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Progress on Capital One Cafe in Downtown Walnut Creek

1139 S. Main St, Walnut Creek

In April we learned that Capital One Cafe would be opening their first East Bay location in downtown Walnut Creek where the GAP used to be and progress is ongoing. For those not aware, Capital One Cafe is a casual style bank with a coffee shop, free wifi and meeting room spaces.

They will feature Peet’s coffee as well as local baked goods. What’s great is that for those with a Capital One card you can get 50% off Peet’s coffee. Free, semi-private working areas will be available on a first come, first serve basis and community spaces can be reserved by non-profits for free as well.


PetSmart Opens in Encinda Grande Shopping Center in Walnut Creek

Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

Last month Whole Foods opened in the newly remodeled Encina Grande shopping center in Walnut Creek and now PetSmart is open as well. They opened last week on Black Friday. With Petco open across the street in the new Orchards shopping center there are now plenty of options for pet owners. I ended up buying a nice looking pleco for my son’s aquarium. No more algae?


ECHO Grove Closing in Orinda Theatre Square

Orinda Theatre Square

ECHO Grove, the gift shop featuring a “curated collection of handmade goods” which opened a couple of years ago in Orinda Theatre Square is closing next month. If you’re looking for that perfect gift in Orinda check out this gift guide from WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN.

From their Facebook page:

We will be finishing out this holiday season and will have a limited schedule in January to handle returns and the wind down of the shop.

Come down to the Grove and get 25% everything in the store and 65% off of all clearance items. Plus we will be making deals on fixtures and store equipment. All the gifts you’ve come to love, now much cheaper than before.


Golfsmith Closing Mid December in Pleasant Hill

Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

It’s game over for Golfsmith in Pleasant Hill as they are set to close mid-December. 58 other Golfsmiths are closing around the country since DICK’S Sporting Goods bought them earlier this month. They relocated from Walnut Creek several years ago. Currently the entire store is 20 – 40% off. Thanks to a reader for sending word.