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Whim House Opens in Danville

485 Hartz Ave, Danville

The home furnishings and gift shop Whim House opened last month on Hartz Ave. in Danville. Check out their selection here. In addition to a fine curated selection of goods, they also Farrow & Ball paint from England. The owner used to have a shop in Bellevue, Washington and is super nice; stop by and check out what they offer!

From their website:

We offer a beautiful, well assorted and welcoming retail environment that affords clients a stress free opportunity to shop comfortably at their leisure. Accentuating Savoir Vive (the art of living well), we focus on providing items that will be enjoyed for a lifetime. Our continual procurement of new merchandise keeps our floor exceptionally fresh and on trend.

From our cornerstone of fine linens for bed, bath and tabletop, we offer an expanded selection of categories featuring select brands like Farrow & Ball paint and wallpaper, Juliska tableware, Graccioza towels and bath rugs, Garnier Thiebaut table linens, Scandia down, Bodrum fine linens, Matouk bedding and much more.


Farrow & Ball Paint:


Progress on ENroute Gourmet Convenience Store at Avalon Apartments near Pleasant Hill BART

7000 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek

Back in June we learned about a new gourmet convenience store called ENroute which would be opening across from Parada at the Avalon apartemnts near the Pleasant Hill BART station and the “opening soon” signage is up as well as a website with more details including a page on the products that will be offered such as, “pasta & dried goods, healthy breakfast, grab-n-go lunch / dinner, flowers and more. I look forward to checking this place out!



DavidsTea Opens in Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord

Sunvalley Shopping Center, Concord

DavidsTea has opened in the Sunvalley shopping center in Concord on the second floor. Do you have a favorite blend?

From their website:

Walk into a DAVIDsTEA today and you can choose from over 150 types of tea, including exclusive blends, limited edition seasonal collections, traditional straight teas and exotic infusions from around the globe. Not to mention the largest collection of organic teas and infusions in North America.

We’re seriously passionate about great tasting teas, and we have something to satisfy every palate and every craving. Looking for a sweet treat? Then you’ll love Read My Lips, our chocolate mint dessert tea, or Red Velvet Cake, a creation that tastes just like its namesake. Into something more traditional? Check out our premium green teas like Sencha Ashikubo or Dragonwell. And to help you make the best cup of tea possible, we also carry a line of innovative tea accessories designed in-house, from spoons and infusers to tea sets and travel mugs.


Whole Foods Opening Nov 2nd in Encina Grande in Walnut Creek

Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

It’s been a bit longer than a year since Safeway closed in the Encina Grande shopping center on Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Walnut Creek and now Whole Foods is set to open on November 2nd according to this article in the East Bay Times. The article highlights that there will be a self-serve pizza station, coffee, beer and wine bar as well as “high-tech digital ordering kiosks that let customers order sandwiches, burritos and other items on an iPad before picking them up when done shopping”. Can’t wait to check it out!

Last week Safeway reopened across the street in the new Orchards shopping center. Thanks to a reader for pointing out the article.