Learning Express Toys Opens in Downtown Lafayette

3568 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Last month we learned that Learning Express Toys would be opening in downtown Lafayette on Mt. Diablo Blvd. and they are now open. It’s been over two years since Lafayette has had a toy store so this is good news especially with the holidays around the corner.

From their website:

Learning Express Toys of Lafayette will set itself apart from the “big-box” toy stores with educational toys, gifts, and exclusive products—all of which inspire imagination, creativity, and intellectual and physical development. Learning Express Toys provides customized services such as free gift wrapping, complimentary personalization of a variety of items, and an exceptional “birthday box” gift registry.

I stopped by and thought the selection was great; very interesting stuff that I haven’t seen elsewhere at various price points which I appreciated. I’ll definitely be back!

New Broadway Plaza South Broadway Parking Garage Opens in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza South Broadway Parking Garage, Walnut Creek

The new Broadway Plaza South Broadway Parking Garage opened over the weekend in downtown Walnut Creek. Considering how hard it is to find parking downtown this opened just in time. This garage has four levels, three above-ground and one below for a total of 2,500 spots. Unfortunately the Macy’s parking garage next to this garage will be closing in January according to this Contra Costa Times article.

Lately I’m finding it extremely difficult to find free parking downtown so I’ve been venturing further away where there is free street parking available within a five minute walk downtown. I hope nobody finds out about this area. :)


Cycle Scape Indoor Cycling Gym Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1657 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Cycle Scape, downtown Walnut Creek’s first indoor cycling gym that we learned would be opening over the summer is now open. Check out their schedule here and pricing here. (When I stopped by there were postcards inside offering a free pass for a class). The cycling area for the 45 minute classes has plenty of Carbon Blue Schwinn stationary bikes and there is a weighted bar you can use to get a complete workout with the instructor at front. On the opposite wall are two giant video screens that show scenery from around the world, music videos, movies etc. The sound system is incredible. There are two private showers and plenty of locker space available. The copper accents inside are gorgeous; check out the photos below to see what I mean.

From their website:

Cycle Scape, Walnut Creek’s new indoor cycling boutique, helps you get an intense cardio workout on state-of-the-art Schwinn stationary bikes (Carbon Blue) in a luxurious, spa-like setting.

Cycle Scape will be the first boutique indoor cycling studio in Walnut Creek and one of the first to combine a mental component of inspirational coaching, great music, HD video and a full body workout on a bike using weights.  Riders will not only burn calories to a one of a kind playlist, get an intense 45 minute cardio workout, but they will also enjoy a party-on-wheels and leave their stress behind.

Each 45-minute class is a complete Workout


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RadioShack Closes in Downtown Walnut Creek

1537 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word that RadioShack has closed in downtown Walnut Creek on N. Main St. This is not the only one in Walnut Creek that has closed as Claycord reports that the RadioShack in the Encina Grande Shopping Center on Ygnacio Valley Rd. has also closed.

What is the last thing you ever bought at a RadioShack? I bought a stereo cable adapter a few years ago and have checked out the Arduino kits they have but that’s about it.


CorePower Yoga Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek Early 2015


Thanks to a reader for sending word that CorePower Yoga is coming to downtown Walnut Creek. I have confirmed they are planning to open in the first quarter of 2015 somewhere near lululemon on S. Main St. where they currently offer yoga classes on Sundays. I’ve heard the second floor where Adib’s Persian Rug Company used to be although the location has not been confirmed yet. Check out their class descriptions here.

From their website:

CorePower Yoga strives to increase awareness and widespread adoption of yoga by making yoga accessible to everyone through a variety of yoga styles for beginners and more advanced yoga students, and class times to meet any schedule.

We believe in the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga.

1375 N Main St, Walnut Creek

jinny Women’s Boutique Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1575 Botelho Dr, Walnut Creek

Last month we learned that the women’s fashion boutique jinny would be opening next to Atlas in downtown Walnut Creek and they are now open. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide abundant natural light and as you can see from the photos below the interior design makes for a great experience. Check out their website here. There will be a grand opening celebration this Saturday; for more details check out their Facebook event here.

From a press release:

Providing a highly edited seasonal collection of emerging and established upper crust designers of apparel, accessories and footwear, as well as one-off limited edition and vintage treasures to satiate the growing appetite of local fashionistas for style-grounded merchandise, jinny caters to fashion curious women aged 25-75,” says Fillinger. “Opening the second chapter of my shop is my dream come true,” she says. “Columbus was a young and growing city and provided me the wings to propel my brand to jinny 2.0 on the active West Coast.”

The vibrant 1,360 sq. ft. shop, located at 1575 Botelho Dr., will house close to 50 lines from such established global designers as Jason Wu, Rick Owens, Givenchy, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, and Acne, to up-and-coming names such as Common Projects, Nili Lotan, 6397 denim, Time’s Arrow, Adam Lippes, Veronica Beard, Avant Toi, Aquazzura, Roseanna, Ancient Greek Sandals, and many more.


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Fashion Scuttlebutt – Patrizia Marrone Boutique Moving to Lafayette

11 Fiesta Ln, Lafayette

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the footwear and apparel boutique Patrizia Marrone, that used to be located in Blackhawk Plaza in Danville is moving to Fiesta Lane in downtown Lafayette. This is right in the middle of the newly opened stores Amphora and 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons with The Cooperage at the end.

From their Facebook page:

Patrizia Marrone specializes in fashion forward merchandise from exclusive designers all over the world. Come see our must haves in luscious leathers, sensuous gowns, fancy furs, chic bags, cropped jackets, footwear, jewelry, belts, and more!

The Blackhawk Plaza location closed about a month ago: