Whimsy Boutique Coming to Lafayette in Mid-August

3643 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

A new children’s and baby boutique called Whimsy featuring “fashion, accessories and gifts for babies, children and tweens” is coming to Lafayette next month in mid-August with a possible soft opening a week earlier. They are located in the Lafayette Shopping Center, a few stores down from Trader Joe’s.

The owner of the boutique also owns Fairies and Feathers, featuring, “fairy tutu dresses, flower girl dresses, and fairy accessories”, all original designs and hand-made.

From the Fairies and Feathers website:

Whimsy carries a wide range of beautiful clothing lines for babies, children, and tweens, and features a large selection of Fairies and Feathers dresses and accessories.


Inspirato Luxury Destination Club Coming Soon to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Back in May I noted that Juicy Couture closed in Broadway Plaza with the possibility of a travel agency opening up in its place and it turned out to be mostly true as Inspirato, a luxury destination club is opening a retail shop at this spot.

From their website:

Imagine privileged access to a growing collection of luxury vacation residences, custom experiences, VIP events, and more, hand-selected to fit almost every interest and occasion. Imagine a 
trusted advisor committed to personalizing each trip you take, to make it better than the last. Imagine the benefits of being known and recognized every time you travel. Now imagine it all in a private club that inspires you to live life’s best moments more easily and often than you ever thought possible.  We are Inspirato with American Express – welcome to a whole new world.


Papyrus Closing Today in Walnut Creek

1376 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the stationery store Papyrus is closing today in downtown Walnut Creek. When I dropped by this weekend their remaining greeting cards were $1 with 90% off everything else. According to a store employee they will be eventually relocating to Broadway Plaza after the redevelopment is finished.

Progress on Park Plaza Shops in Downtown Lafayette


The temporary fencing that had been in front of the Park Plaza shops in downtown Lafayette for a while have finally been removed, the Available signs are up, so I look forward to seeing which stores, restaurant and/or cafe will open up in this location. Note the store at the far left in the photo is the Pioneer Store which was built in the 1860s and used as a store, post office and dwelling house.

Check out the developer’s page on the Park Plaza Shops here.


Progress on Douglah Designs Showroom in Lafayette

3535 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Back in March we learned that the pop-up boutique Leslie Evers would be closing in downtown Lafayette in Lafayette Square, to be replaced by a new Douglah Design showroom and their temporary signage is now up. This store will feature lighting and plumbing fixtures, sinks, tile and more while their other location at 3586 Mt Diablo Blvd. down the street will host their showroom. More information at their website here.

From their Facebook page:

You may have heard the rumors, but it’s true…. we are opening a second showroom in downtown Lafayette! Here are some photos of what it looks like right now, with the DD guys hard at work, plus a sneak peak of what we will be featuring: luxury plumbing, exclusive tile, and more, from ultra-modern to rustic traditional & everything in between!

Threads Consignment Relocates into Downsized Norf London

1341-H North Main St, Walnut Creek

In February I noted that Threads Consignment moved next to Norf London in downtown Walnut Creek and now more change is happening in this area as Norf London has downsized with Threads Consignment taking over the other half of the store. CY Louie, the jewelry and accessories boutique previously in Broadway Plaza will relocate where Threads Consignment used to be, right next door.

In case you don’t know where this fashion hub is, as you’re walking down N. Main St. towards Neiman Marcus, turn right right before Brandy Melville in the covered passageway and it will be on your right, a few stores down.