Walnut Creek

Beal Bank Opening in Mercer Apartments in Walnut Creek

1631 N. California Blvd, Walnut Creek

In March we learned that Beal Bank was looking to open a branch in the Mercer Apartment complex in downtown Walnut Creek and that’s definitely happening as you can see by the signage in the above photo. A few blocks away BBVA Compass Bank is close to opening a larger branch at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and S. California Blvd.

Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwiches at Coco Swirl in Walnut Creek

1273 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The frozen yogurt shop Coco Swirl has joined the ice cream bandwagon in downtown Walnut Creek with new ice cream doughnut sandwiches, just in time for the end of the dog days of summer. Interestingly, I just learned that Coco Swirl only has two locations, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill. I always thought they were a big franchise.


Dogfight Playing at Lesher Center Sept. 5th – 21st in Walnut Creek



Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, September 5th – Sunday, September 21st, 2014

This production is recommended for audience members 17 years old and up.

Set in the fall of 1963, Dogfight  follows three young Marines on the eve of their deployment to Vietnam who set out for one last night of debauchery in San Francisco. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress, he enlists her to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. Based on the 1991 film of the same name starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, Dogfight carries the audience through a thunderous musical journey of unexpected love, loss, and brotherhood.

Noah’s Bagels Signage Up in Downtown Walnut Creek

1930 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Last month we learned that Noah’s Bagels would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek on Mt. Diablo Blvd. and their signage is now up. In the meantime you can check out their other Walnut Creek location in the Countrywood Shopping Center at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. or their Lafayette location in the Whole Foods/Safeway shopping center on Mt. Diablo Blvd.

BBVA Compass Bank Opening Soon in Downtown Walnut Creek

Corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. & S. California Blvd, Walnut Creek

Back in May we learned that a bank would be opening in the old Marie Callender’s location in downtown Walnut Creek next to Genova Deli and the signage for BBVA Compass bank is now up. Word was that a cafe may open in part of this space and if you look at the far left in the above photo there is actually a small separate space that looks like could possibly be a spot for a cafe. Stay tuned…


Register for Walnut Creek Kickball League at Heather Farm Park

Photo by Flickr user fixative

Register for Walnut Creek Kickball:

Heather Farm Park
301 N. San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, September 24th – Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
6:45pm | $73

Kickball isn’t just for sugar fueled middle schoolers, and worn out PE teachers. It’s your chance to relive your playground glory with the added bonus of adults and beer! It’s a great way to meet new people, party, and have fun while doing it. So, lace up your sneakers and sign up as a team, small group or free agent!

Fall season games will be on Wednesday nights at 6:45PM and 7:45PM at Heather Farms Park Field #3.

After the games we replenish our electrolytes at our team bar!  This season our team bar is Blu42!

This is where we get to rehash plays, flaunt our awesomeness, and oh yeah, party.

If you’re not yet convinced why you should head to the team bar after our game, here are two more reasons:

1. Bragging rights to non-ballers
2. An excuse to drink on a Wednesday


Inspirato Luxury Destination Club Opens in Broadway Plaza

Photo courtesy Inspirato
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last month we learned that Inspirato, a luxury destination club would be opening in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek and they have now opened. The photos in this post are from their Denver showroom which should be identical to the Walnut Creek location.

From a press release:

To help visitors imagine what it would be like to vacation with the club, the experience center will include recreations of great rooms from Inspirato’s Costero Signature Residence in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and its Eagle’s Nest Signature Residence in Vail, Colorado. Other features include touchscreens for browsing the club’s large and growing destination portfolio and a special kids’ area to help even the littlest travelers begin to dream about their next family vacation.

The Broadway Plaza member experience center will also serve as a clubhouse of sorts for the more than 500 Bay Area-based Inspirato members, where they can meet face-to-face with their own Personal Vacation Advisors, explore destinations for their next Inspirato vacation and attend special members-only events.

Photo courtesy Inspirato

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue reading

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Opens in Walnut Creek

Sprout Shopping Center, Walnut Creek

A couple of week ago we learned that The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf would be opening very soon in the Sprouts shopping center in Walnut Creek at the corner of Geary Blvd. and N. Main St. and they have now opened. It’s very bright and airy inside thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. This was my first time at a Coffee Bean & Tea leaf cafe and my Chai ice blended drink tasted great! I’m glad there is a another choice around town compared to the ubiquitous Starbucks and Peet’s. One interesting difference I noticed are the honey stick sweeteners sitting right out where the napkins are, free to use with drinks. How cool is that?!

The only downside is I had to circle the parking lot three times to find a 30 minute spot; if I lived within walking distance or could drop by in the evenings when it’s less crowded I’d be here more often.


More photos of the inside (including the honey sticks) after the jump…

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Honey sticks: