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.


Free Charm Alert – Get a Free Orinda Charm at ECHO Grove in Sept. with Secret Phrase

2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda

From ECHO Grove:

ECHO Grove, Orinda’s newest and most unique gift shop located in Orinda Theatre Square, has announced an exciting Fall Promotion that reflects the store’s appreciation for the warm welcome extended by the town of Orinda. Starting September 1st a free handmade charm. These charms are custom designed and handmade exclusively for ECHO Grove by one of their favorite makers. They can be attached to backpacks, keychains, charm bracelets, or wine glasses. The charms will not be available for purchase, so the only way to get them is to say the secret phrase. September’s secret phrase is “Orinda-lightful”.
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La Fiesta Square getting Parking Meters in Lafayette

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

With plenty of new and popular restaurants having opened up recently within downtown Lafayette, La Fiesta Square has decided to install parking meters in the popular parking lot. (Yes, even the 20 minute parking spots). I spoke with some La Fiesta Square store employees who aren’t aware of free validation offers which is what I would have expected. We’ll find out soon enough. One reader commented that they witnessed a parking attendant threaten someone with a ticket for going to a non-La Fiesta Square restaurant:

Just watch out for the parking attendant who monitors the lot to the right of the restaurant; it is part of La Fiesta Square, and we saw one customer get threatened with towing and tickets just because he walked toward American Kitchen and not toward Chow.

So I suppose this isn’t surprising. It’s getting so crowded that even the Lamorinda Music/Lamorinda Theatre parking lot has a “No restaurant parking” sign out front (see photo at bottom). There are free parking spaces if you drive past La Fiesta Square until the road turns into Hough Ave. Thanks to a reader for sending word on this.


Lamorinda Music/Theatre Academy parking lot:

Cycle Scape Fitness Opening Sept. 27th in Downtown Walnut Creek

1657 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Back in July we learned about a new indoor cycling gym called Cycle Scape Fitness coming to downtown Walnut Creek and according to the owner they are planning for a September 27th opening by kicking off a, “community event so that everyone interested can review the facility, speak to the trainers, see and participate in a class and share their views.” Check out their website here.

From their Facebook page:

Cycle Scape is an indoor cycling boutique that seamlessly blends video presentation, high impact sound and live instruction allowing our clients to see the world by riding virtually to places in Northern Italy, Paris, and British Columbia.

Each ride lasts 45 minutes and is guided by one of our experienced instructors who will provide you with a vigorous and challenging exercise experience you’ll find in no other fitness club.