsewhere in the bay area.

Are you Reusable Bag Ready?


Back in February I asked about whether people supported the Walnut Creek plastic bag ban ordinance (with slightly more support for the ban)  and today is the first day this ordinance will be enforced. Read more about the reasoning behind the ban and the rules at the City of Walnut Creek website here.

Are you ready to bring your usable bags to Target and elsewhere in Walnut Creek?

La Femme Jewelry and Gifts Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1372 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

A new jewelry store called La Femme Jewelry and Gifts has opened on N. Main St. a few doors down from CREAM in downtown Walnut Creek. They feature handmade beaded as well as silver jewelry and gifts. The owner has been selling at art festivals and decided to open her first store right in downtown.

From their Facebook page:

I design and make each piece of jewelry myself. They are unique and never duplicated. I use mostly Quartz, Agate and Chinese Crystals and sometimes Czech glass beads. I put my heart and soul into every piece I make. I have found my passion at last!!!!


Orangetheory Fitness Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek in December

1531 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word: A new gym called Orangetheory Fitness will be opening in half of the old Mancini’s Sleepworld location on Locust St. in downtown Walnut Creek in mid December/early January. This gym features 60 minute trainer-led interval sessions and incorporates a heart rate monitor to maximize performance and recovery. Find out more about their sessions here. As you can see from the photo below contact them for a free 2 week class pass available before they officially open.

From their website:

The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By providing you with a heart-rate monitor and POD, we can monitor your 5-zone interval training sessions that we call the Orange 60. During the 60-minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5. This program design produces workout “afterburn” effect, which is an increased metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after the workout. When combing the amazing workout with EPOC, our clients burn an average of 500 to 1200 calories.